Published on May 3rd, 2012 | by Steven Hodson0
The 1975 Duster That Brings Back Tender Memories For Jay Leno [Video]
While most of us know Jay Leno as the man behind the Late Show and as a comedian there was a time when he was a teenager where he was a mechanic at a car dealership which is where he first met master mechanic Paul Annunziata who was trying to build a street-legal pro-stock drag car out of a 1975 Duster.
With the help of $10,000 in lottery winnings Annunziata saw his dream come true but after many awards and kudos Annunziata was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer but rather than sell his dream he offered it to Jay Leno for free with the understanding that it Leno would never sell the car.
Leno said yes but only if he could pay Annunziata for his creation and finally after a little bit of bickering they agreed by setting up a scholarship for those who are interested in pursuing a four-year degree in auto mechanics or restoration.
Here is the video of Leno telling the story of the car and his friend Paul Annunziata as well as taking the classic beauty out for a spin.