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Welcome to Diana 'The Doc' Thomas' official Blog ... A radio interviewer once referred to Diana as being a 'Celebrity Drag Racing Authority & Visionary'... Diana has indeed filled the shoes (or fire boots) as truly being America's foremost 'Celebrity Drag Racing Authority & Visionary'... Diana is known for being somewhat controversial at times... She writes the truth... Diana tells it like it is about drag racing and other topical issues-- You've seen Diana 'The Doc' Thomas on our DVDs, with Bret Kepner on ESPN, and in all the major media... Don't miss your opportunity to read her daily blog right here at DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND... Diana's blog gives you a daily dose of truth and reality with heart... Diana's unique and refreshing perspective is unlike anything else on the drag racing web... We strongly recommend that you bookmark this page now... Be sure you check in daily to experience & enjoy Diana's unique insight, worldly wisdom and perspective...

Today we have the trusty Stephanie substituting for The Doc. At this time Doc is occupied with her Big Stick related recording responsibilities (as she will be increasingly frequently over the next few months) We believe Doc will hopefully be back on the clock for Thursday's blog installment... Of course on Wednesday (tomorrow), we will be running our regularly scheduled TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER paranormal drag racing serial series feature... Please enjoy Stephanie's Snapshot of the Day... This installment features a photograph that Doc snapped in the pits at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in scenic Englishtown, New Jersey. Seen here is Nostalgia Funny Car pioneer, Dave Sano's, "Screamin' Insanity" 1970 Dodge Challenger Funny Car. As Doc has stated many times before, it's always been her opinion that Dave Sano and his crew are among the most dedicated within the so-called "nostalgia drag racing movement"-- And she still stands rock-solid firm by that particular opinion of hers... If nostalgia racing turns you on, be sure to check out Drag Racing Underground's NOSTALGIA RAW and FUNNY CAR REUNION RAW dvds, by simply clicking on the "VIDEO CATALOG" link at the top center of the page. It's no secret that racing aficionados who are genuinely in the know, claim that Drag Racing Underground dvds are the most entertaining, enlightening and hardcore in all the world... And Drag Racing Underground dvds sure make great stocking stuffers for the Christmas holiday...

 

 

Substitute Stephanie's snapshot of the day features Dave Sano's 1970 Dodge Challenger Nostalgia Funny Car.


December is a time of year for drag racers to not just concern themselves with the Christmas Tree that you decorate and put presents under, it's also the time of year to take your "Electronic Christmas Tree" out of the closet, and work on keeping your reaction time skills sharp during the "off-season". Let's face it, most races are won or lost on the starting line, so it's imperative that you're able to cut a good light on the tree. For those of my racer readers who don't have an Electronic Christmas Tree practice device, I strongly suggest you get your hands on one-- The benefits of keeping reaction time skills sharp, or even improving them a bit, can mean the difference between a disappointing racing season and a more successful racing season in 2017. Use a practice tree and more win slips you'll eventually see!!...







THOUGHTS & CONCERN FOR OUR DRAG RACING FAMILY IN TURKEY...

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I'd like to express my care and concern for all our friends of the drag racing community who reside in the city of Istanbul and the nation of Turkey. Many years ago, we licensed a whole lot of Drag Racing Underground video content, and racer interview footage that I conducted with drivers on these shores, to what was sort of the MTV type of TV network based in Istanbul, Turkey. That's from a time when Turkey was just making its initial baby steps in having an appreciation for the straightline motorsport. Yours truly and the DRU team spent a lot of quality time with the TV execs from Turkey, we even took them out once for a day at the drags in Englishtown, New Jersey (what a historic day for the drag racing world that was!)... That said, it breaks my heart to learn of what just happened outside a soccer stadium in central Istanbul. Car bombs and suicide bombs have claimed the lives of 29 victims and have wounded no less than 166 innocent others. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims, and the family and friends of all the victims of this horrific terrorist attack... We are living on a severely sick and mentally deficient planet...

 

 




 


Unlike what we presently see in the roundy-round forms of motorsport, drag racing fans don't have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to purchase some sort of "exclusive luxury vacation fan package", in order to meet the drivers, because in the motorsport of drag racing, a simple, reasonably priced "general admission" ticket is all you need to have complete access to the pits and all the drivers. You're encouraged to ask the drag racers for their autograph, or maybe to sign your t-shirt, or maybe pose for a quick snapshot with you and your precious family members. Please keep in mind, as you're making recreational plans for you and your family for the upcoming year, that going to the drag strip is your best motorsport value by far. It's definitely the smart financial family oriented choice. The drag strip is a wholesome sports environment that's a lot easier on your wallet than any other form of high-profile motorsports. Here we see NHRA nitro funny car star Matt Hagan happily obliging a fan's autograph request. It's all happening at the drag races across America!!... Be smart and bring the whole family out to the drags!!... I highly recommend it to all my many readers... You'll have a blast!!...


 



Today is "FEEDBACK FRIDAY", meaning I deal with emails that my assistant Stephanie and I receive from readers regarding our most recent blogs... Let's get right to your feedback... We received several emails regarding yesterday's Substitute Stephanie's Snapshot of the Day, featuring and singing the praises of Rocky Pirrone's crew, tending to parachute duties on their 1977 "Screamin Eagle" Nostalgia Funny Car. Edward from Irvington, NJ wrote, "I remember many years ago when Rocky used to bring his old time memories gasser to Raceway Park. He's stuck with it and really made a name for himself and his team."--  Glenn from Elks, PA said, "Rocky Pirrone has been our hero of the northeast nostalgia drag events for decades."... Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Gabriela from all the way in Abancan, Peru said, "I am disappointed that Larry Lamb did not convince the world order to save drag racing yet!"-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "Druscula Fusscula and his corrupt cronies sure didn't want a lecture from an intellectually astute lamb!"-- Thanks to all of you Phantom Racer fans who wrote in this week... Substitute Stephanie's blog featuring a photo of yours truly from the Big Stick archives, sporting my SAVE A PET shirt as part of our animal advocacy campaign caused lots of you to write in. Alicia from Reseda, CA said, "I fight for the rights of animals just like Doc does. Thanks to her and Big Stick for caring about all God's creatures."-- Jeremy from Anderson, S.C. chimed in, "Doc looks pretty in bangs. Women who care about animals always win my heart."...  My blog titled IN PRAISE OF WHEELSTANDERS prompted an enthusiastic Randy from Grosse Pointe, MI to type, "I love the picture you printed of Richard Hutchins' Chevy Rebellion Volkswagon truck with a Chevrolet engine. That's still my favorite wheelstander."-- Daniel from W. Allenhurst, NJ said, "The reason why wheelstanders aren't so popular anymore is because the younger kids demand seeing nothing but monster trucks. They're jaded in their likes and dislikes."... My blog titled REAL DRAG FANS HAVE RESPECT FOR EVERY ERA OF DRAG RACING caused Barbara from Cannonville, UT to write, "I agree with Doc. Me and my husband respect all the different periods of drag racing history."-- Jason from Lauria, NV wrote in, "The picture Doc took of the Chi-Town Hustler at my former home track Atlanta Dragway gave me chills. She's right about having an appreciation for all of drag racing's years"... Thanks to all of you who wrote in with comments. Even though there's no way we have room to print all your emails, we want you to know that all your comments and suggestions are taken into consideration... Keep those emails comin' (by using the "Contact Us" link atop the page), whether you agree or disagree with mine, or any of our substitute guest bloggers' opinions, we're genuinely interested in your feedback... We just ask that you please keep your emails short and to the point, no rambling please, and please also include where you're from, we often find the location of where folks are writing us from to be sort of interesting. If you want to remain anonymous you can do that too (just write that you want to remain anonymous in the body of your email, and we won't disclose your identity in the event we choose to make a reference to your particular opinion)... Thanks... 

 

 

It's "FEEDBACK FRIDAY" here at DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND. That means I print excerpts from some of the emails that you readers write in with. I always appreciate you folks who sit down at your keyboard and type me your thoughts and opinions.


Today we have the trusty Stephanie substituting for The Doc. At this time Doc is occupied with her Big Stick related recording responsibilities (as she will be increasingly frequently over the next few months). We believe Doc will hopefully be back on the clock for Saturday's or Sunday's blog installment... Of course on Friday (tomorrow), we will be running our regularly scheduled FEEDBACK FRIDAY feature, that includes edited excerpts from your opinionated emails concerning recent blogs that have been presented on this page... Please enjoy Stephanie's Snapshot of the Day... This installment features a photograph that Doc snapped in the pits at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in scenic Englishtown, New Jersey. Seen here is the Rocky Pirrone team diligently tending to 'chute duties on their "Screamin Eagle" 1977 Trans-Am Nostalgia Funny Car. As Doc has stated many times before, it's always been her opinion that Rocky Pirrone and his crew are among the most dedicated within the so-called "nostalgia drag racing movement"-- And she still stands rock-solid firm by that particular opinion of hers... If nostalgia racing turns you on, be sure to check out Drag Racing Underground's NOSTALGIA RAW and FUNNY CAR REUNION RAW dvds, by simply clicking on the "VIDEO CATALOG" link at the top center of the page. It's no secret that racing aficionados who are genuinely in the know, claim that Drag Racing Underground dvds are the most entertaining, enlightening and hardcore in all the world... And Drag Racing Underground dvds sure make great stocking stuffers for the Christmas holiday...

 

 

Substitute Stephanie's snapshot of the day features Rocky Pirrone's N/FC team tending to parachute duties.

 

 


Break the conventional chains which bind you to the belief that the only things in this world that exist are those we're able to touch and see in daylight. Ever heard of quantum physics?-- Many credible physicists and scientists from the world's most prestigious of learning institutions now believe that parallel universes exist all around us-- We are likely surrounded by spectacular space, time, energy, and matter anomalies that boggle the brain, proving that what was once thought to be fantasy and fiction, can now be believed as truth and fathomable fact ... We offer you a slice of hard science, combined with sporadic sprinklings of paranormal phenomena, as we here at Drag Racing Underground, proudly present to you... TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER... Step out of the narrow-minded mist that encircles those who wear their stagnate skepticism like an outdated peach-colored leisure suit, and allow yourself the freedom to follow the adventures of drag racing's infinite and most indestructible spirit... Pull up a chair, toss your inhibitions aside, and ride along with one Sebastian Conrad, strong spirited eternal speed freak extraordinaire.

 

Last week's episode told of how our favorite metaphysical/afterlife drag racing dream team teleported to the future, to the distant year 3000, and to what followers of this serial series believe is to be their most challenging assignment yet... The superiors from the Heavenly Drag Racing Association (H.D.R.A.) have assigned our do-gooders the crucial mission of saving Drag Racing from being wiped out of existence in the year 3000. Evidently, in the year 3000, a group of global zealots, and cockeyed global politicians are headstrong on completely outlawing the sport of drag racing. Our crew are assigned to pose as esteemed consultants from an elite and prestigious Cambridge based think-tank, and have materialized in the final minutes of a crucial conference in Washington D.C., where a vote is soon to be taken by the world's top superpowers, deciding the eternal fate of drag racing...

 

Our seasoned leader, Larry Lamb, and Sebastian aka The Phantom Racer, and Fred The Wrench are all dressed in suit and tie (although Fred's rather reluctant in his switch from greasy overalls to formal threads), Maria is wearing a business-like woman's pantsuit ensemble, and Peter The Parrot is outfitted in tacky, purple crushed velvet, reminiscent of a 'Vegas lounge Elvis impersonator's jumpsuit, it's the same get-up he always wears to all the formal H.D.R.A banquets. They're now in a spacious and elegant auditorium on the 200th floor of an opulent Washington D.C. high-security, government affiliated skyscraper. The exclusive space is referred to as "the grand penthouse conference atrium". Our gang are amazed by what they see-- It's a very gaudy decorated, spacious conference area, big as a football field, somewhat like what we'd expect to see in the U.N.building, although unlike the U.N., there's fountains spouting top-shelf tequila, and world-class priceless paintings by the masters fill practically every single square inch of wall space. There's thick plush carpet, and exotic hostesses saddled on miniature ponies, serving caviar-laced hors d'Oeuvres. Maria is aghast when glancing out a window, "Look at that!!! For as far as the eye can see, way down there on the ground and towards the horizon, there's nothing but shanty towns and poverty, while all these corrupt international leaders and dignitaries surround themselves with bloated, over-the-top opulence!!!"

 

"I believe that I'll raise my hoof, and make a formal request to address the room from that podium over there." Larry states, "I'll see if I can talk some sense into these lethargic leeches of the new world order."... Larry Lamb proceeds to raise a hoof, getting the attention of a snide appearing dignitary who is officiating the conference... "The room recognizes that woolly looking fellow with his hoof up. Do you wish to speak?" says the full-of-himself dignitary... "Yes, sir. I most certainly do." replies a now purposely snobbish sounding Larry Lamb as he trots his way up to the podium... "Testing 1-2-3." Larry says into the podium microphone, while taking in a panoramic view of his colorful, rich, yet tasteless surroundings. All the slimy bureaucrats in attendance briefly pause from stuffing their faces with food and drink, and look up at Larry situated at the podium... Someone heckles from the first row of tables, "Hey, Bub! Are you some kind of radical hippie?? What's up with all that woolly hair?!?"... "Ahem" Larry responds "My dear, man, and fellow world super power conference attendees, I am woolly as a result of the strong presence of fine lamb breeding in my family. Allow me to introduce myself, I'm Larry Winston Harold Lamb the third, I am a senior consultant executive from a prestigious Cambridge based think tank."... "So, what do you have to contribute to the conversation, Mr. Lamb?? chimes in the conference officiator, "We are looking to wrap this matter up soon by voting drag racing out of existence, and then quickly transferring the general direction of this conference into a no-holds-barred jello-shot drinking competition!"... "Well," speaks Larry into the microphone, "I would like to implore you all to NOT take away the sport of drag racing from all society. Taking away this form of wholesome motorsport recreation will most likely have less than desirable repercussions throughout the planet."

 

The event officiator abruptly interrupts Larry and hastefully says, "Uh, look, we all respect the fact that you're a polite, articulate gent, er, or lamb, or whatever your fine hybrid upbringing is, we really do, Mr. Lamb. HOWEVER, we are pretty damn unanimous in our collective desire to vote that drag racing be outlawed forever."... Larry Lamb exhibits a brief look of despaired blankness as he stares out on a room full of corrupt creeps who definitely do not want drag racing saved from extinction, and certainly don't want to hear one more word suggesting otherwise from an intellectually astute lecturing lamb... "Oh, I see." replies Larry with a hint in his voice of a desperate necessity to switch gears in his approach in turning the tables somehow in drag racing's favor, "Is there ANYTHING I can do to change the minds of all of you? ANYTHING??"... The pompous event officiator rubs his triple, stubbled chin and snidely, though still politely, blurts back, "Listen, pal. My name's Druscula Fusscula , I run the show 'round here. Maybe we should have a private meeting in my executive chambers, and discuss your, ahem, strong desire to do, uh, "ANYTHING" you can, to sway our impending negative decision concerning drag racing's future."... "Very well, Mr. Fusscula" Larry respectfully though slightly apprehensively replies, "I'd be glad to voice my position to you in your private chambers, my dear sir."... Druscula Fusscula graciously leads Larry Lamb to a pair of fancy-schmancy styled golden paneled side doors, somewhat sunken out of clear sight of the conference room... "What's goin' on?!? asks Fred The Wrench to his cohorts, as they all witness Larry Lamb leave the podium, and disappear from view with the officiator of the event... "It appears that our boss is going to have to think of something smart to prevent the gavel of doom from falling down and crushing drag racing out of existence." replies Sebastian... "I'm nervous!!!" admits Maria as a distraught expression overcomes her face ... "I'm nervous too!!!" squawks Peter The Parrot as he ruffles his feathers with anxiety,  "It looks like it's all up to our distinguished leader, Larry Lamb, to come up with some kind of strategy behind those closed doors, to save this day from being a death sentence for the sport of drag racing!!!!!!...

 

 

 Yes, my dear friends, this is the mysterious mind-bending-hereafter rebirth, and puzzling parallel universe relocation of the bewildering being, energy, and entity we call THE PHANTOM RACER... Who wouldn't be nervous in this dire situation?!?... It looks like Larry Lamb's initial strategy of making some sort of spectacularly persuasive speech to save drag racing from extinction is no longer a viable option!!!... What can Larry Lamb possibly do or say behind closed doors to Druscula Fusscula that would make him overturn the opinions of the majority voters, and keep drag racing as part of the planet's recreational landscape?!? What do YOU think Larry will do?!? CAN DRAG RACING BE SAVED?!?!?...  OR NOT?!?!?... WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?!?!?... What's in store for our drag racing paranormal dream team as they continue to embark on unpredictable drag racing adventures throughout the parallel universes??... Can they all hold it together and successfully champion the powers of good??... Or will they fall victim to evil entities they cannot control???... These are just a few of the mind-twisting questions to be answered in future action-packed episodes of TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER!!... There's more paranormal mystical and maniacal drag race mayhem coming your way!!... You definitely do not want to miss it...

 

 

Stay tuned next Wednesday for a new chapter of the serial paranormal drama series we call TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER... Be sure that YOU follow the story of Sebastian Conrad... Bookmark this page and BE HERE every Wednesday!!... You can read prior episodes of TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER by simply clicking on the 'DOC'S BLOG' link that's conveniently located atop this page, and then scrolling to her Wednesday blog installments (because this series is published here each and every Wednesday). All characters appearing in this series are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead is purely coincidental. TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER story and imagery are copyright 2016 DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND.


Today we have the trusty Stephanie substituting for The Doc. At this time Doc is occupied with her Big Stick related recording responsibilities (as she will be increasingly frequently over the next few months). We believe Doc will hopefully be back on the clock for Thursday's blog installment... Of course on Wednesday (tomorrow), we will be running our regularly scheduled TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER popular metaphysical drag racing serial adventure series... Please enjoy Stephanie's Snapshot of the Day... This installment features a photograph of Doc from the early Big Stick image archives, from when they were engaged in the aggressive "SAVE A PET" media campaign. Big Stick have always been, and continue to be, strong advocates for animal safety and rights. Doc believes that animals rightfully deserve their dignity and the respect of humans, and those who purposely abuse animals are committing a sin that should have legal consequences. I know that I've posted other photos over the years of Doc with her various pets and dear animal friends. For this holiday season now upon us, Doc asks that we all make an effort to be kind to all nature's critters and show sincere care for their health and welfare concerns... Also keep in mind that you can download the entire Big Stick music catalog on iTunes, Spotify and most of the popular cyber music distribution outlets...

 

 

Substitute Stephanie's snapshot of the day features Doc from the Big Stick photo archives advocating animal care.


Today I want to address the touchy issue of wheelstanders (unique drag racing "exhibition" vehicles that run the length of the drag strip with the front wheels high up in the air)... It sure does seem like the number of racers who are building and campaigning wheelstanders these days is in sharp decline from previous years and decades. Look, I know that there's some curmudgeons of the drag racing community who believe that wheelstanders are just "kid stuff", and aren't "serious enough" of a race vehicle to warrant any type of significant care or concern-- And while I'll openly admit that for the most part, wheelstanders are a somewhat flippant form of drag racing "sports entertainment", they still remain an important part of keeping the much needed "thrill show" aspect of drag racing alive and well.  Despite all the harsh criticism I've heard over the years against the genre, truth be told, wheelstanders almost always prove to be a contributing factor to the success of a "thrill show" oriented drag racing event. And truth also be told, even when the most stubborn of curmudgeon lets his or her guard down, and throws their inhibitions to the wind, there's an "inner child" that lurks inside even their crusty, cranky psyche, that results in a slight and suppressed smile appearing on their weathered face when witnessing a quality wheelstander storm down the strip with its front wheels aimed at the heavens and a shower of sparks glistening in its wake... I do genuinely hope that we'll see the number of those individuals building and campaigning wheelstanders increase a bit over the next few seasons... I would sure hate to see this crowd-energizing genre of the drag racing sports entertainment world become extinct in the foreseeable future...

 

 

Richard Hutchins'  crowd pleasing "Chevy Rebellion" wheelstander at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.


The first issue I'd like to address today is expressing my care and concern for all the victims of the terrifying fires that recently tore through parts of Tennessee. As we witness the destruction that burned through the town of Gatlinburg, it's almost beyond comprehension. Our thoughts and prayers go out for the families of the deceased, and a wish of hope in finding those who are still reported to be missing... The other issue I'd like to address in today's blog is about drag racing. Below is a photograph of the "Chi-Town Hustler" Funny Car that I shot from the grandstands several years back, while taking a brief hiatus from my music tour duties to catch a day of racing at the NHRA Southern Nationals event at Atlanta Dragway. Those of us who are truly hardcore drag racing fans know gosh darn well that if you REALLY know your drag racing, you have at least some heartfelt appreciation for all the different eras of this colorful sport's lengthy history. When I see curmudgeon geezers on the internet saying that the only period of drag racing that matters was the 1960s, or when I see naive teens insisting that the only cars worth respecting are those that can cover the modern 1000 foot strip in less than 4 seconds, I believe that those blowhards who come from both extremes of the generational gap don't really have a clue as to what drag racing is REALLY about. Someone needs to sit them down and set 'em straight-- and teach 'em that there's aspects from all the various eras of the sport that are worthy of respect...