And now, alongside Jay Leno, we're getting a better sense of how deep Biden's love of cars goes. The vice president will appear in the upcoming season of Jay Leno's Garage, where he takes the comedian and car collector for a spin in his personal 1967 Chevy Corvette Stingray, a lovely green thing convertible with a chocolate interior. And naturally, Uncle Joe kicks off with a healthy burnout, much to the Secret Service's chagrin.
According to Biden, the meeting with Leno marks only the third time the Secret Service has allowed him to drive his personal Stingray since taking up residence at the US Naval Observatory. Biden is the car's original owner – his father, a Chevy dealer, gave it as a wedding gift in August 1967, making Leno's statement that it's a part of the VP's family a fair point. With a freshly revived 327-cubic-inch V8, the Corvette is perfect for a man who reluctantly admits on video that he "likes speed" and has taken his droptop to 152 miles per hour.
While Biden likes his speedy Chevy, it's not long before some "cowboy" tears by in a new Corvette. That cowboy? Former Secretary of State, retired four-star general, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and noted Corvette enthusiast Colin Powell.
The latest season of Jay Leno's Garage premieres on November 9, at 9:00 p.m. on CNBC.