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12 Insightful Quotes About Cars From Jay Leno

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Former “Tonight Show” host and comedy legend Jay Leno is one of the most prominent car guys in the Hollywood. Housed in a series of airplane hangars at Burbank Airport, his collection of over 200 cars and motorcycles are the envy of many around the world. Not only does Leno drive the cars, but he, along with a team of mechanics, also help to maintain and restore many of his priceless collection. In addition, the late night legend also possesses a near encyclopedic knowledge of automobiles and its history.

Recently, Business Insider had the chance to chat with Leno, and he imparted some of his automotive wisdom.

 On what draws him to a particular car

On what draws him to a particular car

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“I like cars that are ahead of their times, and that were noble failures because they were built to a higher standard than the consumer needed. Cars like the Wills Sainte Claire or the Duesenberg.”*

*Wills Sainte Claire and Duesenberg were two upstart car companies from the 1920-30s who technologically advanced cars.

On safety regulations

On safety regulations

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“Corporations complained about [safety] regulations, but let’s face it, people walk away from accidents now that would have killed them when I was a kid”

On how society will adapt to future challenges

On how society will adapt to future challenges

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“I believe engineers will save the world.”

On how he felt when he was finally legal to drive

On how he felt when he was finally legal to drive

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“I was born the day I got my license. When I was a kid, if I wanted to go somewhere and see things, you have to get in your car and actually go. ”

On how the car is losing its iconic place in the culture

On how the car is losing its iconic place in the culture

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“The car was the iPhone of the 20th century. Kids these days don’t have to drive anymore. They just go there virtually.”

On who a car guy should never let touch his cars

On who a car guy should never let touch his cars

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“Anybody who gives their car to a valet isn’t a car guy”

On how he chooses a restaurant

On how he chooses a restaurant

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“If there isn’t a parking space out front or I can’t see my car from the window, we’re eating somewhere else.”

On how environmental laws have made cars more efficient and Los Angeles less smoggy

“Regulations force people to do better.”

On why he works on cars himself

On why he works on cars himself

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“When you work with your hands, you learn to appreciate how easy it is to earn money talking.”

On why it’s good to get away from Hollywood from time to time

On why it's good to get away from Hollywood from time to time

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“Show business is like Champagne. You’ll appreciate it more if you don’t drink it everyday”

Oh how everyday cars have become faster and more technologically advanced

Oh how everyday cars have become faster and more technologically advanced

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“Today, you get better performance from a Ford Focus than a Ferrari from the mid-70s. [The Focus] is just as fast and with better fuel economy. It’s fun to see supercar technology trickle down to everyday cars. ”

On why being your own mechanic still matters

On why being your own mechanic still matters

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“When you fix something with your hands it gives you a sense of accomplishment and a sense of self worth.”

Now have a look inside Jay Leno’s Garage…

Now have a look inside Jay Leno's Garage...

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Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/jay-leno-quotes-cars-2014-8?op=1#ixzz3AFTkEbSB

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