Celebs go riding in cars with the host as ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ returns for Season 5

‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ – The host and his passion

Jay Leno

An old adage says that if you can make your passion your career, you will never work a day in your life. In his post-“Tonight Show” life, Jay Leno has found such a job with “Jay Leno’s Garage.”

“When I was on ‘The Tonight Show,’ ” the veteran comic explains, “I had to fake it an awful lot because I’m not a big music guy or a big sports guy. The crew would always laugh when I would go, ‘My next guest has sold more records than Elvis and the Beatles combined. Please welcome – who is this?’ …. But with this, it’s my hobby, it’s what I love to do anyway so it’s really great fun. … People come up and go, ‘Hey Jay, I’ve got a 289 Mustang.’ … And then we’ll start talking about that and whatever and it makes it great fun.”

Leno returns for more adventures with celebrities in cars when his hourlong CNBC series opens its fifth season Wednesday, Aug. 28. As in seasons past, he’ll be putting some of the world’s most unusual and amazing vehicles through their paces, while offering up a mix of stunts, reviews, celebrity interviews and challenges and also meeting fellow car enthusiasts who share his passion for a finely engineered auto.

Among those he’ll be riding shotgun with in the new season are actors John Travolta, Charlie Sheen and Matt Damon; recording artists Billy Joel, Keith Urban, Avril Lavigne and Seal; comics Kevin Hart, Tim Allen and Jeff Dunham; NASCAR champ Joey Logano and lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, who took Leno for a ride in her 1958 Edsel, a vehicle produced by Ford from 1958 to 1960 that was famous for its push-button transmission on the steering wheel and its dubious reliability.

“She loves the thing,” Leno notes. “She’s actually very funny. She’s a fascinating woman. I get a real kick out of her because she talks like a kid when you’re just hanging around and you see the enthusiasm and the excitement of the project she’s involved in. And it was fun to see her let her hair down a little bit and talk about dating with boys and cars and just all the kinds of things that happen in an automobile.”

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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