By Charles Krome
Like a number of other auto observers, I’m jumping on a recent survey from that bastion of journalistic integrity known as The Hollywood Reporter, which in this case commissioned an in-depth look at the audience demographics for the country’s top four late-night talk shows—including the preferred auto brand for each show’s audience. And what makes this particular factoid especially interesting for us is that the hosts of three of the four shows in question have some serious gearhead cred.
Take a certain Jay Leno, who in addition to handling “The Tonight Show” duties also happens to have one of the most amazing car collections on the planet. Leno’s menagerie has now grown to nearly 100 cars, and we’re talking about some serious metal here. There’s everything from a 1906 Stanley Steamer to a 2006 GM EcoJet. Haven’t heard of the latter? The 650-hp supercar, powered by a Honeywell LT-101 turbine engine running on bio-diesel, was something he thought up during a chat with GM design chief Ed Welburn back in the day, and GM was kind enough to put one together for him.