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07/04/05

"General Lee" Rolls Through Streets Of South MS

Boss Hogg, Uncle Jesse and who could forget Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane? On August 5th, the movie version of the hit television show "The Dukes of Hazzard" will hit theaters, but that's not the only place you can see the General Lee. An Ocean Springs man has built of replica of the famous car.

"The Dukes of Hazzard" television show may have centered around the Duke Boys, but for Lionel Creel, the "General Lee" was the real star of the show.

"All the things it did and how they drove it," said Creel. "Them jumping through the windows. It was pretty cool."

After years of being a fan, Creel took his fascination with the car a step further by building a "General Lee" of his own.

"It was probably a good year straight of just days, nights and weekends of working on it," said Creel. "Doing anything and everything to it."

Creel says his "General Lee" isn't just a show piece. He often takes it out for a spin. Inside the trunk are autographs from many of the original cast members.

"It means a lot knowing that they can take the time to keep everything going and still have the interest they had back then that they do now," said Creel.

He says the buzz around "The Dukes of Hazzard" movie is bringing back nostalgic memories for older fans and creating interest among a younger generation.

"I just love the people's faces and reactions, especially the kids. I've had numerous kids want to come and sit in the car and honk the horn and stuff like that. It makes me feel good that they like it."

Creel says he's anxious to see how the upcoming movie will compare to the series.

"I will go see the movie. It's something I've been waiting on just to see how everything comes out."

The coast's version of the "General Lee" has a connection to the film version of "The Dukes of Hazzard". Lionel Creel says the tires and wheels on his car came off one of the cars used in the movie.

by Danielle Thomas

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