Sheffield pals gearing up for Hazzard-ous drive

Mick Lawton and Mark Rotherham with their 'General Lee'
Mick Lawton and Mark Rotherham with their 'General Lee'
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Two friends from the Sheffield area have revived a 1980s American icon – to drive from Blackpool to Benidorm.

Fundraising duo Mark Rotherham and Mick Lawton have brought the General Lee from cult 1980s TV show The Dukes Of Hazzard back to life by transforming an old Peugeot into a replica of the car in aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston, Rotherham.

Mark, aged 40, of Carr Lane, Dronfield, and 47-year-old Mick, of Anston, Rotherham, have been overhauling the old Peugeot 406 into a replica of the Dodge Charger used in the show.

The pair are set to drive the revamped car 1,500 miles from the Lancashire coast to the the Spanish resort dressed as cousins Bo and Luke Duke from the classic TV show.

They will be driving alongside more than 80 other cars on the trip later this month.

Mark said: “We bought the car last year, but we started in February and it has absorbed most of our free time.

“I am working on it two to three times per week.

“To the untrained eye we just took a Peugeot, sprayed it orange and put some stickers on it.

“But the bonnet has been recessed and the doors have been recessed.

“We know it’s never going to be a Dodge Charger but we have made so many little changes. We’ve even put a dummy roll cage inside it.

“We chose Bluebell Wood because it’s local and the work they do is fantastic.”

They have already raised almost £1,500 and are meeting the costs of the drive and overhaul themselves to ensure donations go to charity.

Several business also donated parts to the car , including Monks Bridge Garage, Pirelli, Lex Autolease and Fusion Group.

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