Jay Leno And Brad Paisley Burn Rubber In The 650HP Camaro ZL1

Last night on Jay Leno’s Garage, the theme was musicians and cars. The sonically gifted and the automotive world have historically often intertwined, Leno points out from behind the wheel of his cherry red 1962 Chevrolet Corvette. This very beauty, our host says, always makes him fondly think of Prince. Tonight’s episode sees a fair amount of famous musical faces, a bunch of gorgeous sheet metal and also the worst car Jay Leno has ever driven. We chatted with Jay Leno’s Garage producers again to bring you tales from beyond what you saw on TV. Ready?

Sammy Hagar still owns the 1982 Ferrari 512BB from his iconic “I Can’t Drive 55” music video.

Hagar’s garage is overflowing with plenty of exotic treats. Among them, there’s a 2005 Ford GT, a 2008 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano F1, a 2005 Aston Martin Vanquish Lagonda, a 1967 Gateway GCM-R Fastback Mustang – with a Roush 511 RFE crate motor, tweaked up to 700-horsepower – that Hagar calls “pretty un-driveable,” and the only white Ferrari LaFerrari in existence.

When Leno met Hagar, Leno scolded him for revving an engine.

While checking out Hagar’s 1974 Jaguar XKE Roadster, Hagar recalls that he was once at a famous Hollywood mechanic’s shop and was revving the 5.3-liter V-12 when Leno came over and yelled, “Hey Sammy! Let it warm up, man. You’re gonna blow it up!” The rocker chuckles and says, “And I thought, ‘Wow. Jay Leno is yelling at me.’”

Credit Hagar’s 512BB for meeting Eddie Van Halen.

“I was just home from a tour,” Hagar shares, “And the Ferrari is being tuned at the shop. Eddie had just brought his Lamborghini in and asked whose Ferrari it was. They told him it was mine and suggested he call me, because David Lee Roth had just left the band two days prior. Eddie goes into the office and calls me right then and there, saying ‘Come down to the shop and let’s talk.’ I did and we ended up jamming and two days later, I’m in Van Halen.”

Sammy Hagar was the easiest guest Jay Leno’s Garage ever booked.

“The guy’s got great cars,” a producer tells The Drive. “We all loved that 512, with that great 5.0-liter, 12-cylinder boxer. The sound of that flat-12 engine was just incredible. We knew Sammy is a car guy, and we weren’t having the easiest time getting musicians booked for this episode, but his name came up and I said we should call. Jay had his personal cell phone, so we called and Sammy said he would do the show within minutes. When we book a guest and a car, there’s a lot of complicated paperwork that no one gets right on the first try. Sammy did. And he did it within an hour. We were floored. This never happens. Then he offered us his hotel, then helped us get catering for the shoot from a place he knew. It was incredible.”

The way high-performance cars sound inspired the way Hagar performs.

Driving his 512 with Leno, Hagar says, “I try to sing like [sports cars] sound. With my guitar sound, I strive to get my strings to sound like a 6-carb Ferrari Daytona at 7000 rpm.” That elated the producers. “We were freaking out because Sammy hit our theme so well,” the producer told The Drive. “Often we’re trying to make sure our episode theme is very clear and it all comes together, otherwise we’re just talking about random cars. Along comes Sammy with this slam dunk.”

Before “I Can’t Drive 55,” Hagar had 43 tickets.


he’s had only two.

That tidbit came out during the drive. “We thought recreating the video would be a great way to end the segment,” said the producer. “Otherwise, it’s a boring handshake goodbye. So we asked the police escorts for the shoot if they wouldn’t mind ‘pulling over’ Sammy and arresting him and letting Jay leave. Those cops were so great. The officer nailed it one take.”

Hagar didn’t want the shoot to end.

“We usually have to shoot a guest’s car for longer than we need the guest on-set,” the producer shared. “The celebrity almost always leaves for that, because we’re just doing still shots of the car and some b-roll. Sammy stuck around to shoot the shit, which was awesome. He was just like one of the guys, except his stories were from his touring days and they were incredible,” laughs the producer. “Sammy was one of my favorite guests we’ve ever shot with.”

Puppeteer Jeff Dunham owns the 1966 Voxmobile Custom that Leno drives.

Commissioned in the Sixties by Vox, a guitar and amp manufacturer, this one-off came from the King of Customs George Barris and features a Ford Cobra engine (likely the small block) and a Ford tranny. Leno notes that you can plug up to 32 guitars into the machine and play them, and the organ in the back does work. “We got this from Jeff Dunham who is a great friend of the show,” the producer said. “Jeff told us he does drive it occasionally. Our only regret is not having one of the musical guests plug into and play for us.” 

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Jay Leno and Brad Paisley Burn Rubber in the 650HP Camaro ZL1
Jay Leno and Brad Paisley Burn Rubber in the 650HP Camaro ZL1