Top Gear's "The STIG" number plate from DVLA Number Plate Auction

Monday, 11 August 2008

BBC Top Gear star “The Stig” can get his hands on his perfect personalised car number plates at the forthcoming DVLA number plates auction at the end of September. The registration marks THE 57IG is included in the auction of 1500 personalised number plates that are being sold.

“The Stig” is the name given to the anonymous racing driver on the BBC motoring show Top Gear. In the show he is cast as a mysterious "tame racing driver" whose identity is unknown, and who never speaks or removes his trademark white helmet on camera.

Nonetheless he is fully credited as a presenter, albeit as "The Stig", alongside Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in the credits of the cult show.

The Stig's primary functions on the show are to post lap times in various cars around the Top Gear Test Track in Dunsfold Park, which he does very impressively each time. He also trains each week's guest in setting a lap time in the Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car feature on the show.

In addition “The Stig” carries out other driving duties when the need arises.

The Stig has also appeared on some of Jeremy Clarkson's motoring specials, such as Heaven and Hell and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, as well as on BBC's Whizz.
Whilst his real identity is kept a secret, the rumours constantly buzz around as to who he really is.

There have of course been numerous claims that there are multiple Stigs, and that they change every so many seasons for one reason or another. The usual suspects are Damon Hill, Julian Bailey, Mark Webber while Perry McCarthy and now Tim Schrick are confirmed Stigs (Black Stig and German Stig respectively). Even Lewis Hamilton and Nigel Mansell have had the finger pointed at them. In short, even with this unveiling at Zolder, we are no closer to knowing who the actual British Stig is.

So post September 2008 if you see the car registration plate THE 57IG infront of you you may be the first to see who he really is!!

See the current DVLA Auction number plates listings at:
www.r4v.co.uk/dvla_number_plate_auction.php

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