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Peeking Into The Labyrinthian Halls Of Jay Leno’s Garage

By Alex Sobran
February 10, 2017
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Photography by Ted Gushue

Petrolicious founder and CEO, Afshin Behnia, will soon appear alongside his 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale on Jay Leno’s Garageand we had a chance to look around the expansive assembly of cars, bikes, and everything else.

It does feel a little silly and incorrect to call Jay Leno’s garage, a garage- it’s sort of like calling an aircraft carrier a boat. This is a collection that gives even the most jaded individual an acute case of automotive ADD. To think of this place as just (just?) an expanse of unique cars spanning numerous countries and decades is to be narrow-minded in the extreme. One could write doctoral theses on a single wall of automobilia alone. There’s just so much of everything to take in that it all kind of congeals your brain into a gut reaction of simply, “wow.” Using more words somehow doesn’t seem appropriate for a place that includes a Mercedes 600, a Ford Shogun, and a twin-turbo tank-powered ‘car’ under the same roof. It turns into babble very quickly. So we’ll let the photos put it into the thousands of words that I can’t.

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Jaime R mejia
Jaime R mejia

Nice to meet your team at Jay’s Ted.
funny after looking at the cool picture
I got to make the cut on 2 of them…
-jaime

Jorge Rueda
Jorge Rueda

This is so awesome! It’s like stepping into a museum of automotive history!

D Gallo
D Gallo

Jay is noted for driving these cars regularly, he’s also into conservation, the garage is wind and solar powered for electric, he’s loves electric cars, and feels that we should conserve fuel, because that will allow us to drive these beautiful cars forever

Harv Falkenstine
Harv Falkenstine

A true car guy can appreciate a Fiat 1100, a Panhard, a Galaxie big block all at the same time, Jay has maintained that little boy awe of cars that “carguys” started out with in their youth. Yes, the Dusenbergs are great but a Shogun is cool. The youtube videos are so well done, you can listen to them while traveling like audio books. Great pictures – looking forward to Petrolicious on Leno…

Teo Markwitz
Teo Markwitz

It’s a masterpice but rather dead than alive – I would love to see all thoose car driven daily or over the weekends rather standing dead in huge garage….

Derelict
Derelict

You do not know then that every one of those cars is in running and driving condition and actually sees street time. Unlike collections by notable others around the world. He restores, maintains, AND drives them all.

Also, turn down the saturation a bit. Just because you can does not mean that you should. It muddys the photos.

Douglas Anderson
Douglas Anderson

One thing amongs’t many that I love about Jay’s philosophy of cars, and car collecting is that he drives many of these wonderful cars. I heard him say one time that he thought , any car that was a 100 point concour’s winner should be driven like the dickens down to nearly exhaustion and then brought back to original condition by the next custodian. Gotta love that !!

Dennis White
Dennis White

Jay is great about offering a tour of the garage at Pebble every year for a 1K donation to the Monterrey Boys & Girls Club. Unfortunately, just a walk-thru (a couple of hours worth; you could spend days!), but well worth it and a good cause.

jack c
jack c

Of all the cool shots there, my favorite is the first. An amazing Mercedes Gullwing, with real road-chips and marks on the front. The car is not a buffed garage queen. Thanks for driving it, Jay!

Stan Avedon
Stan Avedon

A most amazing f’ing collection. I’m crying

Casual Observer
Casual Observer

A M A I Z I N G

Mike Aldridge
Mike Aldridge

I’ve been watching JL’s YouTube videos for a little while now and always find them fascinating. It’s one collection I’d love to spend a few hours looking through, such a diverse and eclectic variety of automobiles.

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