Jay Leno is one of Hollywood's most prominent car guys. His collection of about 300 vehicles (cars and motorbikes) is housed in several aircraft hangars. Leno said:
"I grew up in Andover, Massachusetts, which was a pretty rural area when I was a kid. There were always broken tractors, lawn mowers, vehicles you had to fix. I remember somebody had abandoned an old Renault in a field when we were about 11 or 12. We would drive it around the backyard. Your mom would kind of watch through the window. Of, course now they’d call child services, and the parents would be taken away. Back then, it was seen as not a bad thing—it taught you how to fix cars and get things running. I never set out to collect cars. I just bought what I liked. The general rule of car collecting is if you’re reasonably astute and you understand how things work, if you like it, chances are other people will like it, too. My three things are: It should be of technical and historical significance. It should be fun to drive. And it should be attractive to look at. If an automobile has those three qualifications, then it’s probably something that would be considered collectible."
Leno also has almost encyclopedic knowledge about cars and their history. Not only does he drive cars, but along with a team of mechanics, he also helps maintain and rebuild many of his priceless collections.
The owner of the Tesla Model 3, Michael Hughes, saw Model Y while charging. On that day, he wrote his first enthusiastic tweet and shared it on Twitter.
Model Y sighting in San Luis Obispo. All I can say is WOW! So amazing in person. My 3 is amazing but this is on a new level of awesomeness. Can’t wait to get one @ElectrekCo @ModelYNews @Model3Owners @Teslarati @TheTeslaShow @NYKChannel @HyperChangeTV @TeslaMotorsClub pic.twitter.com/zdzP2PH6fx— Michael Hughes (@mickthughes) January 18, 2020
But Michael’s luck didn’t end there. The next day he was again lucky to see Model Y. This time he managed to sit in the new car and talk with a Tesla employee who was driving the car.
As a result of the conversation, Michael became aware that Model Y is due to appear on Jay Leno's Garage soon.
Model Y sighting second day in a row. Got to talk and see the entire inside (no pics by request). Car will be in Jay Leno show soon! Amazing layout/ storage space & seating. Got to sit in it. @Model3Owners @Teslarati @ElectrekCo @TeslaPodcast @thirdrowtesla @ModelYNews pic.twitter.com/2euhELzxg0— Michael Hughes (@mickthughes) January 19, 2020
At the moment, we don’t know if Model Y will take part in Jay Leno's show. But we know for sure that this is likely. Leno appreciates the engineers who create something new and great. "I believe engineers will save the world," he said.
He has a special love and respect for some old, but not popular cars, because he believes that they are ahead of their time and that is why they were not accepted by society. "I like cars that are ahead of their times, and that were noble failures because they were built to a higher standard than the consumer needed," he said.
The Model Y, like any Tesla car, is a work of engineering and technical art that is surely ahead of time. That is why, it is likely that Mr. Leno really wanted it to be on his show.
“If a car is fun to drive, is of historical or technical interest, and has a style that people find intriguing, then it’s probably going to up in value,” he said.
Leno is a huge Tesla fan, he currently owns a Model S. He believes that electric cars are the future and the days of gas powered cars are numbered. “I have a Tesla. I’ve had it for three years. I’ve never done anything. There’s no fluids to change. There’s nothing,” said Leno.
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