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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...

LAST CALL FOR DRAG RACING CHRISTMAS SHOPPING PROCRASTINATORS!!...

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Today is Monday, with Christmas coming on Sunday... Those of you reading this who qualify as Christmas shopping procrastinators, I would say that today is the last day before Christmas for you to order Drag Racing Underground dvds online, with still a good chance of receiving your order in time for Christmas. And we all know that ordering stocking stuffers from Drag Racing Underground is much easier (and smarter), than doing your last minute Christmas shopping at the mall, where you have a good chance of getting "mauled" (ha ha), trampled, or even pepper-sprayed by the other whacky shoppers who will be stampeding through the stores during those final Christmas shopping hours... If you dig doorslammers, we have plenty of dvds that will turn you on, such as our HOT DAMN DOORSLAMMIN' series, and SHAKEDOWN AT E'TOWN...  If nostalgia drag racing is your fetish of choice, you best get our NOSTALGIA RAW dvd, and if your nostalgia affliction is geared towards the old school Floppers, you'd be a complete dunce to not have our FUNNY CAR REUNION RAW dvd in your collection... If you dig a little bit of everything, I strongly recommend gettin' your mitts on our FLOPPERS DIGGERS & DOORSLAMMERS dvd-- You'll see my historic UFO interview with Don Garlits, as well as captivating chat, and on-track action with Shirley Muldowney and other drag strip superstars... If you're looking for an audio gift for yourself, or gearheads on your Christmas list, check out the BIG STICK "HOT FROM THE STRIP" cd. It features BIG STICK drag tunes, old school drag strip radio commercials you won't hear anywhere else, WILDGIRL with "Big Daddy" Roth, "True Stereo Sounds of the Drags" and lots more... I've hired a couple of my adorable girlfriends from the neighborhood to help pull and pack Christmas orders here at Drag Racing Underground, they're my cute little "Christmas elves", so we're prepared to handle all your last minute Christmas orders... Just click on the "Video Catalog" link at the top of the page, and you'll then be taken to the variety of "sure thing" drag strip oriented gifts that nobody will want to return after Christmas, or re-gift to the in-laws next Christmas... We have certified SSL secure online ordering here at Drag Racing Underground for your security and complete peace of mind... So what the heck are you waiting for?!?... Finish up your Christmas shopping NOW!!... Click on the "Video Catalog" link at the top of this page and STOP YOUR PROCRASTINATING!!...


VETERAN DRAG RACING PHOTOGRAPHER BOB PLUMER R.I.P....

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As all my regular readers are aware, we lost Ken Nelson this week to cancer, the friendly fellow who built and drove the "Cool Bus School Bus" wheelstander... Well,  there's another guy in the drag racing biz who also succumbed to cancer this week, longtime veteran drag racing photographer Bob Plumer. Some of you probably have no idea of who Bob Plumer was, and hey, that's understandable, I mean, the people who document drag racing are very rarely in the public eye, with their "work" not really appreciated by much of the "mainstream" drag racing populous-- And sadly to say, uh, I get that-- Unfortunately the guys who shoot this drag racing stuff from the sidelines are mostly thought of as being "second class citizens" by those in the drag racing industry-- I'm not gonna mince words here, I have the reputation as being one of the very few journalists in the drag racing world who really does "Tell it Like it is", so, that's exactly what I'm doing for you now-- That said, I do believe it's a shame that the prevalent vibe often associated with those who photograph the history of this sport is a negative one-- Because if it wasn't for guys like Bob Plumer, the so-called "lensmen slaves of the sport", a lot of the sport's history  (especially from the 60's & 70's in Bob's case), wouldn't be documented for future generations to observe... I'm sure that Bob stood out on the sidelines shooting drag racing on days when the temperature and humidity were probably even too oppressive for a desert lizard-- But hey, that's what comes with the job of being a drag racing photographer-- And that's why many of today's breed of young "aspiring photographers" won't even step foot at a drag race these days. All the "noise", "smell" and "heat" keep them as far away as possible from drag racing-- And not to mention that fact that you get paid a lot more cash from the mainstream media for just one photo of Newt Gingrich, Al Sharpton or Kim Kardashian stepping out of a trendy restaurant, than you'll ever get paid for a million pics of a drag cars  "smoking the tires"...  So, please, let's give some much deserved admiration and respect to Bob Plumer... Let's wish Bob a good time in the afterlife... Let's wish that he's capable of  "Resting In Peace", as we continue to eyeball all the many photos he's left us to enjoy, all the drag racing documentation he so selflessly recorded over the span of decades...


A BELATED "FEEDBACK FRIDAY" BLOG FOR THIS HERE SATURDAY'S READING...

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Since I used yesterday's blog to pay tribute to "COOL BUS SCHOOL BUS" driver Ken Nelson, we're going to do our  "FEEDBACK FRIDAY" thing today, Saturday, because I know that a lot of you folks look forward to the weekly feature. So, therefore, today we'll deal with some of the emails that my assistant Stephanie and I received from you readers regarding my most recent blogs... Let's get to it... First of all, many of you shared my heartfelt sentiments about Ken "Cool Bus" Nelson, and expressed your condolences in his passing. Harry from Joliet, Illinois told me how Ken once spent a length of time with his son, talking about the "bus", and how that made his kid real happy-- Yeah, that's the kind of guy Ken was-- Kids all of ages would gather around the bus when it was is the pits, and Ken would give all the fans as much of his time as humanly possible... My blog regarding NHRA's Junior Drag Racing League turning 20 in 2012 prompted an onslaught of reader emails from young adults claiming how now they feel so OLD!! It is kind of amazing to think how it seems like just yesterday when Jr. Dragster "Founding Father", the late, great Vinnie Napp was working out the initial Jr. Dragster bugs with his son, David, on the E'Town strip. Lisa from Keyport, NJ wrote that she honestly believes it was Jr. Drag Racing that helped mold her kids into the upstanding adults they are today... My blog thanking y'all for my Christmas present, meaning your continued loyalty to reading this blog, and steadily raising the "cyber traffic" that comes to this place through the stratosphere, received a rallying response from the masses. A few of you even claiming that you can't have your morning coffee without reading this blog certainly flattered me. Rick and Debbie from Manly, Iowa are a race fan couple who said that every morning they fight over who gets to read my blog first on their family computer!!-- Hey, don't y'all be fighting on account of me! LOL!-- I'll have to tell Stephanie to send you two lovebirds one of the extra old 'puters sittin' 'round here for Christmas, to help keep the peace in your house! Ha! (I'm serious, we're gonna do it!)... Lastly, thanks to those of you who agreed with me that BIG STICK'S "HOT FROM THE STRIP" cd makes the perfect "stocking stuffer" for all the gearheads on your Christmas list. Jill from Greensburg, Kentucky says that her "HOT FROM THE STRIP" keeps her satisfied during the "off season" with its drag tunes, vintage drag strip radio ads, and "Sounds of the Drags" segment. She also thinks the BIG STICK "Hell Fire" track is the darn wildest thing she's ever heard in her entire life-- Thanks, Jill!!... Keep those emails comin', whether you agree or disagree with my opinions, I'm genuinely interested in your feedback... I just ask that you please keep your emails short and to the point, no rambling please, and please also include where you're from, I often find the location of where folks are writing me from to be sort of interesting... Thanks...

 


"COOL BUS SCHOOL BUS" STAR KEN NELSON PASSES AWAY...

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I realize that today is Friday, and that on Fridays, my trusty assistant Stephanie and I usually compile some of your recent emails for my weekly "Feedback Friday" blog. However, I believe the news of "Cool Bus School Bus" racer Ken Nelson just passing away is what I should respectfully dedicate today's blog to. Ken Nelson passed away on Thursday after a bout with lung cancer. Ken was the builder and driver of the famed "Cool Bus School Bus" wheelstander,  the exhibition vehicle that cleverly mimicked the appearance of a yellow  "Bluebird" school bus, and carried the front wheels up in the air in spectacular fashion, complete with a trailing shower of sparks in its wake. The "bus" was arguably the most exciting and "in demand" wheelstander in the drag racing business. Some of you are aware that I knew Ken, and that I interviewed Ken a couple of times for our Drag Racing Underground dvds. Ken also graciously helped me with some work we did for Comedy Central's Daily Show, back when DRU and I used to do freelance stuff for them. Ken was a "bus driver" with a message, a message for kids to stay in school and try to live a clean lifestyle. I'm not exaggerating at all when I say that Ken was one of the nicest of gentlemen I've ever encountered in the drag racing world. He was always so graciously accommodating to the DRU crew and I, no matter what we requested of him (and we occasionally took up quite a bit of his valuable time). Ken was a great sport. My sincere condolences to Ken's wonderful wife Anita and the Nelson family. We're really going to miss Ken Nelson at the drags. Those of us in the drag racing community will always remember Ken Nelson as being a stand-up guy with a stand-up wheelstander that triumphantly towered (literally and figuratively ) over everything else at the track...

 

 


BIG STICK'S "HOT FROM THE STRIP" CD BELONGS UNDER YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE...

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In my continuing quest to do all I can to insure you get Christmas presents that you'll want to keep forever, and not return, or re-gift to someone else, I present to you, BIG STICK'S "HOT FROM THE STRIP" CD... This hour long audio CD features some groovy drag racing themed songs from BIG STICK. Music tracks include "Bumblebee", "Hell Fire", You Better Not Be Spendin' No Money on No Race Car", "Daddy Long Legs", and of course the timeless classic "DRAG RACING" (yeah, the one about the tube top wearing gal!!)... HOT FROM THE STRIP also features genuine old school drag racing radio commercials that you won't hear anywhere else-- Rare gems from Raceway Park, Island Dragway, and National Speedway (The "BIG" Track in NY!)... You'll also hear rare audio clips from WILDGIRL'S Rock 'N' Racing radio archives. WILDGIRL interviews the late "Big Daddy" Roth ... Hear the voices of Don "The Snake" Prudhomme, Cruz Pedregon, Levi Holmes, the lovely and gracious "Jungle Pam" & other drag strip stars... There's also a "Sounds of the Drags" segment recorded at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park-- Awesome true stereo digital recordings of all kinds of wild drag strip machinery burning rubber at Englishtown-- Loud and Authentic sounds of Nitro Diggers and Funny Cars!!... You'll enjoy listening to HOT FROM THE STRIP  when driving back and forth from the track, or the grocery store, or while working on your ride in the garage, heck, whenever you want!!... Cool tunes, Rare Old School Drag Strip Commercials, WILDGIRL, Authentic Sounds of the Drag masterfully recorded, mixed, and meticulously engineered-- This CD features all the goodies necessary to keep your slicks rolling. Get HOT FROM THE STRIP for yourself and for all the gearheads on your Christmas list, it will keep y'all entertained for a lifetime!!-- Simply go to the "Video Catalog" link at the top of this page and click on it, then you'll see the HOT FROM THE STRIP cd cover, click on that and it will take you to a page where you can hear a FREE SAMPLING!!... Order it NOW so that you'll have it in time for Christmas-- It makes the perfect stocking stuffer!!... This is "Must Have" item for sure!!... And yes, we have SSL online security so that you can order with complete confidence and peace of mind...

 

 


SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN IS A "MUST HAVE" DVD FOR DOORSLAMMER FANS!!...

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For all the many doorslammer racing fans who read this blog, allow me to make yet another heartfelt Christmas gift suggestion-- Get Drag Racing Underground's "SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN"!! It's an extremely beefy two-hour long dvd that will rock your world... SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN takes you directly into Raceway Park's wicked and dastardly outlaw doorcar scene. Y'all know that Raceway Park is world famous for hosting the best in Heads-Up Outlaw racing. You will definitely be feeling the "SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN EXPERIENCE" when you're watching this action packed digital quality dvd! SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN features a huge and massive gathering of top flight PRO MODIFIED RACERS-- See all the "BIG NAME" drivers battling for mucho money and ultimate bragging rights. The record books get whooped into submission with unbelievable performances that literally "rock the clocks". All the various "Trick Racing Combinations" are featured-- Including NATURALLY ASPIRATED- NITROUS ASSISTED- BLOWN- TURBO!!-- EVERYTHING GOES... AND EVERYTHING GOES WICKEDLY  FAST!!... See the "Notorious and All Glorious" E-Town ULTRA QUICK 8 brutally storm the drag strip! See the "Unruly" TEN INCH TIRE CARS taking Heads-Up Outlaw racing to the borderline fringe of sanity and complete insanity!!... Tim Lynch makes drag racing history breaking the 6 second barrier on ten inch tires!-- Yikes! See "No Time" street styled racing provide you with true "undergroundish" inspired thrills. We pay tribute to the Blown Pro Mod team of Ron & Toni Ianotti-- Ron drives the Blown 'Vette-- The "lovely and sensually spectacular" Toni Ianotti struts her stuff with the "Lucous Crew Curves"-- Is it gettin' HOT, or what?!? Hear the incredible lifelike audio. This DVD captures the brutal hardcore heads-up outlaw drag racing experience better than anything else... Go click on the "Video Catalog" link at the top of this page, then put in your order for SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN right now, so that you'll have it to enjoy for Christmas, and for many years to come... This is one stimulating stocking stuffer, baby!!... GET IT!!...


I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR MY CHRISTMAS PRESENT...

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Lately I've been doing you the service of advising you as to which Drag Racing Underground DVDs I recommend you buy for yourself and for the gearheads on your Christmas list. I know that most of you genuinely appreciate my advice and suggestions, because every single day, my assistant Stephanie and I receive your numerous emails telling us so. We have a real good thing going on here at Drag Racing Underground with my daily blog... That said, I want to take a moment to thank you for giving me MY Christmas present, the incredible gift of continued rapidly increasing cyber traffic to this blog!!-- WOW!!-- Drag Racing Underground's resident "ultra geeks" report that as of this week, viewer traffic for this blog (and the Drag Racing Underground web site in general) took even a sharper incline upwards and in the northern direction!!... It really makes me happy to know that I'm making y'all happy enough to keep checking in here on a daily basis, and I guess you must be telling all your drag racing friends about this place too-- because the amount of people reading this blog has skyrocketed yet again!!... A big THANKS and collective hug to all you folks out there in cyber land for once again making me the number one most read female drag racing blogger on the entire worldwide web... Oh, and please do keep in mind that time is rapidly running out for you to order our DVDs if you want to be sure that they'll be delivered to you in time to bring Christmas cheer. So, don't cha be a deadbeat, click on the "Video Catalog" link at the top of this page, and get your Christmas shopping done from the comfort of your computer, while being assured that you are indeed making a safe transaction with our secure and certified SSL security system. You are definitely a winner when you buy your drag racing entertainment from us! It's the perfect way to make sure that Christmas will be all that it can be for you, and for all the beloved gearheads you care about...


'Tis the time of the season to order your Drag Racing Underground DVDs if you really want them by Christmas... Yeah, all you Christmas shopping procrastinators out there, I'm giving you fair warning that NOW is the time to click on the "Video Catalog" link, located at the top of this page, and get your Drag Racing Underground Christmas dvd shopping done either today, or within the next few days at the latest, so that you're sure to get the most wanted (and popular) drag racing DVDs in the entire world by Christmas. As many of you are already aware, we hired extra help here at the office to keep us on top of business for the busy holiday season, well, actually, we've hired two of my girlfriend neighbors, and they're busy over here working in the capacity of being our official "Doc's Elves" (I've even given them the cutest little "elf hats" I could find!)--- They're busy as Santa's elves, pulling, prancing, and packing up orders so that y'all get your DVDs in time for Christmas... We have such an exciting selection of DVDs in our catalog, the proverbial "Something for Everyone" definitely applies here at Drag Racing Underground... If you dig doorslammers, we have SHAKEDOWN AT E'TOWN, HOT DAMN DOORSLAMMIN' 1 & 2, if nostalgia drag racing is your thing, we have the two best sellers in nostalgia drag racing history, our NOSTALGIA RAW and FUNNY CAR REUNION RAW DVDs, if you like variety in your drag racing DVDs, we have our FLOPPERS, DIGGERS & DOORSLAMMERS release, and yeah, it features my historic "UFO" interview with "Big Daddy" Don Garlits... And there's even more DVD titles for you to peruse through... So, don't hesitate much longer, exert your finger muscles to click on the "Video Catalog" link at the top of the page, and put in your "Have it by Christmas" order sooner than later... Come Christmas morning, you'll be thanking me, and you'll be darn glad that you placed your order in time for Christmas!!... Thanks...


NHRA JR. DRAG RACING LEAGUE WILL TURN 20 IN 2012...

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Drag Racing Underground's John Gill brought this following story to my attention, and I believe it's definitely worthy of sharing with you... The NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2012!-- That's right, the Jr. Dragster movement has now been around long enough, so that those who were participating in it during its earliest years, can now be considered "pioneers" of the genre! Being a regular at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, I had the opportunity to see the Jr. Dragster scene develop at its true location of origin. I was fortunate enough to witness the late, great Vinnie Napp, tinkering and fabricating the first of the Jr. Dragsters. Vinnie is the individual who I consider to be the "founding father" of the movement. Those who were around E'Town back in the day would often see Vinnie out on the 1/4 mile strip, guiding his young son, and Jr. Dragster "test pilot", David Napp, as they worked out the bugs of the earliest of Jr. Dragster models. Vinnie and son David were responsible for much of the research and development work that resulted in the Jr. Dragsters becoming a safe and reliable ride for kids looking to take their first steps in competitive drag racing... It's also worth noting that Old Bridge Township Raceway Park later demonstrated their dedication to Jr. Dragster racing by constructing a special 1/8th mile facility on the property... So, here we are, about two decades down the road, and we now see NHRA's Jr. Dragster League going strong, with many participants from all over the map. And there's also a healthy handful of now "grown-up" drag racers, some of them being rather successful, who got their start racing in a Jr. Dragster... In closing, I would also like to acknowledge how Jr. Dragster racing creates bonds and memories among parents and kids, who will forever cherish the "fast times" they shared together while campaigning their scaled-down diggers on the drag strip...


E'TOWN 43RD ANNUAL NHRA SUPERNATIONALS MAY 31 - JUNE 3, 2012...

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For those of you not aware yet, I want to give you the heads-up now, that E'Town's 43rd Annual NHRA SUPERNATIONALS is scheduled for MAY 31 - JUNE 3, 2012. Now is a good time to consider giving yourself and the gearheads on your Christmas list the present of tickets for the upcoming event. You can go to racewaypark.com to get tickets. I know this doesn't qualify as an "immediate gratification" sort of Christmas gift, however, most drag racing fans have the intellect to appreciate the gesture. Yeah, it's not the kind of present you can open up on Christmas morning and immediately enjoy, but it makes for a great gift nonetheless. The NHRA SUPERNATIONALS always proves to be one of the most exciting events on the challenging NHRA tour. All the racing, in all the many classes is about as competitive as it gets-- It's brutally competitive drag racing!! The E'Town strip is always prepped for the best performances the drivers and crew chiefs can manage for their cars. You see the best in professional and sportsman racers that the world has to offer, bar none. There's no denying that the SUPERNATIONALS truly live up to the name-- The action is constant and fast paced-- There's no room for boredom at this spectacular drag race extravaganza. I'll be there with bells on and so should YOU. Think Christmas, and think of the smiles on everybody's faces when they know you made the effort to give them the gift of SUPERNATIONALS tickets this holiday season. Simply aim your 'puter's mouse at racewaypark.com for more information. You'll be thanking me for giving you this gift buying tip on Christmas morning, and come May 31st - June 12th, when the event takes place.  Don't miss the 43rd Annual E'Town NHRA SUPERNATIONALS!!-- BE THERE!!...