Saturday, January 5, 2013

Nobody Ever Wears Luke Dukes

One of the cartoon shows as sitcoms we used to see back in the 80's was of course the half hour dirt road car chases we know as The Dukes of Hazzard. You knew it was on tv in the other room by the constant soundtrack of banjo and fiddle music, police sirens, and muscle car engine sounds.

It was fun entertainment that didn't try to make you think, although there are stories that many Walmart shoppers used to break up into discussion groups on Friday nights after each episode.

The star of the show obviously was The General Lee, the orange 1969 Dodge Charger R/T with the 440 six pack and four on the floor, Thrush glasspack mufflers, and the horn that played "Dixie". Almost every chase involved Bo and Luke escaping Roscoe and Enos by executing jumps over ponds, fishin' holes, and even Roscoe's police cruiser with a big "Yee-haaaahhh"

While the Charger got more fan mail than actors Tom Wopat and John Schneider, it wasn't my favorite car of the series. What caught my eye were the yellow 1973 Plymouth Road Runner and the 1980 Jeep CJ-7 that co-starred with The General.

The 1973 Road Runner on it's own was a relic of the underpowered junks that Detroit turned out in the 70s. The Jeep was the Golden Eagle version powered by an AMC 304 V8 with 210 hp, plenty to power the light Jeep but were most often seen wheels up in the ditches of countless rural secondary roads.

But look at the ACCESSORY that came with the Road Runner and the Jeep!

As show narrator Waylon Jennings would say; "Don't that beat all..."

The cars may be forgotten, but 30 years later the cutoff shorts worn by hot young women to this day are called "Daisy Dukes"

Here's some more eye candy provided by Daisy which kept the boys watching

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