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You know, of course they had several of the car, and wrote more than one off.
Well, the first three episodes were filmed in and around Atlanta (a friend’s twin brother was in one), and the car was built for the by a racing shop up n Marietta Georgia.
One day, about halfway through the run of the show, i was coming back to Atlanta from Tuscaloosa AL, and, just about the time i was passing Six Flags Over Georgia on I-20, i looked up, and there was an auto transporter with six identical General Lees on it heading west to the production company.
Hah, cool. Must have been kinda surreal to see six identical copies of a TV car.
According to the official show history, at least 309 different cars were used, as the production typically wound up destroying about one per episode.
The show ran from 1979 through 1985, and was based on the 1975 film Moonrunners. It was consistently in the top 10 rated TV shows for most of its run.
The reason that they have to have so many identical Genera Lees is. With all those stuns that they do with those cars on the TV show, they tear them up fairly fast. So they have to have replacement cars to replace the ones they tear up.
Every time they did one of those car stunts, it ruined the integrity of the car—they weren’t even good for regular driving. Fortunately, they made several hundred thousand of this particular car, so there was more than enough for the show.
So are these two racist southerners or something?
Nope, this is a crossover with a show from the 1960s early 1980s called The Dukes of Hazzard. The General Lee is an iconic car from an era when the confederate flag didn’t have the same stigma attached to it as it has today.
Not that the stigma is undeserved, mind you. It’s just that the US has changed a lot in the relatively recent past, especially when it comes to race relations.
Speaking of which, I voted to keep the flag because I am against white-washing history (including shows). I may be against the modern connotations of the Confederate Battle Flag, but that doesn’t justify retroactively removing something.
No, just ignorant southeners who use the flag as a sign of regional identity and rebellion against (“tyrannical”) authority without any consideration that the only reason the Confederate Battle Flag came back to being in vogue was in protest against the Civil Rights movements of the 60s.
The symbol itself is racist in much modern usage, but the modern use of the symbol isn’t always racist. A lot of uses aren’t that much different than the use of the Union Jack in punk fashion or black clothing and heavy eyeliner in goth fashion.
Actually, in the 60’s, through the 90’s, the symbol (correctly known as the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, very different from the actual Confederate national flag) was largely seen by most as a general symbol of rebellion against authority.
The supposed racist connotations are a very recent twist, and puzzling to many who grew up thinking of it as simply a symbol of regional identity.
Similarly the swastika was, in the 1920’s, an American Indian symbol, before being co-opted by the National Socialist party. Unfortunately, it too, is now tainted by the association with national socialism and the ensuing results. It’s a shame that innocent things can get hijacked that way.
Far from it. The Dukes were fighting corrupt county government officials. The Sheriff and County Commissioner, I believe. IIRC, there were several episodes where they helped locals, of all races keep their farms, and other property by finding deeds, etc.
Enos, the Deputy Sheriff, was a somewhat gullible character that would never knowingly do anything wrong.
Racism rarely if ever showed up in the show.
They are two ‘…good old boys’. It says so in the song.
VERY cool. But Dukes of Hazzard was 80s,not 60s. 😀
Wow, really? I never actually watched it, so since it showed up on Nick at Night (when I was a kid) alongside I Dream of Jeanie, I assumed it was from the same era.
Maybe running some ‘shine has something to do with being chased.
Y’know, I used to wonder how widespread moonshine was—always seemed, with fewer and fewer dry counties, that it might be more of an avocation rather than a career. But, then, it seemed every time I passed through Macon, Georgia and picked up a local newspaper, there was a story about breaking up a hundred-gallon still or somesuch size. It *must* still be going on.
Having watched the series from its first episode, my memory is the Duke boys were 2 time convicts on moonshining charges. If there were to be caught for *anything* it would mean hard time due to some sort of 3 strikes law. That’s why Boss Hogg and the Sheriff were always trying to catch them with some sort of evidence that they were doing something illegal. It was a way to get rid of the Dukes, who were always interfering with Boss’ plans.
I’m not sure bout the 3 strike rule. I would think that running from the police would count as a strike. But I DO know (as it was mentioned in the narrations often), the Duke boys were on probation, and therefor could not leave the county without permission, and they were not allowed to have or use firearms. Hence why they always used bows in the series.
What I always loved about it (on the few occasions i watched it) was that it was set in Georgia, but (after the first three episodes filmed in the Atlanta area) i kept seeing California stuff.
I especially liked the time Boss Hogg’s car got stuck on the railroad tracks … and almost hit by a steam locomotive – and one that never operated west of California until 1975/76 – and looked entirely different when it did. (Southern Pacific GS-4 “Daylight” semi-streamlined fast passenger loco, one of which pulled the “Freedom Train” painted red, white and blue – which you can see further down the Wikipedia article i linked.)
Like your Av image there Fairportfan.
It took a while to get right. I have six different e-mails registered with Gravatar, so i can rotate through all the avatars in a single discussion if i make a bunch of posts.
And i’ve got (ohmighod, i never counted before) 440 G-rated Gravatar images online, dating back to 2009.
I remember Enos. He was good people.
Maybe that’s why he got his own spinoff series, for awhile…
Hey, Enos got his own spin-off Congressional term.
Angry politically correct woman: YOU CAN’T HAVE A CONFEDERATE FLAG ITS RACIST!!!
Me: lady this thing was filmed over twenty years ago and no one made a stink about it till now
“Bo Doke”? (In the Tags.)
lol whoops. I’ll fix it.
Ok what does this have to do with the story line….I think we are way off track here
Wait for it….
(Or I’m giving everyone a chance to go watch some Dukes of Hazard Episodes. 😀 )
Good luck. They took it off whatever it was running on around the time of the Confederate Flag flap. Can’t have anybody exposed to historical artifacts, I guess…
If you’ll remember from the TV show, Uncle Jessie runs moonshine. I’m guessing we have some idea where the ‘shine came from, now.
Was that a Genie change to the car roof from frame 1 (flag covers roof) to frame 4 (Letters along drivers side with smaller flag)?
Sure, let’s call it that. 🙂
I was visiting some friends in Newhall, CA when I came across a wreaking yard that was full of “General Lee’s” There were at least 150, some almost bent in half from bad landings. It was quite a sight to see.
Should have taken pictures
I was never a duke fan but I like magic and spooky so there you go
magic and spooky reminds me of the episode where they thought the Duke Boys died and they tricked them with a Ghost of The GENERAL LEE driving by itself
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