This article originally appeared in Road & Track in 2016, when Joe Biden was vice president of the United States, and we're bringing it back in 2020 as Biden prepares to address the nation on November 7, 2020, as President Elect.—Ed.
If you're a gearhead, you might not want to run for president or vice president. Why? The main reason is that our heads of state aren't allowed to drive while they're in office or for six months after they leave. So if you're a president or VP who loves driving, it could be nearly nine years after first being elected until you're allowed to drive again. That sucks.
That's the exact predicament that Vice President Biden has been in since he took office. He has a cherry 1967 Corvette that he's only been allowed to drive three times since he took office. Three times. That has to be a little bit of hell.
So when Biden gets the chance to hop behind the wheel of his car, he doesn't waste the opportunity. This time it was for an episode of Jay Leno's Garage, and with Leno riding shotgun, Biden immediately gets in the car and smokes the tires.
What's also apparent is just how happy he is to be back behind the wheel. Regardless of your politics, it's always great to see a fellow gearhead reunited with his beloved car. And it's also great to know that if Biden weren't in office, he'd be driving this Vette as much as possible. Now he just has to wait until June 2017 before he's allowed to hop behind the wheel again, unfettered. It's not that far off!