We all start somewhere in the hobby. There is some event or person or car that flips the switch inside our head and leads us to follow the path of the car enthusiast. Some folks get addicted to horses or music or fishing, but if you are reading this, you are probably are addicted to cars. Our Video of the Week this go-round features the car that flipped the switch for a huge celebrity and even bigger car lover, Jay Leno.
In this video about his 1954 Jaguar XK120, Leno recounts the tale of seeing his first real sports car, his first Jaguar XK. He tells how the owner of that car let the then only 9-year-old Leno sit in the car, and he tells of the effect that has had upon his life.
The car in this video is gorgeous, make no mistake about that. And Leno relating this history of this car and of the XK line, in general, is great. What really makes this video stand out to me though, is the story of that guy who let Leno sit in the car back that, how it made such an impact on Leno, and then the footage of the two (or should I say three) of them getting back together.
We need to be aware of the impact we and our cars have on others. We need to be just as aware of how our interactions with those people help form their opinions of the cars we love and this hobby. Just imagine if that man, Don Milligan, had been crusty to the young Leno. Or had ignored him. Or simply had said “Hi”, but hadn’t let him sit in the car. It is these small interactions that will make our break our hobby.
Think about this as you watch the video and enjoy Leno’s love of the Jaguar XK120. And make sure to stay till the end for a glimpse of Leno driving Steve McQueen’s beautiful Jaguar XKSS.
By the way, this video is an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage from late last year. I’d like to thank them for producing such an excellent video and making it available.