• Nov 11, 2010

The General Lee soared into our hearts 32 years ago today – Click above to watch video after the jump

On this very day in 1978, a stunt man on the set of new show called The Dukes of Hazzard made television history. Of course, he didn't know it at the time, but the sight of him soaring through the air would become an icon. Well... not him specifically, but the car he was driving. We can only imagine what that bright orange Dodge Charger sounded like as it roared to the dirt ramp before leaving the ground and touching down 82 feet later. It was totaled upon impact, but its legacy is still going strong three decades later.

The show debuted in 1979 and ran for 6 years. During that time, the General Lee (yes, the car) received 35,000 fan letters every single month. More than 300 Chargers were used over the course of the show, and most of them ended up trashed.

As you read these words, we know you can hear the first few plucks Waylon Jenning's guitar and picture the Duke boys evading capture to make their way the only way they know how. Stop imagining it and check out the video of the show's intro after the jump.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      This show made me a car guy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This was the best show on TV ever!! Wish they would make shows based on cars again, and not knight rider with a mustang, wtf is up with that?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Personally I always liked the cop car jumps. Going up they would be Plymouth Furys, but coming down they would be AMC Matadors!
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL i was going to say the same thing. They used Dodge Monaco's , Plymouth Fury's and the coffin nose Matador's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...and practicing the over the hood slides. The characters, including General Lee, made that show. I know the confederate flag is a hot button, no less so now, but I'd hardly equate Lee to crazy psycho Himmler. Lee would have been just as valiant a leader for the north had his family and friends been above the mason dixon line. What a goofy time...




















        • 4 Years Ago
        That is what the uninformed do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Today the producers would use computer graphics and not ding a single fender.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The flag isn't about pride. The flag is about holding on to the past. It's about refusing to move forward and, instead, clinging to the idea that you're a victim and your success was stripped from you... generations before you were even born. Sorry, but the guys rocking the Reb' flag stickers down here are dirtbags. They're poor and uneducated. They have no hope, using the War as an excuse for their own failures.

      The War was about 'State's Rights', but only if 'State's Rights' means the right to enslave other human beings. The same folks who bitch about their crappy jobs look fondly on a time when some people had zero rights and suffered under their 'owners'.

      I loved The Dukes when I was 10. 10-year-olds don't know much. Try watching that show, today. If you think it's good, well.... I'm praying for you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      More to the point, how many Matchbox cars got trashed the same way?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Car was the Star, but Daisy was a close second.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Before I die, I want to jump a car like that.
      That would be awesome.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, it would probably be RIGHT BEFORE you die.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate to feed the trolls but -

      Rebel flag = piece of American history (not unlike the Dukes of Hazzard lol). Like they say - flying the flag is about pride, not prejudice.

      Anyway this show also turned me into a car guy...and here I am now 10+ yrs in the automotive industry. Who knows where I'd be/what I'd be doing if I didn't have the Dukes fed to me in my formative years!

      • 4 Years Ago
      I was born Nov 5 1978. Never knew this happened so close to my birth! Awesome! I am even thinking of buying a 2011 Charger haha. I loved this show. I used to have the hotwheels, like Boss Hogg's Cadillac. It had an unfortunate accident with a hammer in the garage. Ok, so I had an issue with wrecking cars lol. Should have been in the demo derby!
        • 4 Years Ago
        You should paint your '11 Charger like the General Lee. Gotta say, I've never seen that yet, although I'm SURE someone's done it by now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lol. The 11th my birthday!!!!!!

        I feel a lil more win inside. Thanks guys! lol


        p.s. Doesn't anyone celebrate veerans day anymore? :S
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