Top Gear’s biggest secret appears to have been let out the bag – the identity of daredevil driver The Stig.
And in news that may surprise misogynistic fans of the long running BBC car based entertainment series, it would seem the speed addict is in fact a woman (and that there is more than one Stig).
Fans of Top Gear will be more than familiar with the helmeted and racing jump suit adorning driver – who wears a distinctive and pristine white outfit.
But the identity has always been a well guarded secret – however photographs and reports from Wales appear to have unmasked the driver.
The identity of The Stig of Top Gear fame may well have been revealed
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The Mail on Sunday has images they claim show two people dressed as The Stig while filming on location in Wales.
They claim the taller of the two entered the toilets of a cafe – with a dark haired woman emerging moments later with the iconic white helmet badly hidden beneath her coat.
While the smaller of the two Stigs disappeared and then minutes later a gentleman emerged carrying boxes clearly marked with the words “The Stig”.
“I saw the woman Stig get into the driver’s seat of the car, but I have no idea where they went,” a local told the weekend paper.
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It is believed this dark haired woman would be the first female Stig in Top Gear’s 16 year history.
The identity of the first ever Stig was a mystery for the first seven years of the show – however former racing driver Ben Collins revealed he was the brains beneath the helmet with his 2010 autobiography The Man In The White Suit.
The 26th series of the show is currently filming – with cricket legend Freddie Flintoff, Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness, and ex-racing driver Chris Harris taking the wheel to present the show.