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Jay Leno (born James Douglas Muir-Leno April 28, 1950) is an Emmy-winning American comedian who is best known as the current host of NBC television's long-running variety and talk program The Tonight Show. He also owns Big Dog Productions, a company that co-produces the show. More specific to cars, he is one of the most celebrated car enthusiasts with his own program Jay Leno's Garage

Car Collection

In automobile collecting circles, Jay Leno is known as an avid student, collector and restorer of cars and motorcycles. He has a large antique car collection on which he constantly works in his spare time, and he routinely drives cars from his collection (including an original Stanley Steamer) from his home to his studio. He is also a promoter of the mechanical crafts through a column in Popular Mechanics and his educational activities.

Leno rides his motorcycles in his spare time.

In 2001, Leno auctioned off a Harley-Davidson motorcycle signed by his celebrity guests in an effort to help victims of the September 11 attacks. The bike sold for about $360,000. In 2005, he repeated the gesture twice: early in the year to aid victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake — the bike sold for $810,000; and later to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. That bike sold for $1,505,100.

The Blastolene Special [1] is a 21-foot-long aluminum-bodied roadster powered by a V12 engine from an M-47 Patton tank Leno bought from Blastolene Brothers. [2] It was featured in the 2005 racing game Gran Turismo 4, and Monster Garage.

Leno also owns a 250mph 320bhp turbine powered motorcyle called the Y2K from MTT a company specialized in turbine applications. Leno made several TV programs [3] showing his $185,000 bike.

Leno's column in the American automotive magazine Popular Mechanics showcases his extensive car collection. Additionally, Leno uses his column as a platform to give advice about various automotive topics, including restoration and unique models, such as his jet powered motorcycle.

Jay Leno's passion for classic automobiles led him to an affiliation with the Automobile Restoration Department at McPherson College. Today Leno serves on the National Advisory Board for the college's automotive restoration program and helps fund the Fred Duesenberg Memorial Scholarship.

"Leno even has a Hot Wheels hand painted with water colors" - Felipe Sanchez

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