(12/04/13) - A historic Flint-built car is going to become a Hollywood star.
Jay Leno is going to drive the Buick Bug.
In 1910, it was one of the fastest cars in the world. Famed driver Louis Chevrolet had this car's twin screaming down the track at 105 miles an hour.
Now, more than a century after its heyday, TV personality and car lover Jay Leno has his eyes on the Buick Bug.
"He wants to drive it, which is exciting," said Jeremy Dimick, curator of collections at Sloan Museum.
Workers at the Sloan Museum Buick Gallery will load the antique racecar on a truck and send it to California, where it will be featured on Leno's website, Jay Leno's Garage.
"They get interesting cars from all over and bring people on to talk about them, then he drives them," Dimick said.
Dimick will appear on camera with Leno.
"We're going to do some filming on the 15th," he said.
Sloan Museum officials are happy to see the Bug moving into the limelight.
"A lot of people locally know about us and about our car collection. We're going to be reaching a whole new audience and we're really grateful to have the opportunity," Dimick said.
Strangely enough, Leno didn't want to pay for shipping. That stalled the talks for awhile.
"We were able to partner with General Motors who picked up the tab to ship the car out there, which was wonderful," Dimick said.
Driving a racecar 103 years ago took a lot of effort. There was no power steering, you had to be concerned about the spark advance, you controlled that here, and there were only three gears to choose from.
"It's a bit of a handful," Dimick said.
It was the pride of Flint back in the day.
"It was built at the Buick factory by Buick workers," Dimick said.
Now it's going to make the people of the Vehicle City proud again.
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