When Dax Shepard Turned a Dad He Knew He’d By no means Drive a Minivan

It’s laborious to foretell what your first thought might be whenever you discover out you’re going to be a father. Will you instantly begin planning to rework your home? Will you begin planning how to avoid wasting additional money every month? For actor Dax Shepard, the primary quick thought was “I’m not driving a minivan… I’ve to get a station wagon.” 

Shepard was a guest on Jay Leno’s Storage, the place he and fellow comic and gearhead Jay Leno mentioned their shared love of hefty station wagons, whereas Shepard confirmed off his 1994 Buick Roadmaster. Whereas it doesn’t sound like a lot, Shepard’s has loads of additional pleasure below the hood.

Dax Shepard has all the time been in love with vehicles

Dax Shepard simling on the set of 'Bless This Mess'
Dax Shepard on the set of his present Bless This Mess | Rick Rowell/ABC by way of Getty Pictures

Shepard has all the time been open and excited to speak about his love of vehicles. Having grown up close to Detroit, one of many automotive capitals of the world, Shepard instructed Leno that his household labored for Normal Motors. As a teen, Shepard would spend his time operating vehicles forwards and backwards between dealerships.

However his curiosity in vehicles got here from a fair earlier age. He instructed Motor Trend, “I can’t really bear in mind a second in life once I wasn’t into vehicles. I don’t assume there was a particular factor. I simply instantly cherished them.”

Shepard acknowledged that his mom as soon as let him drive the household automotive round an empty car parking zone when he was solely eight or 9 years outdated. Since then, it’s been love at first sight with each automotive he’s owned.

Shopping for a Buick Roadmaster as an alternative of a minivan

Dax Shepard visited the set of Jay Leno’s Storage to indicate off his 1994 Buick Roadmaster. Leno has a Roadmaster of his personal, a 1955 mannequin that he has owned since earlier than he was married, and the 2 can’t get sufficient of discussing how a lot they love their wagons. 

Shepard instructed Leno that he purchased his Roadmaster as quickly as he discovered that he was going to be a father. He stated, “If I’m going to be a dad, I don’t need to be in a minivan. I need to be in one thing I can drift.”

He recalled again to his days transferring vehicles for GM as an 18-year-old in Michigan. “We’d all combat over these vehicles,” he stated, due to how a lot energy they’d and the way humorous it appeared to have that a lot energy in a station wagon. He knew that the Roadmaster was the precise automotive to get when he began his household.

Jay Leno and Dax Shepard love their Buick Roadmasters

Leno and Shepard took a drive in Shepard’s Roadmaster and the 2 mentioned how a lot enjoyable they’re to drive. Leno requested Shepard if he’d ever used it for “its supposed function” of hauling the household round and Shepard confirmed.

He stated that essentially the most he and his spouse, actress Kristen Bell, had packed into the Roadmaster was once they took a highway journey to Oregon when his oldest daughter was just one yr outdated. That they had the infant, two canine, and a large cargo container on the bags rack on the roof. 

Since then, Shepard has shared numerous footage of his Roadmaster on his Instagram, typically merely admiring it as certainly one of his favourite vehicles. And though he could have souped it as much as get 700-horsepower, it will not be the quickest Roadmaster on the market.

He and Leno really raced their Roadmasters in opposition to one another, and Leno’s got here out on high. Followers within the YouTube remark part, nevertheless, referred to as foul and claimed that Shepard let him win because it was his personal present. We could by no means know which Roadmaster is really the best, nevertheless it’s sure they’re each well-loved.