We can think of many shows and movies where the car ends up stealing the limelight—Batman’s Batmobile, KITT from Knight Rider, Ecto One from Ghostbusters, and that time-traveling Delorean from Back to the Future, just to name a few. Another iconic and often-copied star car would be the 1969 Dodge Charger from the Dukes of Hazzard TV show of the late ’70s and remake movie from 2005. Fun fact: the TV show was inspired by the 1975 movie Moonrunners about Jerry Elijah Rushing, who started running ‘shine, often assisted by his brother and female cousin, for his uncle at the tender age of 12. We doubt he drove an orange Charger, though.
The TV show follows the antics of Bo and Luke Duke (and their female cousin Daisy—see the connection?) who are on probation for running moonshine, and have various adventures as they evade the corrupt Boss Hogg and his lackey, Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane. It was a fun show, and before long, the Dukes’ orange Charger, “General Lee,” was as famous as any of the actors.
As you can imagine, fans of the show were quick to build tribute cars of the General and, sadly, this wrecked Charger is one of those. On February 26, Western Taney County Fire Protection District and Hollister PD responded to a single-vehicle accident on southern Missouri’s historic Highway 165 around 1:30 in the afternoon. Both occupants were evaluated and transported by Taney County Ambulance to a local hospital.
As you can see, the damage is extensive, and if you look at the images it’s pretty clear the car veered off the road, hitting a tree and skidding farther down the highway. Western Taney County Fire was contacted by the vehicle’s owner, and it was found out that the person driving the car wasn’t authorized to do so. The owner and his special-needs son are both devastated over the damage to their Charger. As hot-rodders, we hope that insurance can help them get their General Lee back on the road! This is also a great time for all of you to go over your insurance contracts and make sure you have the right policy for your classic!
We also found out that this Dukes tribute car is a bit more special, since it’s been driven by all the Dukes of Hazzard cast members and signed by them as well! There were over 300 General Lee Chargers built for the show, and 26 made for the 2005 film, with most of them being destroyed in stunts for the camera. If we can track down the car’s owner, we’ll let you know how the rebuild of this cool tribute car is going.
Photos: Courtesy of Western Taney County Fire Protection and Mecum Auctions
Watch! Roadkill’s General Mayhem Gets Upgraded
Is the ’68 Dodge Charger the “best car” like David Freiburger says? Maybe, but the General Mayhem is definitely one of the most iconic Roadkill cars. Watch as Roadkill Garage hosts Freiburger and Steve Dulcich give it tons of body upgrades and engine-saving modifications before hitting the road for proper break-in procedures—aka burnouts! Sign up for a tree trial to MotorTrend+ and start watching every episode of Roadkill Garage today! Video created by Little Dot Studios.
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