Saturday, July 4, 2015

Bernd Tiemann From Germany Talks About His Duke Adventures


My name is Bernd, I’m 35 years old, living in Germany and I’ve been a big Dukes Of Hazzard fan since 1988 when the Dukes aired for the first time on German television.

Larry asked me if I'd want to tell you something about me and the European Dukes fans. I really appreciate his offer and hope you’ll like my guest blog.

I started collecting merchandise after I watched the CSI episode “Grave Danger”. Seeing two of the actors playing an old Dukes board game made me curious about what kind of merchandise was produced. In Germany it is hard to find Dukes merchandise in toy stores. It might have been possible to buy General Lee toy cars online but the variety in the United States blew my mind. From that day I spent countless hours and a lot of money on and ended up with a collection counting approx. 800 different items.

In 2006 I became a member of the German fan board ( but couldn’t attend the first board meeting in 2008 which took place in Hohenschwangau near Neuschwanstein Castle and was organized by Sabine. I met Sabine and two other German fans (Sven & Jan-Simon) for the first time in 2009 and we became good friends.

In 2010 we traveled together to Zandvoort in the Netherlands where the first European Dukes Fest ( took place. The Euro Dukes Fest is organized by Serge and a part of the Dutch National Oldtimer Festival which is taking place every year on the DTM race track “Circuit Park Zandvoort”. For the first time in my life I saw a real ’69 Dodge Charger. 

Three General Lee’s and one Patrol Car were there. It was a great event and the fans from the Netherlands and Belgium were very welcoming and kind. 

They allowed us to take a seat in their cars and taking tons of pictures. I even had the chance to ride shotgun on the track with Serge who owns a perfect Lee 1 replica.

In 2011 the Euro Dukes Fest got larger. That year there were 6 General Lee’s and 1 Patrol Car. 

Sven & Jan-Simon offered free Pop Corn and we organized the first J.D. Hogg Lottery. Boss gave something away for free for the first time in his life and two lucky winners had the chance to ride shotgun in a General Lee and in a Patrol Car.

It was a great event until heavy rain started in the late afternoon. In 2012 there was no Euro Dukes Fest and in 2013 I couldn’t join the fun.

In early 2013 I had the chance to meet John Schneider. He was invited as a guest to Movie Days Convention in Dortmund. 

John was only there for one day and he had a lot to do. 

He drove Serge’s General Lee to the red carpet, signed autographs, took a lot of pictures with fans and played with one of my merchandise items which were displayed together with Serge’s Lee 1 Replica and Sven’s Patrol Car at our booth. 

Alma, a fan from the Netherlands, made a great video of that day. 

In 2014 I had the chance to attend the Euro Dukes Fest again.

Five General Lee’s, two Patrol Cars and Daisy’s Plymouth (from Belgium) made it to the track.

For the first time the German Dukes Museum On Tour was there, too. Countless hours were spent by Sven and Jan-Simon to transform a small trailer into a rolling museum equipped with shelves and a small monitor to show pictures.

Sven and I displayed some of our collected items and Serge added his original Lee 1 front valance to the display.

A body painting artist showed his skills and DJ Gino made music like he did every year.

In the afternoon there was a circuit ride again but due to the bad weather only one General and one Patrol Car took a spin on the race track.

Riding shotgun with Sven in the Patrol Car in hot pursuit of Serge and Alma in the General was a lot of fun. At the end the General escaped of course.

Thanks to my love of an old TV show and an orange clunker car I met great people, made new friends and had a great time. I’m looking forward to August 2nd when the next Euro Dukes Fest will take place in Zandvoort.
I would like to thank all fans who put so much time and effort into this hobby and help to keep the Dukes alive. Hopefully we’ll see us at a Dukes event.
Keep it between the ditches.
With best regards form Germany,

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

eBay Will NOT Ban The Sale of Dukes of Hazzard Merchandise

After the crazy couple of days that Dukes of Hazzard fans have gone through, it sure is nice to get some good news for a change.  Ebay just reached out to me through twitter to assure Dukes fans that Dukes of Hazzard merchandise will continue to be available on the auction super site.  I sure am relieved.  Thank eBay for not making hasty decisions and for letting us know.

Friday, June 19, 2015

New Dukes Stuff - Unique and Foreign Items - German and Italian Toys

Now, this is a batch of very cool and unique items that come from around the globe.

Several of the items came from my new friend and fellow Dukes Collector Bernd Tiemann.  Bernd is from Germany and has a great collection.  He attends the Euro Dukes Fest often and is a member of the German Dukes Board.  I'm very glad I met Bernd and really happy he sold me some of these great pieces.

This is the first piece from Bernd.  If I included this model kit with most other Dukes items, it would be one of the stranger items, but in this bunch it's the most common.  This is the Boss Hogg's Hauler Snap Model Kit from the golden era.  It is in perfect condition in a sealed box.

There were three model kits released that portrayed goofy vehicles that never appeared on the show. They are 1/32 scale as opposed to the standard General Lee models that are 1/25.  All three are rare and hard to find in such great condition.  This one looks like it just came off the shelf.

The side of the box shows different angles of the van.

My favorite part is the decal on the back that says "Gonna Git Them Dukes Boys!"  This is an odd item that was released way back when.  I'm glad I can add it to the collection.

Also from Bernd comes the other Dukes of Hazzard Movie Crew Coat.  He bought both of these items from the U.S. and had them shipped to him.  I had them shipped back.

This is the Carhartt crew coat and has the yellow lined red logo on the sleeve.

And added bonus that came with this coat is a card reading "with compliments, Jay Chandraskkar & Bill Gerber."  Jay and Bill, of course, are the director and producer of the movie.  My other coat did not include this gem.

This is a very heavy coat and is referred Blanket-Lined coat.

The new one is on the right, and my original Columbia Coat is on the left.  They are different colors, and the Columbia is darker.

The Columbia has the logo in all red, whereas the Carhartt logo is the same as the logo on the Crew Gym Bag.  I'm very excited to have the two different coats.  I got one more item from Bernd, but I'll get to that in a bit.

Sometimes you find really odd items to add to the collection.  This is one of them.  This is a puzzle that was released in 2013.  The title of the puzzle is "Games We Played." It features a collage of many classic board games.

In the bottom left of the puzzle features yours and my favorite board game.  Amidst Monopoly, Sorry, Twister, Uno, and Clue, is the Dukes of Hazzard board game.  Bo, Luke, Daisy, and Boss Hogg are honored to be included.

Games We Played comes from Lois B. Sutton.  Thanks for including the Dukes Lois!

White Mountain Puzzles Inc. is the company behind the puzzle.  This is a very cool and unique addition to the collection.

And now to the foreign items.  Our pal "Uncle Jesse" is going to love this.  I saw this on ebay and had to have it.  It's the Autorodeo from Italy!  There is no mention of Dukes on it, but we all know it's the Stunt Buster from the Barn Buster set.

Auto Rodeo translates from Italian to Car Rodeo and the sentence underneath says "the only car in the world that works even on one wheel." It also says "the booming car acrobatics." The set is made by Harbert Sport licensed by the Knickerbocker Toy Company. The paragraph on the box says in Italian "for more sophisticated tricks, ask your dealer to show you the new big packs sfondadienile rodeo and rodeo acrobatic leap, with new car in two speeds" which I'm sure is a reference to the Speed Jumper and Barn Buster.

I really expected the decals to include the 01s and rebel flags even though they are not pictured on the box.  You don't get the familiar Dukes signage but you do get an American Flag and the Golden Eagle.  This Charger sports a 16 on the doors.

Not until you do some real snooping do you find a mention of the Dukes, WB and Knickerbocker embossed in the ramp.  I knew we would find it somewhere.  This is a great and extremely rare item. Now I gotta find the sfondadienile rodeo and rodeo acrobatic leap (Italian Barn Buster and Speed Jumper.)

My final item on this post is also the last item I got from Bernd...and it's a doozy!  This is the German version of the Dukes of Hazzard Slam Shifter.  Man, I am so glad Bernd sold this bad boy to me.  It is huge and a great addition.  I have the standard American version in a sealed box and blogged about it in on of my very first posts, but for some reason, the pictures in that post don't work.  I'll have to find those old pics and reupload them.

Just like the Italian toy, this box doesn't mention the Dukes either, but it does feature the Gen'ral quite prominently.  For some reason it is callesd Speedy's Morodrom.

The box has all the same pictures that are on the American version.  I just can't compare them because my old pictures aren't available.  My American version is behind a lot of other things right now.  I should have gotten it out to compare.

It does have WB trademark information on the box.  All of the contents of the box are the same as the American version.

The box is open so I had to explore the contents.  And have some fun.

These tiny billboards are incredible.  You are supposed to pop them out and insert them to the edges of the race track.  Ideal Toy Corporation did any excellant job on the details.  You get The Boars Nest, Cooter's Garage...

Hazzard County Picture Palace, the familar "Boss Hogg Sez 'Welcome to Hazzard County'" sign, Hazzard County Drug Store...

Another Cooter's Garage sign, and Hazzard County Savings Bank.  I love these tiny signs.

The directions are in great condition.  When I was setting up an Ertl playset for the museum at the new Cooter's Place in Sperryville, I framed the directions and hung them on the wall of the faux bedroom.  These directions are worthy of being framed as well.

Let's play with my new toy.  I was surprised that the cars are diecast, not plastic.  They are unique to this set.

The Charger is nicely recreated.  The police care is a hybrid two-two Monoco.

I couldn't help myself.  I put it together.  It is a big set when assembled.

Is this thing beautiful, or what?

The raceway works by slamming the shifter down launching the car around the track.  I couldn't get the cars to go around fast enough.  Maybe I wasn't hitting the shifter hard enough, but I didn't want to break it.  Check out the video to see the cars in action.  Thanks to John and Tom for providing the soundtrack.  I can't imagine this toy working as advertised.  The cars just don't get enough speed to make it around the track.

I love these new additions to the collection.  Maybe buying all those foreign DVDs got me looking for outside of the US Dukes items.  It seems like a new market and I'll be looking for more foreign Dukes pieces.  Thanks again to Bernd and I look forward to talking Dukes with you in the future.