Category: General Lee


April 13, 2012

Truth & Rumors: The General Lee on Magnolia Lane?

Posted at 10:00 AM by Alan Bastable

It was only a matter of time before newly crowned Masters champion Bubba Watson threatened to motor his beloved General Lee down Magnolia Lane, and, well, that time is upon us:

“I don’t know how much they would love it but I would love to,” Watson said in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek. “When you have the General Lee, you drive the General Lee.”

Sweet Daisy Duke! What’s next? Will Bubba lop the sleeves off his green jacket? Serve chitlins at the Champions Dinner? Sign an endorsement deal with Chevy? Don’t rule out that last one, says his manager, Jens Beck:

“He’s bought more cars in the last five years than anybody I’ve ever represented,” Beck said in an interview. “Having a car-company sponsorship, that would be very easy for him.”

Beck said he’s fielded inquiries from “all over the spectrum” since Watson won. He said he is focused on servicing Watson’s current sponsors and then finding an appropriate fit for future endorsements, which won’t happen this week.

To be sure, the branding possibilities are endless: Bubba kabobs, Bubba creole, Bubba gumbo. Pan-fried Bubba, deep-fried Bubba, stir-fried Bubba. There's pineapple Bubba, lemon Bubba, coconut Bubba, pepper Bubba, Bubba soup, Bubba stew, Bubba salad, Bubba and potatoes, Bubba burger, Bubba sandwich. That … that's about it…

And for those you wondering what the General Lee would look like at Augusta, Bubba tweeted this photo today:

Indian golfer dreams of Olympic glory in two sports

Move over, Frank Lickliter. There’s a new sharp-shooting pro in the ranks. He’s Jyoti Randhawa, an Indian golfer who’s hoping to chase medals in the 2016 Summer Games in two sports: golf and shooting. An eight-time winner on the Asian Tour, Randhawa acquired his marksman skills from his father, who was in Indian military, reports Patrick Johnston of Reuters:  

While his father's tutelage has obviously helped him become a competitive shot, the Indian said the similarities between his two sports have made the transition easier.

"I just think it is so close to golf because you need so much focus and concentration to be able to place that bullet 300 yards into a nine inch gap to get 10 points.

"There was a lot of stress in (shooting) competition but I have done that all my life. I have handled stress and competition pressure in golf so it is easier for me to handle in shooting especially if it is to do with mental stress and pressure so it is very similar."

Near-miss at the Masters just makes Oosty hungrier

After his crushing collapse at the 2011 Masters, Rory McIlroy hopped a flight half way across the world to play in the following week’s Malaysian Open, where he went on to prove his resilience by finishing third. Louis Oosthuizen, who lost in a playoff to Bubba Watson at last week’s Masters, has followed suit, flying 10,000 miles to Kuala Lumpur for a tee time in this week’s Malaysian Open. Kenny Laurie of AFP caught up with Oosty:

Oosthuizen, shattered by his journey and disappointment, admitted that he was still coming to grips with the Masters defeat, but said he was now more determined than ever to win the green jacket.

“You’ll always be disappointed, especially losing in any major. If it was a normal tournament you’d probably be over it much quicker,” Oosthuizen told AFP in an interview.

“But being a major and being the Masters, it’s something you dream about as a kid getting the green jacket. But to me it gives me more drive to go out there and win it. It definitely just makes me want the jacket more.”

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January 23, 2012

Bubba Watson buys 'Dukes of Hazzard' car for $110,000

Posted at 1:23 PM by Mike Walker

Bubba Watson bought the original “General Lee,” a 1969 Dodge Charger used in "The Dukes of Hazzard" television show, at a car auction last weekend in Scottsdale, Ariz. Watson announced his purchase on Twitter.

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According to AutoBlog.com, Watson’s new car is the Dodge Charger used in the first episode of the series, which ran on CBS from 1979-1985.

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.

Fox News called the $110,000 bid “disappointing” for the seller, and noted that a General Lee with less history sold for much more in 2008.

“Lee 1” spent most of its life in a junkyard after being wrecked filming its famous flight through the Georgia sky. It still had a trunk full of cement ballast when it was purchased by the president of the North American General Lee fan club for less than $1,000 about a decade ago. Since then it has been fully restored to the original, imperfect condition the 1969 Dodge Charger was in when it was brought to Oxford College on Veteran’s Day in 1978 to film the iconic scene. Over 300 more General Lees would follow it during the seven-year run of the program.

Cars are offered at Barrett-Jackson with no reserve and no official pre-sale estimate, but a replica of the General Lee that was built for John Schneider, who played Bo Duke on the show, sold at the auction in 2008 for $450,000, setting a high bar for the original.

It sounds like Watson might have gotten a bargain. He was enjoying his new purchase on Sunday night.

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For more pro golfers and their serious cars, visit our photo gallery here.

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