The Man in the White Suit by Ben Collins

The Man in the White Suit

By Ben Collins

  • Release Date: 2010-09-16
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors
Score: 3.5
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Description

The Stig gets his kit off and reveals how he came to be Top Gear's iconic racing driver and so much more - including what it's like to thrash an Aston Martin DBS, train for the Army and face the terror of Jeremy Clarkson's underwear…

When the Black Stig disappeared off the end of an aircraft carrier in 2003, we were introduced to The White Stig. Faster. Stranger. Harder to keep clean. And ever since, millions have wondered – who is The Man in the White Suit? They're about to find out.

Ben Collins caught the car the bug young, kicking his dad's boss in the balls for not giving him a company Jag. This was the attitude that eventually led him to spend seven years sharing a cabin with Jeremy Clarkson's underwear, James May's PhD thesis and Richard Hammond's hairspray. Because he is The Stig.

Now he tells all about life inside the iconic white helmet. What it's like to guide a blind ex-RAF officer around the Top Gear track; pit a drug dealer's Mitsubishi Evo against a Trojan tank; set a Vauxhall Monara against Chloe the dancing Ninja; and race double-decker Routemasters against bendy buses. Not to mention all the inside stuff on how the show's amazing driving sequences are made.

He also reveals how he got to be there – setting
a Dunsfold lap time faster than Michael Schumacher's. Breaking records with the best of the best at Daytona and Le Mans.

It's an awesome story, told by an amazing man.

About the author

Ben Collins was born in Bristol before moving to California, where he competed as a junior Olympic standard swimmer. When a career as a fighter pilot was cut short by a visit to the optician, Ben switched to cars. He won races in every category from Formula Three to Le Mans Sportscars and GT, and captured the European ASCAR title. When a lack of funding curtailed his racing career, Ben joined the Army Reserves. He also worked as a Hollywood stuntman. In 2003 he became the anonymous fourth presenter, known as The Stig, of Top Gear, coaching celebrities, organising car chases and testing hundreds of priceless cars. Eight years and 13 series on, his alter ego is recognised by millions around the world. Ben loves in the West country with his wife Georgie and 3 children.

Reviews

  • Great book

    5
    By speensar
    Really good read if you are a fan of the Stig and Top Gear
  • The Man in the White suit

    5
    By Celticwarriors
    A fantastic read. Doesn't just focus on TopGear. Racing world action left me informed and breathless. No idle gossip from Ben- just career anecdotes. He has been very much mis- represented if you think this book is a 'kiss and tell' novel. A brilliant driver who could have used his 'character' to further his racing career years ago! Great stuff!! Dafydd Morgan
  • Brilliantly interesting read

    4
    By pmsavage
    I cant disagree more with the poor reviews of this book. I found it to be an interesting, funny and gripping read. It was Collins' connection to Top Gear that attracted me to reading this, but I have to say that this book is more than just telling the story of Top Gear. Collins has led an extraordinary life, and is clearly a talent behind the wheel, and this gives the reader an insight into the world of motor racing, showbiz and curiously; the armed forces. If you're already a fan of TG, don't hesitate. Brilliant from start to finish.
  • Great read

    5
    By Wingedwraith
    It's a great book, if you love TG then this is for you. Ben is no Shakespeare but it's interesting and engaging.
  • Apple rip off

    3
    By Reevsey182
    Great book but I bought it for £10 in hardback book form apple ripping people off for ebook they need to sort pricing out!!
  • Too expensive

    1
    By Dang543
    Stop ripping your customers off apple - £15 for an ebook is ridiculous - I will be buying it through the kindle app instead!
  • Great

    5
    By AGPERRINS
    Just a really entertaining book. Buy now
  • Don't buy this

    1
    By Darren Hector
    What a total breach of trust to break one of TV's greatest pieces of fun. Don't buy this book.
  • Winner !!!

    5
    By T2KVII
    Brilliant read, all those years, and Ben really is the Stig Ive finished it and I'm going to read it again now 5 star read

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