Cars & People

by on ‎04-12-2018 09:54 AM

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People are a lot like cars and I have never met a car I didn’t like.  Well, okay, that might not be true, but I have found automobiles much easier to get to know than most people. I find cars to be reliable pieces of engineering where each part has its purpose, and when put together properly, all those gears and whirling thing-a-ma-jigs magically come together in a ballet of precision. People are tougher to figure out. Some are finicky, hard to steer, difficult to maintain and always in need of maintenance. I’m talking people now ...not cars.


Two weeks ago, I met a gentleman that I had always wanted to meet.  One of the so called “perks,” of working on national TV is the opportunity to meet celebrities.  On most days it is a joyous occasion. I am a simple man from Indiana and I admit to being somewhat enamored by those that I have seen in the spotlight.  On most occasions it is a nice departure from just talking about vacuum cleaners and garden tools. (Not that we don’t offer the best vacuum cleaners on the planet ...but you get my point…)  I was a tad nervous to be honest, for some celebrities do not live up to expectations.  There have been a few occasions over the last 29 years where I met someone famous, only to think afterwards, that it would be just fine if a house fell on them from the sky as I watch their striped socks curl up and wither beneath the floor boards… (obscure movie reference …Wizard of Oz ..come on people stay with me.)  And no, I will not mention names, and no this was NOT one of those times.


So many, “celebrities,” have entourages.  This man did not.  He showed up for rehearsal an hour early with a single buddy in tow.  When he shook my hand, he meant it.  In blue jeans and a polo shirt he was not out to impress and that impressed me. I am not one to name drop …Jay Leno ...for that type of behavior is beneath me ...Jay Leno.  People who do that sort of thing … Jay Leno … usually lead shallow lives and are only hoping to increase their own affluence by mentioning some one of a higher caliber than themselves. So, for the record, I am not going to tell you who it is…Jay Leno… ‘cause that’s how I roll.  (His picture is above…. I’m the bald guy on the far right by the way….)


When I tell you that he is a nice guy I mean it.  In fact, maybe too nice.  Have you ever met someone so warm and friendly it makes you wonder if you’re not a jerk?  Ten minutes into our conversation we had both forgotten about rehearsal and we both had cell phones out sharing car pictures like proud daddies at our children’s bar mitzvah or holy first communion.  Our common passion for automobiles and in-depth discussion about horsepower, cubic inches of motor displacement, bore and stroke had the rest of my crew looking like confused dogs that had just heard a whistle, but I was thoroughly enjoying myself, and so was he.     


Jay started a company awhile back that manufactures really good auto detailing products.  Like me he was dissatisfied with the stuff on the store shelves and wanted something better.  On Sunday morning (April 15th,) I will launch his new line to a national television audience and I couldn’t be happier.  The fact he chose QVC and me in particular to do so is an honor.

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So, tune in Sunday morning … even if you’re not a car guy or girl.  I have tested his products in my own restoration shop over the last two months and am truly impressed.  Even more important, I want you to get the same opportunity that I did in meeting someone who lives each day with a passion.  QVC is as much about people as it ever was about products.  I think your going to like this guy…


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on ‎04-12-2018 09:58 AM

Thanks for the heads up Dan.  I love my car (Camille) and will be tuning in to hear all about Jay's new products :-)

on ‎04-12-2018 10:18 AM

Kudos to QVC! DH is delighted. He enjoys Jay Lenos Garage and will be watching.

by BetJ
on ‎04-12-2018 11:12 AM

I have always liked Jay Leno and Dan Hughes, both!  Great story, Dan and thanks for sharing it with us! 

I will be watching!

on ‎04-13-2018 05:44 PM

I've always liked Jay and look forward to seeing him and his new products on QVC. 

on ‎04-13-2018 08:34 PM

 My family & I met Jay in Las Vegas a few years ago.He is a wonderful down to earth person . He took time to talk to us & pose for pictures.We also got to see his fabulous show!! 

on ‎04-13-2018 11:19 PM

Big Jay Leno fan,

Jay either is a great actor or a man who appears to be very honest and has lots of integrity.

Thanks for the heads up with his products.  They will be worth a try.



on ‎04-14-2018 08:31 AM

I love reading your blogs, Dan!  Thanks for taking time to write them.  My husband is a car guy so I will have to tell him about the new products offered by Jay.  

by rainey0712
on ‎04-15-2018 09:06 AM

Love Jay!! I live right near his hometown and have seen his shows many times. One of the truly nice guys in this world and a genuine gentileman.

Continued success  and good health.

‎04-16-2018 07:38 PM - edited ‎04-16-2018 07:40 PM

Dan Hughes.....I have watched you for years and love you to pieces... Decent, nice guys, I love them and another guy I have loved is your cohort for the Sunday show, Mr. Jay Leno. Loved what he added to "Last Man Standing", just hilarious mix with Tim Allen.  Late night TV has not been the same with his departure!  I missed your show with him but saw him with Antionella and it was truly a hoot....he taught her what not to do with her car!  Keep up the good work Dan, I love what you do it well!

by Conor
on ‎07-27-2018 11:06 PM
Dan YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!♡YOU ARE DOWN TO EARTH!! They need more hosts like you! I will buy any product a legit person like you sells. Thanks for keeping it real!! Teach the Shawn killinger how to quit being conceited!! You could teach all the hosts how to be an Awesome host!!! God bless you Dan!!!!!!
on ‎08-11-2018 03:41 PM

That's nice to know about Jay.  But I'm really not surprised.  I've always liked him and miss his Tonight show.  

by cayden
on ‎10-04-2019 05:31 PM

Dan, was wondering if your wife take dog clients.  I have 1 irish setter who is 3 years old and 2 irish setters that are 2 years old.  I am having a hard time trying to get the 2 yr olds to stop constanlty barking.  When someone comes they barking like crazy and jumping.  I HAVE TRIED A CITRONELLA collars which worked on the 3 year old. I just memtion click and he is done the other two no luck.  We tried other bark collar but hurt their necks.   Any suggestions or does she  handle mew doggie clients.  I live in wilkes barre pa. is myy email and any suggestion would be great.

Thanks and we try never to is your shows.