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As seen on the Speed Channel. For Tonight Show host Jay Leno, cars are something very special. He is a serious car enthusiast, historian and writer whose personal collection includes antiques, classics, customs, and some of the wildest things on four wheels. But these are no museum pieces-they are built to run-and Jay drives them all! On a very special My Classic Car DVD, Dennis takes you inside Jays garage and test-drives some of his favorite cars and motorcycles. The following classic cars are focused on in this special episode: 1930 Duesenberg, 1909 Stanley Steamer, 1915 Hispano-Suiza, Jays Tank Car, 1955 Buick Roadmaster, 1925 Doble, Jays Toys, 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Racer. Extra Features: Jays Motorcycles - Jet Bike-Powered by a C18 Allison jet engine; 1918 Pope-a short-lived but classic American bike.
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Dennis Gage - Dennis grew up on a small family farm in northwestern Illinois. He started tinkering with cars early on, and the first car he purchased was a T-Bird. He continued his automotive interest and, through the course of his college years, owned a number of muscle/sports cars. Dennis accepted a position as a product development scientist at The Procter Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. Having some disposable income, Dennis got back to playing with classic cars. This is also where he and Ellen had their 3 children. After years at P&G, Dennis took a position as Director of Product Development at a Bristol-Myers Squibb company in Evansville, Indiana. There he met the founder of the fledgling Bradley David Productions, Inc., and he became co-owner of the company shortly thereafter. A My Classic Car pilot series, hosted by Dennis, was developed for TNN and received strong ratings when it aired on TNN in early. Based on this success, the show premiered as a weekly series on TNN in January. The show then moved to SPEED channel where it reaches over a million households. My Classic Car is now one of the highest rated programs on the network. In addition, Dennis is the Executive Producer of the motorcycle television programs, Corbins Ride On and Trippin on Two Wheels, and the reality series, Texas Hardtails, as well as the independent film, November. Dennis also serves on the Board of Directors of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), as well as a number of academic and industry advisory boards. Dennis eventually became sole owner of the production company and renamed it MadStache, Inc. and with his own lifelong love of cars and motorcycles, he states- This has got to be the ultimate job! Jay Leno - His down-to-earth persona and topical humor have helped make Leno one of the most recognizable personalities in the business. In the '70s, the comic toured as a stand-up sometimes booking as many as 300 gigs annually and made multiple appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. In the '80s, Leno warmed Carson's seat as the show's regular guest host. When Carson retired in 1992, NBC passed hosting duties for The Tonight Show to Jay Leno, much to the chagrin of competitor David Letterman who had his eye on job. Leno sustained his popularity and approachability well into the '00s. In 2009, Leno reluctantly agreed to step down from The Tonight Show, allowing his chosen successor, Conan O'Brien, to take over. In a surprising move, NBC offered Leno a nightly prime-time program, The Jay Leno Show. When it debuted in 2009, the show failed to gain traction and was subsequently canceled. NBC offered to rearrange both the prime time and late-night schedules to include everyone involved, but the arrangement rattled Conan O'Brien, who eventually refused because altering the schedule would harm The Tonight Show's long-lasting reputation. When the dust finally settled on the late-night conflict, Leno took back The Tonight Show, and Conan O'Brien left NBC. Off-screen, Leno spends his leisure time peacefully with his wife and his collection of classic cars and motorcycles.About the Director:
Ben Woehler is currently Senior Producer at MadStache, Inc. in Evansville, Indiana, where he shoots, directs, and edits the national TV series, My Classic Car, for Velocity Channel (Discovery Communications), NBCSN, MAVTV and REVN. My Classic Car is in production for its 22nd season. He played similar roles in the television series, Trippin on Two Wheels, Corbins Ride On, and Texas Hardtails on SPEED channel. Ben produced, shot, and edited the independent documentary Shoeless Blues The Journey of Boscoe France about blues guitarist Boscoe France, who won Guitar Centers nation-wide Battle of the Blues guitar competition. The film has aired on numerous PBS affiliates and recently won the audience choice award at the Alhambra Film Festival. He recently edited another film, The Invisible Patients, which won Audience Choice at Indy Film Fest.
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