• Jay Leno Channels Superhuman Strength to Save Classic Chevrolet Corvette from a Rolling Lexus IS300

This could’ve ended a lot worse for everyone involved

Jay Leno saved a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette restomod from getting hit by a wayward Lexus IS300 that musician Rick Springfield forgot to put in park.

The 70-year-old comedian and the 1980s rockstar were filming an episode of Leno’s CNBC series Jay Leno’s Garage when the mishap happened. The scene could’ve ended a lot worse for the two celebrities and their precious rides, but thanks to Leno’s quick reaction, disaster was definitely averted.

Jay Leno Channels Superhuman Strength to Save Classic Chevrolet Corvette from a Rolling Lexus IS300
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The ordeal took place just outside the Neptune’s Net restaurant in Malibu, California where Leno and Springfield were filming a segment for Leno’s show. A video of the incident shows the two talking shop outside the restaurant. After a few seconds, Leno and Springfield jumped in each other’s cars — Springfield owned the Corvette and Leno came in the IS300 — presumably to get a feel for what the other one brought.

After about 20 seconds, Springfield hops out of Leno’s IS300, forgetting to put it in park. As the musician starts walking towards Leno, the IS300 slowly started rolling towards the parked Corvette. That’s when Leno sprung into action, jumping out of the ‘Vette to hold off the IS300 as Springfield hurriedly jumps back inside to put it in park.

Jay Leno Channels Superhuman Strength to Save Classic Chevrolet Corvette from a Rolling Lexus IS300
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The Lexus IS300 would’ve touched up the Corvette. Granted, it would’ve been a low-speed crash so the damage would’ve been nothing more than scratched paint and maybe a dented bumper, but it still would’ve cost both celebrities a good chunk of change, not to mention the embarrassment of having to tell people how the cars sustained their damages. Fortunately, Leno was quick to prevent it from happening, channeling the kind of strength required to keep the IS300 from giving Springsteen’s Corvette restomod the automotive equivalent of a shiner.

The two celebs took the incident in stride. They kept talking and even got into each other’s cars to take both for a spin around the block. All’s well that ends well.

Source: dailymail

Kirby Garlitos
Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read full bio
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