Jay Leno: behind the scenes

Only last week our telly Mole was saying how much better the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment works when we’ve got a proper car nut on – and this week we had, as Jeremy put it, the “world’s biggest petrolhead”.

And he seemed genuinely pleased to be with us too. He told us it was his favourite show. He was happy to chat in the ‘stained environment’ (his words) we call our production office and he wanted to talk about cars.

He described Jeremy’s interview technique as ‘gentle by his usual standards’ and, hilariously, referred to our reasonably priced car as a little eco town car by Chevy. That’s gentle by our guests’ standards…

On the way back from the studio he stopped for a while to check our the McMoss we had in (see pic) – I asked him if he’d buy one and he gave me two reasons why not: he already had a SLR coupe and ‘if it hasn’t got a windscreen, there’s no woman on earth that’ll be interested in riding in it’.

But such is Jay’s interest in cars that he has his own show on NBC in the States called Jay Leno’s garage. There’s a website too. And the entire time he was with us at TG he had a small camera crew recording his experience.

Unfortunately, techie gremlins meant couldn’t embed the original on this page so here’s a version we found on YouTube. But seriously, check out his site. Even after watching Jeremy read out that list of all Jay’s cars on the telly you still won’t believe what he’s got:

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