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  • Exclusive Interview With The Stig: Talking to the Fastest Racer on Top Gear America

Exclusive Interview With The Stig: Talking to the Fastest Racer on Top Gear America

Scott Evans
Dec 3, 2019
Forget any American cousin you may have seen, the Stig has landed in California to film the MotorTrend exclusive series Top Gear America alongside hosts Dax Shepard, Rob Corddry, and Jethro Bovingdon (meet the hosts here).
We cornered the reclusive racing driver and TV personality during a promotional photo shoot in hopes of gaining some insights on the new hosts and the new show. We know the Stig is a driver of huge talent, but few words, so we hoped bringing a brand-new Ford Shelby Mustang GT500, a mid-engine C8 Corvette, and a McLaren 720S into the studio would help open things up. Instead, we found the Stig staring inquisitively at a lamp.
MotorTrend: Welcome back to the office! Don't worry about the mess from last time. It's all been taken care of.
The Stig:
MotorTrend: I hope the A/C is on high enough in here. I know it's a bit warmer than you're used to outside. Does it ever get a little warm under all that gear?
The Stig:
MotorTrend: I see you've had a chance to meet the hosts. Are you excited to be working with them?
The Stig:
MotorTrend: You're no stranger to working with celebrities, of course, what with all the stars in the reasonably priced cars.
The Stig:
MotorTrend: Jethro is from the U.K., as well, and quite a driver himself. Have you two worked together previously?
The Stig:
(Editor's note: At this point, the Stig abruptly wandered off in the direction of the Corvette. )
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MotorTrend: What do you think of them putting the engine in the back?
The Stig:
MotorTrend: Do you support carmakers breaking decades of tradition if it makes a car better?
The Stig:
MotorTrend: You know, both that Mustang Shelby GT500 and the McLaren Senna over there have more than 700 horsepower. If you could only pick one, which do you drive?
The Stig:
MotorTrend: You've driven some incredibly powerful and incredibly quick cars in your career. Is there one that stands out?
The Stig:
(Editor's note: The Stig again wandered away, this time toward the rear of Dax Shepard's 1967 Lincoln Continental. That's where we caught up. )
MotorTrend: You almost exclusively drive new cars on Top Gear, but are you a fan of the classics?
The Stig:
MotorTrend: How do you feel about modifying classic cars with new engines and things?
The Stig:
(Editor's note: The Stig turned and walked out the door. We assumed this meant the interview was over. )
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