Why the Stig Took off the Helmet

Jeremy Clarkson would be impressed. Outside Ben ­Collins’ smart Bristol semi are two brand new cars: a £40,000 sporty A5 and — ­perfect for a growing suburban family — a £40,000 VW people carrier.

Meanwhile, inside the four-bedroom £575,000 house in Bristol’s most upmarket area workmen have been renovating the place for weeks.

If Ben has been worried about losing his job on Top Gear after unveiling himself as the man who has appeared as The Stig for the past seven years, he certainly isn’t showing it.

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