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By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper

Jay Leno loves cars about as much as the longtime comic and former "Tonight Show" host loves telling jokes. But don't expect his new CNBC show, "Jay Leno's Garage," to resemble his former television job.

"Show business is like Champagne," Leno told NBC correspondent Joe Fryer. "If you swim in it, you become an alcoholic. I always enjoy observing show business. Then I come back to my garage and I meet with normal people and it's a lot more fun."

That's why his new show, which started as an NBC web series 10 years ago, is a driving ambition he's looking forward to bringing to traditional TV. Here's more of what he shared:

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Every car tells a story.
Leno singled out one of his cars, a 1951 Hudson Hornet, and explained that he bought it from its former owner after her husband passed away. The car had a lot of sentimental value for the widow, who had ridden with her husband and their kids when they came to California in the 1950s. After the restoration, Leno brought it back to give her an eyeful. "For the show, we’re going to take her for a ride and have her kids in the back — they’re like in their 60s — she’ll be slapping them around," he grinned.

Look to the future to help preserve the past.
Leno has a 3-D printer that helps him actually create parts that are simply no longer available for his cars. "Remember 'The Jetsons' [where] you press a button and the steak dinner would come out? It's basically that. It's 'The Jetsons'!"

How many cars does Jay actually have?
"Um, it's a bunch. It's about 130 cars here and about 92 motorcycles, so it kind of gets a little silly."