Sabine Schmitz: Chris Harris remembers Top Gear colleague
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The Top Gear host used to “swap ideas” with other crew members and presenters and had a keen interest in how others find the cars. Mr Collins said himself and Jeremy had “similar opinions” on the models after test driving them despite having different driving styles.
Speaking to DriveTribe, Mr Collins said: “The one I was around the most was probably Clarkson.
“He was often doing the interviews after I’d done the tuition bit on ‘Reasonably priced car’ so we would be chatting about the celeb that’s just come in, what are they like.
“I’d always sit with the editor as well and nose through the footage or remember where they spun off or did something funny so we’d help stitch that together.
“Jeremy would come in for a quick ‘tell me something interesting’ and similarly with the car reviews.
“He really wanted to know what a different perspective was on the car he’d just driven so we’d all swap ideas.
“It’s quite funny, we all drive differently but we had usually quite a similar opinion from different angles.”
Mr Collins added he was close with all three hosts but generally had “more to do” with Jeremy on the show.
He said his former co-host was a “hilarious man” but warned it was often difficult to get him to pay attention.
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Mr Collins revealed he was still in touch with Jeremy “occasionally” but admitted he hadn’t seen the hosts recently.
He told DriveTribe: “[I was close] with all three but I probably had more to do with Jezza and he’s just a hilarious man.
“Of all the people you try to teach something to, I’m not sure it’s possible to achieve that with Clarkson.
“It wasn’t just me that struggled. There was a special forces guy who tried to teach him how to shoot and he took over the lesson.
“He did the same thing to me when I was trying to teach them how to get around the Grand Prix track at Silverstone, he knew best but that’s what makes the show funny.
“Occasionally I’m in touch, not very often. The last time I saw them I think was Thruxton which was a while ago.”
His comments came as the new series of the shop, starring Paddy McGuiness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris comes to an end.
A special tribute show in memory of former host Sabine Schmitz will also air tonight, starring many of the former hosts including Clarkson.
Mr Collins took over the role of The Stig from Perry McCarthy and wore the famous white suit until 2010.
He added: “I had the best time. most of my time was spent with the crew because we were often in different places.
“The presenters would be doing their thing somewhere else and we would be out shooting somewhere on a windy airfield having a great time.
“It was great fun interlinking when we did the challenges, when we went to the Isle of Man and particularly on the live stunt shows we would travel the world and be around each other a lot more.”
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