Interview with Eddie Munster

Interview with Eddie Munster

Who would have thought Eddie Munster was a car nut? Butch Patrick – who played the pre-teen werewolf on the 1960s TV show “The Munsters” – said he is not an avid car collector, but he does belong to the Deadman’s Curve Car Club of New Jersey and has driven muscle cars all his life.

Interview with Eddie Munster

Patrick also recalls riding around the set for the TV Show in the Munster Koach, a customized car George Barris created for program. Today, the former TV star owns replica versions of the Munster Koach, the coffin-shaped “Dragula” dragster and the Eddie Munster Stingray bicycle. He brought all three vehicles to the Iola Old Car Show (www.iolaoldcarshow.com), where he met with fans and signed Munsters photos and memorabilia.

Interview with Eddie Munster

The Munsters premiered in 1964, but was off the air within two years. Ratings wise, The Munsters out-pulled three or four other shows, but lost its time slot to the “Batman” TV series because the latter was filmed in color — something new at the time. Still, The Munsters lasted for 70 episodes, since the TV year was longer in those days.

Interview with Eddie Munster

Patrick said he doesn’t drive the dragster-like Dragula very often because it has no suspension system. He uses the car mainly to recreate a popular episode of the show called “Hot Rod Herman” at nostalgia drag racing events.

Interview with Eddie Munster

Patrick, 63, came to the Iola Car Show with his wife Leila. They have been married for about a year and live in Missouri. They travel to car shows and comic book collecting shows all over the country together. Their decision to come to Iola was a last minute change, but they found lots of fans among the 125,000 showgoers and plan to return in 2018.

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Butch Patrick also maintains the Official Munsters Website at www.munsters.com. The Website includes news and trivia about the show, merchandise and biographies of cast members including Fred Gwynne (Herman), Yvonne De Carlo (Lily) and Al Lewis (Grandpa).

Interview with Eddie Munster

About John Gunnell 104 Articles
John “Gunner” Gunnell has been writing about cars since ‘72. As a kid in Staten Island, N.Y., he played with a tin Marx “Service Garage” loaded with toy vehicles, his favorite being a Hubley hot rod. In 2010, he opened Gunner’s Great Garage, in Manawa, Wis., a shop that helps enthusiasts restore cars. To no one’s surprise, he decorated 3G’s with tin gas stations and car toys. Gunner started writing for two car club magazines. In 1978, publisher Chet Krause hired him at Old Cars Weekly, where he worked from 1978-2008. Hot rodding legend LeRoi “Tex” Smith was his boss for a while. Gunner had no formal journalism training, but working at a weekly quickly taught him the trade. Over three decades, he’s met famous collectors, penned thousands of articles and written over 85 books. He lives in Iola, Wis., with his nine old cars, three trucks and seven motorcycles.
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