Canberra – Hometown of the Stig ?

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 willo 3:11 pm 29 May 09

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

Gungahlin Al 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 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 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 astrojax 11:15 am 28 May 09

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

Secret Squirrel 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 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 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.

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 7:46 am 28 May 09

Rawhide Kid No 2 said :

Rabble said :

I’ve seen a guy in a T-shirt which says “I am the Stig” at Belconnen Mall, and another one in Civic and a different one again in a servo in Dickson.

They see him here, They see him there, that scarlet Stig.

“I’m the Stig and so is my wife…”

(Apologies to Monty Python…)

willo willo 4:29 am 28 May 09

the stig is 3 or 4 different drivers

astrojax astrojax 9:31 am 25 May 09

i thought tg aus recruited their stig from the canberra bowling women’s tournament. under that helmet is a bowls hat and inside that glove is the key to a 1975 mini. or mebbe i was dreaming…

Artisan Artisan 12:06 am 25 May 09

Season 1 was definitely a let down. Very fake and derivative, it certainly made the “Australia” in the title ironic.

Season Two is an improvement, but more like that of trading up from a Hyundai to a Toyota rather than from a Hyundai to a Porsche.
Still feels like the hosts are heavily scripted and aren’t really in sync and whereas Top Gear UK has the means and opportunity to test cars from all over Europe, America and Asia, Top Gear Australia is relatively limited in that respect. There’s only so many unique Aussie cars, the rest are either beyond their reach or just repeating what the UK already did better.

As for the stig, Rick Bates is a maybe. He’s done some V8 work over the years but he’s done even more rally driving. The way the stig goes around the track, I was thinking there was some rally inspired moves. It’s either Neil or maybe Mark Skaife… he’s got some time on his hands now.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 9:28 am 24 May 09

That was a good chuckle sexynotsmart!

Yeah season 1 was hard to cop – they ain’t no Peter Wherrets. Where DID they get these guys from? but it has gone to e second season – more than you can say for Aussie Queer Eye.

Bit better now, and there’s the basic fact: what other choice do Australia car fans have? That dumb 20-minute advertorial on Saturdays?

Where else can we see Aussie people, Aussie cars, Aussie tracks and roads, get some meaningful reviews, well-deserved regular slanging of P76s and Chargers, and some crash-hot fangs in supercars?

Rick Bates…Colin Bond…Brad Jones…who cares?

harvyk1 harvyk1 8:18 am 24 May 09

Yeah, I saw TG Aus for the first time again the other night. (I couldn’t bring myself to watch the first season, it was sh*t). and I thought it had improved a great deal. They have gotten rid of the Clarkson carbon copy, and whilst it still had it’s painful moments, it was certainly going down the right track.

As for the Stig? Well I’m pretty sure it’s one driver, but unless he goes “black stig” on us we’ll probably never really know.

deye deye 7:12 am 24 May 09

grunge_hippy said :

well there are 2 people that watch it…possibly the only 2 in the country.

i just cant bring myself to watch to contrived banter that comes so easily to the UK version. its painful.

It took a long time for the original TG to have that easy banter. TG Aus is a lot better this season than last season. Probably on par with the 2nd season of the original. Last season however for the most part didn’t make the grade of season 1 Top Gear.

Rawhide Kid No 2 Rawhide Kid No 2 6:26 am 24 May 09

Rabble said :

I’ve seen a guy in a T-shirt which says “I am the Stig” at Belconnen Mall, and another one in Civic and a different one again in a servo in Dickson.

They see him here, They see him there, that scarlet Stig.

PM PM 3:26 am 24 May 09

There’ll be more than one “Stig”. Helps keep the mystery alive 🙂 And that’s more or less confirmed in the o/s version.

Some say he’s “Crazy Chester”…

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 2:36 am 24 May 09

Rick Bates. 😉

Rabble Rabble 12:07 am 24 May 09

I’ve seen a guy in a T-shirt which says “I am the Stig” at Belconnen Mall, and another one in Civic and a different one again in a servo in Dickson.

imarty imarty 10:09 pm 23 May 09

sexynotsmartbutclever

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