Original Stig from Top Gear to make an appearance at Blue Lamp Trust

Mystery Stig to make charity appearance

Mystery motorist Stig.

Stig uncovered - Perry McCarthy.

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HE’S the enigmatic racer whose identity was closely guarded by his famous crash helmet.

Now The Stig will take off his helmet as he attends a road safety charity’s conference as special guest.

Perry McCarthy, the original Stig on BBC’s Top Gear, will be the keynote speaker at the Daily Echo-backed Blue Lamp Trust’s annual conference this May.

The mystery behind who The Stig was got tongues wagging more than a decade ago with column inches devoted to his true identity.

McCarthy, who has raced in Formula Ford, Formula 3 and F3000, appeared as The Stig in 22 episodes of Top Gear in black racing gear and set lap times for cars tested on the show.

He ended his stint as the character in 2003.

He will attend the event at the Hampshire Fire and Rescue headquarters in East-leigh, which will see a reconstruction of firefighters cutting motorists free from the wreckage of a road traffic accident. Law firm Paris Smith will give a talk for employers called Avoiding Prosecution, which focuses on managing staff who drive for work.

The trust was set up by the police and the fire service to promote safety in the community. Profit from a range of driver training programmes is reinvested into the running of the Bobby Scheme, which provides home safety and security for the vulnerable and elderly across Hampshire.

Mark Bradford, general manager of the trust, said: “The Stig is known for his skill behind the wheel and his ability to master almost any vehicle. It is a rare opportunity to hear tales of burning rubber from an expert. For those of us less able behind the wheel, the other elements of our event should really help to focus minds on driving with care and ensuring businesses do everything possible to ensuring the safety of their staff and other road users.”

To reserve a free place at the event e-mail info@bluelamptrust.org.uk.

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12:20pm Thu 27 Mar 14

ToastyTea says...

People who get a hard on over the stig and top gear are rather sad.
People who get a hard on over the stig and top gear are rather sad. ToastyTea
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1:31pm Thu 27 Mar 14

jammyswine says...

ToastyTea wrote:
People who get a hard on over the stig and top gear are rather sad.
But happy to have a hard.....
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: People who get a hard on over the stig and top gear are rather sad.[/p][/quote]But happy to have a hard..... jammyswine
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6:26pm Thu 27 Mar 14

issacchunt says...

Original stig who left 11 years ago and sold a book by selling out the programme. What a draw?

Wait until the nationals get hold of this one?

Don't take your car unless you want a convertable.
Original stig who left 11 years ago and sold a book by selling out the programme. What a draw? Wait until the nationals get hold of this one? Don't take your car unless you want a convertable. issacchunt
  • Score: 1

9:13am Fri 28 Mar 14

PooleParky says...

issacchunt wrote:
Original stig who left 11 years ago and sold a book by selling out the programme. What a draw?

Wait until the nationals get hold of this one?

Don't take your car unless you want a convertable.
That was Ben Collins, not Perry.
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: Original stig who left 11 years ago and sold a book by selling out the programme. What a draw? Wait until the nationals get hold of this one? Don't take your car unless you want a convertable.[/p][/quote]That was Ben Collins, not Perry. PooleParky
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11:22am Fri 28 Mar 14

Perry M says...

issacchunt wrote:
Original stig who left 11 years ago and sold a book by selling out the programme. What a draw?

Wait until the nationals get hold of this one?

Don't take your car unless you want a convertable.
Your facts are wrong. I wrote a book about my journey through motor racing to get to Formula One. This was published in 2002 before the 'new' top gear came on air. It was at my book launch Jeremy Clarkson told me of plans to bring Top Gear back and that they had an idea for me ... 'The Stig'

Three months after I left the show end of 2003, an extra three pages or so were added to my book talking about the fun of being the original Stig ... which I was allowed to do.

It's irritating to have ill informed people making false accusations
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: Original stig who left 11 years ago and sold a book by selling out the programme. What a draw? Wait until the nationals get hold of this one? Don't take your car unless you want a convertable.[/p][/quote]Your facts are wrong. I wrote a book about my journey through motor racing to get to Formula One. This was published in 2002 before the 'new' top gear came on air. It was at my book launch Jeremy Clarkson told me of plans to bring Top Gear back and that they had an idea for me ... 'The Stig' Three months after I left the show end of 2003, an extra three pages or so were added to my book talking about the fun of being the original Stig ... which I was allowed to do. It's irritating to have ill informed people making false accusations Perry M
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