Top Gear racing expert The Stig reached out on social media to ask for help after a thief was caught on camera with his new electric skateboard.
Clad in a white suit, the speedster, often seen behind the wheel of a fast-moving car, says he didn’t even try to drop his new toy before it was whipped.
When he went to Twitter, he said, “Does anyone recognize this thief who got away with me?” @ EvolveSk8boards electric skateboard last night? I would love to have it back – hardly had a chance to fall down … it doesn’t go far without a remote control. Will pay a reward. ”
Brand new, the boards sell for up to £ 2,000.
Better known to his mother as Ben Collins, the Stig is a Bristol-based racing driver who has competed in many categories since 1994, from Formula Three to Indy Lights to Sports Cars, GT Racing and Stock Cars.
In addition to racing, Collins’ company Collins Autosport Limited provides precision and stunt driving services, particularly for BBC Television, including Top Gear and Top Gear Live, as well as for the film industry, such as driving James Bond’s car in Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale and Eve Moneypenny’s car in Skyfall.
In 2010, the Sunday Times claimed Collins may have been one of the identities of The Stig – an otherwise unidentified presenter on the Top Gear show – based on financial reports from Collins Autosport.
The BBC was denied a court order that prevented Collins from publishing an autobiography in which he identified himself as The Stig.
In 2010 it was announced that Collins would join Fifth Gear as a host.
The Stig is a character on the Top Gear auto TV show. The character is a game with the anonymity of racing drivers’ full-face helmets, with the running wit that nobody knows who or what is in the Stig’s racing suit.
The main job of the Stig is to set lap times for cars tested on the show. Before that, he also taught prominent guests outside the camera for the segment “Star in an affordable car”.
The identity of the original “black” Stig, Perry McCarthy, was revealed by a Sunday newspaper in 2003 and confirmed by McCarthy later that year.
The black-clad Stig was “killed” in the premiere of Series 3 in October and replaced by a new white Stig in the following episode, which lasted until the end of Series 15.
In Series 13, Episode 1, the show jokingly exposed the Stig as seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher. On the break after Series 15, racing driver Ben Collins was exposed as Stig in a lawsuit over Collins’ upcoming autobiography, titled The Man in the White Suit. In Series 16, which debuted in December 2010, Collins was replaced by a second White Stig, whose identity has so far remained a secret.