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The Man In The White Suit: The Stig, Le Mans, The Fast Lane and Me | Hardback

Released on 16 September 2010

Author: Ben Collins | Format: Hardback

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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 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.

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 I love the Stig!

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To anyone who asks "who cares who the Stig is?" or "what's cool about being able to drive really fast?" or even "why on earth would you watch a programme hosted by some middle aged losers who still think they're hard by breaking the speed limit even though they're well into their 50s?", I say: YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!!!

Sure, you could go out and socialise with your friends or visit your family, but then can you really do all these things to the max without knowing the true identity of the Stig? Picture the scene: you're in the pub with your mates, or more likely a World of Warcraft convention, and someone says something like "I wish I knew more about the Stig". BAM!!! You come along a knock them out with your expert knowledge of the man. That's the kind of reward you're in for after reading this cover to cover.

I know what you're thinking: "I still don't see how this could possibly be of interest to anyone with a life, surely it's just a guy who covers his face while driving fast". Well let me tell you why it's of interest - he can drive REALLY fast!!! The bottom line is you would only know just how fast he can drive and just where in the world he has demonstrated this skill after reading this book. For that reason, I believe this to be the best book money can buy this Christmas.

 An Excellent Read Indeed

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I bought this book thinking it would be adequate at best, but it is truly an excellent read...I can't put it down and find myself reading way beyond when I think I'd better stop! :)

It is a fascinating book which gives real insights into the world of dream sports cars and motor sport...not least behind the scenes at Top Gear. Don't hesitate, buy the book and see for yourself! Honestly, I'm already really hoping for a sequel.

 A great read

| | See all Seiryuu's reviews (1)

When i first heard about this book i was expecting it to be poor at best, considering it was written by a racing driver and not someone who is a writer by profession. I was blown away by how well written and hard to put down this book was. While reading this i had a huge sense of top gear nostalgia. Highly recommended read!

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AuthorBen Collins
PublisherHarpercollins (United Kingdom)
FormatHARDBACK - 352 Pages
Illustrations2x8pp plates