(01/27/14) - A Mid-Michigan made car has gone Hollywood - and it's a certain late night talk show host that's made it happen.
A 1910 Buick Bug, made in Flint, is featured on the latest episode of the web series, Jay Leno's Garage. The car belongs to the Sloan Museum's Buick Gallery.
"It's a big deal. In the car world, it doesn't get much bigger than Jay Leno's Garage. We're just really happy to have the opportunity to have the car on the show," said Jeremy Dimick, Buick Gallery curator.
The 10 minute show went live for viewing early Monday morning. Back in December, Dimick brought the bug to Leno's private car complex in Burbank, California.
"We were very fortunate to be able to partner with GM to get the car out there. It was just overall an awesome experience," Dimick said.
The only catch - Leno had to be allowed to drive the car, which travels at speeds of 5 miles per hour or 105 miles per hour - really nothing in between.
"My curator brain was definitely up, and alarm bells were going off. He just jumped in and we started it up for him. Even calling them brakes is over-selling them a little bit, so he handled them really well," Dimick said.
Dimick believes the risk was worth it. Leno's Garage episodes on YouTube typically receive hundreds of thousands of views.
"That's kind of the goal with the whole thing. You raise awareness about the cars and collection, and hopefully, that translates to people through the door," Dimick said.
Throughout it all, Leno manages to talk up Flint quite a bit - and Dimick is hoping that someday Leno decides to visit Flint and the gallery himself.
"We got a chance to talk with him quite a bit about the cars we have in the collection. He was pretty impressed with what we have, and maybe in the future, we can get him to come out and take a closer look," Dimick said.
The Bug will go on exhibit at the Buick Gallery in April, but this week, you can stop in and see it on a limited basis.
If you'd like to watch the episode of Jay Leno's Garage, featuring the Buick Bug, click HERE.
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