To kick off Detroit’s Autorama classic and custom car show, a live action ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ themed stunt group, the Northeast Ohio Dukes, jumped a 1969 Dodge Charger a good 25 to 30 feet in the air as a crowd of enthusiasts looked on.
The stunt driver that performed the jump, 39-year-old Raymond Kohn, accelerated to 55 mph before hitting the metal ramp. The car came crashing down 125 feet down the road, causing significant damage to the frame and body. Luckily the car was the only victim here, with Kohn walking away unhurt and with a huge smile on his face.
“It’s a cool feeling being in the air like that,” the stuntman Kohn told The Free Press in an interview. “It’s like a roller coaster ride. But in the end, it’s like the roller coaster derails.”
Kohn said the car was specially designed to absorb the impact of the jump and to prevent him from hurting his back upon the rough landing. The Northeast Ohio Dukes’ cars don’t typically survive more than one or two jumps, Kohn said, and we’d say this jump is probably the last flight this General Lee will ever enjoy.
Check out the jump in the video above.