Monday, August 14, 2023

Annual Car Cruise in Pottsville Draws Thousands of Enthusiasts and Dukes of Hazzard Fans

Pottsville was abuzz with excitement as thousands of car enthusiasts and devoted Dukes of Hazzard fans flocked to the city on Saturday for the annual Car Cruise event. 

Hosted by the Humane Fire Company, the event took place along West Laurel Boulevard, transforming the area into a haven for automobile admirers.

The event's appeal was undeniable, with over 100 impressive vehicles participating to showcase a wide array of automotive treasures. Attendees were treated to a stunning display of classic cars, muscular muscle cars, imposing lifted trucks, creatively customized rides, and a retired firetruck from Donaldson, adding a touch of nostalgia to the event's atmosphere.

The ambiance was further elevated by the rocking tunes of the band "Solid Gold," who delivered a live performances of timeless classic rock n' roll hits, infusing the event with an infectious energy.

A highlight of this year's Car Cruise was the special appearance of Tom Wopat, renowned for his role as Luke Duke in the iconic television series Dukes of Hazzard. Wopat, embraced by his enthusiastic fans, was present to engage with attendees, share stories, and graciously sign autographs.

The event's collaboration with Wopat was brought to fruition by the efforts of Jeff Bowers, a proud resident of Pottsville and owner of a Dodge Charger, affectionately known as the General Lee. Having acquired the car earlier in the year and meeting Tom Wopat at a separate event, Bowers extended a generous offer to Wopat to use the General Lee for public appearances. The idea of Wopat's participation in the Car Cruise was a natural extension of their connection.

"I acquired the car earlier this year and had the chance to meet Tom during an event. Our conversation led to the idea of involving the General Lee in his appearances. It struck me that the car cruise would be an ideal occasion for Tom to join," shared Bowers.

By 11:30am, 30 minutes prior to the start of the cruise, hundreds of people had lined up around the Humane Fire Company to meet Wopat.

A great moment unfolded during the event, as Wopat added his signature to a General Lee owned by Tom Rightler, hailing from Franklinville, New Jersey. Rightler's cherished Charger was already graced with signatures from the remaining cast members of the Dukes of Hazzard, creating a priceless memento of the event.

Story and Photos by J. Reed / Skook News