Owning the role of setting lap times for cars tested on the show, as well as teaching celebrity guests how to drive, The Stig has always been a prominent feature of the show, being the brunt of many Jeremy Clarkson jokes.
If you were driving the roads on England this week then you may have been surprised by a 30ft statue of the infamous Stig strapped to the back of a lorry, making its way across the country. As well as being a tremendous piece of art the statue effectively got people talking, gearing everyone up for the first episode of this series Top Gear.
The fibreglass model took three sculptors over two months to create, being stored at Warsaw’s Palace of Science and Culture. This comes as part of the many efforts being made to attract TV watchers to the new BBC channel, BBC Brit. Set to be the home of Top Gear The Stig was the best option to use for endorsement.
BBC Worldwide’s Amanda Hill said: “BBC Brit will be the new home of Top Gear in Poland, so what better way to mark this than by taking them a giant Stig. Fans will be able to spot him on the roads of England, Holland and Germany, he’s impossible to miss.”
BBC Brit, which launches on February 1, is described by the BBC as “premium factual entertainment that is intelligent but irreverent. Male-skewing but with broader appeal, it blends expertise with entertainment and fact with fun. The channel will become the exclusive home of Top Gear and covers a rich variety of subjects: cars; science; adventure; business; life-changing moments; extreme characters; quirky eccentrics and plenty of laughs.”
What do you think about the new channel? Will you be switching over from BBC Two?