The Dukes of Hazzard wasn’t highbrow television programming, but it was a hit show in its day and a heck of a lot of fun to watch. Bo and Luke Duke were good at getting into scrapes that could only be survived by outrunning the police in a chase. Every one culminated in ridiculous jumps in their Dodge Charger, The General Lee. Those glory days were reenacted this weekend right in the middle of downtown Detroit.
The stunt was a promotion for the 65th annual Autorama, a custom car show held in cities across the Untied States and Canada. To convince people to come on down to the Cobo Center in Detroit over the weekend, promoters decided to resurrect the General Lee for a little good old boy fun.
The man behind the wheel wasn’t one of the Duke boys, but stunt driver Raymond Kohn. He drove a modified 1969 Dodge Charger done up in the requisite bright orange paint while a police car with sirens blaring gave chase.
The General Lee took off from the end of a five foot ramp, which doesn’t sound so high, but at 55 mph it gets some serious air. The car soared 25 feet high and landed around 134 feet away from the jump.
It doesn’t look like the smoothest landing, but Kohn is thrilled and seems to emerge from his vehicle unscathed. He’s not just a stunt driver, but a huge Dukes of Hazzard fan, so he thoroughly enjoyed channeling his childhood heroes.
Kohn is a part of a group called the Northeast Ohio Dukes, which is a live-action Dukes of Hazzard stunt show. They perform four stunts, each straight out of the famous television show. If you happen to catch a show, you can see the Sheriff “Big Ed” police car turnover, Enos police car jump, the bad guy car turn over, and the General Lee jump.
They do all this while dressed in character so you’ll see Enos with his ridiculous laugh, Boss Hogg in his fancy white duds, and the Duke boys in their plaid shirts and jeans. There are also illicit bottles of moonshine hidden in the backseat and ridiculous fist fights. And, of course, the doors to the General Lee don’t open so the boys slide in through the windows, just as God intended.