In addition to hosting the Tonight Show, Jay Leno is famous for his vast collection and love of cars. Combining these two gives us the web series “Jay Leno’s Garage.” On the show, Leno talks about cars both old and new. A future episode will be featuring the 1910 Buick Bug borrowed from the Sloan Museum in Flint, MI.
The Buick Bug is a racing car that got its name from its pill-shaped bug-like appearance. Jeremy Dimick, Curator of Collections for the museum, called the Bug “the jewel of our collection,” in an interview with MLive.
Dimick will also get to be on the show with Leno to talk about the car. “I just want to make sure I tell him everything about the history (of the car). I already sent him some stuff to read,” he said. “It’s exciting. We get to talk about the car to a whole new audience. … I just want to make sure everybody else sees how cool this car is.”
This car is one of the earliest examples of racing cars and was quite dangerous to drive. One of the drivers, “Wild” Bob Burmanm, died in a race while driving the Buick Bug. And another driver, Louis Chevrolet, flipped the car during a practice lap in Indianapolis.
Stay tuned for this future episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage” to see the Buick Bug in action. Leno is lucky enough to drive all the cars featured on his show, including this one.