Jay Leno makes an appearance at the Audrain Concours The Gathering event

NEWPORT — Audrain Concours + Motor Week has arrived, bringing auto enthusiasts from across the country, local motor lovers and even a celebrity or two to City-by-the-Sea for one of the top events on the Newport calendar. all car enthusiasts.

On Friday morning, the car crowd flocked to the grounds of Rough Point, Doris Duke’s estate, for The Gathering, a popular and well-attended car show and networking event that seems to be the highlight of the week for many of the visitors.

Some of them may have even seen classic cars on the way down the coast, with Cadillacs making base camp in the Bristol Sip N’ Dip parking lot before the drive to Newport and several vintage Mercedes cruising down Ocean Drive on their way to the show.

Noted car collector Jay Leno was on hand, of course, taking the microphone to chat with Jeff Taylor of Fairfield, Connecticut about his one-of-a-kind 1991 Land Rover Defender 90, which turned heads even among a field full of Ferraris. , Cadillacs and Porsches.

Jeff Taylor poses with his 1991 electric 'woodie' Land Rover Defender 90 after having a chat with Jay Leno about the one-of-a-kind vehicle at The Gathering at Rough Point.

That’s thanks to the vehicle’s bespoke wood paneling, made from ash and sapele (an African hardwood somewhat similar to mahogany), and its electric drivetrain powered by 32 batteries.

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Leno, the now-retired late-night talk show host known not only for collecting cars but also for being a real connoisseur of them, was clearly intrigued by Taylor’s Land Rover, which by the way is for sale for $450,000.

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