Grants Pass, Ore. -- (Grants Pass Daily Courier) Randy Grubb's Decopods look like something Flash Gordon or Felonius Gru and his minions might dig. Jay Leno certainly did.
Grubb, Grants Pass' very own automotive artiste, took his latest creation on the road recently, shooting a featurette for the erstwhile Tonight Show host's website, Jay Leno's Garage.
The segment on jaylenosgarage.com includes a 12-minute video, culminating with Leno and Grubb dashing side-by-side down a Los Angeles freeway in Decopods, three-wheel motorbikes hand-wrapped in aluminum to give them a unique Flash-Gordon-meets-Despicable-Me look.
Their relationship goes back more than 10 years, when Leno purchased Grubb's outlandish one-of-a-kind Blastolene Special and renamed it his Tank Car.
"He likes car guys and I'm a car guy, so he likes me," says Grubb. "Whenever I have something new and cool, I give him a call. He's a big supporter of mine."
On the website featurette, Leno takes a shot at the region's No. 1 cash crop while marveling at Grubb's fanciful art-deco imagination.
"You always go up to Oregon and smoke something, then come back with these fabulous-looking vehicles," he tells Grubb in the video, shot Jan. 25 in Los Angeles.
"I call 'em Decopods," Grubb says. "They're pretty ridiculous, doors on a motorcycle, OK?"
Grubb goes on to explain his "Flash Gordon personal-mobility device."
"As you know," he tells Leno, "I'm an automotive artist. I don't do the same thing twice. If someone came to me and said, 'Hey, I need another Jay Leno Tank Car,' nope, wouldn't do it. This is yours!
"So I've done six tripods (three-wheel Decopods) and six bipods, and I'm delivering No. 4 (tripod) right today. That's what brought me to Southern California."
"I live in Hollywood," Leno says, "and we have a lot of bipods and tripods, so we're pretty familiar with that. Not a problem. We have all kinds of tripods and bipods."
After stripping off some plastic and adding some metal, the Decopod tripod weighs only about 30 pounds more than the original vehicle, Grubb says.
"Believe it or not, it will go almost 70 mph. You can hop on the freeway with this thing.
"You've got cruiser bars. Stick your feet up on those. But it's still a motorcycle. You come to a stop, you gotta put your feet down. And that's really fun, because you stick your feet out, and the guy next to you in the car, that's looking at you, he sees your feet down. He rolls down the window and says, 'What is this? A Flintstone movie?'"
"It looks fantastic. It looks fantastic," Leno gushes. "You even make matching helmets."
"Well," says Grubb, "you've gotta be properly accessorized, Jay. Right?"
"What would one of these cost?" Leno asks. Grubb says one Decopod sold for $25,000 at a Barrett-Jackson auction last year. "They're not exactly cheap, but they're totally unique."
Leno and Grubb don their matching, winged helmets and zip down the road in the Decopods, even getting on the freeway.
"These are hilarious! I love this!" Leno shouts above the whine of the engines. "Actually, there's no wind on you. It's actually very nice.
In a recent post, Autoblog.com said the Leno's Garage video of the Decopods "might be the weirdest yet."
Sorry, though. They're sold out.
Grubb tells the Daily Courier he is now building a four-wheeler called Rocket III for English sculptor Tim Cotterill.
"It's a very extreme take, really pushing the boundaries on what a vehicle is and what it can be," Grubb explains. "This is going to be something you ride like a motorcycle, but it has a Corvette motor, so, very strange."
Rocket II was a three-wheeler with a similarly ferocious Chrysler car engine.
"There's something about the English and their trikes," Grubb says. "They love 'em. They love 'em."
For more information about Grubb and his vehicles, go online to randygrubb.com.
P. S. Leno, who succeeded Johnny Carson as regular host of NBC's popular "The Tonight Show" in 1992, aired his last show Thursday.
"Late Night's" Jimmy Fallon is set to take on "The Tonight Show" starting February 17th. "Saturday Night Live's" Seth Meyers will be taking Fallon's place on "Late Night" starting February 24th.