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The Must-Have Issue of Hot Rod Magazine!

The most anticipated new issue of Hot Rod magazine is now available! The November 2011 issue has hit the stands! You won’t want to miss the Bandit Trans-Am vs. the General Lee showdown!

Ask yourself. When is the last time you saw the General Lee in full splendor on the cover of a national magazine? Right there, we’re sold.  It’s worth getting your hands on this issue for the photos alone. This ain’t no showroom beauty contest; these rebel machines are kickin’ up gravel.

Like feuding kin, both of these legendary, iconic cars hail from the same Southern turf.  In their fictional settings, both are from Georgia; in real life, both are owned by Mark Osborne in Arkansas.  Mark is a dedicated Dukes of Hazzard fan who generously allowed the use of his cars and ranch property for this scientific automotive research.

Ultimately, it was up to Hot Rod readers to name the winner of this duel.  If you missed our earlier posting of Hot Rod’s Bandit vs. General video in our Duel to the Dust article, then go back and take a look!

Hot Rod magazine poses more debate-provoking topics in this issue, such as, Rosco vs. Sheriff Buford T. Justice, and Daisy vs. the chick who played Burt Reynold’s seat cover in Smokey and the Bandit.

John Schneider, ol’ Bo Duke himself, weighs in on these  sensitive matters with his own thoughts on page 51.

You’ll also want to check out Rob Kinnan’s “Starting Line” article about unforgettable cars in movies and TV.  And for you aspiring YouTubers or COPS audition wannabees, the car webcam article is essential reading!

HazzardNet users have found this issue of Hot Rod at Walmart and all major retailers, though they’re going fast.  Check your local magazine racks today! Get ahold of a copy, then shout out your opinions in our Forums!

Dukes of Hazzard on CMT – Sunday Sept 25th!

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! See the thrills and chills of car-smashing action with The Dukes of Hazzard on CMT!  The episode “Hazzard Connection” airs at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time! Yes, 6:30 p.m., a family-friendly viewing hour! Check your local cable listings to confirm scheduling.

“Hazzard Connection” is a popular episode where Bo Duke enters a demo derby with the General Lee in order to stop a smuggling ring.  But will the smuggling ring stop him first, with their cement-filled slammer car? It’s crashing, crunchy action!

Immediately following “Hazzard Connection” is the episode “Witness for the Persecution” at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time.  Enjoy the fun as Boss Hogg hides out at the Duke farm and turns it upside down.  It will put visits from your in-laws into perspective.

By the way, the sign here was created by one of our members, Hoss C. Visit our Forums pages for more examples of his true-to-life Hazzard County signage.

General Lee vs. Bandit in Duel to the Dust!

The General Lee or the Bandit Trans-Am? There’s never been a question in our minds about which car is the best!  But if any of ya’ll are torn, watch this video to see who comes out ahead! This good ol’ boy duel is presented by Hot Rod magazine as a promo for the November 2011 issue. Both of these cars will be featured in a special article and you won’t want to miss it! Start checking magazine racks in in the next week or two.  The November 2011 issue of Hot Rod is going to fly off the stands.

Carnival of Thrills on CMT

The third season of The Dukes of Hazzard opened with a memorable two-part episode called “Carnival of Thrills.”  When Dukes fans talk about favorite episodes, this one is always near the top. The automotive stunts, fistfights, humor and family angst add up to one of the best-written stories of the series.

Carnival of Thrills could be described as a coming-of-brains story for Bo Duke.  After receiving flattery from pretty stunt-show owner Diane Benson, Bo eagerly signs up for the chance to commit what seems to be public suicide in front of a grandstand audience, committing to a 32-car jump.  The near-fatal wipeout of the previous stunt driver is no deterrent.

Concerned for Bo’s safety, the rest of the Duke family attempts to stop him.  Boss and Rosco also want to stop him for their own reasons, which leads to a rare cooperation by Luke with one of Rosco’s most brazen impound excuses.  As the General’s impound turns into a date with a car crusher, free-for-all fisticuffs ensue at the junkyard.  The General is saved, but Bo nurses a grudge all the way home. 

Irate at Luke’s well-meaning betrayal, Bo shoots off his mouth until Luke’s own temper responds with a challenge. The first battle royale between the cousins Duke is memorable for its swift eruption and realism.  The fight is broken up by Uncle Jesse who tries to restore peace to the family, but to no avail.  Bo leaves the farm while his emotions are raw, falling further into Diane’s arms. 

When the Duke family learns that the prior stunt driver’s accident was the result of sabatoge, they race the clock to stop Bo from making the jump. But the General Lee is primed and ready, and Bo is making his final preparations in front of a roaring crowd.  Can anyone stop Bo before something stops him for good?

Carnival of Thrills ushered in the best ratings season that The Dukes of Hazzard would enjoy during it’s run.  See why by watching it this weekend on CMT!  Part One airs Friday Sept 16 at 2:00 a.m. Eastern.  Part Two airs Saturday Sept 17 at 1:00 a.m. Eastern.  Check your local cable listings.  It’s the weekend, so go ahead and pull an all-nighter with The Dukes of Hazzard!

Congrats to our Fan of the Month!

Our Fan of the Month for September 2011 is a real woman of mystery, as you can tell by her photo with Catherine Bach!  “Redneck girl 01”  joined us in March of 2008.  While she’s outgoing and friendly with everyone on HazzardNet, she’s a little shy about sharing her face with the world! 

Redneck girl 01 is a long-time participant on our Forums and her recognition as Fan of the Month is overdue.  She clinched the title after supplying us a personal account of Hazzard Homecoming in our Forums.  For those of you who did not get to attend Hazzard Homecoming, Redneck girl 01’s reporting will give you an honest overview of what it was like. 

She also included a link to her Facebook (faceless-book?) page which includes some great photos of the event, such as the one below:

This General Lee had a plush “Flash” upon the roof.  The stuffed animal has been autographed by many cast members of The Dukes of Hazzard. Redneck girl 01 has many more photos of John, Cathy, Jimmie, Rick, Sonny, and Ben, and several photos of the Hazzard Homecoming grounds and atmosphere. 

By immersing herself in the event and taking the time to provide us with all the details, she’s proven herself to be a dedicated Dukes of Hazzard fan.  We appreciate the time she spent to share her experience with all of us, and we look forward to more of Redneck girl 01’s adventures in the future.  Join us in congratulating her!

Is There a Boar’s Nest Near You?

On a lonely highway that rolls sedately between cornfields in the deep South – of Wisconsin – there’s a tavern called The Boar’s Nest.  There’s no doubt the establishment was inspired by The Dukes of Hazzard, since the roof-mounted General Lee will catch your eye from a mile away. 

The bar is usually family-friendly during the day and early evening. It plays host to locals, farmers, truckers, bikers, flatlanders, hillbillies, traveling salemen, real estate agents and curious tourists. This unpretentious bar and grill serves good food, cold beer, and warm company. 

Famous for it’s annual Daisy Duke contest, the Boar’s Nest in Allen’s Grove, WI, can be a rowdy place.  Doing burn-outs in the lot is a common way of validating your parking.  The crowd can go from quiet to up-f0r-grabs for no particular reason.  Special events tend to bring out the bolder patrons. This sign may say it better than we can: 

We might add that one of the most popular photos in our Image Gallery, “Babes & General Lee” was photographed here. At last count it had over 25,000 views.

The annual Anniversary Bash & Daisy Duke Weekend is still being confirmed for 2011, so don’t go by the sign here for this year’s dates.  We’ll post that later.

Meanwhile, if you’re lost in cornfields between Janesville and Delavan, WI, you can find the Boar’s Nest on Highway X. 

There’s another Boar’s Nest in Wisconsin, located in Center Valley.  This newer Nest is family-friendly with a bright interior. The decor has a smattering of NASCAR and Dukes of Hazzard items.  This is also a bar and grill. 

Located somewhere between Appleton and Green Bay, this Boar’s Nest welcomes travelers from all walks of life, as long as you’re a Packers fan.  Otherwise, avoid football discussions and talk about NASCAR.   

We know there has to be more Boar’s Nests out there, and an exhaustive Google search produced several in each region of the country.  But we can’t tell how many of these may have anything to do with The Dukes of Hazzard. 

For example, we have another northern bar and grill called the Boar’s Nest, located – appropriately enough – in Ham Lake, Minnesota.  This Boar’s Nest is more of a sports bar and grill, with high-end decor and a strip mall location.  A newcomer to the string of northern Boar’s Nests, (all being unrelated to one another) this Boar’s Nest boasts  numerous televisions and expansive menu.  It seems more along the lines of a Famous Dave’s restaurant or TGI Friday’s than the kind of rustic roadhouse we’d usually picture. 

If you’re in the area of Ham Lake, which is just north of Minneapolis/St.Paul, give it a try and let us know what you think!

Now, we have to list at least one southern Boar’s Nest, and this next place caught our eye with it’s Daisy Duke waitress uniform and mouth-watering BBQ menu.  It may be worth the trip to Fayetteville, Arkansas to visit  The Boar’s Nest – Delta BBQ & Bayou Classics. Sign us up for that rib bucket she’s carrying there in the picture!

These are just a handful of the Boar’s Nests we know about.  We know there’s many more out there, with most being biker bars or not having anything to do with The Dukes of Hazzard.  Over the upcoming months we’ll add more Boar’s Nests to our list. 

You can help, by telling us about a Boar’s Nest near you!  We’re especially interested in taverns/restaurants that give a nod to Dukes of Hazzard influences and decor.  

If you own a Boar’s Nest, and would like to tell us about it, please feel welcome to contact us at webmaster(at) HazzardNet.com.  Please inlcude location, hours, specialties, and degree of Dukes-ness that your business features.  To all the Boar’s Nests out there, we salute ya! 

 Fine print: These establishments are mentioned as places of interest to Dukes of Hazzard fans. HazzardNet is not being paid to endorse or promote any of these establishments.  Links to each business were working at the time of posting. Business were confirmed as operational at time of posting.  Before making a trip to any Boar’s Nest, call ahead for hours, suitability for families, prices, dress codes or any other areas of concern that might be in the back of your mind.  Thank you!

Dukes of Hazzard Stunt Show in Ohio!

Want to see the General Lee and Hazzard County patrol cars in dirt-flying, chase-and-crash action? Then you’ll want to be at the Lake County Fair in Painesville, Ohio this Saturday! 

The Northeast Ohio Dukes are once again presenting their famous Hazzard County Stunt Show on August 20th at 7:30 p.m.

This is a live action automotive spectacle that plays out like a Dukes of Hazzard episode, with the all the excitement of roaring engines and smashing metal. This show always draws a large crowd, so get to the grandstands early!

You don’t get to see vehicular mayhem like this every day! Unless you’re watching The Dukes of Hazzard. Still, you don’t want to miss seeing the General Lee “in person” as it takes to the air!

Visit the Lake County Fair website for directions and details.  Enjoy the show!

Hazzard Homecoming Made Fans Happy

The dour economy and an iffy weather forecast couldn’t keep Dukes of Hazzard fans away from Sperryville, Virginia.  Thousands of fans traveled from around the country and the globe to be a part of Hazzard Homecoming this last weekend.  Cast members who attended the event included promoter and organizer Ben Jones, along with James Best, Cathy Bach, John Schneider, Rick Hurst, and Sonny Shroyer.  There were also plenty of General Lee’s to admire.

If you didn’t get to go to Hazzard Homecoming, you can get a feel for the event by watching this newscast by WYMT-TV.  Reporter Steve Hensley interviewed a few cast members and talked to some fans at the event.  One of the fans looks suspiciously like Paul Harrington of the Canadian Dukes.  We’re pointing this out just to see if he’s paying attention. 

Back to the reporter – Steve is the same reporter who shared the original WYMT video of the Dukes of Hazzard cast appearances in Hazard Kentucky in 1981.  We featured this video in our June 5th article.  This reporter has been very kind to Dukes fans, so we figure it’s only fair to give him a big salute here on HazzardNet.  Steve, you might just be our Fan of the Month for September, at this rate!

At the end of the Hazzard Homecoming newscast, there’s a hint of “more to come” from Dukes cast members during the next Black Gold Festival in Hazard, Kentucky.  We don’t  know if that means they’re just going to recap the 1981 highlights, or if there’s direct cast involvement in this year’s event.  We’ll try to find out!

Congrats to our Fan of the Month!

 Every Dukes of Hazzard fan has a story. CDoherty95  joined us in February 2011, and in his own words, he’s been a Dukes fan “as long as he can remember.” His pride and joy was a customized General Lee bicycle that he built himself last summer. Several months later, the bike was stolen while parked at school.

Seeing your hard work and money disappear would be discouraging to anyone. But CDoherty95 didn’t let the loss keep him down. He bought a used bike, stripped it down, and built another General Lee bike, refurbishing, painting, and building it all over again. This shows his great dedication to “The Dukes of Hazzard” as well as his strong personal character in not giving up.

CDoherty95 is also an active participant in our Forums and he’s made good contributions to our community. We’re pleased to recognize him as the August 2011 Fan of the Month! His perseverance in the face of adversity sets a fine example for Dukes fans everywhere. Visit our Forums to congratulate him yourself!

Happy Birthday Rosco!

Yes, another birthday! July 26 marks the 85th birthday of James Best, known to Dukes of Hazzard fans the world over as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane. In addition to delighting us as Rosco since 1979, Jimmie is also a reknown actor, director, screenwriter, painter,  fisherman, animal lover, poet, military veteran, teacher, mentor, online gamer, and all-around cuss.

If you had told Jimmie in 1979, that in 2011, he’d still be dressing up as Rosco and going “khee khee khee” to amuse people, or be autographing yet another General Lee, or greeting fans by the thousands at Dukes of Hazzard events…he’d probably have said you were crazy. Out of your mind. 

After all, James Best has nearly 300 film credits to his name through his roles in movies and television. He has co-starred with Hollywood legends like Paul Newman, Jimmy Stewart, Burt Reynolds, and Jerry Lewis.  He has taught motion picture technique to scores of successful actors.  He remains active in film making, starring in the sequel to the cult classic Killer Shrews.  

Why then, would the role of Rosco P. Coltrane remain so prominent?

Because The Dukes of Hazzard itself would remain an international sensation, with a fan base that continues to grow with every syndicated re-run of the series. From airing on CBS, to TNN, to CMT, to home release on DVD’s, to references in pop culture, The Dukes of Hazzard is as popular today as it was over 30 years ago. 

Rosco P. Coltrane, the inept, gleefully corrupt, yet dedicated Sheriff of Hazzard County would prove to be one of the most iconic characters of the show.  This speaks to the talent and creativity of James Best, who breathed life into the role with trademark inflections, utterances and expressions that gave Rosco an unforgettable persona. 

Rosco’s goofball style reminds us of the kid in all of us. Rosco never completely grew up, with every “hot pursuit” as exciting as the first.  He made being Sheriff look like a helluva good time.  And despite his human failings of greed and dishonesty, he remained loyal to his dog, his sister, and his brother-in-law. Underneath that badge of graft and cowardice, there was a heart.   

Fans have a special affection for Rosco P. Coltrane, and they always will.  That affection translates into an honest reverence and affection for James Best.  We love ya, Jimmie.  Happy Birthday, and God Bless.

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