Secret ‘Top Gear’ test driver’s identity unveiled

The opaque visor of one of Britain’s most famous helmets has

been lifted.

The identity of The Stig, the always-anonymous test driver on

“Top Gear,” the wildly popular British television show about cars,

has long been kept secret.

The BBC had asked Britain’s High Court for an injunction

blocking the publication of an autobiography revealing The Stig’s

identity. But lawyers for publishers HarperCollins said Wednesday

it was not granted.

The publishers said in a statement that “Ben Collins has a great

story to tell about his seven years as The Stig.”

Collins is a professional race car driver. His story is to be

published later this month.

Top Gear producer Andy Wilman said on the show’s website that

“the whole point of the Stig is the mystique.”

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