Leno goes Back to the Future in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage

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Jay Leno driving a De Lorean

One of the most recognizable cars of all time—Doc Brown’s DeLorean DMC-12—pays a visit to Jay Leno’s Garage in the latest episode of Leno’s collector-car video series. Leno is joined by Bob Gale, the movie’s creator, and takes a drive in one of the most accurate Back to the Future replicas to date.

Jay introduces Gale, the producer, creator, and writer of Back to the Future, and the two go in depth about the creation of the movie series and how the team chose a time-traveling DeLorean instead of a vintage Hotpoint refrigerator, which was in the original script. Gale also reveals that movie execs turned down a significant check that would have placed the flux capacitor in a Ford Mustang rather than a DMC-12.

Galel then introduces Terry Matalas and Joe Walser, who built such an accurate replica of the DeLorean from Back to the Future that the two were asked to restore the original “A car,” which now resides in the Petersen Museum. Gale also encouraged them to build another, and that car includes a few of the parts from the “B car,” which was hit by a train in the sequel.

Eventually Jay takes the car out for a drive, though he never gets it up to 88 mph. Maybe he didn’t want to go back to the Tonight Show.

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