Jay Leno and Hamilton’s Warplane Heritage Museum

An American celebrity collector was looking for a vintage aircraft part, a Northstar horseshoe radiator to be precise, one that works with a Second World War-era Merlin aircraft engine. It didn’t take long for the search to reach the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton. Merlin engines, after all, are what power the museum’s Lancaster bomber. The Celeb that was looking was Jay Leno of The Tonight Show. Leno is currently rebuilding the third Merlin on a trailer in his “garage.” That’s why he needed the Northstar horseshoe radiator. In exchange for the radiator Leno will be auctioning off two tours of Leno’s Big Dog Garage. It would be a vintage car buff’s dream. If the winning bidders are lucky and plan their trip carefully, they might even meet Jay himself. The auction will take place Sept. 23 at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and will be limited to 800 with tickets at $100 per person, or a table of eight for $750 with dinner and entertainment……Ed

Source: Graham Rockingham / Photo: Getty Images

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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