Stig Might Fly ; Steve Howarth Does a Lap in the Passenger Seat with the First Man Unmasked as Top Gear's 'The Stig' - Stunt Driver Ben Collins

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Stig Might Fly ; Steve Howarth Does a Lap in the Passenger Seat with the First Man Unmasked as Top Gear's 'The Stig' - Stunt Driver Ben Collins


Collins, Ben, Manchester Evening News


Tsome things in life you should never say... like telling the truth when your better half asks 'does my bum look big in this.' .

Another thing you should never say is 'however fast you like' when the Stig asks how quickly you would like to go around a racetrack in the passenger seat of a 690bhp Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4. If you do say that Stig (the original one - AKA racing driver Ben Collins) will show you what 0-60 in under three seconds feels like with a mighty V12, 6,498cc engine shoving you in the back and the horizon hurtling towards you.

Trust me - you don't have time to even get your first expletive out before two corners have been passed and we are on the straight doing well over 100mph. I was at Wigan's Three Sisters racetrack as a guest of new ecigarette brand KiK - who staged the publicity day - and the idea was to get a quick interview with the 'well known for not being well known' Ben - who was for several years hit TV show Top Gear's mystery 'tame racing driver. …

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