And in Detroit, of all places.
It may not have taken place in the fictional Hazzard County, Georgia, but real-life Detroit, Michigan works just fine, too. To kick off the 65th Autorama, Detroit’s annual hot rod show at Cobo Hall, stunt driver Raymond Kohn got behind the wheel of a 1969 Dodge Charger, a near perfect replica of the iconic General Lee, and hit the gas. At a speed of 55 mph, he drove onto a ramp and went "25 feet or so into the air," and returned to the pavement about "134 feet later," according to The Detroit Free Press.
“It’s like a roller coaster ride. But in the end, it’s like the roller coaster derails,” added Kohn, who hails from Ohio. So why did Autorama’s organizers want to feature a stunt like this? Because it’d be cool as all hell. That simple.
It was also terrifying for Kohn. "I’m scared to death," he said, but the adrenaline rush helped him get through. He’s also a mechanic and owner of R/T Auto Repair in Ohio and, on the side, he builds replicas of his favorite TV and movie cars.
In fact, some of his replica General Lee’s were used in the 2005 "The Dukes of Hazzard" feature film. After watching his cars go airborne on the big screen, he figured it was time for him to give the stunt a try. The jump in Detroit was his 20th, but was the first time he landed on asphalt. Respect. Mad respect.