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Life in the fast lane with ex-Stig

Bristol racing driver gives talk at fundraiser

Ben Collins, Top Gear’s former Stig, with Stephen Rosser and Julian Withers

Ben Collins, Top Gear’s former Stig, with Stephen Rosser, of
Clarke Willmott, left, and Julian Withers, of Jessie May Trust

Bristol racing driver Ben Collins shared his life story at our Bristol office on Thursday 24 January 2013.

Better known as Top Gear’s The Stig, Mr Collins, from Redland, has enjoyed a career covering international motor racing and stunt driving for Hollywood films. He told all to an audience of around 100 people.

The event was staged to raise money for Bristol charity the Jessie May Trust, which provides care for sick children and their families.

Since leaving the BBC’s Top Gear in 2010, Mr Collins has worked as a presenter on Channel 5’s rival show Fifth Gear and raced in the illustrious Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race. He has also been a stunt driver for the last two James Bond films, most recently driving Eve Moneypenny’s car in last year’s smash hit Skyfall.

Mr Collins said: “The team at the Jessie May Trust do amazing work with children and young people with life-limiting conditions, helping them and their families to have the best quality of life possible. “I am delighted to be able to support such a worthwhile cause and look forward to sharing my adventures with my fellow Bristolians.”

Kevin Jones, Head of our Bristol office, said: “Ben has certainly lived an extraordinary life and we are delighted to be hosting this fun-filled evening to benefit the Jessie May Trust. “We are long-term advocates of this exceptional charity and the brilliant work that they do for young people with terminal illnesses”.

Julian Withers from Jessie May thanked Clarke Willmott and Mr Collins for the event, which raised money through ticket sales.