Leno donates V-Max to charity auction

Proceeds benefit inner-city arts program

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Sep. 30, 2009
Jay Leno is donating his Star V-Max to an auction benefiting a community program for inner-city New York neighborhoods.

An avid car and motorcycle enthusiast, Leno will attend the Oct. 10 Barrett-Jackson collector car auction to help drum up bids for his customized V-Max. Barrett-Jackson is waiving all buyer’s and seller’s fees for the V-Max so all proceeds from the bike’s sale will go to Bailey’s Café, a program that brings art education to some of New York’s toughest neighborhoods.

“Bailey’s Café is an arts program,” says Leno, “but since I didn’t have any Yamaha musical instruments to auction off, I thought I’d sell my Star V-Max, which was made by Yamaha.”

To increase the value of the V-Max, Leno enlisted the help of San Diego custom motorcycle designer Jeff Palhegyi.

“Jay’s only instructions were, ‘This bike’s going to be bought by an enthusiast, so make sure to keep it rideable.’ I know he’s into bold, powerful bikes and cars, so I’ll be emphasizing those aspects of the VMAX,” says Palhegyi.

Proceeds from the auction of Jay Leno's customized V-Max will support Bailey's Café.

“Jay and I have been friends since we were 18 years old. He’s worked very hard to get where he is and he has always respected and supported the work it’s taken to get Bailey’s Café going,” says Stefanie Siegel, president and founder of Bailey’s Café. “I’m thrilled that the sale of his motorcycle will help us achieve our goal of raising $100,000, which will allow us to find a permanent home for our community arts programs.”

The auction will be held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Potential buyers may place bids at the auction or through http://www.barrett-jackson.com/.

For more information on Bailey’s Café, visit http://www.baileyscafe.org/.