Master Mechanic for Jay Leno
Car fans everywhere know that Bernard Juchli is the mechanical genius that keeps Jay Leno's Big Dog Garage running on all cylinders, but he's also one of the country's top amateur formula race-car drivers as proven by his November 12 championship win at Willow Springs International Motorsports Park, a 600-acre complex that has been in operation for over 50 years.
Bernard Juchli, the chief mechanic and caretaker of Leno's collection.
To keep everything in proper running order, Jay employs a crack team of mechanical wizards who are adept at fixing, restoring, and customizing just about every type of vehicle imaginable.
Bernard Juchli, a Swiss-born raconteur whose first ambition was to fly airplanes, heads the team. In 1965, he moved with his parents to Southern California where he went to high school and became immersed in the local car culture, racing both cars and motorcycles. For years, Bernard owned a Jaguar shop in the Bay Area. He's an amateur, and sometime professional, racer with a reputation for speed. When he was getting ready to semi-retire and sell his shop, he received a call from Jay Leno and has been Jay's head mechanic now for over six years.
Inspired by their own love of cars and Jay's incredible collection, these men are three of the automotive world's unsung heroes. To paraphrase an old saying… it's a great job and someone has to do it!