Tom Wopat and John Schneider were arguably the most important characters for Dukes of Hazzard. The two were an iconic duo that ran rampant through Hazzard County for years. Without them, the show was seriously lacking, but with the two actors, it was amazing.
In 2014, both actors sat down for an interview. During the conversation, they talked about an Autotrader commercial that they were a part of.
The commercial re-united Bo and Luke Duke. Fans of Dukes of Hazzard absolutely loved the commercial, and as the interviewer notes, “It was an instant classic.” During the commercial, they got to get back behind the wheel of their notorious car.
Tom Wopat said, “I wasn’t behind the wheel. I was riding shotgun and talking smart with the Deputy. It was great, you know? It was like an old pair of shoes. And, it was fun.”
The interview noted that as a fan of Dukes of Hazzard, he loved the commercial. He explained that once he saw the cars heading to the shoot, he knew there was an awesome commercial coming. And, more importantly, he said that when it came out, it certainly didn’t disappoint.
John Schneider chimed in. He said, “Good because we were worried about it.”
How the General Lee on “Dukes of Hazzard” Got Its Iconic Horn Sound
Just as John Schneider and Tom Wopat were incredibly important to the show, so was another piece. This piece was the car, the General Lee. It was just as famous as any of the members of the cast on Dukes Of Hazzard.
Of course, Bo and Luke Duke drove the car around and made it into what it was. But, the car took on its own sense of self during the show. There are many people out there who customize their old cars to look exactly like the General Lee.
The paint scheme on the car, its racing number printed in bold along its side were iconic. As equally as important was the General Lee’s horn sound. It made the car rise to fame all around America, and for good reason. When you heard that horn coming from the television set, you knew something was up.
But, how did the show’s creators come up with the legendary sound it made?
Well, during the pilot episode for Dukes of Hazzard, two of the show’s directors were eating breakfast in Covington, Georgia. While they were having their meal, a car drove by. It would blare the opening bars to “Dixie” when the horn was honked. So, the two directors chased the special car and bought the horn. They paid $300 for it, not a small price.
Afterward, the crew of the show installed the horn into the General Lee, and the rest was history. It became an instant calling card for the Dukes of Hazzard and won’t be forgotten anytime soon.