Former host of NBC’s Tonight Show, comedian Jay Leno has signed on to host another television show. Leno delighted the viewers for more than 20 years as one of America’s funniest hosts. He is now taking his talent to where his heart really is to host a show which has tentatively been named Jay Leno’s Garage. The show is set to premiere on CNBC in 2015 and will allow Leno to showcase his longtime love of cars.
Leno owns an extensive collection of vehicles and motorcycles and is one of the biggest collectors of cars in the United States. In August CNBC aired an hour-long special titled, Jay Leno’s Garage: the Ultimate Car Week which was the first time Leno appeared on television since his departure from the Tonight Show. The new series will follow that special, according to Leno who said:
The show will be about anything that rolls, explodes and makes noise. We hope to highlight the passion and the stories behind the men and women who made the automobile the greatest invention of the 20th century.
Leno has a long-standing career in entertainment but is reportedly a legend in the world of cars. According to CNBC, the 64-year-old comedian will share his passion for all things automotive, including restoration projects and road tests from classics to supercars.
He owns a warehouse in California known as Big Dog Garage filled with memorabilia, cars and motorcycles. His massive collection is “all inclusive” meaning there is something for everyone. He not only owns these cars but actually works on them himself and drives every one of them. He takes them to car shows from those as simple as Cars and Coffee to the more extravagant ones.
In addition to owning a motorcycle powered by a jet engine, here is a small example of the many cars Leno owns:
1986 Lamborghini Countach – This is the car that was seen on many boys’ bedroom walls from the 1970s until the late 1990s.
1909 Stanley Steamer – This is a steam engine car which is not fast but once it gets moving, runs on the power of steam alone.
1937 Fiat Topolino – This car only had a five gallon fuel tank, but could get nearly 40 miles per gallon. The fastest this car climbs is about 53 MPH.
1955 Buick Roadmaster – This one is special to Leno because he met his wife when this was his only car. He bought the car in 1972 and only paid $350.00. He has since enhanced it with a Corvette suspension, a big block Chevy engine and custom wheels.
1966 Oldsmobile Toronado – This was General Motor’s front drive vision for the future of the Oldsmobile brand. Leno’s Toronado has been enhanced and puts out over 1,000 horsepower.
Blastolene Special – This car is also known as the Tank Car and is considered a work of art. Its masterpiece status is all based around the special powered engine.
McLaren F1 – This is Leno’s yellow super-car which is known to silence the crowd. This $1.2 million dollar, 903 horsepower hybrid is what the comedian calls a “perfect blend of science and technology.”
Leno has been known to the world for stand-up comedy and late-night television, but within the world of car lovers his collection of vehicles supersedes any of his other achievements. His garage houses a collection 130 cars, 93 motorcycles and all of the parts and memorabilia one would expect to accompany such an enviable assortment.
Jay Leno is now set to return to television where he will host a show which has tentatively been named Jay Leno’s Garage. The prime time series is set to premiere on CNBC in 2015.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)