Funds raised by this event help support the special needs and disabled individuals of Fayette County, Ohio
Eric Bentley, with Sonny Shroyer (Deputy Enos Strate, of Dukes of Hazzard) while signing this General Lee 01
Gary Bentley and his young son Eric Bentley would spend a great deal of father and son time together. One of their favorite pass time was watching the Warner T.V. Hit show Dukes of Hazzard. One day while watching the Dukes of Hazzard show Gary looked over at his son Eric and said "Son, one day we are going to build the General Lee." His son Eric never let his Dad forget that promise of building the car. They spent the next 4 or 5 years in search for the car. They found the car sitting out in a field in despair condition. Gary and Eric would then spend the next 5 1/2 years fully restoring the car to exactly as the General Lee 01 as seen in The Dukes of Hazard Show. Eric's dream finally came true of building the car with his Dad. Sadly Gary and Debbie's beloved son, Eric, passed away October 12th, 2013 in a tragic car accident. In memory of Eric and Eric's love for children, Debbie and Gary will bring the General Lee 01 to Eddie's Run. This will help raise funds for the Special Needs and Disabled children and adults of Fayette County. This will be the first time this General Lee has ever entered into Ohio and you can see this amazing car at Eddie's Run. Thank you Bentley family for your support!
An estimated 320 General Lees were used to film the series. This number varies from different sources, according to Ben Jones ("Cooter" in the show), as well as builders involved with the show. The General Lee is based on a '69 Dodge Charger driven by the Duke cousins Bo and Luke in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard. 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. The car appears in every episode but one ("Mary Kaye's Baby"). The car's name is a reference to the General Robert E. Lee and it bears a battle flag of the Confederate States of America (the army which Robert E. Lee commanded) on its roof, and also has a horn which plays the first twelve notes of the song "Dixie". Others claim about 255 were used in the series. Approximately 17 still exist in various states of repair. On average, more than one General Lee was used up per show. When filming a jump, anywhere from 500 to 1,000 pounds (230 to 450 kg) of sand bags or concrete ballast was placed in the trunk to prevent the car from nosing over. Later in the series the mechanics would raise the front end of the car to keep it from scraping against the ramp causing it to lose speed, thereby providing a cushion for the driver upon landing. Stunt drivers report enjoying the flights but hating the landings. Despite the ballast, the landing attitude of the car was somewhat unpredictable, resulting in moderate to extremely violent forces, depending on how it landed. On many of the jumps the cars bent upon impact. All cars used in large jumps were immediately retired due to structural damage.