Becky & I have seen Jay a couple times at his one man shows (during the time when he would fill in for "Johnny" & still toured). Our
daughter got her photo with him backstage here at the Redding CA Civic Auditorium .... (which she promptly lost). We have bumped into
him at Pebble a couple times ..... he doesn't know us from Jack Scheeeitt. But ...... what I (doc hemp) admire about Jay Leno is that his
fame & money has changed him very little! He still mingles, loves Harleys & all types of cars like a lot of us do!
Jay purchased this 32 Packard shown below from his idol, (everybodies idol) the racing legend Phil Hill. This is what collecting these
cars is all about!! The history behind each one! Preserving this history! Preserving these cars! We are all only caretakers & protectors of
these cars for future generations. These cars represent people, era's & a warm fuzzy feeling. They become part of the family of a true
car lover & collector.
Becky & I have had our Late model 1930 Studebaker President Roadster for 26 years.... (11-30-05 = 33years now). We still have the 1973 Pantera we bought new, and all but one Harley.
As per search engines and our main server ... our many sites get several million hits per year.
Hopefully we may get to see Jay's 32 Packard When we show "Blackie" our 1933 Packard Dual Cowl
Sport Phaeton (pictured above here with the caboose on our steam train) when we go to at Pebble Beach this August 29th, Sunday -
1999 for the 100th year of Packard..... (Note) .. Jay brought his green Duesenberg this year .... Like his Packard a little better though! ( ; > )..
Another later note .. for Pebble's 50th anniversary in 2000 ... "Blackie" made the cover of Show Case magazine
that was passed out at the gate with the tickets. Jay was also featured in the 50th anniversary edition shown receiving his first in class
with his Duesenberg for the previous year of 1999. See these photos below ....
Concours Co-Chairman, Jules Huemann & one of our favorite (Packard nut) actors, Edward Herrmann fighting for a picture with ole Doc Hemp &
Blackie - hee-hee .... Edward has a beautifully restored 1936 Packard ... He also rode in the rumble seat of a 1934 Packard Dietrich 12 Convertible
Roadster in front of us on the 50 mile tour.
This photo above was taken at the 1999 Pebble Beach Concours ... Jay & his wife were there also ... The photo below is of Jay and his wife Mavis receiving their first in class trophy from Sandra Kasky(Button) for their 1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy convertible coupe at the 1999 Concours.
The stats below shows the last 100 visits to this page on the morning of 9/14/07 ... Our free stat counter stores only the last 100 and since all our
sites are hobby and non commercial we don't wish to pay for any of the permanent last 10,000 visits, etc. But it is kinda interesting to see that
there are almost no visits from out of the USA as opposed to our steam train and Dental sites that get visits from about 50 different countries a
day. This page had about 88,000 visits though from the USA this past year.