General Lee | Cars
Dodge, founded as the Dodge Brothers Company machine shop by brothers Horice Elgin Dodge and John Francis Dodge in the early 1900s, Dodge was originally a supplier of parts and assemblies for Detroit based automakers and began building complete automobiles under the "Dodge Brothers" brand in 1914. It was when Chrysler bought the company however that they then started putting muscle cars on the map. The Charger has been synonymous with pure muscle car magic, the Detroit muscle car scene was huge in the late '60's and '70's.
The General Lee is the name given to a 1969 Dodge Charger driven in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard by the Duke cousins, Bo and Luke, along with cousins Coy and Vance. It is known for its signature horn, its police chases, stunts, especially its long jumps and for having its doors welded shut, leaving the Dukes to climb in and out through the windows.
So, all you Dukes lovers, come and get into a piece of history as this one was part of the original TV programme and features the signatures of all of the original cast and crew on the back of the car. Jump in through the window, put on the cowboy hat and give us an old 'ye-ha'!
Vehicle - 1969 Dodge Charger
Power Unit - 440 V8
Horsepower - 375 bhp
0 - 60mph - 5.4 Seconds
Top Speed - 135 mph
Made Famous By - The car featured in the Dukes of Hazzard TV programme and film.
The General Lee was my first car drive of the day, The Atom needed a new engine so my 2nd choice was the GL. I am so pleased i drove the GL, I had watched the Dukes of Hazard on TV as a young lad and dreamed of climbing through the window of creating the dust in the mirrors. Sadly i was unable to climb through the window, More due to age than anything else but it was fantastic getting behind the wheel of this classic original, one of only four remaining that took part in the filming of the TV series was superb.Paul Bayly
I had an amazing experience driving the legendary General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard. Loved watching that tv show as a young kid, and when I got behind that wheel with car chase heroes and was told to . . . Put your foot down and enjoy the experience, I really was living my childhood dream. Screeching round the bends at 80mph, all that was missing was Rosco in hot pursuit. The car chase heroes staff were excellent, and gave a clear briefing, including safety rules and regulations. I had paid for 4 laps, and by the time I had got used to the car (remember that the car is almost 50 years old with the old fashioned drum brakes) and the track, it was all over. I had opted for the webcam inside the car, However the camera had not activated in the car before I set off. The company 'motorsport in focus' allowed me to have another go FREE of charge, of another 3 laps straight away. Absolutely incredible. Huge amount of respect for letting me do this, especially with such a high number of people waiting for their go. I highly recommend this driving experience. You will NOT be disappointed.Lee Bottomley
I drove the general lee along with the gran torino and kitt. A fantastic experience and the event and race circuit at Abington was superb . Got great photos and video s from around the track ,the only thing I would have liked was some photos out side the car stationery, you are aloud to take selfies with cars but I think if you could get proper photos out side cars as Well would be fantastic. Either way car chase heros value for money and u will be back .. fanrasticTerry ivany
Almost the best experience ever!! Disappointed that I couldn’t enjoy the full experience of the car due to having to move over for the instructors driving at the same timeDarren
Great day yesterday driving this car loads of fun the instructor I had was really helpful and got me to get the most out of my experienceChris
Never in a million years did I think the opportunity to drive my all time favorite car would happen - Thank You Car Chase Heroes! What an experience; When you start the General up and hear that 8 litre engine roar then off out on to the track. He's a big old car with no power steering and drum brakes so those corners are 'dicey' but when you hit the straights and plant your foot . . . I'm still smiling now! I wish I had done the extra laps because it goes over so quick, but its an excuse to go back.Wesley Watson
"Well what can I say" The car was AMAZING... I had the best day of my entire life driving my boy hood dream car and she failed to disappoint. A life long dream of mine was to drive this iconic muscle car. My only criticism was I'll have to spend the rest of my life knowing I'll never own a Dodge Charger. They say "Never meet your heroes" , I say "Rubbish".Jamie Bramhall
I had great day at Abingdon in February, I drove the General Lee and the Gt500, I also had three laps in the Mx5 with the crazy pro driver. All the staff were friendly and helpful, the instructors put me at ease straight away and helped me get the best out of the cars. I paid for my 7 year old to have a couple of laps in the Mazda on the day, which he loved. I did have a problem with my photo disc, which I didn't spot until I got home, but it was all sorted out very quickly. All in all, a fantastic experience.Graham Bell
Went to two events with these guys drove the mustang gt at goodwood on the Wednesday and then Abingdon on the Friday really enjoyed both days and will definatly be going back the only downsides is the waiting time (I got the feeling I may have been forgotten about on the Friday so filled it in with a high speed ride in the old mx5 race car the driver was absolutely insane (good way) I was meant to do 6 laps in the general lee but there was an error on the card so only got 3 and had to go back to the main desk which they were very helpful and friendly and swapped the other 3 laps to the supra both were nice although I didn't think they were running quite right was definatly an experience which was great though and on the Thursday couldn't really appreciate the mustang due to the amazing sound but that mas mainly due to the goodwood marshals probably not liking American muscle all the instructors were amazing and very friendly and helpful and I will be returning thankyouDan
Loved it! I drove the General Lee (the actual car from the original series... well one of them!) and it was awesome. My son Dominic drove bumblebee and the new Mustang and he has been talking about it ever since. So much so that now he wants to take his best mate on his birthday next year. Staff were great especially the instructors and made my son feel very special. Will deffo see you all next year! Thanks again.James
Hi I had three car's at Throckmorton what a cracking day, good weather nice venue very pleasant staff and the driving instructors where bang on the money, good communications telling you how too get the most out of the car 3 laps was just not enough all over to fast, I drove the corvette which is a beast the Mustang GT350 is not far behind the vette and the one I had to drive the Dodge Charger General Lee a bit wobbley on the steering when you put your foot down which was a bit un-nerving and I didn't want to drive it any harder., it felt like their was no front damper's on it and the tracking didn't feel right so it spoiled it a bit I know its a old car and had do a few laps but it just didn't feel safe but I made the most of it, a great sound track great cars will be back thanks AndyAndy Swinfield
Great day playing in some great cars. Had only booked 6 laps in the race mustang but ended up doing extra few laps in general Lee, gt40, stingray, and bumblebee :-). Would have had a turn in the others but had to leave a few cars for when I go backMike Lewis
Hi, Quick note to say how much I enjoyed the muscle car drive at Blyton Park on Sunday 29th May. I thought it was very well run, the instructors were great and the cars were superb ! Overall definitely a 5* experience. I have one small suggestion if I may. It was great that it was busy and loads of people milling about. So something which might have helped us (and maybe even the staff) would be if you could tell which people were actually driving. I would be as simple as giving all drivers a badge when they signed on. Could just be a sticky label from a roll with "DRIVER" on it (and maybe your logo). No need for names or anything personalised, dead easy to do. Cost next to nothing, and I think a lot of people would really like it. I'm sure everyone wearing the badge would be walking about 6" taller - and I assume that's how you'd like people to feel on the experience ! Just an idea, but whatever, thanks again for a great time and I'll be adding some good review ratings to the websites ! Cheers, Colin HarrisonColin Harrison