• Aug 3, 2009
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Last week we saw AC/DC's Brian Johnson on Top Gear's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment and for the first time ever the consensus was, "no need to fast forward." Now, we're not going to say that the former Tonight Show host and pistonhead extraordinaire Jay Leno is as mesmerizingly fun as AC/DC's front man. But Jay does own two Lamborghini Miuras, which is it's own sort of spellbinding. In fact, the notoriously anti-American Clarkson calls Leno the world's "#1 petrolhead." High praise indeed.

For his part, Jay is affable and halfway laughable. He gives a very strange, inaccurate answer as to why Americans drivers won't let people with their turn signals on into a lane (real answer: because we're jerks), but does tell an absolutely fantastic story about two "gang bangers," his McLaren F1 and the three tunnels on Kanan Road. Yes, fine, but does Leno drive fast? Well, he's quite smooth. And the second fastest American. See for yourself after the jump.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it's worth noting that Clarkson isn't actually anti-American. He just plays it up as part of his shtick.
        • 5 Years Ago
        you don't think he's anti American? just watch the review of the Ford GT and listen how quickly he dismisses the fact that Americans build that car
        • 5 Years Ago
        You mean the Ford GT he ended up buying and had to keep sending it back because it kept braking?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want two miuras... :(
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd be happy with just one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      After driving his Stanley Steamer on the LA freeway at 105 or whatever the rumor was, Im perfectly happy to see him tool around and enjoy himself. He's no racer, but from what I've seen he's a pretty good mechanic. And that is better than being fast, a guy that truly loves cars and isn't afraid to get his hands dirty is awesome to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      in Jay's defense, there is the whole "wrong side of the car" thing.... :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Clarkson's not "anti-American," just (for the most part) "anti-American-car." Given the vehicles available in the UK and EU, most American cars pale by comparison. Read Top Gear's reviews of the POS Chrysler/Jeep products available in the UK; they're laugh-out-loud funny. (And, having spent a week with a brand-new rented Jeep Patriot, the comments are completely on the money.)

      I have great respect for the strides US Fords have made in the last decade (and own one), but they're still not as interesting as European Fords. (Waiting on a US-spec Fiesta here, hoping they don't screw it up in the translation.)

      For the record, Clarkson et al regularly trash the (largely "former") British car industry.





      • 5 Years Ago
      I was really expecting him to be a bit faster...
        • 5 Years Ago
        so did I.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In an tiny lighweight, low power eco box, driver weight plays a part. Jay must have a 100lbs on Brian Johnson who kicked ass last week.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Me too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They found a helment big enough for his head? He is a douchbag
        • 5 Years Ago
        shut up, Dave.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Now I know you're an idiot. Anyone thinking that "Conan rules" is obviously not in their right mind. Probably the most unfunny person in late night TV... ever.
        • 5 Years Ago
        He retired you dolt. Conan definitely isn't funnier than Jay any day.
        • 5 Years Ago
        let me just add a few more things here. I don't know if you realize just how generous, gracious, and classy Leno's act was. Jay has dominated his time segment for like 10 years and showing no signs of slowing down. To bow out, would be like Tiger Woods retiring after winning just one tournament. Or a marathon runner winning 10 years in a row, and retiring at his peak to let the runner up win.

        Anyways, I find Conan's humor to be funny, but it's too off the wall. I wonder how it will do in a "main stream" time segment. Fallon looks too main stream to be the Late Night Show host (and last I checked, Fallon was bombing at it.)

        • 5 Years Ago
        I like Jay and Conan, but just to inform you, Jay did not lose his Tonight show, nor did he retire.

        Jay announced several years ago that he would bow out from the Tonight show so that Conan can take his place. The reason for doing so, is that he wanted to avoid the bad blood that came about when he replaced Carson. David Letterman thought he was a shoe-in for the Tonight show, but when the execs gave it to Leno, Letterman bolted for CBS. Letterman and Leno's relationship has been strained ever since. The NBC execs then replaced Letterman with Conan for the Late Night show.

        When Conan expressed to the execs that he wanted to move to a larger market. He felt tied down to the time slot he was given. Being a young and ambitious guy, who could blame him?

        Leno's show was the strongest show for that time segment and the execs did not want to replace Leno because of it. So the execs had a problem on their hands. They feared Conan would leave for another channel if they didn't give Conan what he wanted. Leno sensing this problem, announced several years in advance that he would stop hosting the Tonight show to make room for Conan; thereby give the execs room to "promote" Conan to a more prized time slot.

        So you see, Leno doesn't have an ego. He's a class act guy. Nor did he retire. He's coming back at for the 10pm time slot. It wasn't his idea. It was the NBC execs. He was a real big money maker for NBC. I can't blame the execs for trying this out either.

        So all 3 parties win, so far.

        Personally, I like both the guys, but I wonder if Conan's brand of humor really fits the new time slot. Time will tell.
        • 5 Years Ago
        he still sucks, thats why he lost his show
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jay Leno didn't retire, he lost the tonight show, and has a new show that is before Conan, beause Conan rules. He can't retire, his ego is to big to go away
        • 5 Years Ago
        your just sad he lost the tonight show, it's alright, you believe what you want.

        but all these people know whats up:
        http://funmeme.com/?tag=/jay+leno
      • 5 Years Ago
      Leno does have a smooth style. He looks like he's giving it about 75% of his full attention though. I bet he could do it faster if he really went for it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The guy is a shill for anyone with the cash. he has no credibility.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Evidently it's not popular to call Leno out for that here. It's always nice to have a big name who really appreciates cars and is vocal about it. He does a decent job at catering to an audience. Having said that, he's not the brightest man and doesn't have a great understanding of political, behavioral, or social issues so it can be annoying when he goes that direction, but of course he has that "charm." There were a few moments during the episode when I just sat and sighed because of his catering or generalizations. He even used British pronunciations and colloquialisms as though they were part of his normal lexicon so he would appear more refined and greater than most Americans.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Correction: The end of that episode almost made me cry. :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now Clarkson needs to come on Leno's show.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would pray he would never demean himself that way.
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