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Canberra – Hometown of the Stig ?

By Whatsup 23 May 2009 28

After watching the first few episodes of Top Gear – Australia I have been curious about the identity of the Stig.

After poking around the internet it appears that Neil Bates is a popular guess.  Some people have also suggested that both Neil and Rick Bates are having turns at wearing the white suit and helmet.

I just thought I would put it out there, could the Stig be a local ?   Is the Stig a reader of RiotACT ?

[ED – The Stig reads?]


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willo 3:11 pm 29 May 09

as i said… depends which stig you are referring to…..there have been 3 possibly 4 different stigs imo

Gungahlin Al 12:22 pm 28 May 09

The Aussie Stig was doing some very impressive power drifting this week – very rally style, making me lean towards Bates. Curiously seemed a bit hunched over when shown walking away from a car – and yes slight build – couldn’t possibly be Ingall.

willo 11:21 am 28 May 09

Secret Squirrel said :

The Aussie Stig looks a bit slight of build to be Batesy, Ric Shaw is pretty slight though.

well…that depends on which stig you are talking about….the first aussie stig was short with no neck and a slight beer belly……very russell ingall like…..

Holden Caulfield 11:17 am 28 May 09

Yeah, it’s legit. He races Mazdas mostly, although just ran a BMW 130i in the Nurburgring 24 hour race.

I’m not sure which Aussie Stig you have been looking at Squirrel, but the one I’m seeing is not tall(ish) like Ric and certainly not slight like he is.

astrojax 11:15 am 28 May 09

ric shaw? really – that’s not a joke name??

Secret Squirrel 9:25 am 28 May 09

The Aussie Stig looks a bit slight of build to be Batesy, Ric Shaw is pretty slight though.

Holden Caulfield 9:08 am 28 May 09

Maybe that is the case now, but TG UK very much evolved into that. Go back to S1-3 of TG UK and back then, while still very watchable, it was very much a car show hosted by three blokes.

The comparisons between the two shows are inevitable, but we’re comparing rookies, to seasoned campaigners. Of course the crew with 12 series behind them are going to be better. They will probably remain better, too, but I think we can expect the gap to shorten over time (if they get it).

Anyway, there’s less than a month to the return of Top Gear Series 13, just Google it for the date. 🙂

Thumper 8:45 am 28 May 09

The big difference between the two is that UK TG is a programme about three funny blokes who like cars, whereas the Australian version is a programme about cars, hosted by three blokes.

Subtle, but large difference.

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