The Story Behind ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ Collection of Vehicle Care Products

first_img Next Jonathon Klein/The Manual What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Previous 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Jonathon Klein/The Manual 1 of 3 Next Jonathon Klein/The Manual Over 100 automobiles — and likely the same number of motorcycles — adorn Leno’s infamous garage. Given the quantity of cars and bikes, the breadth of his collection in terms of different construction and materials, and the demands for filming Jay Leno’s Garage TV show (a car-centric TV show on CNBC), it became a pain keeping the vehicles clean. Leno had a person that would come in and clean the cars for a number of years, but the collection became too vast for them to keep everything in pristine condition. In the interim years, a few other detailers came and went, each using their own chemicals to clean the collection.After the last detailer left unexpectedly, Jay turned to Chris Walters and Jeremy Porrazzo. The pair came from a chemical company that specialized in industrial and automotive cleaners and the garage had been using their products for some time. Neither were detailers per se, but both had a passion for cars and were quick learners. When the call came from Jay that he needed detailers, they leapt at the opportunity. Over the course of the next few months, inspired by Jay’s appreciation for the exquisite job they had been doing on the collection, Walters and Porrazzo decided to bring him an idea: create a Jay Leno’s Garage-specific cleaner. Previous 1 of 10center_img Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Care/FacebookA normal driver likely doesn’t pay too much attention to his or her daily car’s cleanliness. You get in, go to work, get lunch, run errands, and head home. It’s the hum drum nature of everyday life. Most drivers, however, don’t have a collection of cars worth countless millions of dollars sitting in a complex of hangars outside Los Angeles proper. Most drivers aren’t Jay Leno.Leno is known throughout the world for his late night hosting gig on The Tonight Show. He’s beloved by millions (albeit less so by Conan O’Brien) and looked to as one of the best stand-up comics of all time. Jay Leno, however, is also known for one more thing. No, not his iconic chin. His cars.Throughout the years, Leno has amassed a collection of automobiles that would make most enthusiasts cry upon sight. Indeed, when we stepped into his hangar for the first time, we stopped dead in our tracks and had to catch our breath. His cars and motorcycles are unlike anything we’ve ever seen. One row is Lamborghinis, anther Fords, further down are Packards and Bugattis and Chevrolets. (No Ferraris. The story behind that is something you’ll need to pry out of Jay.) The pair was nervous at first, but one day, Porrazzo got up, went up the producers for the CNBC show, and told them their idea. The producers said it sounded interesting and that they’d help set up a pitch meeting with Leno. Walters and Porrazzo stopped what they were doing, ran home, and designed a mock-up for the meeting. Leno loved the idea, especially given the quality of the product, and the rest, as they say, is history.We stopped by Leno’s Garage to get a demonstration from Walters on Leno’s very well-used Tesla Model S P90D. In short, the car was filthy and hadn’t been washed since rain had befallen the City of Angels. It made the perfect candidate to test the products and showcase their results. While the Tesla only necessitated a few of the Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Care’s products (Tire & Trim Care, Evaporate, Wheel Cleaner, Clean Strip, and All Purpose Cleaner), the line consists of 23 different formulas that assure no matter what your collection holds, whether it’s classic muscle cars, new carbon-bodied exotica, or steam machines, you’ll be taken care of.And after watching the transformation of the dirty Tesla into a garage queen befitting Leno’s hangar, we’re definitely believers: Editors’ Recommendations Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy Jonathon Klein/The Manual The Fine Art of Restoring a 1974 Range Rover Classiclast_img read more

UN forum to open 2003 session aiming to map way forward on

The eleventh session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development will kick off Monday morning and is scheduled to run through 9 May. Marking its first formal meeting since the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, the Commission aims to focus on its own future work in translating into reality the commitments made at that landmark conference.The 53-member Commission was established in 1993 by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to monitor progress in the implementation of “Agenda 21” – a blueprint for sustainable development agreed upon at the 1992 UN Conference for Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The WSSD decided that the Commission should continue to be the UN’s high-level organ on sustainable development, and the Johannesburg Implementation Plan contains provisions on how that mandate might be carried forward.During the Commission’s session, overall discussions will aim to provide sound political direction for the way forward – mapping out “who does what, when and how” – to realize the targets and goals agreed at Johannesburg. The WSSD outcome covered such issues as poverty eradication, changing unsustainable patterns of production and consumption, protecting and managing natural resources, health, and the special needs of small island developing States and Africa.The session’s first three days will be devoted to a high-level segment, which will feature ministerial statements and include interactive ministerial round tables broadly highlighting priority actions and commitments to implement WSSD outcomes. The session will also include regional implementation forums, a multi-stakeholder dialogue, with presentations by major groups on the future Commission work programme, and an interactive discussion of the major groups’ proposals.The Commission will also address the preparation for the 10-year review of the Programme of Action adopted at the Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States held in 1994 in Barbados. read more