One of the most popular shows that has ever been on television was the Dukes of Hazzard. This show gave us laughs, adventures and stories as we cheered for the well-meaning but always in trouble with the law Duke boys and their family. This was a television show that gave use more stars than just the people who were present on the set. One of the most famous stars of the Dukes of Hazzard was the General Lee which was the car that the Duke boys drove during the show in order to evade capture from the law.
The story comes out the early days of NASCAR when moonshining was still something done in the South and fast cars with tons of power were still needed to get the product across county or state lines to make money. This was part of what the Duke boys were involved in with their uncle but the story of the show has more to do with specific police following them and trying to lock them up in different ways as the corruption of the local government comes uncovered in each show. With the power of the General Lee, these boys were able to evade capture more often than not.
The General Lee, being one of the main characters of the show, was a 1969 Dodge Charger that was painted orange and had the Confederate Flag and the number 01 painted on it. This is one of the most recognizable cars in the world and many have attempted to recreate this car and celebrate the history of this show. Many car clubs have built their own versions of the General Lee to show off in many different places, but recently we saw this car make a jump in a location as far from Hazzard County as you’re likely to be.
Raymond Kohn took his specially prepped Dodge Charger to the roads of downtown Detroit to complete a jump. This jump was part of the 65th annual Autorama and the car took to the street to complete the jump and see what this car could do. In the video below you can see the Charger in General Lee guise drive down the road to hit the ramp and make the leap that can give us a great look at what this car can do and how much fun a jump can be.
Devoid of the sound effects and music of the opening scenes of the Dukes of Hazzard television show the jump this car competed started with the car hitting a five-foot ramp at a speed of 55 mph. The car rose to 25 feet in the air and covered 134 feet during the jump that showed us a finish that had a less than soft landing for the driver and the car. In this video you can see the jump and in this one you can enjoy the interview with Kohn after he completed the event. This is certainly a look and feel that comes right out of the classic this television show was for many fans over the years.