More than 100 cars expected at Absecon Home Depot Car Show

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Submitted/The General Lee, a replica of the car that appeared in the “Dukes of Hazzard” television series will be one of the cars shown in the third annual Absecon Home Depot Car Show on Saturday, Sept. 21. Submitted/The General Lee, a replica of the car that appeared in the “Dukes of Hazzard” television series will be one of the cars shown in the third annual Absecon Home Depot Car Show on Saturday, Sept. 21.

ABSECON _ More than 100 cars, including a locally made rendition of the General Lee, are expected to be displayed this as part of the third annual Home Depot Car Show to be held Saturday, Sept. 21.

The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Absecon Home Depot store, 421 E. Absecon Blvd.

“We’ve opened it up to all classes of cars,” said Al Spina, a Home Depot spokesperson and event organizer. “You’ll have classic cars, sports cars, antique cars and more.”

Absecon Volunteer Firefighter Jeff Ciccone will return with a collection of army and firefighting vehicles, he said.

“It’s become more and more of a popular event because we’ve held it for three years now and people are beginning to look forward to it every year,” Spina said. “People like to take a look at the cars that they used to drive or the cars that their parents once drove.”

Spina said the Home Depot Car Show could feature the types of cars driven by the grandparents of people who attend the show.

“It’s a great way for a father and son or a family to have a good time together and it’s free,” Spina said.

One of the cars on display is a recreation of the General Lee, the car that gained fame in the “Dukes of Hazzard” television series that ran from 1979-85.

“I always liked that car,” said Dave Dunfee, of Galloway, the car’s owner and a mechanic by trade.

Eight years ago, Dunfee spotted the car on eBay, and purchased it from an Indiana owner.

“I’m 43 years old and I always wanted a General Lee since I was 10 years old and watched ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ on television,” Dunfee said. “I found a ‘69 charger on eBay. They are getting pretty scarce.”

So he bought it.

Once Dunfee brought the car back here, it sat for a while until this year. That’s when Dunfee learned about a contest run by the rock band Metallica as part of its Orion Fest held in Detroit. The top-100 cars were admitted to the show and their owners received free tickets to the Metallica concert.

“I sent them a picture,” Dunfee said. “I told them the car would be done in time.”

The good news was Dunfee won a place at the Orion Fest car show. However, the bad news was that he had only six weeks to complete the job which amounted to a frame-up restoration.

“Being able to see the concert provided me the motivation to get it done,” he said.

Dunfee started with a frame and went from there.

“I’ve been a mechanic since I was 20,” he said. “So I could do all of that type of work. The bodywork I had to learn along the way.”

Working up to eight hours a night after his day job as a mechanic for the Garden State Parkway, Dunfee finished the job in six weeks.

“You watch the television shows in which a team of six guys can build a car in a week,” he said. “I figured I’m one guy. I should be able to build it in six weeks.”

However, Dunfee also worked weekends and used up a week of vacation time.

Needless to say, Dunfee had the General Lee done on time and attended Orion Fest in Detroit.

Submitted/David Dunfee of Galloway purchased a 1969 Dodge Charger frame on eBay. As part of a contest to see a Metalica concert in Detroit, he restored the car in six weeks to appear similar to General Lee that once appeared in the “Dukes of Hazzard” television series. Submitted/David Dunfee of Galloway purchased a 1969 Dodge Charger frame on eBay. As part of a contest to see a Metalica concert in Detroit, he restored the car in six weeks to appear similar to General Lee that once appeared in the “Dukes of Hazzard” television series.

“I tried to do everything on a budget,” he said. “I spent $1,800 on the body, but it was nothing but a shell. I probably spent $5,000 on the car after that.”

The General Lee car appeared at the Hammonton Cruise last week and will be at the Englishtown show in two weeks, he said.

In between, it will be one of the 100 cars in the Home Depot Car Show.

“I drive it around,” Dunfee said. “Everybody likes it. Everybody recognizes it.”


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