How Many General Lees Were There

The television series “Dukes of Hazzard,” ran on CBS from 1979-85.

How many General Lees (1968 and 1969 Dodge Chargers) were actually used in the series?

According to the crew that built them, 325. There were generally two destroyed in each episode so, towards the end of the series, it became increasingly difficult to source Dodge Chargers. It got to the point that if they saw one on the road, they would approach the owner and try and buy it.

They also went through many police cars, which wasn’t an issue as they had a steady supply of them, most of which were retired LAPD and CHP cars.

A few white 1970 Cadillac De Ville Convertibles were kept on hand for Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke).

The first five episodes of the show were shot on location in Conyers, Covington, and Oxford, Georgia. Warner Brothers filmed the rest of the series in California– primarily at their studio in Burbank.

Walt Disney Golden Oak Ranch in Newhall, California, and Paramount Ranch in Agoura, California, were also used for filming.

John Schneider (Bo), lied about his age to get the part. He said he was 24 because Schneider didn’t think the producers would hire a teenager (he was really 18).

Sorrell Booke (Boss Hogg) was an Ivy League graduate with degrees from both Yale and Columbia–and had worked in military intelligence during the Korean War. He also wore a fat suit.

Ben Jones (Cooter) later became a Congressman representing Georgia. He now has a chain of stores in Tennesse called Cooter’s Place.

Cruising Bob’s Big Boy

When I was in high school and college a great pastime was cruising Van Nuys Blvd. with a detour through local Bob’s Big Boy drive-in restaurant on Friday and Saturday nights.

You would get in line on Van Nuys Blvd. then turn into Bob’s and make the decision to veer to the left to park and eat in the drive-in portion of Bob’s, or veer right and exit through the parking lot area and start over again.

These are the two cars I owned during those years.

1953 Ford

This car was stock, with minor modifications that included a floor shift that I installed, black Naugahyde upholstery that I purchased, and bright red paint. It looked cool, but that was it.

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Me & '53 Ford

1955 Oldsmobile

This Olds, was what people called a “sleeper” back in the day. It looked stock, but definitely wasn’t. It had a police interceptor engine with three carburetors and a racing transmission. It was extremely fast.

Original '55 Olds

If you look closely at the wind-wing near the rear-view mirror you will notice someone taking my photo with a Kodak Brownie camera. Her name is Georgia and I married her in 1963. That was one of the best decisions I every made. We have 3 daughters and six grandchildren.

Me in My Original '55 Olds

About twenty years ago I found an original ’55 Olds in a Eureka CA garage that looked like this and recreated the ’55 Olds of my youth, with a slight color change. The one has has an even more powerful engine and would leave my original ’55 Olds in its dust.

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Here is the Bob’s I used to cruise along with a menu and photo of my typical order: A “Big Boy” with an order of french fries and side of blue cheese, plus a cherry coke. Notice the prices back then.

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Bob's Big Boy Menu

Big Boy Fries and a side of bleu cheese

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We had a lot of fun back then, so the video below brings back many fond memories.

Enjoy.

Click Photo Below For Recipes

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Most of the action in the 1947 car-hop training film takes place at the iconic Bob’s drive-in at 900 E. Colorado in Glendale.

The industrial film follows Eve Kennedy, a young stenographer with “too much pep,” as she embarks on a new career serving up Big Boy combos. We also meet dapper Bob Wian—the founder of Bob’s Big Boy—in his early 30s, sporting lapels as broad as the wings on as a P-38 and a hyper-Brylcreem pompadour that rivals his fiberglass mascot.

Click here for some great photos of cruising Van Nuys Blvd in the summer of 1972.