• Jul 28, 2010
Just like any self-respecting car guy, Jay Leno has had his fair share of run-ins with local law enforcement. And, much like the rest of us, some of those run-ins result in great story material for those Monday morning watercooler conversations. But as you'd expect, Leno's are more entertaining.

Take, for example, a recent exchange Leno had with Visor Down in the U.K. Says the late-night comedian:
I have the record for the oldest vehicle to be done for speeding. It was a 1912 Stanley Steamer, and I had it cranked up to 75mph on a freeway.
Nice. Needless to say, we're suitably impressed by the speed Leno was able to attain in such a rarefied piece of automotive history. Sadly, the police officer didn't seem to share our respect:
I'm kind of proud of that, especially considering the engine is steam-powered and makes less than 10 bhp. The cop who issued the citation was remarkably straight-faced and unimpressed with my feat, which I thought was a little unimaginative of him. How could you seriously issue a speeding ticket to something with the same engine as a small steam locomotive?
Jay, if it makes you feel any better (and we're sure it doesn't), we completely agree. Read the rest of the interview at Visor Down here.

[Source: Visor Down]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Now I know where Stanley Steamer gets their name.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I always thought it came from... wait never mind I was thinking of a Cleavland steamer.
      • 4 Years Ago

      I knew a buddy when I was in high school that got a speeding ticket on his 18 speed pedal bike. He got nabbed on a downhill doing 61 kph in a 50 zone - drove right in front of a cop with radar. For awhile he had the ticket framed (while he was in University) to show off.

      Read between the lines: You do NOT need a car or a even drivers license to be issued a driving citation here in Canada.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's the problem with where he lives - down here, 75 is ignored on the freeways.
        • 4 Years Ago
        He's lucky the cop didn't impound and crush his car for failing to cough up what they consider legitimate receipts for every part in the vehicle.

        Despite the wonderful roads (esp route 1), California is one of the worst states to be caught speeding in...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Reply fail...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like the carpet cleaner?
      • 4 Years Ago
      he mentioned this back in 2004 on American Choppers too. the episode was actually just on yesterday
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pretty sure the original didn't come with seatbelts, wonder if he retrofitted some in his. If not, 75 on a freeway in that thing without seatbelts = scary! Not too many cars out there you can literally bounce out of.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone else think 'Is that guy doing a burnout'?
        • 4 Years Ago
        My first thought exactly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        thats his exhaust
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great story. I'm certainly impressed!
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you don't like jay leno then you shouldn't be on this site.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And who are you again?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice to see vintage cars get driven rather than being garage queens.
      • 4 Years Ago
      While don't think he's as much of a "car guy" as many people think, he's certainly entertaining and definitely supports the enthusiast industry.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Isn't an "anorak" a coat? I was with you 'til the last sentence.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The guy has 150 cars, all of which he works on himself, knows the history of, and actually drives. How much more of a car guy could you be?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, he's got a TON of cars, bikes, trucks and God knows what else. And yeah, he reportedly works on some. It's just that as I watch his shows, it's quite often apparent that he doesn't actually know as much about the vehicles as he lets on. The average Joe wouldn't pick-up on it but since I have a bit more experience than the average Joe, I do.
        He seems to be a good guy. Entertaining and a great boast for our industry. So, I leave it at that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You sir, are an idiot. The man has forgotten more about cars then you will ever know. If he slips up occasionally and says the bugatti is 16+ liters or whatever, it's not because he doesn't know. It's just a slip. He doesn't really like the Veyron anyway.There is no more car guy around than Leno. Hell. I owned a race shop and raced cars for many years. My first job was at a Ferrari mechani. I still don't know everything about cars, but I'd consider myself a car guy. Being a greater anorak doesn't give you some badge of credibility.
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