As the Stig, Ben Collins was the benchmark of speed against which all other drivers set themselves, the man that everyone from Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell to Jenson Button tried and failed to beat. He has raced successfully in almost every class imaginable, from Formula 3 and Le Mans 24 Hour competition to American Stock Car Racing. Jackie Stewart watching a young Ben win a Formula 3 race was blown away: 'When you see the likes of Ben Collins in Formula One, remember you saw them here first.'
Ben has put every known supercar to the test. From the anonymity of his white helmet he taught some of the world’s most famous stars how to lay down a fast racing lap, caught a parachutist in his moving car and coached a blind man how to take on a chicane.
Ben also set up and now runs Collins Autosport who have supplied precision drivers for Top Gear and Hollywood, with Ben making his third appearance as James Bond’s driving double in Spectre, another raging success at the box office. In Dr Strange Ben crashed a Lamborghini (deliberately!) as the stunt double for Benedict Cumberbatch during the crucial scene that sets the good Doctor on his mystical journey to becoming an elite agent of Marvel’s Superhero force of Avengers. Ben collected another Screen Actors Guild award for the role.
Collins Autosport also offer the ultimate driving challenge in some of the fastest cars on the planet to an international clientele who are looking to take driving to a whole new level. Ben writes for Autosport and the Sunday Times and was a presenter for Channel Five’s Fifth Gear. His best-selling memoir, The Man in the White Suit: The Stig, Le Mans, The Fast Lane and Me charts a life of passion, commitment and a determination to succeed in the highly competitive adrenalin fuelled world of motorsports.