The General Lee….thinking of that car brings back so many memories. When I was a child, I had a remote controlled General Lee. Unfortunately it could only go in forward or reverse, there was no steering. If any of you don’t know, the General Lee was the bright orange Dodge Charger driven by the Duke boys in The Dukes of Hazzard. As much as I tried and tried, my little remote controlled car was never able to make the jumps that they mad on the television show.
Each week, I would wait in anticipation to see the real General Lee with the confederate flag on the roof, and a 01 painted in blue on the doors, which were welded shut. I’d watch the whole show just waiting for the moment when they would launch the car over something and hit the horn to play part of the song Dixie. If those of you who were kids when The Dukes of Hazzard was airing on television were anything like me you got in trouble from your parents more than once for not using the door on the car and instead going through the window. Those of you who were adults at the time I am sure always wanted to be able to drive like Bo Duke, fishtailing turns, skid out u-turns on the dirt and putting a car on two wheels…hope you didn’t try this and get arrested for reckless driving. Maybe you did try this and then outran the police who were chasing you, while you were pretending they were Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane and his trusty Basset Hound, Flash. The General Lee could outrun anything on the roads and trails of Hazzard.
The Duke boys could do anything with the General Lee. They could outrun the law and land jumps that would have Evil Knievel dropping his jaw. Either the 1969 Dodge Charger was an amazing car, or the Duke boys were the best drivers around. Most likely it was a little bit of both. This car jumped rivers and police cars, if I am not mistaken, there was only one episode that the General Lee didn’t appear in, and if I remember correctly, that was probably the only episode that the General Lee didn’t make a jump.
Whether it were jumping, or racing, making full speed u-turns, or simply parked in front of the Boar’s Nest, the General Lee was a beautiful car. To this day, I’d love to have a 1969 Dodge Charger, though I don’t think I would paint it orange or have a Confederate flag painted on the top. I have seen a General Lee driving around, but I have no idea if it was an authentic one that was used in the show…if it was, it is great that whoever owns it is actually using it, and not just having it sit in a show room. It would be offensive to own a car that gave everyone so much excitement and not let it’s tyres touch the road.