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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...

DRAG RACING'S "BATTLE OF THE SEXES" BUFFOONERY GETS FUNNY...

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There's an awful lot of hallabaloo about the bad blood between professional Pro Stock racers Greg Anderson and Erica Enders. Evidently after Erica's recent historic win in Chicago (where she was the 1st woman EVER to win Pro Stock at an NHRA national event), one of her sponsor's kids asked Erica if she'd pose for a photo with her "Wally" (the winner's trophy) while standing in front of Greg Anderson's trailer... As you probably know, it was Greg Anderson who Erica defeated in the final round (fair & square at the NHRA Chicago race)... It's being alleged that the photograph has really gotten under Anderson's skin and he's mighty angry about it--- I guess that possibly the whole thing about being the first male Pro Stock racer to get put on the trailer by a female in the final of an NHRA event is starting to really bother Anderson??-- This is some sort of "battle of the sexes" buffoonery??-- I mean, as being a woman myself, I've had my share of knuckle dragging blowharded guys who bully me on the internet 'cause they think the press booth at the drags is no place for a woman, but still, this whole deal about Anderson gettin' mad just doesn't make much sense to me-- I dunno, I really don't "get it"... This whole somewhat silly feud has spilled over onto TV via ESPN... We're actually seeing comments from the drivers involved being shown on the major cable sports network--- Not since the Snake & Mongoose days have we seen such a hyped-up rivalry brewing in drag racing... Whatever the case, I believe this below posted photograph is VERY CUTE and VERY FUNNY...

 

I believe this photograph of Erica Enders posing in front of Greg Anderson's trailer with her "Wally" trophy, after defeating him, and then becoming the first woman EVER to win Pro Stock at an NHRA national event is waaay cute and very funny... It's all in fun...


EVAN KNOLL CAN'T ROCK 'N' ROLL ANYMORE...

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I haven't mentioned Evan Knoll in my blog for a long time. However, there is some genuine breaking news regarding his screwed up situation that's recently been made available to the press, so I figure it's sort of my duty (I guess?) to disclose same here. The former wealthy owner, honcho, and hype-man of Torco Racing Fuels has pleaded guilty to nine charges that include eight counts of lying to the government and one count of bank fraud. Once Knoll is sentenced, he could receive up to 30 years in jail and have to pay a whopping $100 million bucks in restitution (yeah, right, like anyone will EVER see THAT money, NOT!). Knoll created false documents that showed Torco sold large quantities of tax-exempt fuel for off-road purposes. Those records were then filed with the IRS to request refunds for fuel taxes that were supposedly previously paid. Knoll made his mark in NHRA drag racing by driving in the Top Alky ranks before a street accident brought an end to his career and allegedly caused brain damage that made him stupid (uh, stupider). He threw lots of money (really lots of money) around in the sport by sponsoring several racing teams. While I do have to admit that it was nice of Knoll to throw so much dough at drag racing (especially since not that many other individuals or corporations seem to want to these days), he was just a wee bit too reckless, and did wind up hurting race teams who he promised big sponsorship bucks, but were left with nothing. Some of those cheated race teams went out and bought stuff (expensive stuff) in anticipation of later receiving promised dollars from Knoll, only to be stuck with bills and debt they couldn't handle.  He also screwed drag racing sanctioning bodies with alleged sponsorship deals that went bust. Sentencing is scheduled for November. I predict he'll be doing some serious time in the slammer (and I don't mean a doorslammer). The proverbial poop is hitting the fan and Mr. Knoll is going to be forced to pay the consequences for his underhanded actions. Evan Knoll won't be able to rock 'n' roll anymore...

 

I hope that former Torco Racing Fuels honcho Evan Knoll isn't too sheepish about the prospect of spending an extended stay in the slammer. It appears that Uncle Sam will be seeking vengeance come Knoll's scheduled November sentencing... That's BAAAAAD news for Knoll...

Photo by yours truly. From my animal and natural world photographic archives.


This past Sunday's NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS & FUNNY CAR REUNION at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park was a heck of a lot of fun. Admittedly, the weather reports for the event were far from perfect, it was kind of hot 'n' humid, with sporadic bouts of precipitation. However, a pretty decent number of racers and hardcore fans still braved the unenthusiastic weather reports and made tracks to the event. It was great to see lots of friends, Walter Frey (the event organizer) and the entire E'Town staff did a stand-up job of keeping things running smoothly. Raceway Park's Alex Napp and Michelle Marchese were in fine form. Of course lots of my longtime Nostalgia Funny Car friends were there like Willie Johnson, Bruce Larson and others. There were a lot of you who read this blog who showed up, many who traveled quite the distance to make the show. Eric Paone and his lovely girlfriend Brittany were there-- Rudy Helms and her kids from Canada made the show!-- DragList's Bill Pratt was in the house with "JAck APPROVED" Jack Redd. My East Coast Gassers, Nostalgia Super Stock and N.E.T.O. buddies were out in full force too... There's way too many names to list here, but y'all know who you are, and you also know just how darn glad and appreciative I was to see you there... The old school drag machinery that was on the property made for a truly amazing drag racing time-traveling experience. It seems like every year more and more interesting examples of vintage drag cars appear to dazzle the crowd. The on-track performances were also impressive. E'Town's crew did some excellent track-prep work, giving racers the safest and fastest possible racing surface imaginable. I saw multi-generations of families enjoying the day-- THAT'S what I love about this event-- It gives the youngins an opportunity to come face to face with drag racing's colorful history in an up-close and personal environment. Big THANKS to EVERYBODY who came together to make the event the proverbial cat's meow!!... Can't wait for next year's edition!!...

 

The "GREEN HORNET" and so many other incredible examples of dastardly old-school drag racing machinery made this past Sunday's NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS & FUNNY CAR REUNION an absolutely fabulous event...

Photo courtesy of the Drag Racing Underground Raceway Park historical image archives.

 


Unfortunately "Mother Nature" put the kabosh on last night's DEAD MAN'S CURVE DRAGS at Raceway Park. It was rained out and postponed until Saturday September 22 (so mark that date on your calendar)...I'm hoping that today, Sunday July 29th, Mother Nature is far more forgiving and provides us with acceptable weather, permitting all the racers and fans at Raceway Park the pleasure of enjoying the 39th Annual NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS... This is the longest running nostalgia drag racing event in the nation!!-- The East Coast Gasser Association will be in attendance-- These groovy "period correct"Gassers storm the strip like rambunctious gorillas on roller skates!!... Also on the bill is the 11th Annual FUNNY CAR REUNION. Despite last night's "rain out" of the DEAD MAN'S CURVE event, I was hanging out at the track, and lots of the Funny Cars teams were already anxiously waiting in the pits for today's event. From what I could see last night, I'm extremely psyched about the Funny Car segment of this event!! Also appearing will be old school Dragsters, Altereds, Stockers, Roadsters, and every variation of classic drag racing machinery imaginable!!... The North East Timing Organization (N.E.T.O.) are also set to perform with their fleet of raucous rides... Legendary display cars will be everywhere. A giant Street Rod show in planned as well!!... The bottom line is that if you're into the "old school" style of drag racing, the 39th Annual NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS is for YOU!!-- Make tracks to E'Town today so you can step into the "way-back time machine" and experience the thrill of drag racing's colorful history!!...

 

Today Sunday July 29th it's the NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS & FUNNY CAR REUNION. This is the day that the "old school" rules...

Photo by yours truly for the Drag Racing Underground Raceway Park historical image archives.


Tonight, Saturday Night, July 28th it's the DEAD MAN'S CURVE DRAGS at Raceway Park!! If you're looking for an authentic "old school" drag strip party, this IS IT!! 1/4 mile drag racing, Gassers, Greasers, Hot Rods, Straight Axles, Street Freaks, Music, Food & Drink and so much more for those who make tracks to E'Town for this shindig. The party is from 5-10pm... And of course tomorrow, Sunday July 29th it's Raceway Park's NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS!! This is the longest running nostalgia drag racing event in the nation!!--This year's running of the event, its 39th edition, promises to pack a punch!! The East Coast Gasser Association will be in attendance. Also on the bill is the 11th Annual Funny Car Reunion. Plus Nostalgia Stockers, Dragsters, Altereds, Roadsters, and every variation of oldie drag racing machinery imaginable!! The North East Timing Organization (N.E.T.O.) are also set to appear. Legendary display cars will be everywhere A giant Street Rod show in planned as well!!... The bottom line is that if you're into the "old school" style of drag racing, there's two terrific drag racing events scheduled for Raceway Park tonight and tomorrow that you should strongly consider!!... Switching gears... On a more somber note... Yesterday legendary drag racing promoter "Broadway Bob" Metzler died. He owned Great Lakes Dragaway for 50 years. Metzler opened the strip in Union Grove, Wisconsin way back in 1955, and was recognizable for his white hair, flashy clothes and goofy sunglasses. He sold the facility in 1995 but remained active for a time as its ambassador. "Broadway Bob's" fabulous flare for combining show-biz elements with the sport of drag racing will forever secure his place in drag racing history. Metzler was 83. Rest In Peace...

 

Tonight (July 28) it's the DEAD MAN'S CURVE DRAGS at E'Town. Of course tomorrow (July 29) it's the NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS & FUNNY CAR REUNION. Get your old school drag racing jollies at Raceway Park!!...

Photo by yours truly for the Drag Racing Underground Raceway Park historical image archives.

 

 


Today is "FEEDBACK FRIDAY", meaning I deal with emails that my assistant Stephanie and I receive from readers regarding my most recent blogs... My blogs promoting this weekend's upcoming E'Town NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS & FUNNY CAR REUNION sparked many responses, Allen from Pasadena, CA wrote, "Doc, thanks for your steady support of vintage drags. Your Funny Car Reunion video is the best. We watch it at the shop all the time"--  Billy from East Brunswick, NJ chimed in, "I'm definitely going to the Nostalgia Summernats it's a good show."-- Pat from Hollis Queens wrote, "Thanks for all the press you've given the Gassers. You are doing a great service for the racers."-- I also received this negative email from what I can only describe as a extremely delusional and disgruntled blowhard, "Doc, if this race can't have 64 Funny Cars I'll be staying home!"-- Good golly, Miss Molly, some folks don't understand how important it is to support the scene, and that despite the fact that it's virtualy impossible these days to assemble "64 Funny Cars" for one event, like they did back in the 1970's, by not supporting the current scene, you're doing a real disservice to all the nostalgia racers and teams who work so darn hard to campaign these cars. Wake-Up!! It's not 1977 anymore, but we're still extremely fortunate for what we DO have in the nostalgia drag racing scene!! Don't be a deadbeat dud, come on out to E'Town THIS Sunday July 29th for the NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS-- It's a good time for everyone!!... Switching gears... I received a lot of emails about my blog regarding the recent Colorado movie theater shooting. Most of you agreed with my position of focusing more concern for the victims and their families, as opposed to expending more thought and resources towards speculating as to why the sick creep who committed this horrid crime did so. Ralph from Ennis, TX wrote, "I couldn't give a **** why that coward opened fire on innocent people. The media is already making the killer out as the real victim!"-- Sherry from Piscataway, NJ wrote, "Like you, my heart goes out to the victims too." ...  Keep those emails comin' (by using the "Contact Us" link atop the page), 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...

 

Lots of my readers are psyched about THIS Sunday's E'Town NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS. I am too!! Come on out to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for the total wayback time machine drag racing experience!!... The big show starts at 1pm...

Photo by yours truly for the Drag Racing Underground Raceway Park historical image archives.


I'm dedicating today's blog to further promotion of THIS SUNDAY'S 33rd Annual NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park... Today I'd like to hype the fact that the EAST COAST GASSER ASSOCIATION will be returning to the event with their furious fleet of wild rides. These Gassers storm down the drag strip with the grace of rambunctious gorillas on roller skates!!-- They're BIG, They're BAD and I love 'em!! Some of the cars are restorations while others are newly constructed-- All of them maintain a sense of "period correctness" that I find deliciously appealing!!--- I believe the price of admission is worth it just to experience these gosh darn great Gassers!!-- But of course, as anyone who reads my blog with any regularly already knows, there's A LOT MORE nostalgia action going on THIS SUNDAY!!-- There's the 11th Annual FUNNY CAR REUNION too!!-- Some of the drivers and floppers booked include "Crazzzy" Jake Crimmins' Nitro 'Stang, the "Poverty Stricken" Nitro team, the "Time Bomb" Alky Vega, Rocky Pirrone and his "Screaming Eagle" Alky Firebird, Willie Johnson and his crowd pleasing "No Money No Funny" injected Nova, Dave Sano with his "Screaming Insanity" 1973 Alky Grand-Am and more...  You'll also see old school Dragsters, Altereds, Roadsters, Super Stockers, and a wide variety of other vintage themed drag machinery... Plus there's a giant STREET ROD SHOW!!... RAT RODS will be in the house!!... A whole bunch of LEGENDARY DISPLAY CARS will be packing the pits!!... Gates open 8am, Time Trials 10am, and the big show kicks off at 1pm... The Good Ol' Days Are Back THIS SUNDAY, July 29th at RAAACEWAY PARK!!...

 

See the East Coast Gassers storm down the drag strip with the grace of rambunctious gorillas on roller skates!! It all happens THIS SUNDAY, July 29th at E'Town's 33rd Annual NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS!!... You don't want to miss this, baby!!...

Photo by yours truly from the Drag Racing Underground Raceway Park image archives.


HUMP DAY HEADS-UP ABOUT THIS WEEKEND'S NOSTALGIA DRAG ACTION!!...

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I make no secret about my enthusiasm for the nostalgia drag racing activities scheduled for this weekend at E'Town. Y'all need to know about these two incredible events coming to Raceway Park. Here's my official "Hump Day Heads-Up"!!... E'Town is going to be an oasis for those seeking "old school" drag racing!!... This Saturday Night, July 28th it's the DEAD MAN'S CURVE DRAGS-- If you're looking for an authentic vintage-driven drag strip party, this IS IT!! 1/4 mile drag racing, Gassers, Greasers, Hot Rods, Straight Axles, Street Freaks, Music, Food, Drink and much more for those who make tracks to E'Town for this one. The party runs from 5-10pm... Then THIS SUNDAY July 29th, it's Raceway Park's NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS!!-- The longest running nostalgia drag racing event in the country!!--- I've watched this event grow over the years into an extremely successful celebration of vintage style drag racing. This year's running of the event is its 39th edition, promising to pack a punch of time-traveling drag racing tenacity!! The East Coast Gassers will be in attendance. Also on the bill is the 11th Annual FUNNY CAR REUNION-- See some of the most fabulous floppers the northeast has to offer!!... Plus you'll see Dragsters, Altereds, Roadsters, Nostalgia Stockers and every variation of oldie drag racing machinery imaginable!! The North East Timing Organization (N.E.T.O.) are also set to appear. Legendary display cars will be packing the pits... A giant Street Rod show is planned... Vendors and memorabilia dealers will have all sorts of goodies... The bottom line is that if you're into the "old school" style of drag racing, there's two terrific drag racing events scheduled for Raceway Park THIS WEEKEND!! I strongly recommend both events to provide "FAST FAMILY FUN" for everyone!!... Both events earn my highest rating of an unprecedented "5 Doc Stars"!!-- So you know it's gonna ROCK!!... BE THERE!!...

 

Two incredible "old school" drag racing events happening THIS WEEKEND at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. THIS SATURDAY NIGHT July 28th is the DEAD MAN'S CURVE DRAGS (5-10pm), and then THIS SUNDAY, July 29th it's the NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS (featuring the FUNNY CAR REUNION). "Dastardly" Dave Sano will be there with his slick "Screamin' Insanity" 1973 Blown Alcohol Grand-Am Nostalgia Funny Car and so should YOU!!...

Photo by yours truly from the Drag Racing Underground Raceway Park historical archives.


HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY WISHES TO DIANA RIGG!!...

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Happy belated Birthday wishes to Diana Rigg! Her Birthday was this past Friday, July 20th. She played the role of Emma Peel in the classic episodes of THE AVENGERS television series-- It seems that Emma Peel and the late John Peel (the British DJ who used to play lots of Big Stick on his BBC radio show) are the two "Peels" that I'll forever adore. They're both two of my all time favorite Brits. Diana Rigg's performance on the English TV series was nothing short of superb. We're fortunate here at the Big Stick & Drag Racing Underground camp to own an extensive collection of THE AVENGERS episodes from that classic period on videotape. They still stand today as top shelf entertainment-- They still remain as being plenty of fun to watch... Switching gears... Don't all you locals forget the fact that this coming weekend there's two terrific nostalgia oriented drag races at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. Saturday night July 28th it's the DEAD MAN'S CURVE drags. Sunday July 29th it's the NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS (featuring the FUNNY CAR REUNION and so much more). I strongly recommend that those seeking a tasteful sampling of what drag racing's golden days were really like, make plans NOW to spend some quality time at E'Town THIS weekend. For more detailed information check out yesterday's blog...

 

Happy Belated Birthday Wishes are definitely in order for Diana Rigg. Her performances playing the role of Emma Peel on the classic episodes of THE AVENGERS British TV series still stand today as top shelf. She's a genuine timeless classy gal.


THE "OLD SCHOOL" RULES THIS COMING WEEKEND AT E'TOWN!!...

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Hey Folks.  I'm sort of repeating yesterday's blog today, because there's some people who don't read the blog on the weekend, and only read it mon-fri during their workweek. And I do want to make sure as many people as possible know about these two events coming up this weekend.... Old Bridge Township Raceway Park will be an oasis for those seeking the "nostalgia feel" of "old school" drag racing! This Saturday Night, July 28th it's the DEAD MAN'S CURVE DRAGS at Raceway Park!! If you're looking for an authentic vintage driven drag strip party, this IS IT!! 1/4 mile drag racing, Gassers, Greasers, Hot Rods, Straight Axles, Street Freaks, Music, Food, Drink and so much more is in store for those who make tracks to E'Town for this shindig. The party is from 5-10pm... Then this Sunday July 29th it's Raceway Park's NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS!! This is the longest running nostalgia drag racing event in the nation!!--- I've watched this event grow over the years into an extremely successful celebration of old school style drag racing. This year's running of the event, its 39th edition, promises to pack a punch of time-traveling drag racing tenacity!! The East Coast Gasser Association will be in attendance. Also on the bill is the 11th Annual Funny Car Reunion. Plus Nostalgia Stockers, Dragsters, Altereds, Roadsters, and every variation of oldie drag racing machinery you can imagine!! The North East Timing Organization (N.E.T.O.) are also set to appear. Legendary display cars will be everywhere. This event is open to all 1972 and older automobiles. Vendors and memorabilia dealers will have all sorts of groovy merchandise. A giant Street Rod show in planned as well!!... The bottom line is that if you're into the "old school" style of drag racing, there's two terrific drag racing events scheduled for Raceway Park THIS WEEKEND that you should consider attending!! I strongly recommend both events to provide "FAST FAMILY FUN" for everyone!!...

 

There's two incredible "old school" drag racing events happening at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. This Saturday July 28th is the DEAD MAN'S CURVE DRAGS, and then this Sunday July 29th it's the NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS!!...

You and your family are cordially invited to see the fabulous Funny Cars Sunday July 29th as part of the FUNNY CAR REUNION portion of Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS!!