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Jay Leno

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Jay Leno
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Most famous outside the automotive industry for being a comedian and host of The Tonight Show, Jay Leno is also an avid car collector and automotive writer.

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Full Name: James Douglas Muir Leno
Birthdate: 28 April 1950



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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Jay Leno page on 5 April 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

James Douglas Muir "Jay" Leno is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, voice actor, and television host. He was the host of NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1992 to 2009. Beginning in September 2009, Leno started a primetime talk show, titled The Jay Leno Show, which aired weeknights at 10:00 p.m. ET, also on NBC.

After The Jay Leno Show was canceled in January 2010 amid a host controversy, Leno returned to host The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on March 1, 2010. He hosted his last episode of The Tonight Show on February 6, 2014. That year, he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.

Personal life: Vehicle collection

Leno owns approximately 286 vehicles (169 automobiles and 117 motorcycles). He also has a website called Jay Leno's Garage, which contains video clips and photos of his automobiles in detail, as well as other vehicles of interest to him. Leno's Garage Manager is Bernard Juchli. Among his collection are two Doble steam cars, a sedan and a roadster that were owned by Howard Hughes, and one of nine remaining 1963 Chrysler Turbine Cars.

He has a regular column in Popular Mechanics which showcases his car collection and gives advice about various automotive topics, including restoration and unique models, such as his jet-powered motorcycle and solar-powered hybrid. Leno also writes occasional "Motormouth" articles for The Sunday Times, reviewing high-end sports cars and giving his humorous take on automotive matters.

Leno opened his garage to Team Bondi, the company that developed the critically acclaimed video-game L.A. Noire, which is set in Los Angeles in the late 1940s. Leno's collection contained almost 100 cars from this period, and allowed the team to recreate their images as accurately as possible.


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Studebaker 1933 Speedway President 1933 Studebaker Speedway President at the Studebaker National Museum adopted by Jay Leno
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Studebaker 1933 Speedway President 1933 Studebaker Speedway President at the Studebaker National Museum adopted by Jay Leno
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Studebaker 1933 Speedway President 1933 Studebaker Speedway President at the Studebaker National Museum adopted by Jay Leno
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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
18 September 2007Jay Leno To Drive Hydrogen Powered CarAnthony Fontanelle


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