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Jay Leno Uses His Time Off To Get Back to Car Basics
Ultimate car guy Jay Leno is using his time in quarantine to avoid the COVID-19 virus as an opportunity to slow down and, if not smell the roses, to clean some engines.
 “This is a most interesting time for me,” Leno said. “I don’t take vacations. I am not a guy who turns down jobs. I’ve been like that since the 1970s, so this crisis is kind of like an enforced vacation.”
 Leno said in at interview with the Detroit Auto Scene on April 1, that he’s been able to just work in his garage and just work on his cars and motorcycles for the sheer joy of working on cars and motorcycles.
 “In 1980, I bought a Vincent Rapide motorcycle,” Leno said. “I wasn’t working that much at that time, so I spent a lot of time working on the Rapide. Then I got busy and didn’t have the time to pay a lot of attention to the Rapide. But eight days ago (from April 1) I got out my old toothbrush and started really working on it again. The Vincent Rapide engine is like an English muffin, there are a lot of nooks and crannies, so you have to get in there with a toothbrush. I really find that kind of thing relaxing.”
 When asked how he was coping with these unprecedented times, Leno said that they’re not unprecedented. There was the influenza outbreak of 1918, sometimes called the Spanish flu pandemic.
 “We have seen this before,” Leno said. “In 1918, I had an aunt who got married, and on the day of her wedding she showed symptoms of the flu. They took her to the hospital while she was still wearing her wedding dress and three hours later she was dead.”
 So while he’s enjoying his enforced vacation, Leno said he’s hasn’t forgotten that COVID-19 is killing people and affecting the jobs of many others.
 Leno said that his show “Jay Leno’s Garage” is currently shut down because California won’t allow gathering of more than 25 people.
 “But we were lucky because we have several episodes in the can,” Leno said. “I’m all right and have plenty to keep me busy. But I am looking forward to start filming again, once this is all over. And I look forward to returning to Detroit to make some segments.”  

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