In a certain sense, BBC Top Gear‘s character “The Stig” is exactly like Santa Clause; there is no one Santa, but rather a series of actors and portly rent-a-lap men who’ve portrayed him from within a very specific suit.
In another, much more real sense, The Stig and Santa Clause are precisely nothing alike: presumably, none of the mall Santas that you’ve come across in your travels have ever been left in command of a sweat shop full of little people tasked with creating the year’s global toy supply, let alone capable of steering a team of reindeer through the turbulent atmosphere to deliver said toys to every Christian household in the world in a span of just 24 hours. Whoever has worn the suit of The Stig, conversely, must necessarily be able to drive like stink.
That brings us to professional driver Ben Collins, who is one of the more high-profile individuals to ever wear The Stig’s suit. If anyone could teach self-proclaimed terrible driver Chris Irvine of the UK’s Daily Mail how to speed, handbrake- and J-turn his way to being stunt-driving-competent, it would be Collins.
The series of three videos below shows some of the highlights from Irvine’s professional stunt driving training at the hands of former Stig Ben Collins, and it contains a lot of great pointers for us to soak up. Will this series of videos qualify you to be The Stig on BBC Top Gear in the future? Probably not. But it should at least help bolster your ability to scare the life out of your passengers.