KERN COUNTY, CA [JAN. 17,2018] – Legendary comedian and “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno gets behind the wheel of a 240-ton haul truck at U.S. Borax’s mining operation in the January 25 episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage,” which airs Thursdays on CNBC.
“Jay Leno’s Garage” explores all things automotive, from classic cars to supercars and everything in-between. The show typically features a mix of stunts, challenges, reviews and celebrity interviews. For a special high horsepower, oversized vehicle episode, Leno went about as big as it gets with his visit to U.S. Borax.
The U.S. Borax fleet uses the Terex MT4400 Rock Truck, a 16-cylinder 2,500 horsepower vehicle that is 45 feet long, 26 feet wide and nearly 24 feet tall. The $3 million haul truck has a loaded weight of over 86,000 pounds and a top speed around 25 mph (empty).
In the episode, Leno interviews Mine Manager Brett Horton about the maintenance and performance of the trucks. Leno then takes one of the haul trucks on a dump run with Ross Johnson, an operator with 40 years’ experience at US Borax.
“Jay really knows his stuff. As engineers, we were impressed with his expert knowledge of engines and mechanics. He’s also a great guy. We had a lot of fun hosting him,” said Horton, whose team moves about 25 million tons of material annually at the mine.
In preparation for the episode, Leno completed safety and driver training last year at California’s largest open pit mine in Boron, about 100 miles east of Los Angeles. A few weeks later Leno returned with his TV crew to film the episode.
“CNBC’s “Jay Leno’s Garage” episode featuring U.S. Borax is scheduled to air Thursday, January 25th at 10PM ET/PT. For more information, visit jaylenosgarage.cnbc.com.
About U.S. Borax
20 Mule Team Borax, part of Rio Tinto group, supplies 30 percent of the world’s refined borates from its world-class mine in Boron, California, about 100 miles east of Los Angeles, to over 1,700 delivery locations globally. Our products include a range of high-quality refined borates used in agriculture, industrial manufacturing and energy production. Learn more at borax.com.