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'Dukes' star reunited with General Lee car at Volo Auto Museum

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  • Actor John Schneider from the television series Dukes of Hazard.

      Actor John Schneider from the television series Dukes of Hazard.
    Associated Press, 2009

  • Actors John Schneider, left, and Tom Wopat from television's Dukes of Hazard.

      Actors John Schneider, left, and Tom Wopat from television's Dukes of Hazard.
    Associated Press, 2009

 
By Conor Morris
cmorris@dailyherald.com

Actor John Schneider, the star of "The Dukes of Hazzard" television show, will be reunited with one of the original "General Lee" cars at the Volo Auto Museum on Saturday.

Schneider, who played the original Bo Duke, will meet with fans and sign autographs at the museum from noon to 4 p.m.

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"He's going to be reunited with the car for the first time in the past 35 years ... this particular car was owned by one of the original builders of the General Lees," museum director Brian Grams said.

The iconic orange car housed at the museum was the last of eight Dodge Chargers to be converted into a General Lee for the first season of the show, Grams said.

Organizers expect a crowd of around 1,500 to 2,000 people to attend Saturday's event.

"A lot of people in this area grew up watching that show. Lake County people probably relate to it a bit more than somebody from Chicago in the city," he said.

"The Dukes of Hazzard", which ran from 1979 to 1985, helped launch the then-19-year-old Schneider's career into the annals of American pop culture history.

Grams suggested purchasing tickets from the museum's website to avoid waiting in line on the day of the event.

"He'll generate a good crowd. We've got the museum here though, so people can walk around and enjoy the rest of the facilities while they wait for him," Grams said.

Admission is $19.90 for adults and $13.90 for children, and autographs will cost $25. More info can be found online at www.volocars.com. The museum is at 27582 W. Volo Village Road in Volo.

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