Unlike other pro golfers who drive and sometimes arrive at PGA Tour events in Mercedes-Benz sedans to motorhomes and vintage Porsche coupes to Cadillac Escalades, Bubba Watson prefers Chrysler — a 1969 Dodge Charger, General Lee edition.
Only slightly more than 300 of the 1969 Dodge Chargers were modified and used in the television program, The Dukes of Hazzard.
In the program, cousins Bo and Luke Duke drove the cars in chases and stunts, especially high jumps, in almost every episode. The doors were welded shut, leaving the cousins to climb in and out through the windows.
Watson purchased his Dodge Charger at the Barrett-Jackson auction in January for $110,000 and calls the General Lee his "dream car."
It's called the Lee 1 because it's the one that jumped the police car in The Dukes of Hazzard's opening credits.
Watson, winner of the 2012 Masters, doesn't do jumps and he doesn't enter the car through the driver's window. But he knows the car, its reference to its namesake Confederate General Robert E. Lee and its iconic history in the television program.
The idea for the General Lee was developed from the famous bootlegger Jerry Rushing's car, which was named for Lee's favorite horse, Traveller. Traveller was also the name of the car in Moonrunners, the 1975 movie precursor to The Dukes of Hazzard.
Watson is obviously passionate about the Charger's legacy, powerful engine and connection to the television program as he details in an 11-minute video narrated by NASACR driver Carl Edwards.
Article Last Updated: April 11, 2012.
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