Leno’s Pre Ride Joke Turns Prophetic

Jay Leno makes his living making others laugh.  But, at the end of the 2012 Love Ride nobody was laughing, least of all Jay Leno.

A male motorcyclist and his female passenger died after hitting a big-rig truck on the northbound Golden State Freeway at Branford Street near Pacoima. The two, believed to be in their 40s, were pronounced dead at the scene.  Prior to the start, Leno, who was acting as the Grand Marshal of the parade, made a tongue in cheek reference to the event’s impressive safety record.  ”Every year, [the organizer] says, ‘Drive safe.”  “I’m gonna say, ‘Don’t drive safe.’  I wanna see somebody go down.  So it’ll be fun.  I want it to be in front or behind me and see a whole row of bikes go down.  Get drunk, fall off the road.  We’ve all become too damn polite…we haven’t had one incident.”

According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, Leno helped an unnamed motorcyclist who wrecked and accompanied him to  Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills.  The hospital did not release the name of the injured motorcyclist or his condition. * UPDATED According to Motorcycleusa.com, the injured man was Tom Kershaw, an associate of Leno, and was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Founded in 1984 by Oliver Shokouh, owner of Glendale Harley-Davidson, the Love Ride benefits Autism Speaks, a New York-based autism research and advocacy group.

Jay Leno nor his publicist, Dick Guttman was immediately available for comment and the comedian has not issued a statement regarding his pre-ride joke or the accident.

Mecum to Auction Yamaha R1 for Charity at Monterey Event

MARENGO, Ill. – Mecum Auctions will sell a one-of-a-kind Yamaha YZF-R1 motorcycle at no reserve during their upcoming Mecum Monterey Auction, Aug. 18-20, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on the Del Monte Golf Course.

The R1 motorcycle will cross the Mecum auction block, Lot T190.1, on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 6pm PST.  Designated “auctioneers” for this bike are celebrity Jay Leno and three-time 500cc world champion motorcycle racer “King” Kenny Roberts. The special GYTR-equipped R1, ridden by “King” Kenny in several parade laps around the famed Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit last weekend during, features a unique 50th anniversary red/white paint scheme and various genuine Yamaha custom performance accessories.

“The proceeds for this Yamaha R1 will go directly to Bailey’s Café, a fantastic school of the arts for kids in the Bronx,” said Jay Leno. “Once the bidding is over, I’m sure that the performance of this R1 will only be matched by that of the kids in this great school!”

“This is an outstanding addition to what has shaped up to be considered the greatest collection of motorcycles ever offered at auction, and to have both Kenny and Jay involved with helping the charity puts it over the top.” said Gavin Trippe, who heads up Mecum’s motorcycle division.

Mecum’s daytime Monterey Auction is open to buyers, sellers and spectators with free admission and convenient general parking.  Attendees can be part of the action while the auction broadcasts live on Mecum’s national TV show “Mecum Auto Auction: Muscle Cars & More” on Discovery Communications’ HD Theater.  For complete auction details or to consign a motorcycle today, visit www.Mecum.com or contact Gavin Trippe directly at gavin@mecum.com or 949.337.5307.

For more information on Bailey’s Café, visit www.baileyscafe.org

Mecum 2011 Monterey Auction
August 18-20, 2011
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa
1 Old Golf Course Road
Monterey, CA   93940
Preview: Gates open Thursday-Saturday at 8 a.m.
Auction: Auction begins Thursday- Saturday at 10 a.m.
Live TV Times: Thursday-Saturday 1-5 p.m.
(All times Pacific)

Royal Enfield Arrives at Jay Leno’s Garage

NoHo Scooters owner Mike Frankovich with Jay Leno and Jay's new Royal Enfield. Photo credit: Taylor Mahoney

Los Angeles, California – When one of the oldest motorcycle brands in the world returned to California, it didn’t take long for one of California’s most famous automotive enthusiasts to take notice. Worldfamous comedian and host of NBC’s Tonight Show, Jay Leno is equally well-known in automotive circles as an authority on classic vehicles and owner of one of the greatest collections of classic cars and motorcycles in the world.

 

Leno recently took delivery on a 2011 Royal Enfield motorcycle, and today the famed comedian featured the modern Royal Enfield on Jay Leno’s Garage – a website and online video series dedicated to Jay’s impressive collection and automotive interests.The new Royal Enfield was suggested for Leno’s collection by Mike Frankovich, owner of NoHo Scooters, a popular scooter shop and Royal Enfield dealership in North Hollywood.

When Royal Enfield re-entered the California market, Frankovich’s NoHo Scooters was among the first dealerships in the state to carry the historic brand’s new models. “My dad and Leno were friends for many years and I got to know many of the mechanics at his garage,” explains Frankovich, “I was telling a mechanic about the new Royal Enfields and wondered aloud if Jay might be interested in one.” Before long, Frankovich and Royal Enfield USA Vice President Ron Greene found themselves on site at Leno’s Big Dog Garage as several Royal Enfield Bullets were delivered from NoHo Scooters for their debut on Jay Leno’s Garage.

“It was a genuine pleasure working with Mr. Leno and his team,” Greene said after as filming wrapped up for the video feature. Greene also added, “Jay is a famous collector with famously discerning taste in classic automobiles. For that reason, I know he will enjoy his Royal Enfield and I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome as a Royal Enfield owner.”

A complete collection of photos and videos related to the Royal Enfield’s arrival at the Big Dog Garage, including Jay Leno’s test ride and review, debut today on the Jay Leno’s Garage website. Full episode and image gallery are available online at www.jaylenosgarage.com.

Royal Enfield USA is a division of Classic Motorworks, the exclusive licensed distributor of Royal Enfield motorcycles in the United States. Royal Enfield USA operates in direct affiliation with Royal Enfield Motors, founded in Redditch, England in 1901 and manufactured and headquartered in Chennai, India since 1955.

Royal Enfield Los Angeles is a division of NoHo Scooters, a licensed Royal Enfield dealership in North Hollywood, California. Since 2002, NoHo Scooters has provided the Los Angeles area with a wellinformed, experienced, trustworthy, and dependable source for new and used scooters.

In 2010, NoHo was selected as a premier dealership for the historic brand’s return to the California market. More information is available online at: www.royalenfieldla.com.