Christmas in Hazzard

It’s that time of the year again! We here at HazzardNet want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas.

HazzardNet Christmas Party

One of our members, Roger Duke, has suggested we have an online Christmas party in the chat room. If you would like to participate, please come by the forums and vote for the days that are most convenient for you. You can vote for multiple days. We will be having lots of fun and I hear Santa might stop by with some prizes… err, presents for some of the lucky folks that show up.

HazzardNet Christmas Gift Guide

If you’re looking for some great Christmas gifts for Dukes of Hazzard fans or looking to get something for yourself, check out our annual Christmas gifts idea page.

10th Anniversary coming up!

We’re also celebrating a few milestones here at HazzardNet. Check out this post for information about how you can win a 2009 Dukes of Hazzard calendar. And coming up in January, we’ll be celebrating HazzardNet’s 10th year online. We plan to celebrate in style, so stay tuned!

Hazzard County Christmas Forums

In the meantime, get yourselves in the Christmas spirit in our Hazzard County Christmas forum. Check out some of the Duke-ified Christmas songs some of our members have submitted.

Field of Schemes

Green Dodge Charger

There’s not a Dukes fan on the planet who hasn’t dreamed of owning a General Lee. Anyone shopping for a General Lee replica in the past few years has undoubtedly felt some sticker shock as ’69 Dodge Charger prices jumped into the stratosphere.

Years of successful DukesFest events, numerous car shows, and syndicated airing of The Dukes of Hazzard on CMT gave the General Lee plenty of spotlight. The 2005 big-screen Dukes of Hazzard movie further fueled collector interest in General Lee replicas, and prices reacted accordingly. It wasn’t unheard of to see GL replicas going for $50,000 and up. As prices went north, many of us longtime fans figured we could never afford this ultimate rebel dream machine.

We’re not even counting the price hysteria surrounding the “real” General Lees, as the finer points of snobbery regarding pedigree are lost on those of us who just want to rip around town and hit the Dixie horn.

But times have changed. The Dukes of Hazzard is no longer on the air, and doesn’t seem likely to return in the near future. Warner Bros, having squeezed the teat of the cash cow repeatedly on Dukes of Hazzard DVD sales, the 2005 movie, and the later made-for-TV “Dukes of Hazzard – Beginnings” movie, is giving the Dukes a rest. The toys have been marketed, the posters sold. The recent golden era for all things Duke has started to look like a sunset.

The economy itself has changed, too. Sputtering house prices have effectively dried up home equity loans. The job market is dicey in many areas of the country. Add high gasoline prices to the mix, and you have a recipe for a cooling collector car market. General Lee replicas, popular as they are, have not been immune from this trend. A recent bargain hunt online found a show-condition GL replica selling for $25,000 flat.

It seems like a great time to buy that General Lee dream car, while prices are somewhat calm. We thought so too, and so our search took us to online postings around the country. One seller in Illinois had several classic Charges for sale, but further research showed them to have a bad reputation. They allegedly pump out General Lee clones as fast as they can find rust buckets and spray paint them orange. We’re not claiming to be the Better Business Bureau, and in fairness we don’t have the company’s side of the story. Here’s who they are: http://www.hlpag.com

And here’s where we saw negative feedback, regarding an ebay purchase from these sellers: http://www.dodgecharger.com/forum/index.php/topic,3692.0.html

While there’s a few bargains out there, this is all a long-winded way of saying that no matter the market, no matter how bad you want something…always do the homework.

Wish us luck as we continue our quest for a General Lee we can afford. Yeeehaaa!

Candid Cooter

Ben Jones new book (released June 3rd) talks candidly about his trials and tribulations with alcohol and how just a year before the Dukes, he had hit rock bottom. CNN recently had an article about it. As Ben says about his life story it’s not a story “about falling down. It’s a story about getting up.” That’s something that all of us can relate to and hopefully take some inspiration from. You gotta keep on keepin’ on!

New Forum Features

Folks, we’ve just upgraded the forums. The new upgrade includes features like buddy lists and social groups. Social groups allow you to socialize with folks of similar interests. We’ve already created Fan Fic Writers and Dukes of Hazzard Trivia Lovers social groups. Feel free to check them out and maybe create your own groups!

June 2008 – Upcoming Dukes news and events!

June is shaping up to be a humdinger of a month for Dukes related events and product releases. Since we here at HNet have been slacking since April, it’s time for Boss to collectively kick us all in the posterior, threaten to take away our patrol cars and give us trikes (which may not be a bad idea. Khee!) if we don’t start meeting our quota. So here we go!

Coming up first on June 3rd, Ben Jones’s book, “Redneck Boy in the Promised Land: The Confessions of ‘Crazy Cooter'” will be released. Check out Cooter’s site for more information and links to order the book.

Then on June 10th, we have the DVD release of the two reunion movies. Remember y’all, the rumor is that if the reunion movies sell well, WB will give serious consideration to releasing “Enos” and the Dukes Cartoon Series on DVD too!

And we close out the month of June with a bash at the Atlanta Motor Speeday with DukesFest! Thirty years have passed since the Dukes first decended on the state of Georgia and the General Lee first jumped over Rosco’s patrol car. Ain’t nothin’ been the same since. Khee!

All we need now is for a cable channel to pick up the series again.

Dukes of Hazzard Auctions

We have totally revamped our auctions section. We’ve included more than just auctions for cast memorabilia. There are now auctions for each character and other Dukes of Hazzard memorabilia like dvds, t-shirts, toys, and more. We also have listings for auctions for REAL General Lees for sale, other Hazzard vehicles, car parts, dixie horns, and more. Check out our Dukes of Hazzard auctions. If there’s something specific you’re looking for, use our handy search function or contact us and ask us to add a page for the items you’re looking for. Enjoy!

YEEHAA!! Dukes of Hazzard Reunion Movies are coming to DVD!!

We love the folks over at TVShowsOnDVD.com. Back in October, they broke the news and we passed along to y’all about the rumours of WB releasing the two original cast reunion movies to DVD (along with the “Enos” series and the short lived Dukes cartoon series). Well mark your calendars y’all! June 10th, The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! and The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood are being released together! Check out the packaging!!

Dukes of Hazzard Reunion Movies

You can read more about the upcoming release here.

(Thanks Jax for the heads up!)