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Jay Leno explains why the 1932 Mercedes-Benz SSKL is so special

Published: 13/Jan/2020 12:18

by David Purcell

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Iconic American comedian Jay Leno explains what makes the 1932 Mercedes-Benz SSKL is one of the most “legendary” vehicles in history, after taking it for a spin during a video on his YouTube channel. 

The former talk show host has been showcasing a number of different vehicles as part of his YouTube review series, including not just some of the finest specimens from the past, but also some of the hottest sets of the wheels on the market today as well – such as the Aston Martin DB11 AMR, Ducati motorcycles and more.

However, it was very much a blast from the past with his upload on January 13 as the 69-year-old introduced not just one of the most impressive Mercedes-Benz cars inside his garage, but also welcomed in a manager of the company – Michael Kunz – to talk about what made this model great.

Jay Leno's Garage, YouTubeLeno and Kunz discussed the tremendous success of the SSKL during his latest review.

Kicking things off, both of their hair was seen flying all over the place as they zoomed around the highway in a recreation of the noisy, roofless vehicle, before giving viewers a closer look at it in the garage itself.

“This was the height of technology in the late 20s and early 30s, one of the most amazing cars of all time. In fact, the SSKL is probably the basis for every bad replica car kit you’ve seen over the years,” Leno said. “It’s just an amazing car with a supercharger that makes just the most screaming noise you’ve ever heard. It’s just a legendary car.”

The SSKL was a two-door roadster, packing a supercharged 7.1-litre engine that could be heard screaming down the race tracks – and roads in this video – from a fair bit away. It was so loud, however, Leno claims drivers were told not to use the supercharger for over 10 seconds due to the noise it makes when running.

You can see that, and more, when he takes it out on the road during his latest review.

Timestamp in the video below at 1:28.


While modern-day vehicles are always judged on their beauty, their design, the speed, engine and mechanics, Leno was very blunt about what made this Mercedes special.

Leno added: “This is just unbelievable, you know. This is one of the cars that I first saw when I was a little kid. It just made all the right noises, looked massive, looked imposing. This just frightened the hell out of every other race car around.”

What car  he will be reviewing next remains to be seen, but after seeing something as iconic as this showcased in his garage, it’s going to take some stopping.

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TikTokker explains how she managed to live in her car for over a year

Published: 27/Nov/2020 17:46

by Michael Gwilliam

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TikTok star Nikita Crump has managed to pull off the incredible feat of living in her car, a 2012 Honda Civic, for over one year. Now, she has explained how she was able to pull it off in a new YouTube video.

Crump’s journey began in a video first uploaded on November 3, 2019 where she explained how she officially told her landlord she would be moving out of her home and into her car.

According to Crump, this wasn’t some impromptu decision and she had been spending a few months actively thinking about it before taking the plunge.

TikTok star Nikita crump lives in car
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Nikita has been living in her car for over a year.

Despite having a nice house with affordable rent and good roommates, she felt moving into her car was something she “had to do.”

Since then, she has successfully spent a whole year living in her car and marked the anniversary of her first night by explaining how she is able to stay cool or warm at night.

In the backseat of her car, the YouTuber keeps a pillow and too fuzzy blankets which she uses to cover herself up.

Along with her sweatpants and sweatshirt, she is able to stay warm even in the winter months. However, occasionally she has to put a jacket on if it’s ever especially cold outside.

“In Northern California, a lot of the warmer days are still cool nights, so I’m fortunate that most nights throughout the year are totally bearable, but there’s totally been the occasion where it is hot, I am sweating and I wear as minimal clothing as I can,” she explained.

Luckily, she also has a rechargeable fan which can help her get through the night if need be despite only staying charged for one day.

@nikitaraschellYeah, I’m homeless. I live in my civic, I shower at my gym, and I’m just your average gal. ##whatsinmybag ##hotelcivic ##homeless ##sponsorme♬ Aesthetic Girl – Yusei

In addition to just staying cool, the TikTok sensation also revealed she showers at the gym and keeps plenty of personal hygiene products inside her bag including shampoo, toothpaste, and deodorant to name a few.

Now, Crump is hitting the road and embarking on a two-month-long trip around the United States where she’ll be documenting her experiences.

The entertainer’s decision to live in her car has paid dividends, as she currently has over one million followers on TikTok.