‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Star John Schneider Plans to Restore Damaged General Lee, Will Leave ‘Scars’ Caused by Hurricane Ida

by Michael Freeman

Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider is one of many unfortunate victims Hurricane Ida affected. His home and studio experienced significant damage, but so did his beloved General Lee. While he intends to fix the former two, he said he plans to leave some of Ida’s “scars” intact with the General Lee.

Speaking to Daily Mail, he bluntly said he could “bang out a few dents.” However, he intends to leave some damage untouched and gave personal reasons for the decision.

“That car is me. I am going to straighten it out a little bit and leave it that way. Because I believe that people who have no scars shouldn’t be trusted.”

“And people who have scars and hide them should be avoided at all costs. So I am going to be honest about the General’s scars.”

That statement rings true, as the General Lee is all but synonymous with Dukes of Hazzard at this point. In fact, this is hardly the first wrecked car, according to John Schneider. Apparently, the show went through quite a few cars altogether.

“My very educated guess is we used 329 cars altogether. And we wrecked most of them. There may be a couple left out there, but there’s no telling where they are now.”

Taking his car’s damage in stride, Schneider posted a picture of it on Facebook, claiming you either laugh or cry when something like this happens.

“Well… When something like this happens you have two choices: Tears and laughter. I choose laughter. So… What’s your caption? Here’s mine: ‘Miss Ida stopped by to see the General at Miss Shirley’s last night…”

Schneider is currently helping with relief efforts. You can also aid him directly by visiting his website and buying from the store.

John Schneider Reveals Why ‘Dukes Of Hazzard” Reunion Specials Were Treated As ‘Second Rate TV Movies’

On the subject of Dukes of Hazzard, John Schneider revealed earlier this year why the two reunion specials of the show were “second rate.” Acknowledging the fact they were high-quality, Schneider shares they didn’t have the budget the show had.

“It was great fun. But I think because we didn’t have a house, we didn’t have the farm, they just shoveled us off somewhere like any second-rate TV movie on the backlot. We were really not shown – the franchise of Dukes of Hazzard – was not shown any love with regard to production value on either one of those movies.”

Expanding further, Schneider says the actors gave it their all and the specials are by all means watchable but don’t stack up.

“We, again, policed our own integrity and the quality of the characters we were playing because we know that we’re part of your family. I think that [the two TV specials] were watchable. I think if anyone else had done them, they would not have been watchable.”

One can’t help but wonder how good the specials could have been, had the effort actually been put in.