Jan
24
2012
Bubba Couldn’t Avoid the Hazzard
By Stephanie Wei under General

Bubba and General Lee

It only seems natural that a golfer named Bubba Watson from Bagdad, Florida, would buy THE original car from the opening credits of the “Dukes of Hazzard” TV series, and of course, that car would be called “General Lee.”

I just can’t believe it only cost him $110,000!

On Saturday evening from the car auction, Bubba tweeted “Just got my dream car!!! #cryingnow,” with the picture above attached.

Now I’m a little young to have watched the show and fully grasp the cultural implications, but I can deduce enough to understand why it could be offensive — I don’t believe that was Bubba’s intention, though.

Honestly, I’m pretty sure Bubba just bought “General Lee” because he thinks it’s pretty sweet (because c’mon, it is). The whole thing is so absurd that it’s kinda funny.

And here are some more details on the car from Autoblog:

What’s “the most famous television car in the world”? We suppose that depends on who you ask, but to many, nothing but the General Lee could possibly hold the title. Of course, there wasn’t just one General Lee. In fact, scores of orange Dodge Chargers were filmed for “The Dukes of Hazzard,” and most of them never survived their first televised escapade.

Not so Lee 1, so named because it was the car that famously jumped over a Hazzard County police cruiser in the very first episode of the hit series. If you’ve ever seen the opening credits, you know the car we’re talking about… it flew 16 feet in the air over a distance of 82 feet. And, as you may have guessed, it didn’t exactly stick the landing.

No matter. Because of its notoriety, Lee 1 was saved from destruction and restored over a period of 16 months.

So, what’s the consensus? — Bubba’s a Southern racist hick for buying the car or it’s just a sick ride?

(Photo via Bubba Watson’s Twitter)