Did I know there was a pro golfer named Bubba Watson? No. But thanks to Golf.com’s Press Tent blog, I now know he recently bought the General Lee used for The Dukes of Hazzard‘s pilot, for $110,000. More importantly, I got the answer to this question: Do people who buy one of the General Lees actually drive it outside of fan conventions? Yes. According to Watson’s photo on Twitter, at least to a gas station to fill up while the streets are bare.
Feel free to add this to your file of Dukes of Hazzard trivia. Mine also includes the following:
• James Best, a.k.a. Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, once had Quentin Tarantino as a student at his acting school. “I remember Jimmy saying once that he had a student in there, and he didn’t know if he was going to be a well-known director or a serial killer and he might very well be both,” John Schneider told me when CMT started airing reruns again in 2010. “It was Quentin Tarantino.”
• Schneider still has Bo Duke’s bow and arrow, as well as the boots he wore when he auditioned for the show and in the first five episodes. “My mother got them from me and actually had them bronzed years and years ago,” he said. “So I have those boots in my office — Bo’s original boots from The Dukes of Hazzard — bronzed and sitting next to my desk. Now I think that’s cool.”
• Country singer Dierks Bentley was such a Dukes of Hazzard fan that he used to have T-shirts custom made that said “Dierks of Hazzard.”