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And now, let's go see what the Stig is up to...
August 19, 2010 11:27 AM   Subscribe

Perhaps following the original Stig, the current masked driver on Top Gear announced they would write an autobiography. Un/fortunately the secrecy clause of his contract has been brought up, and the lawyers rear their heads. There is talk-talk of 'human rights' issues. British radio talk shows seem to be amused (no links fellows, alas)
posted by LD Feral (27 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Some say his autobiography is an attempt to cash in. Others, that his restrictive contract terms are denying him the right to free speech. All we know is that he's going to be out of a job soon.

The Stig!
posted by djgh at 11:30 AM on August 19, 2010 [24 favorites]


Some say, human rights do not legally apply to him.

And others say he himself is a violation of the Geneva convention.

All we know is, not very much!
posted by kiltedtaco at 11:37 AM on August 19, 2010 [4 favorites]


Lest we forget what happened to the previous Stig.
posted by Electric Dragon at 11:45 AM on August 19, 2010


Jeremy Clarkson endorses things? Do companies pay him to endorse their competitors products? Or does he offer companies a choice of paying him off or having him endorse their stuff?
posted by stavrogin at 11:47 AM on August 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'm Stigacus.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 11:53 AM on August 19, 2010


But if they kill off the white stig, whill they hunt down black stig or find a new one?

Coming to a TV near you this autumn... Magenta Stig.

One one hand, Magenta Stig sounds like a drag act. On the other hand, Magenta Stog sounds like a drag act...
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 11:58 AM on August 19, 2010


The original Stig.
posted by usonian at 12:07 PM on August 19, 2010


In related news, racecar driver Racer X to write autobiography, reportedly to tell public "what he hasn't been able to tell people."
posted by Ironmouth at 12:08 PM on August 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


Pshaw, we all know it's Michael Schumacher anyway!

Isn't it a bit early for a new "Who is The Stig" manufactured controversy?
posted by madajb at 12:09 PM on August 19, 2010


I always thought the BBC were missing a trick by not making a Super Sentai/Power Rangers-esque kids show, featuring a rainbow of Stigs.

They could also have May as a Q-type technical whiz, Hammond as their mascot and Clarkson as an ignorant twat.
posted by Quantum's Deadly Fist at 12:23 PM on August 19, 2010 [7 favorites]


I beat the Stig.
posted by cthuljew at 12:23 PM on August 19, 2010


I beat the Stig.

Rubens Barrichello, is that you?
posted by madajb at 12:28 PM on August 19, 2010 [4 favorites]


Comes down to money of course. He does do the heavy lifting on the show of teaching celebrities how to run around a track, and is risking his life in exotic sports cars for an entertainment program.

Then again it could just be a marketing stunt to drum up publicity for a fake autobiography.
posted by inthe80s at 12:35 PM on August 19, 2010


The whole thing about having a secret identity is that the guy inside is beloved for the secret identity. I don't see why they couldn't let the guy under contract go work as "The Stig" for as long as he wants to. Replacement Stigs? Them too.

Really, though, a biography of the Stig -- not the guy in the costume, but the Stig himself...

And why no Stigettes, other than it'd potentially upset the boyzone unless she was dressed like an action hero?
posted by Ogre Lawless at 12:35 PM on August 19, 2010


This is the imaginary radio advert for a Stig book playing in my mind.

JEREMY CLARKSON: Some say he authored 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.'

The 'oo' in tattoo here is pronounced with a rising and then falling tone, almost lengthening it to two syllables.
posted by zippy at 12:37 PM on August 19, 2010


In related news, racecar driver Racer X

OMG OMG OMG How awesome would it be if they actually "replaced" the Stig with Racer X?!?!
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 12:39 PM on August 19, 2010


public school nonsense
posted by A189Nut at 1:20 PM on August 19, 2010


Man seeks to escape contractual obligations.
posted by doublehappy at 1:33 PM on August 19, 2010


public school nonsense

Here, I'll pass you a whetstone for that.
posted by djgh at 1:43 PM on August 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ur-Stig.
posted by Kinbote at 1:46 PM on August 19, 2010


The original Stig.
I always think...
posted by Abiezer at 1:57 PM on August 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


I want an "I'm Sparticus" scene with hundreds of racers standing up claiming to be the Stig.
posted by humanfont at 3:46 PM on August 19, 2010


I want an "I'm Sparticus" scene with hundreds of racers standing up claiming to be the Stig.

Very well, send them ALL off the aircraft carrier!
posted by -harlequin- at 7:13 PM on August 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


And why no Stigettes, other than it'd potentially upset the boyzone unless she was dressed like an action hero?

I guess same reason this fpp is addressed to guys only.
posted by tigrrrlily at 2:48 AM on August 20, 2010


You never know, a Stig autobiography might just be boring...

Drove a car round a track. Drove another car, around the same track. Drove a rubbish car around the same track. And repeat.
posted by 13twelve at 5:01 AM on August 20, 2010


If they haven't offered her the job as Stig yet, they should. I didn't know it was even possible to drive a cargo van like that.
posted by Go Banana at 6:17 AM on August 20, 2010


You never know, a Stig autobiography might just be boring...

Or, you know, considering his speech patterns, really quiet.
Page 2

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Page 68

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Page 256

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Alternatively, he could have fun trying to spell out the sounds of the cars he drives

RHAAAAAEEEEEEEWHUUUUUUAAAAAAAEEEEEEEWHUUUUUUUUUUUAAAAAAAAEEEEEEEE...
posted by quin at 2:01 PM on August 20, 2010


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