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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...
Yesterday was "Cyber Monday", and I blogged about how here at Drag Racing Underground we give you "Cyber Monday" value each and every day, 365 days a year. I guess "Cyber Monday" really has become such a popular Christmas gift buying phenom among online shoppers, because yesterday we sold more DVDs in one day than we've ever done before in our long history. Almost 300 of you, 288 of you to be exact, ordered from us online. That's a one day sales record for Drag Racing Underground. I just want to thank you all for choosing us to help make your holiday dreams come true. Of course that means the DRU staff (including yours truly) have a lot of packing and commutes to the post office ahead of us, but we don't mind, because if we're making YOU happy, that makes us happy too. Our biggest sellers are the DVDs from the HOT DAMN DOORSLAMMER series and our classic FUNNY CAR REUNION RAW title. So, there's an awful lot of doorslammer and nostalgia drag racing folks who read this blog and shop online here at Drag Racing Underground. I realize that we're probably going to be getting swamped with online orders for the next few weeks, and fortunately we've brought in some additional part time help to make the so-called "Christmas Rush" a little smoother for us, I want to thank my neighbors, Janet and Lorraine for coming aboard to help us handle the holiday season sales. Now that I know we can manage the business with a couple of additional Christmas elves helping out, I encourage you all to keep making Drag Racing Underground the "smart choice" for all your Christmas gearhead oriented shopping needs, nothing is better under the Christmas tree for hardcore drag racers and fans than our exciting DVDs-- No brag, just fact... Switching gears.. I just want to say Happy Birthday to Tom Moulton, he's the feller who mastered our Big Stick "Pro Drag" LP, we're probably going to have Tom do some audio mastering for our upcoming release, like our "HOT SAUCE" track that features Fred Schneider of the B-52s. Tom has either mixed or produced (or both) such soul classics as Gloria Gaynor's "Never Can Say Goodbye", B.T. Express' "Do It" (Til You're Satisfied), and Andrea True's "More, More, More", Tom has also worked with Donna Summers, The Bee Gees, Barry White, and Giorgio Moroder among others... Happy Birthday wishes to Tom Moulton!!...

As you know, I don't spend that much time using this blog to promote and sell our Drag Racing Underground dvds, because quite frankly, they seem to sell themselves quite well since we've upgraded our web site. So, I don't really need to blab on this blog to move "product". That said, I do want to make an exception today as we move into the Christmas season, and today being what's now commonly known as "Cyber Monday"-- You know, the day when all the retail web sites claim you'll get extra value when ordering from them online. Well, here at Drag Racing Underground, we make sure that EVERY DAY you get "Cyber Monday" smart value for your dollar. Most of our DVDs are almost two hours in length (longer than practically every other drag racing video company's product) AND they're only $18.00 postage paid in the U.S.A.-- Plus, we feature safe and secure SSL certified ordering protection for your complete peace of mind. Yes, Virginia, Drag Racing Underground is N0#1 for darn good reason! I cordially invite you to go to the top of this page and click on our "Video Catalog", then you'll be able to check out our incredible variety of drag racing DVDs. Our DVDs feature the REAL sound of the cars, none of that "annoying music" that so many of the other drag racing video companies sour their product with. We give you the best because we honestly believe you deserve it. We've been in business for a long time because we give hardcore drag racers and fans what they REALLY WANT in drag racing entertainment... As we approach Christmas, I'll be occasionally using the blog to give you my personal "favorite picks" from our massive catalog, I'm not doing this as much for the fact that I'm wanting to sell more DVDs, as I'm actually doing this because I sincerely want you to have something for Christmas that you'll REALLY LOVE, and won't want to return to the Wal-Mart or re-gift to your Uncle Albert. Take a minute to check out our "Video Catalog" by clicking the link on the top of the page, peruse our top shelf DVD titles, watch the FREE previews, and I'm certain that you'll find something that fits your fancy perfectly. Over the next couple of weeks I'll be making recommendations of which of our Drag Racing Underground dvds I think are best, and y'all know that you can trust me and my word is rock solid (that's why you read me daily)-- So, y'all stay tuned-- Remember, every day there's "Cyber Monday" values for you, our beloved customers, here at the trusted and reputable Drag Racing Underground...

Yesterday we had a lot of company over the house, more of John's relatives and some longtime close friends. A few of the guests starting rallying to watch some of our Drag Racing Underground dvds. Always the accommodating host, I figured what the heck, and over the course of the day and night, slipped some of our dvds into the player for them. I don't watch our dvds that often, so when I do watch them, they often spark new thoughts and revelations with me. FLOPPERS DIGGERS & DOORSLAMMERS was one of the several we played. First of all, like many of our dvds, it's two full hours long, much longer than most other drag racing dvds on the market, and it does seem like its long length is certainly a plus from a consumer's point of view. It was cool to see E'Town's former and fabulous Ultra Quick 8 in action. Clean "streetlike" heads-up doorslammer racing at its best. The Pro Mod segment proved that it's definitely a class that's raucous, volatile and fast. The on-track footage of Alky Funny Cars and Dragsters kept me captivated. My "no holes barred" interview with local superhero Frank Manzo still remains intriguing to me today. Of course the segment dedicated to the FUNNY CAR REUNION remains the best and most exciting documentation of same event known to man. "Jungle Pam" looks sweet as peach pie doing her Drag Racing Underground I.D.... The interview with Shirley Muldowney is an eye opener as she "tells it like it is" for the DRU cameras. And good golly Miss Molly, my historic interview with "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, often referred to by those in the drag racing media as the most "controversial" of interviews in all of drag racing history, sure stirs up emotions for all who see it. Yes, this is indeed the famous interview where Garlits completely opens up to me and tells of his strong belief in UFOs and extraterrestrial life forms. The interview with "Big Daddy" sure had all my guests watching with their jaws dropping to the floor. If you don't have FLOPPERS DIGGERS & DOORSLAMMERS in your personal collection, you can click on the "Video Catalog" link on the top of this page and order it. There's even a free video preview of it (just like all our other DVDs) here on the site as well. Needless to say, it does make the perfect gift for yourself and all the drag racing enthusiasts on your Christmas list. And hey, if you order it online, you don't have to worry about getting trampled or pepper sprayed by crazy shoppers at your local Wal-Mart or Target store...

Yesterday was still sort of Thanksgiving, we went to see folks from John's side of the family in beautiful Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. It's a Thanksgiving tradition of ours that I genuinely enjoy. On the drive home, I witnessed youngins racing each other with what appeared to be aggressively modified imported cars. One of the street racing fiascoes resulted in law enforcement catching up to them, and serving the kids with consequences, which in my opinion is a much better ending to a street race than seeing someone get hurt or killed. The "Fast and the Furious" bug is definitely in the air this holiday weekend, and kids are feeling their oats, causing them to dangerously put the pedal to the floor on the suburban streets of New Jersey. I wish more kids would exercise common sense and realize just how stupid it is to race on the streets, especially with the increased holiday traffic... And there's more Thanksgiving holiday related insanity that's recently raised my ire -- It's not just the kids racing their compacts on the street, it's the parents who are trampling and pepper spraying each other at all those wee-hour "Black Friday" sales! Parents who are camping out in the parking lots of the big chain stores, and then waiting in massive lines for the store's doors to open, and then stomping on top of each other in a frantic race to be among the first to grab the new "Potty Trained Elmo" off the shelves for their kid's Christmas present. What would happen if these same parent's children didn't find a brand new "Potty Trained Elmo" under the tree on Christmas morning? Would the kids rip their parents apart in a fit of juvenile anger? I mean, why are these parents being so crazy and violent at the stores in their attempts to buy their kids these toys, electronics, video games, etc??-- Are they that afraid of what their kids will do to them if they fail to deliver the exact item their kids demand for Christmas??-- Are these kids THAT spoiled where they have that much control over their parents?!?-- And I have to ask, are these the same spoiled kids who are going to grow into those same sort of twisted teens dangerously racing their souped-up imports on the street once they get their driver's license??... Is this all just a vicious cycle of stupidity, greed, bullying and buffoonery that has no end??-- I wish that by some miracle, that these sort of folks would all come to their senses, and realize how WRONG they all are in behaving this way. I guess that's the "Christmas Miracle" that I'll be wishing for this year...

I'm going to get to the subject of my thankfulness for drag racing's over worked and underpaid photographers, but first, a belated Happy Thanksgiving shout out to all of you who didn't have a chance to read yesterday's blog-- I want you to know how grateful I am for your continued support. And from the Big Stick music side of my life, I just want to say how thankful we are for Fred Schneider, Johnny Kelly, Paula Henderson, Kevin Rutmanis, Tom Timko and all the top-shelf musicians who've been so graciously recording with us. And we're thankful for our incredible engineer, Eric Rachel, of Trax East... Okay, now let's move on to the subject of being thankful for drag racing's tireless troops of photographers. Ya know, as you cyber surf around the internet, treating your peepers to so many different old drag racing related photographs on the various web outlets that are now flooded with same, especially the photos from the sport's so-called "golden era" (the 60s & 70s), keep in mind that many of the photographers who snapped those "historic" photographs are unfortunately either living in a box under a bridge, or fighting off foreclosure in a dilapidated Midwestern shack, or if they're "lucky", barely making ends meet and staying afloat. Being that so many drag racing photographers from "days gone by" were doing their work for the "LOVE" of it, and allowing their "LOVE" for drag racing to cloud their sense of receiving reasonable financial compensation, we now have many bankrupt elderly shutterbugs. Granted, these same photographers shouldn't have let their blind "LOVE" for the sport lead them so financially astray, however, let's face it, "LOVE" does have a tendency of making many folks lose their financial way in life, heck, that's just what LOVE occasionally does. I wish that I could turn back the hands of time and offer these now geriatric photographers some tough "Susan Orman" sort of financial "common $en$e" advice, and alter their fate in a more fiscally positive direction, so that now, these old photographers wouldn't be stuck with stacks of dusty drag racing photos that are "historic", yet possess an actual monetary value that falls miserably short of what vintage pics snapped of the "stick 'n' ball" sports are worth-- I wish I could do the proverbial Cher Bono-esque "Turn Back Time" thing, and tell drag racing photographers decades ago, to look beyond their "LOVE" for the sport, and treat their "business" of photography with far better financial foresight... Well, the best I can do now, in reality, is tell you young whippersnapper photo snappers who are currently taking pics of this drag racing stuff, that it's okay for you to LOVE drag racing, however, please try to combine that "LOVE" with a smarter business sense than those photographers who've come before you-- You're going to be thanking me in your future for telling you this...

THE REAL SPIRIT OF THANKSGIVING...

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It's finally here, today is Thanksgiving. For starters, let me just say that Thanksgiving ISN'T about waiting on line for some chain store to open in the wee hours, and then bum rushing the entrance the very second the doors open, and then trampling over everyone else just to get the new "Potty Trained Elmo" for your kid's Christmas present. The true spirit of Thanksgiving is to be genuinely thankful for all that is good in your life. You're supposed to be grateful for family, friends and all the little things that you've been blessed with-- I know that I certainly am. Look, I'm aware that these are hard times for an awful lot of people. Food banks, especially those located in the Midwest region of our nation have more families seeking a handout this Thanksgiving than ever before in their history. I ask that we all keep the less fortunate in our thoughts, and try to do something benevolent for someone who doesn't have it quite as good as you do... I'm looking forward to watching the classic 1934 film "Babes In Toyland" aka "March Of The Wooden Soldiers", the tenderhearted Laurel & Hardy flick plays every year on Thanksgiving Day on a local TV channel here in the northeast-- I just love that movie so much. And of course I look forward to seeing lots of family and friends today, and for the rest of the weekend. I'm going to prepare a special dinner platter for my darling pet guinea pig "Selky" aka "Bucky Buck"-- She's been such a good girl and deserves a special Thanksgiving treat. I also want to say that since I've been telling you about my precious guinea pig, so many of you have written me asking about her, now she practically has her own fan club!... In closing, I just want to reiterate to you, how thankful I am for you coming to this page daily to read my thoughts and opinions, I realize that there's now tens of thousands of you who make reading this blog part of your daily ritual, and I never take you for granted-- I'm always appreciative and THANKFUL for your loyalty. I wish I could give you all a big collective hug and a healthy serving of pumpkin pie (with whipped cream) on this Thanksgiving Day...

THE THANKFULNESS CONTINUES... STUFF THAT I'M THANKFUL FOR...

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In continuing in the spirit of Thanksgiving week, here's more things in my life that I'm mighty thankful for... I'm most thankful for family, as we all should be, I'll be spending Thanksgiving with members from John's family this year, they're extremely nice folks. I'm thankful for my Big Stick music family, all my friends throughout the world who show love for Big Stick, including some of the best musicians in the world, who are doing guest appearances on tracks for our upcoming release, folks like Fred Schneider of the B-52s, Johnny Kelly of Type O Negative, Danzig and Black Label Society, and ALL our talented musician buddies (too many to list here) who've so graciously come into the recording studio to record with us. I'm thankful for my large extended drag racing family, all you peeps who loyally purchase our Drag Racing Underground dvds and read my daily blog religiously. I'm thankful for our friends at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, the best darn drag strip crew in the business. I'm thankful for my attorneys, I have the best in top-shelf lawyers at my disposal, who provide me with all the legal help needed to keep Big Stick, Drag Racing Underground and my personal life in order-- And it looks like I'll be on the payroll in 2012 to once again be consulting bigwig NYC entertainment attorneys regarding all types of motorsport related media matters-- I'm very thankful that the media moguls have the confidence in my motorsport knowledge to pay me handsomely for my expertise. I'm genuinely thankful for my artistic talents that enable me to sculpture and create stuff that gives me joy and satisfaction. I'm thankful for my incredible pet guinea pig "Selky" aka "Bucky Buck", she's an amazing little critter who gives me lots of love, and lots of laughs. I'm thankful for my wonderful stable of cars, including my wickedly awesome "Back In Black" 2000 Lincoln Continental, and my torrid T-Bird Roadster. I'm even thankful that Del Worsham has decided to retire from T/F driving while he's clearly on top of his game, this way, Del and his family will have some time to smell the roses and live a "normal life". Of course Del knows that the drag racing community will gladly welcome him back with open arms should he get the itch to drive again. Lastly, I'm thankful for our Drag Racing Underground ultra cyber geeks who've provided me with a program that enables me to write this blog the day before it appears on this page, and then have it automatically appear early the next morning while I'm still snuggly tucked in bed getting my beauty sleep-- It's the little technological conveniences like that, that make life a little bit easier for me, yeah, I'm thankful for that...

In continuing with the spirit of Thanksgiving, I'm mighty thankful that promoter Dave Hance and Old Bridge Township Raceway Park have released the 2012 dates for the spectacular SHAKEDOWN AT E'TOWN event. If you don't already have your 2012 calendar to write on, I urge you to write this down somewhere where you won't lose or misplace it, so, do you have your pencil in hand?-- Okay, here it is... (drum roll please!)... Ladies and gentlemice, the official dates for the 2012 edition of the biggest and best outlaw doorslammer race on earth is October 12th-14th. Write it down NOW and make sure that you and your posse are rounded up and en route to Raceway Park next season on Oct 12-14 to experience this incredible hardcore drag racing extravaganza. I guarantee that I'll be there with bells on, doing lots of interviews with the racers, heck, I wouldn't miss it for the world. I'm very thankful that SHAKEDOWN AT E'TOWN returns in 2012 to the best darn drag strip in the whole nation. BE THERE!!... Switching gears... I'd like to wish Happy Belated Birthday Wishes to Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack Jr., better known by his far more recognizable stage name "Dr. John". Y'all know his hit "Right Place, Wrong Time". Yesterday was his 71st Birthday. Dr. John's growling voice and boogie-woogie bluesy piano skills are adored by many music lovers, this gal included. I have an awful lot of respect for the man. Happy 71st Birthday to the musician who has done so much for blues music and the city of New Orleans. I'm thankful for all the great music that Dr. John has written and performed over his long career. Music is a gift that I'm so grateful for, it's really my number one priority, and of course drag racing comes in at a close second place-- I'm thankful for having both music AND drag racing in my life. I believe we should all be thankful for music and drag racing-- It's a hot combination that keeps our motors running in overdrive and our spirits soaring up high into the stratosphere...

THANKSGIVING WEEK IS HERE... TURNING ON THE THANKFULNESS...

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Well, Thanksgiving is almost here, so I figure I'll try to write one of my more "uplifting" blogs, hopefully it'll get us all off to a positive start for this week. I'm genuinely thankful for lots of stuff in my life. Admittedly, all the work I've been doing for BIG STICK lately has reduced the amount of "live" drag racing I've been able to experience in 2011. However, the times I've had at the drags over this past season have been most memorable. E'Town's NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS/FUNNY CAR REUNION was a fun time for me. Ya'll know that I love the "old school" drag racing flavor. I especially love the nostalgia themed Funny Cars and the Gassers, and both of those contingents were in ample numbers at the event. The East Coast Gassers put on an incredible show. Seeing all you folks in person from the nostalgia scene was also a pleasure that I enjoyed a lot. SHAKEDOWN AT E'TOWN brought a whole bunch of racers and fans out to the strip for its 2011 edition. Promoter extraordinaire Dave Hance, Raceway Park's Michelle Marchese, and the entire E'Town staff worked tirelessly to give us the biggest and best outlaw doorslammer race in the world, and they sure succeeded. I had a good time because I spent all three days of the event doing interviews with racers, and getting the chance to reconnect with a lot of you doorcar folks who I've known for decades. Yeah, I'm a "people person", and thankfully, I was able to get up-close and personal this year with so many of you peeps at SHAKEDOWN... I'm so darn thankful for all you folks who've made Drag Racing Underground the undisputed leader in hardcore drag racing independent and alternative entertainment. Since we've updated the DRU web site, we've been receiving more DVD orders than ever before in our history, I'm very thankful for that. Of course I'm also plenty thankful for the incredible number of you who've chosen to check in here every single day and read this blog. Every time our resident Drag Racing Underground "ultra geeks" do the math and figure out the "traffic" that this site and my blog are generating, they report bigger numbers and more of you spending extended durations of time here as well. I am humbled by your phenomenal support and want you to know that I thank you all from the bottom of my heart... Yeah, I'm one very thankful gal as we kick off Thanksgiving week 2011...

According to the folks at the Ford Motor Company, they've recently earned their first NHRA Manufacturers Cup since way back in 1982. Ford also received the prestigious honor in 1964 and 1965 (much due to the birth of the Mustang). At NHRA's recent Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Awards Ceremony, Jamie Allison of Ford Racing said, "This is a special honor to accept in a special year at Ford."-- Allison added, "Our commitment at Ford to NHRA runs deep and with true dedication. We are thankful for all the teams that wear the Blue Oval with pride, and for those who have helped contribute to this championship."... Those of you who read my blog with regularity are aware of how much of a "cheerleader" I am for America's "Big Three" auto manufacturers. Look, I realize that among much of the more snooty members of the mainstream automobile press, it's no longer "chic" or "hip" to sing the praises of the "domestic breeds", I get that, but hey, I don't care. I know that there are cars rolling off the domestic assembly lines that are just as good and reliable as the imports-- Especially some of the domestic models that are being built at the various Ford plants. I've got no less than three fabulous Fords in my garage. I wouldn't trade my loaded "Back in Black" 2000 Lincoln Continental for ANY import-- My Continental rides like a charm, it's more comfortable than I ever imagined a car could be, and it's got plenty of power to spare when aggressively accelerating on the highways and interstates. And of course y'all know about my 2003 T-Bird roadster, dressed in its metallic "shadow mountain grey" paint, with 300+ Ford horses stuffed into the engine compartment, it's fast, REALLY FAST-- And with its incredible premium sound system, I check out all our BIG STICK studio mixes in my T-Bird. And lastly, when I'm lookin' to be "conservative" and play down my "celebrity" image, ha ha, I dress incognito and drive my always reliable Ford Escort, the car gets like 30 miles per gallon on the highway or something ridiculous like that. Congratulations to the fine fellows and ladies of the Ford Motor Company on winning the 2011 NHRA Manufacturers Cup-- And heartfelt thanks to ALL the Ford racers who whipped butt on the drag strips this year to make winning this award possible...