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News: Dukes of Hazzard’s Tom Wopat Appearing in Canton, Ohio!

Calling all Tom Wopat fans! Feb 18 & 19, Tom Wopat, otherwise known as Luke Duke, will be at the Canton Hot Rod Show, at the Canton Memorial Civic Center, in…that’s right, Canton, Ohio!  He will be available for autographs on Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., then returning that night from 7 p.m. to 9 pm. 

Sunday, he’ll be there from 12 noon to 5 p.m.  Admission is $10, and autographs are only  $5.00 for an item you bring, or, $10 for an autographed photo. Tom will have his music CD’s available for $20.

A General Lee, provided by our friend “TimDuke”, is also scheduled to be there!

Tom doesn’t do many non-musical appearances, so this is a rare chance to see him in person and outside of the theater!

You’ll want to arrive early for the best parking. 

Ya’ll are welcome to share your pictures on the HazzardNet Forums and Facebook page!

Pro Golfer Buys Historic General Lee at Auction

Word is getting around that Gerry “Bubba” Watson was the winning bidder for “LEE 1”, the first screen-jumped General Lee. The storied General was auctioned off Saturday, January 21 at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, AZ. Watson won the bidding at $110,000, with his total cost ending up at $121,000 after buyer’s commission.

Watson is a powerful left-handed pro golfer who can hit a ball over 350 yards, at a speed of 194 miles per hour. Yes, Watson can drive! On the golf course. We’re looking forward to seeing how he does on the street with his General Lee!

Is Watson a Dukes of Hazzard fan? That’s a big 10-4! Here’s what he had to say in his tweet on Saturday: “Just got my dream car!” 

Congratulations, Bubba Watson! The General is going to a good home.

Historic General Lee Sells For $121,000

Expectations for “LEE 1” were high at Barrett-Jackson as the famous 1969 Dodge Charger went up for auction. After weeks of hype, the first screen-jumped General Lee was expected to bring in as much as 1 million dollars in bidding.

But the price leap fell short, landing far shy of the expected sum. It went for a mere $110,000, plus buyer’s commission, for a total sale of $121,000.  Details about the purchaser are not yet available.

The lower sales price doesn’t reflect anything negative on The Dukes of Hazzard, or on the General Lee itself.  LEE 1 stands apart from other screen-used General Lees, for better or worse, due to the extensive time spent in abandonment and derelict condition upon discovery. The percentage of the car that can be claimed as “original” is up for debate.  Ironically, LEE 1 may have been worth just as much today without any restoration efforts at all.

The saga of LEE 1 is far from over. While we await further details about the new owner, we sincerely hope that this historic General Lee has gained a home with a true Dukes fan, rather than an investor seeking a quick turnaround in a year or two. LEE 1, after all it has been through, deserves better.

Coy Duke’s General Lee is For Sale!

General Lee replicas come and go on the market, but it isn’t often that a cast-owned General Lee becomes available! Byron Cherry, who was “Coy Duke” during the 5th season of The Dukes of Hazzard, is parting with his General Lee. This 1969 Dodge Charger has 71,075 original miles on it and is a numbers-matching car.

This General Lee replica was used for Byron’s promotional purposes. It’s best described as a collector’s item on wheels; there are numerous Dukes of Hazzard cast signatures on the car, and autographs by other celebrities. Byron is also throwing in a variety of Dukes collectibles as part of the deal.  As an added bonus, the purchaser will be treated to dinner. 

Buyers who are concerned about replica accuracy should note that this car needs a few cosmetic details to be show-ready as a General. See the lettering of “General Lee” in this photo for an example. This car is not being represented as an accurate replia; it was Byron’s own car for his use and has distinctions in this respect.

You can be the next owner on the title after Byron Cherry for $150,000.  For details, see the ebay listing. Serious buyers are welcome to make an offer!

“LEE 1” Draws Media Buzz at Auction

We’ve been speculating about the original parts, if any, that remain on LEE 1.  Looks like we have an answer, if this media broadcast  contains any accuracy. But can a cracked windshield be a point of authenticity, when so much of this car has been replaced…er, restored?

Watch the video broadcast below and then decide for yourself.  LEE 1 is expected to sell for a crazy amount of money, despite the debates that surround it.

Update on Screen Used General Lee #13

screen used general leeSome of you may be wondering what happened to Screen Used General Lee #13 that was slated for auction on December 15th. We noticed that all information regarding it mysteriously disappeared from the catalog and auction site and we never heard anything about a final sales price. Well, we got in touch with the good folks at Profiles In History. They let us know that it was pulled from the auction when information arose that cast doubt on its authenticity. It’s a shame that the car couldn’t be definitively authenticated as a screen used General Lee, but we applaud the Profiles In History crew for their integrity.

The December 15th auction wasn’t without a little bit of Dukes of Hazzard memorabilia, however. A Hazzard County Jail sign, complete with mispelling of Sheriff Rosco’s name, fetched $1500. Score one for the Hazzard County Sheriff’s Department.

Dukes Cast Member Appearances Coming Up!

Dukes of Hazzard Bo, Luke, and RoscoLooking for a chance to see your favorite Dukes of Hazzard cast member in person? Then mark your calendar with these upcoming events!

Feb 4 & 5, James Best, known to us all as Rosco P. Coltrane, will be at the Mount Dora Art Festival in Mount Dora, FL.  While this isn’t a Dukes event, it’s a good chance to see Jimmie and check out his paintings.

Feb 17, 18 & 19, Tom Wopat, alias “Luke Duke” will be at the Canton Hot Rod Show at the Canton Memorial Civic Center in…you guessed it, Canton OH!  A General Lee is scheduled to be with him at the show. See the official website for show hours and admission fees. Note, Tom doesn’t do a lot of Dukes-themed shindigs, so this is a rare chance for a meet & greet.  If you are interested in Tom’s vocal performances, check out the upcoming show dates on his website.

March 23, 24 & 25, Ben Jones, a/k/a Cooter Davenport, will be at the International Auto Showcase at the New York State Fairgrounds. This huge indoor car show will feature classic and custom cars with an emphasis on old-school muscle. Cooter is always a crowd-pleaser, stop by and say howdy!

And don’t forget, tickets go on sale this Friday, Jan 13 at noon for the Tom Wopat & John Schneider concert on April 12 & 13! Last year’s gig at this venue completely sold out, so we’ve been alerting y’all about this as much as we can.

Us Dukes of Hazzard fans have it good, don’t we? Stay tuned for more Dukes of Hazzard news as it comes!

Dukes of Hazzard Bucket o’ News!

Has being on the lam kept you out of the loop? We got ya covered! Here’s all the latest Dukes of Hazzard news, in no particular order, because we’re lazy like that. Here we go!

Tickets for the Tom Wopat and John Schneider concert at the Fallsview Casino Resort go on sale January 13!  The casino doesn’t have it listed yet but Tom himself released this information. The shows are April 12 & 13 in Ontario, Canada, just on the other side of Niagra Falls. You’ll need a passport, but you got plenty of time to get that together. Your local post office can give you the passport application and explain what’s required.

Next, if you’ve got a million dollars in your pocket, why not blow it on LEE 1? Yes, the most famous, and also infamous, first General Lee is up for a Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ, starting January 15. The car is famous for being the very first jumped General Lee in the first Dukes of Hazzard episode, “One-Armed Bandits.”  It later appeared in the episode “Repo Men” , repainted green, posing as a wrecked stock car.

When Dukes production left Georgia, LEE1 was left behind in a junkyard. It was eventually discovered in the late 90’s  and purchased  for an alleged $400 bucks.  The new owner, after much ballyhoo, turned around and auctioned the thing for some 24 grand or so, as-is, wrecked and rusted. How many times LEE1 changed hands after that, we don’t know, but it was eventually restored to be drivable and show-worthy.  In Duke circles, arguments abound about whether or not there’s enough original parts on the car to qualify it as “original”, as this was more like building the Bionic General than a normal restoration.  Yet somebody will pay a terrific price for LEE1  just for the bragging rights, if past history is any indication.

In other news, the lovely Catherine Bach has joined the cast of “The Young and the Restless”, a long-running daytime soap opera.  She will join the set Jan 10, with her first episode appearance expected around Feb 7. She will play a scheming, conniving mother of a scheming, conniving daughter, heck-bent on ruining marriages and fostering mistrust among friends. Sounds like fun!

One more quick thing, tickets for the 2012 Hazzard Homecoming are already on sale. We don’t know who’s gonna be there or what’s happening yet, but hey, it’s on! You’ll get a discount if you buy an e-ticket by March.  Swing over to Cooter’s Place for details.

That’s a wrap for now! Stay tuned to HazzardNet, we’ll have more for you soon!

Dukes of Hazzard “General Lee” Is #1 Iconic Car

Or maybe that should be “#01” most iconic car! The General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard has been named by Edmunds “Inside Line” site as “The Greatest TV and Movie Car of All Time.”  This is no surprise to Dukes fans, but for an outfit like Edmunds to endorse the opinion is pretty cool.  They considered 100 popular TV and movie cars for this honor.

Hot Rod Magazine had already crowned the General Lee as king in their November 2011 issue, as a result of their reader poll.  But hey, the more on the bandwagon, the merrier!

Hot Rod’s runner-up, The Bandit Trans-Am, came in at #4 on the Edmunds Inside Line list.  The Knight Rider 1982 Pontiac Trans Am placed in the top ten at #7.

You can read Inside Line’s Top 100 list here.  Meanwhile, let’s give a 21-Dixie horn salute to our favorite car, The General Lee!  You can also share your opinions on the rest of the Inside Line 100 List in our Forums.

Happy Halloween, Hazzard Style!

Do you believe in ghosts? How about The Ghost of General Lee? This is a great time of year to enjoy some Dukes of Hazzard episodes that feature ghosts, haunted houses, caskets, and spook-talkin’ mediums! Of course, nothing is quite what it seems in Hazzard County, so there’s got to be a rational explanation behind all the spookifyin’. Well, almost rational.

The Ghost of General Lee gives us the greatest premise of the entire series.  What if, Bo and Luke died during a chase from Rosco? We know Rosco would feel pretty bad about it, despite his long-running animosity with the Dukes. We also know ol’  Boss Hogg would find some way to try and take advantage of it.

We also know, that cars might be able to die since batteries do.  And cars become spook-talkin’ mediums, especially when their not-so-deceased owners play the shuck n’ jive of a lifetime.

Seeing Rosco get treated to a haunting by the General Lee is a moment in Dukes of Hazzard history that never gets old.  If you haven’t watched this episode lately, it’s time you saw it again.  You can download it from Amazon for a mere $1.99.  Also check out this Ghost of General Lee model kit.

The writers of Season Two must of had a morbid streak in ’em, because they also gave us R.I.P. Henry Flatt, an episode that was pretty much a casket-and-carry gag  from start to finish.  Bo and Luke have been accused of a lot of things by now, but…body snatchers? The coffin and mortal remains within gets passed  between vehicles like a game of hot potato.  Turns out the General Lee makes a lousy hearse.   

James Best gets credit for a good ad-lib during this episode, when Rosco quips a one-liner over the CB to Enos.  Not surprisingly, Enos doesn’t have a comeback for it. 

Another good choice for this time of year is The Hazzardville Horror. This was the Dukes answer to a Scooby-Doo episode, complete with a spooky old house, weird shenanigans, secret panels, and criminals trying to scare off the locals. Of course, with locals like Bo, Luke, and Daisy, you’re more liable to draw them in than send them running away.  They got time on their hands, after all, and snooping around is irresistible to them.  Will curiosity kill the cat? 

Maybe not, but in the case of the Dukes, it doesn’t do ’em any favors.  They manage to incriminate themselves even while solving the mystery of the haunted house and cracking the latest crime spree in Hazzard. 

You’d have to agree that on the average, the Dukes made good use of things like coffins, hearses, funerals, and so on.  From “Money to Burn” in the first season, to “Ding Dong, The Boss is Dead” in the fifth season, the Dukes didn’t shy away from things that some of us would find just a little creepy. 

So, this Halloween, pour a big glass of apple cider, sit down with a bowl of Halloween candy, and treat yourself to some of your favorite Dukes of Hazzard episodes!

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