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Jay Leno's Garage and other car chat
« on: April 13, 2020, 12:59:29 pm »
Basically, I can sit in times of boredom and watch some videos from Jay Leno's garage and just be in awe of a: the sheer number (167) and variety of cars he has and b: how beautifully they are restored and finally c: how he presents and talks about them. 

https://www.youtube.com/user/JayLenosGarage/videos

Yeh, he's rich, but you can tell he loves the engineering side of it and he only wears one set of clothes.  But I can while away a lot of time just clicking through and marvelling at the cars that he has and the guests he brings on. 

Some of my particualar favourites...

1972 Mercedes Benz 600 Kompressor - Just the quality throughout. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LnHdWgLlFI

1982 Pontiac Trans Am (Knight Rider)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YKtQrYNKPg

1975 Jaguar XJ6 Coupe -My aunt and uncle had one of these.  Beautiful and so comfortable. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6YEgLuNN5U

1986 Lamborghini Countach - More for the comments section.  Kind of a big ugly car, but back in the day, it was the tiits.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2vcT1bq2XA

I still dream of picking up a cheap classic and doing it up. 


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Re: Jay Leno's Garage and other car chat
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2020, 01:08:08 pm »
Why isn't he eating anything during these episodes? And why is he alone? Why isn't anyone watching him in a different room and commenting on when he opens the car doors and when he's driving?
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Re: Jay Leno's Garage and other car chat
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2020, 01:09:09 pm »
I still dream of picking up a cheap classic and doing it up.

Me too, but you have to have deep pockets for that too. Initially cheap to buy perhaps, but then the bucks start to add up when finding spares/replacement parts.

Pity because there is great satisfaction in doing something like that.
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Re: Jay Leno's Garage and other car chat
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2020, 01:33:16 pm »
Why isn't he eating anything during these episodes? And why is he alone? Why isn't anyone watching him in a different room and commenting on when he opens the car doors and when he's driving?

You know what?  I think that is the world record for a thread derailment.  I'll get onto the respective authorities to sort out a prize for you.   :laugh:  But I agree, I think it'd improve his videos by about 150 or 160 percent.

I still dream of picking up a cheap classic and doing it up.

Me too, but you have to have deep pockets for that too. Initially cheap to buy perhaps, but then the bucks start to add up when finding spares/replacement parts.

Pity because there is great satisfaction in doing something like that.

Yep, still my dream mind.  It wouldn't even need to be that expensive to pick up, but as you say, it'll add up.  Part of the reason I like the comments on the Countach video, after Leno says about being in 'the Lamborghini section of his garage'.

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-I keep checking the Lamborghini section of my garage...  still empty.

-I’m currently working on the “broken lawn equipment “section of my garage

-Still working on my Lamborghini section of the garage. In fact, still working on the garage part.

-"Over here we have my 01 Accord, and over there is my 1995 Silverado".  The extent of my collection.

Me: "The Ford Escort section of my garage".

When I go and visit my dad in Malta, I'm always amazed by the number of classic cars there.  I saw a Ford Capri in orange with the black strip down the middle, in mint condition.  :-*




Re: Jay Leno's Garage and other car chat
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2020, 01:37:55 pm »
I had a friend from Thailand who would fix up old cars like this. It was a hobby for him, but it was also a heavy process and investment, so he always sold the cars off to old collectors after he finished with them so that he could recup his money plus make quite a bit extra.

He stopped doing it partly because he had stopped getting enjoyment out of it, but also because the last time he cherry'd a car up the old guy who bought it from him took credit for all of his work, lol.


Re: Jay Leno's Garage and other car chat
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2020, 08:42:44 pm »
Why isn't he eating anything during these episodes? And why is he alone? Why isn't anyone watching him in a different room and commenting on when he opens the car doors and when he's driving?

Clearly the cars are not delicious
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Re: Jay Leno's Garage and other car chat
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2020, 08:57:03 am »
Jay Leno's Garage is a great show. It's nice to watch a car enthusiast who actually knows the mechanics behind what he's talking about. My dad was a backyard tinkerer and we used to do all the maintenance on his vehicles.

I recall getting a flat tire once in Korea. I pulled over and changed it, took about 15 minutes. By the time I was done there was a crowd of Koreans staring at me like I was conjuring spirits a la Harry Potter. Some were telling me to call the repair guys because it's dangerous. Laughably inept, real men fix their stuff.

I've never really been a car guy, but I did treat myself a long time ago and bought a Corvette Stingray. That was a nice set of wheels.


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Re: Jay Leno's Garage and other car chat
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2020, 04:33:36 pm »
Never liked Leno.

I have seen several episodes of Riding in Cars with Comedians. It's enjoyable.


Re: Jay Leno's Garage and other car chat
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2020, 06:11:30 pm »
Jay is one of the good guys in the business.
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Re: Jay Leno's Garage and other car chat
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2020, 06:15:36 pm »
Um, the definition of "car chat" is surely Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers.
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Re: Jay Leno's Garage and other car chat
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2020, 07:23:59 pm »
Um, the definition of "car chat" is surely Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers.
What a great show. Their ridiculous laughs, bad jokes, and of course, The Puzzler, were gems.

I remeber when the comic strip Non Sequiter did a strip about "Varying Levels of Car Emergencies" and it had 3 roadside emergency phones A) AAA B) Local Gas Station and C) Car Talk Guys on NPR. The next week they were on air laughing up a storm about it.


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Re: Jay Leno's Garage and other car chat
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2020, 06:25:43 am »
What a great show. Their ridiculous laughs, bad jokes, and of course, The Puzzler, were gems.

I remeber when the comic strip Non Sequiter did a strip about "Varying Levels of Car Emergencies" and it had 3 roadside emergency phones A) AAA B) Local Gas Station and C) Car Talk Guys on NPR. The next week they were on air laughing up a storm about it.

There is a podcast that republishes old shows every week.
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Re: Jay Leno's Garage and other car chat
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2020, 07:08:28 am »
As a non-American, I've not really followed his career, but I've read that people thought he wasn't really 'himself' as a chat show host, whereas now when he's talking about his cars and the engineering behind them, it seems to be where he is most comfortable.  He comes across as one of those celebrities who's very approachable and amiable.

Korean Car Chat

Pretty sure that Hyundai has released three cars in the last year.  You have the new Grandeur with its stupid little lights on the front.  The Sonata with its really stupid zigzag headlights.  And last week, I saw the new Avante under its protective sheeting. 

I had the old Avante for three years.  Decent 1.6, reliable, never any problems. 



Which has now gone to this?



The Grandeur, Sonata and Avante seem to be morphing into the same-looking, same size car.   :undecided:


Re: Jay Leno's Garage and other car chat
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2020, 09:43:32 am »
Leno is really good at guiding conversation and placing the people he's conversing with in a good place.

I remember watching a youtube vid of one of his older interviews with Angelina Jolie, back when she was still together with Billy Bob Thornton. She's kind of notorious for being a difficult person irl, and Leno had cracked a joke about her relationship with Thornton, so, being young and brash, she had agreed to be interviewed on his show just so that she could call Leno out for it. She wanted to embarrass him, and had no problems with being awkward on TV. She went in ready for a fight, but Leno had expertly guided her away from that goal and successfully managed to get her engaged in a more positive interview.

Love him or hate him, he's good at people. He knows how to be likeable when he wants to be.