Exposed in 2010 as Top Gear's 'The Stig', Ben Collins is one of Britain's most renowned and unusual sportsmen. His rise through the ranks of international Motor Racing has been a unique journey and he made history by becoming the first Englishman to drive in the US National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) series for over thirty years.
Ben recently presented a TV show for the BBC called 'Extreme Teens' and has been known to carry out daring stunts on numerous car shows such as 'Driven', 'Top Gear' and 'Pulling Power'. He currently co-hosts the NASCAR show for Sky Sports which is airing live on most weekends. Few racing drivers have won as many races in such a variety of series, from Le Mans to Formula Three and now NASCAR Stock Cars. As a journalist Ben provides punchy reports on the hottest racing cars and Supercars for Autosport magazine as well as the Sunday Times.
From Uri Geller to Sir Jackie Stewart and Nicholas Cage, Ben's career has been touched by the unusual, the extreme and the unknown. He taught Daniel Craig the fine art of advanced driving for the Hollywood Bond Movie, 'Quantum of Solace' (2010) and then again in ‘Skyfall' (2012). As a consultant on set, Ben was a key member of the team that produced some of the most daring car stunts ever seen.
Ben Collins is an expert on driving and the mental aptitude required to be a professional. He is able to communicate what it feels like to race, where split-second timing, high pressure and total focus are key, and then to adapt these skills to the challenges of everyday life. Ben's strength of character was revealed very early on, when as a child his family moved to America and he was enrolled into a local swimming team. His competitive nature drove him to nationwide competition and a gruelling training regime of 30 hours a week by the age of 7. Winning was etched into his ethos and the determination to succeed has remained a constant throughout his life.
Ben Collins understands the corporate world well and as Brand Manager for Hornby Scalextric for several years was responsible for a significant upturn in sales. Ben spends a great deal of time hosting corporate events and track days and is sensitive to the complexities of the business world.
Ben Collins' boundless enthusiasm, interest in all things and never-say-die attitude makes him a captivating keynote, motivational or after dinner speaker. His unique and ongoing career exemplifies making the most of every opportunity and his story relates how personal development and great commitment will overcome all the odds.
Ben Collins is in high demand as an after dinner and motivational speaker due to his unique career and continuing success. His entertaining anecdotes and tales of incredible stunts make for a truly unique experience, with a story of strong commitment and an iron will that has helped establish Ben as a world class performer.
As an after dinner speaker Ben Collins has a wealth of stories from his eight years as Top Gear’s The Stig, from coaching the likes of Tom Cruise, Ellen MacArthur, Gordon Ramsay and Cameron Diaz to organised high voltage car chases and testing hundreds of priceless cars. Plus there’s Hollywood – teaching Daniel Craig how to do doughnuts amongst driving stunts during his multiple stints as 007, filming with Nicholas Cage on the set of National Treasure 2, during which no less than thirty cars were destroyed.
Ben has stories from his early days enrolling at a local swimming team, where by the age of 7, he was swimming nationally at junior Olympic standard to passing selection for an Elite Airborne regiment of highly trained Army reservists, where he also served as an evasive driving instructor. And of course his hugely successful career in motor sports, covering his experiences with Formula Three, NASCAR and Le Mans where he and his Team recently captured the Le Mans Series Championship Title.
As a highly sought-after motivational speaker, Ben Collins is an expert on driving and the mental aptitude required to be a professional in this highly competitive environment. He provides insight on what it feels like to race and perform in a high pressure environment where split-second decisions determine success or failure, and total focus is the key to unlocking your potential.
“As is so often the case in every day life, it’s the little things that count in motor racing; to go that fraction faster through a corner than the next man means stretching yourself and believing it’s possible when everything is telling you it’s physically impossible”.
Team work. The driver in a racing team sits at the hub of a group of experts channelling their unique skills towards the goal of winning. Every individual is linked by that shared vision and invariably it is the weakest link in the chain that determines whether the Team will win or lose. Words like camaraderie, commitment, motivation, team work and trust find their true value when a racing car slides into the hands of the pit crew, at 3 o’clock in the morning of a 24-hour race, for a tyre change and a refuel during a monsoon.
Ben Collins is extremely personable and continues to host some of the most productive corporate events we run in the UK. He has become like a part of our team and his approach really engages all our guests, which is why we enjoy working with him so much!
Outstanding in every way. Ben Collins is a true professional with lots of charisma and a great personality. His delivery was impeccable and full of dynamism - Ben was fully engaged with his performance and provided great joy to all the participants including the media. The audience's response was overwhelmingly positive.
From start to finish we were hugely impressed by Ben's professionalism and commitment. From the moment he arrived he was 'on message' and dealt with all media queries in a relaxed and friendly manner... Ben was a pleasure to work with and I would have no hesitation in recommending him.
The day was an incredible success, due in no small part to Ben's excellent driving skills, which we expected, but also to his fantastic interpersonal skills. Very rarely have I worked with VIP guests who were so keen to get involved, and was so willing to spend time with our guests, both young and old. He was certainly the most professional person I have had the pleasure to work within the last 10 years of running these type of events.
Ben’s professionalism, hard work, humour and all round congeniality made the whole day a huge success for our company. We will have no hesitation whatsoever in using his services again and we cannot recommend him highly enough to any prospective client.
Holden was lucky enough to have Ben drive for one of our V8 Supercar teams at Bathurst and he was fast, professional and very engaging with supporters and sponsors. We also flew Ben out this year to speak at our National Dealer Conference. He was a huge success with a very entertaining presentation.
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