Jay Leno’s 1966 Olds Toronado

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Here’s a couple of photos of Jay Leno’s 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado I took while visiting his studios that some of you might enjoy…

Originally a front-wheel drive powered by a 7-liter generating 385 HP, Jay stepped up the game by transforming his into a 1,070 horsepower real-wheel drive rocket ship, sitting on a modified C5 Corvette chassis.

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Under the hood of Jay’s ’66 Toronado

 

Jay Leno’s 1963 Porsche 356 Carrera 2

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Among my favorites during my recent visit to Jay Leno’s world-class collection of automobiles and motorcycles is his stunning 1963 Porsche 356 Carrera 2.

Beautifully restored over forty years ago by Long Beach’s own John Willhoit, this 356 is powered by the original four cam 2-liter engine.  One of fewer than 500 built, the car continues to be one of the most desirable Porsche automobiles, and originally sold new for around $7,000 (which may sound cheap by today’s standards, but was one of the more expensive sports car of its time).

Jay and his team at Jay Leno’s Garage were kind and gracious enough to allow us to photograph this splendid Porsche under their giant studio lightbox.

1953 Cunningham C3. A rare bird indeed.

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Jay Leno’s 1953 Cunningham C3.

A model replica of the P-51 Mustang hovers over Jay Leno’s rare and beautiful 1953 Cunningham C3.  Just one of 25 ever built, the Cunningham C3 is powered by a 331 C.I. Hemi V-8.

Briggs Cunningham was an American sportsman, bon vivant, builder of bespoke watches and sportscars, and entreprenuer who enjoyed the finer and faster things in life. The Cunningham’s body was built by Vignale in Italy.

 

1966 Yenko Stage II. Safe at any Speed.

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Another personal favorite from Jay Leno’s Garage is this genuine 1966 Yenko Stage II Corvair. Beautifully restored, she’s powered by a 164 C.I. flat-six with four carburetors, generating 190 HP. Designed by Ed Cole, the Corvair was Chevrolet’s answer to the Porsche 911.

 

Behind the scenes: Jay Leno’s Garage

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Behind-the-scenes with the team meticulously setting up the shot with Jay’s 1969 #Lamborghini Miura S.

What an incredible 12-hour day listening and learning from the master storyteller himself, as well as the entire team at Jay Leno’s Garage. The experience reinforced the importance of great #storytelling – and #listening – as the basis for exceptional #marketing engagement and success.

A big “thank you” to Larry Chen and everyone at #jaylenosgarage and #canonusa for making the day possible.

Photographing Jay Leno’s Lamborghini Countach

I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Jay Leno’s Garage and participate in a 12-hour workshop hosted by Jay, and led by Larry Chen, arguably one of today’s hottest automotive and action sports photographers.

This beautiful 1986 Lamborghini Countach was just one of several legendary vehicles pulled under the giant lightbox to be photographed that day.