Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Luke Duke comes to Cooter's Place
Of course, the General Lee is based on a ’69 Dodge Charger. This is a car that was built in the heart of the muscle car era. They were the basis for the NASCAR-inspired Dodge Daytona and Charger 500. They could be equipped with Hemis. Sure, the General Lee was a cartoonish fake racecar with a confederate flag on the roof that was created for some TV show, but the car it is made from actually has some street cred.
The thing I appreciate when I watch this show now is that some guy was actually in that car, flying through the air, hoping to land unscathed. Sure, the scenarios that forced the Duke Boys to jump a gorge have no similarities to real life, but someone was still in that car doing that. I can’t even imagine attempting something like that. What a job these people had.
I have the entire seven-season series set on DVD, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I watch it with my nine-year-old son regularly. I actually like lots of old car shows—Smokey and the Bandit, The Blues Brothers, etc. But most of them have too much bad language or other adult themes for a young kid. The Dukes of Hazzard is actually pretty family-friendly, so I don’t have a problem showing it to him.
As expected, you tend to see replica General Lees at car shows on occasion. In spite of the relatively high values that a ’69 Charger brings these days, people still don’t seem to have a problem with painting them orange and climbing through the window. And that’s where today’s slideshow comes in. I’ve compiled General Lees that I’ve photographed at various events, and included them in the slideshow below. Or, for a nicer version of the slideshow, click this link.