The General Lee should never be second

The General Lee should never be second

The ‘Greatest Screen Cars’ poll we have been running is almost at an end and it’s been a complete success. We have had a whopping 1895 votes, which surpassed my expectations and is evidence that screen cars are something our website users have a strong opinion on.  However, although the participation was awesome I found the result ultimately disappointing.

The winner of the Greatest Screen Car poll is Eleanor from the movie Gone in 60 seconds starring talentless actor Nicholas Cage. The Shelby GT500 known as Eleanor bagged 672 votes more than doubling the second placed General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard fame (310 votes).

When I first created the poll, I was naturally the first to vote and after my vote the General Lee was in the lead and I felt sure on the way to victory. It didn’t stay that way and quickly it became clear that Eleanor was going to race away with it. How did this happen you may ask, and I’m unsure of the answer. The thing is, if you put the Eleanor Shelby GT 500 fastback next to the General Lee 1969 Dodge Charger the Shelby is no doubt a better looking ride. But I’d hoped the poll wouldn’t just be some beauty pageant, instead voters would show an awareness of what the different cars symbolised.

Eleanor sits in a garage for most of the (Gone in 60 Seconds) film, until Cage pinches it. So it’s not even his car and we only see it in the film’s final scenes. It’s just a car, right?

Comparatively, the General Lee; well it transcends just being a car into being a character and not in a lame ‘Herbie’ way either. The General Lee symbolises freedom, rebellion and irresponsible fuel economy, it’s everything a young man dreams of. As a lad I was a massive Dukes of Hazzard fan, I had the toys, I had the T-shirt, hell I even had the pillowcase. I mean what better role models is there for a young fella than two semi-racist hillbilly cousins on permanent probation for smuggling moonshine who drive extremely recklessly while never wearing seatbelts.

I didn’t know what moonshine was or care about what the confederate flag meant, I just loved the show. As for Hazzard County itself, even from a young age I felt it was strange that everyone was cousins but I totally respected the way you could violate whatever traffic laws you desired then just drive over state lines come back later and it’s all forgotten about. I’m not even going to start up on the dodgy underpinning sexual innuendos going on in the show because this blog is in essence about cars and characters.

The bottom line is of the 12 choices for the Greatest Screen Car poll, there were two distinct groups — cars and characters. The Ferrari 308 GTS from Magnum P.I. that’s a car, K.I.T.T from Knight Rider that’s a character albeit a very annoying one. Just because Eleanor was given a name doesn’t make it a character, it’s just a car. The General Lee never needed to talk in a whinny voice like K.I.T.T or blink it’s lights and beep it’s horn manically like Herbie to still be a character and that’s what makes it the greatest. So sorry 672 people but you’re wrong… or just young.

Greatest Screen Car Poll – Results

Shelby GT500 ‘Eleanor’ – Gone in 60 Seconds [672 votes 35.5%]
General Lee – Dukes of Hazard [310 votes 16.4%]
K.I.T.T – Knight Rider [191 votes 10.1%]
Aston Martin DB5 – James Bond [123 votes 6.5%]
Ford Mustang – Bullitt [122 votes 6.4%]
Interceptor – Mad Max [106 votes 5.6%]
DeLorean DMC-12 – Back to the Future [93 votes 4.9%]
Batmobile – Batman [84 votes 4.4%]
Pontiac Trans Am – Smokey and the Bandit [71 votes 3.7%]
Ferrari 308 GTS – Magnum, P.I. [42 votes 2.2%]
Gran Torino – Starsky and Hutch [41 votes 2.2%]
Herbie – The Love Bug [40 votes 2.1%]

General Lee fq

The ‘Greatest Screen Cars’ poll we have been running is almost at an end and it’s been a complete success. We have had a whopping 1895 votes, which surpassed my expectations and is evidence that screen cars are something our website users have a strong opinion on.  However, although the participation was awesome I found the result ultimately disappointing.

The winner of the Greatest Screen Car poll is Eleanor from the movie Gone in 60 seconds starring talentless actor Nicholas Cage. The Shelby GT500 known as Eleanor bagged 672 votes more than doubling the second placed General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard fame (310 votes).

When I first created the poll, I was naturally the first to vote and after my vote the General Lee was in the lead and I felt sure on the way to victory. It didn’t stay that way and quickly it became clear that Eleanor was going to race away with it. How did this happen you may ask, and I’m unsure of the answer. The thing is, if you put the Eleanor Shelby GT 500 fastback next to the General Lee 1969 Dodge Charger the Shelby is no doubt a better looking ride. But I’d hoped the poll wouldn’t just be some beauty pageant, instead voters would show an awareness of what the different cars symbolised.

Eleanor sits in a garage for most of the (Gone in 60 Seconds) film, until Cage pinches it. So it’s not even his car and we only see it in the film’s final scenes. It’s just a car, right?

Comparatively, the General Lee; well it transcends just being a car into being a character and not in a lame ‘Herbie’ way either. The General Lee symbolises freedom, rebellion and irresponsible fuel economy, it’s everything a young man dreams of. As a lad I was a massive Dukes of Hazzard fan, I had the toys, I had the T-shirt, hell I even had the pillowcase. I mean what better role models is there for a young fella than two semi-racist hillbilly cousins on permanent probation for smuggling moonshine who drive extremely recklessly while never wearing seatbelts.

I didn’t know what moonshine was or care about what the confederate flag meant, I just loved the show. As for Hazzard County itself, even from a young age I felt it was strange that everyone was cousins but I totally respected the way you could violate whatever traffic laws you desired then just drive over state lines come back later and it’s all forgotten about. I’m not even going to start up on the dodgy underpinning sexual innuendos going on in the show because this blog is in essence about cars and characters.

The bottom line is of the 12 choices for the Greatest Screen Car poll, there were two distinct groups — cars and characters. The Ferrari 308 GTS from Magnum P.I. that’s a car, K.I.T.T from Knight Rider that’s a character albeit a very annoying one. Just because Eleanor was given a name doesn’t make it a character, it’s just a car. The General Lee never needed to talk in a whinny voice like K.I.T.T or blink it’s lights and beep it’s horn manically like Herbie to still be a character and that’s what makes it the greatest. So sorry 672 people but you’re wrong… or just young.

Greatest Screen Car Poll – Results

Shelby GT500 ‘Eleanor’ – Gone in 60 Seconds [672 votes 35.5%]
General Lee – Dukes of Hazard [310 votes 16.4%]
K.I.T.T – Knight Rider [191 votes 10.1%]
Aston Martin DB5 – James Bond [123 votes 6.5%]
Ford Mustang – Bullitt [122 votes 6.4%]
Interceptor – Mad Max [106 votes 5.6%]
DeLorean DMC-12 – Back to the Future [93 votes 4.9%]
Batmobile – Batman [84 votes 4.4%]
Pontiac Trans Am – Smokey and the Bandit [71 votes 3.7%]
Ferrari 308 GTS – Magnum, P.I. [42 votes 2.2%]
Gran Torino – Starsky and Hutch [41 votes 2.2%]
Herbie – The Love Bug [40 votes 2.1%]

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