But TTYYMMNN posted a New York Times article about how Ron Howard made the movie (well worth the read by the way) and in it is a quote that perfectly sums up why Howard is a secret Jalop and why he made a great gearhead movie:

"While in New York recently, he admitted that for his 50th birthday, in 2004, his wife gave him a BMW 750 and after just a couple of months, he got rid of it and went back to his Volvo station wagon."

The man got rid of the beige luxobarge for a Volvo station wagon. You know this movie is going to be awesome.