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Seinfeld takes Irwin man's Jaguar for a sip, spin

| Saturday, July 12, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Scott Drab of Irwin poses with his green 1967 Jaguar Mark II on Thursday, July 3, 2014, in his Jaguar collection building in West Newton.

Jerry Seinfeld had a problem.

He had no luck finding a classic Jaguar for his webshow, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” until his producers got in touch with Irwin resident Scott Drab.

Drab, an associate professor of pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh, is president of the Jaguar Club of Pittsburgh. He's loved the British vehicles since he played with a toy model of one as a child.

He's also a Jerry Seinfeld fan and regular viewer of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” the online series in which Seinfeld chats with other comedy legends while driving around in classic cars.

Still, Drab was skeptical when he received an email in March that claimed to be from a member of Seinfeld's production company.

“My first thought was, ‘Is this on the up and up? I don't know if I should respond to this,' ” he said.

Eventually, he decided to call the company back.

They were looking for a rare Jaguar Mark II, at Seinfeld's request. The producers usually look for cars in the New York City region, but the search for the unusual vehicle there had turned up nothing.

There are two such cars in the Pittsburgh area, and Drab owns one of them, a light green model from 1967.

“When Jerry selects a car, he does so based on the persona of the person he's picking up,” Drab said. The Jaguar was supposed to reflect the “professorial” air of stand-up comedian and actor Robert Klein, Seinfeld said in the episode.

After some deliberation, the producers decided they wanted Drab's car. They arrived at his home in late March.

“We loaded it on the truck, and off it went to New York for the shoot,” Drab said.

Four days later, it was back, with about 50 extra miles on the odometer and a handwritten note from Seinfeld in the glove compartment.

Drab said it was odd to watch the episode and see two famous faces, neither of whom he has ever met, behind the wheel of a car that only he has driven since he bought it.

“It was really strange to sit here and see those two individuals sitting in the car,” he said.

He said he has kept up a relationship with the show's producers, helping them to find another car in New Jersey for an upcoming episode. He hopes to continue working with them.

Jacob Tierney is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6646 or jtierney@tribweb.com.

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