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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...

OUR NEW "THE BEST OF E'TOWN'S THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES" PHOTO SERIES...

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With the somber news of Old Bridge Township Raceway Park ceasing all drag racing related operations, I've decided to start a new feature here on the blog titled THE BEST OF E'TOWN'S THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES photo series. This series will highlight choice video images and still photographs we've captured at E'Town over the decades. We'll execute this feature with a sense of grace and gratitude for all the good years and memories we've accumulated over time at the track... Today's very first installment of this series features a photo from the 2016 running of the OLD TIME DRAGS event. Crew guy Keith Soden and driver Jim Slovak are seen with yours truly, standing next to Jim's circa 1966 "Potential H-Bomb" front engine dragster. The car has a potent Chevy 396 stuffed between the frame rails, and has a reputation as being one of the toughest diggers to beat among the regional "Backseat Drivers" contingent. It's certainly one of my favorite dragsters here in the northeast. It's also worth noting that in this photo you see me holding a copy of the original Big Stick "Drag Racing" 7 inch single vinyl record that was released back in 1986. Both John Gill and I gladly signed the record for the Potential H-Bomb team. And I guess it's also worth noting that all these years later, Big Stick will be releasing a new album in the Spring of 2018, and yes, it will be available on vinyl... Be sure to  stay tuned right here on this page for many more installments of THE BEST OF E'TOWN'S THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES photo series...

 

 


PAYING RESPECT TO VETERAN DRAG RACING LENSMAN TIM MARSHALL...

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I originally had something else planned for today's blog installment, however, I just now abruptly found out about the passing of veteran drag racing photographer Tim Marshall, and I believe it's now necessary to use today's blog to recognize Tim and pay our respects to the man. Tim Marshall's drag racing photography career resume' probably goes back in time further than just about anybody else you'll see at the drag strip these days. I'm told Tim's been documenting drag racing with a camera for over fifty years. I didn't really know the man, but those people who I do know, who did know him well, insist that Tim was an incredibly genuine and kind person. And that he was always willing to share both his knowledge of drag racing history and drag racing photography with anyone who would ask him to. As most of you who read this blog with regularity are already well aware, I always advocate strongly for showing respect to those men and women who go through all the hassles and grunt work it takes to document drag racing, so in the case of Tim Marshall, I suggest we multiply that respect by one thousand, because Tim Marshall is a guy who definitely deserves maximum respect and admiration for his lifetime of service to the sport. Rest In Peace.

 

 

Tim Marshall photo courtesy of his dear friend Jamie Shores Fraijo


Today is the return of the "SUNDAY FUNNIES" feature here on the blog, though admittedly, the way in which blowhard Marvin conducts himself in life, and especially on the drag racing internet, the situation isn't necessarily that, ahem, funny at all-- As a matter of fact, Marvin's brand of belligerent behavior often has negative consequences for the collective drag racing scene... Marvin aggressively seeks out internet postings by women and young folk who he deems to be 'pesky' (because they don't fit in to his preferred ornery oriented demographic), and tries desperately to pick apart and dissect each and every single word they typed, often claiming the facts are wrong, even if he knows that they are really right-- Anything to create a confrontation laced with lewd language and 'f bombs' is merry sport for Marvin (using 'f bombs' sure makes Marvin feel more 'macho' and more like he's a 'big man')... When dorks like Marvin get behind their computer keyboard, and just type negativity with their fingers, it never results in anything positive for the drag racing community, because we don't need the blowhard brand of 'debby-downer' dingbat dissent that fools like Marvin dispense 24/7 on the internet. I do hope that some will take this lesson to heart, because it's a lesson that needs to be learned by those who constantly pollute the drag racing internet with endless oodles of mindless nagging negativity. Let's get smart in 2017. Let's work together to help make the drag racing internet a 'family friendly' place where more people can enjoy it and be enriched and enlightened by it. Let's put an end to Marvin's brand of blowhard bullying...

 

 

Marvin is a mess! The problem of blowhard bullies like him on the drag racing internet needs to be addressed!


MORE REFLECTION ON THE DEMISE OF E'TOWN DRAG RACING...

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I'm still sort of absorbing the news that Old Bridge Township Raceway Park is done with all drag racing operations. There's no doubt that as this situation continues to sink in to my psyche that it's generating mix emotions. It's kind of surreal. As John Gill said to me just yesterday, he didn't really think that we'd see this happen in our lifetime. But most of us rational people who've been following the E'Town scene for decades can still understand why the curtain has now been closed for all straightline racing activities. There's the never ending influx of complaining neighbors, the extreme insurance costs, liabilities, socioeconomic strain, the fact that drag racing's popularity isn't quite what it used to be among the more mainstream population, etc, etc... That all said, I'd like to once again extend a big thank you to all the Napp family and Raceway Park staff and crew people who've worked the facility over the years, all the sportsman and professional racers and teams who've filled the staging lanes, and last but certainly not least, all the many fans of all the many different genres of drag racing who've occupied the grandstands...

 

 


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... Yesterday's blog expressing my grace and gratitude for years of great times at the strip, despite the sad news that Old Bridge Township Raceway Park is now ceasing all drag racing operations, caused more of you to write in than we could have ever imagined. Here's a select few of your emails. Chris from Lodi, NJ wrote, "I've probably spent a third of my life at Raceway Park's drag strip. I'm a big guy, but this news has me crying like a little baby." -- Jill from Reinholds, PA said, "I like Doc's approach of showing gratitude for all the years the Napp family kept the drag strip running. As bad as I feel that it's over, I am thankful for all my memories there." -- Adam from Fullerton, CA chimed in "I used to live in Staten Island. My dad would take me to Raceway Park when I was a kid. Remembering those times still gives me happiness. I'm sorry as hell to hear it's done with, but I can understand why. People who don't get what drag racing is really about never stop complaining about the noise and making things tough for the owners."...  Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Bedelia from all the way in Denbigh, Wales said, "The sinister snow creatures freak me out!" -- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "I can picture in my imagination the blown, lightweight 108 inch wheelbase rail! I love it! Let's get to racing!"... My blog sending birthday wishes to "Big Daddy" Don Garlits prompted emails from a wide range of readership. Barney from Scottsdale, AZ wrote, "I have the Drag Racing Underground video with Doc's interview of Garlits. I've seen UFOs just like he did. Doc is correct that history will prove Garlits is right."...  My blog recognizing Martin Luther King day inspired Levi from Davenport IA to say, "Thanks for giving props to all the black racers who have contributed to the sport of drag racing."... Our so-called "SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY AT ALL" managed to get Susan from Carterville, MO in a bit of an angry frenzy, she typed, "Marvin's idea of what makes a man macho makes me sick!"...  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 I'm writing a blog that I hoped I would never have to write. It's now official, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park will no longer be conducting 1/4 or 1/8 mile drag racing... As I've said time and time again, running a drag strip in this current socioeconomic environment (especially in the NY/NJ metropolitan area) is a most difficult task. There's constant complaining neighbors, sky-high operational expenses, bloated property taxes (especially in New Jersey), inflated insurance cost, extreme risk and liabilities, so many stressful variables, etc, etc... Much of the former drag racing space in now being leased to a separate business entity. This arrangement will offer some headache relief for Raceway Park. There will still be swap meets, car shows, motocross, kart racing, drifting, road coarse activities, music concerts, festivals and more. Both John Gill and myself have known the Napp family for decades. John's known them a lot longer than I have. As they are now on their third/fourth generation of family ownership, it must be noted that they've put more blood, sweat and tears into Raceway Park drag racing than most folks could ever imagine. It's really not fair to express any ill will towards them for implementing this reorganization of their business. I can see their side of the story. It still hurts me, but I can genuinely see their side in making this change. I am very thankful to the Napps for the 52 year drag racing legacy they've made possible for thousands and thousands of drag racers and fans... I also want to express gratitude to all the employees and crew who have worked at the drag strip over the years. People like Michelle Marchese and countless others have given their very best to help make the drag strip a world class, family friendly, home away from home for so many of us. Let's all please try to accept this change with grace, and cherish the memories we share of our times at E'Town drags. We're blessed for what we lived and experienced at Raceway Park, that's something that will live on with us for all our lifetime. Bless each and everyone who contributed to the E'Town drag racing scene...

 

 


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 of the afterlife... 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 were together at their Heavenly Drag Racing Association sanctioned residence/racing compound. Crew leader Larry Lamb addressed his subordinates  "Our first mission of this New Year is one of the most, if not THE MOST challenging we've ever been assigned by our superiors of the Heavenly Drag Racing Association!"... "How so, boss?" blurted Fred The Wrench... Larry Lamb replied "We're assigned to compete in a Top Fuel matchrace, on a volatile comet that's being directed through space by the Darkside Drag Racing Association-- a corrupted comet being navigated to eventually collide with the earth and cause a cataclysmic event!"... "A cataclysmic event'??"  said Sebastian... "The objective of the darkside drag racers is to have the comet hit planet earth and blow it up!" came back Larry Lamb... A tense Maria spoke "So we have to teleport to the comet, run a Top Fuel matchrace, AND figure out a plan to overcome the darkside creeps, and THEN, somehow redirect the comet's projection so that it DOESN'T hit and destroy planet earth?!?" ... "Precisely." responded Larry Lamb "We've got our work cut out for us with this one."...

"Don't all the darkside creeps realize that if the comet collides with earth, with them on it, it'd make a mess of them??" squawks Peter The Parrot... "They don't care if they become carnage themselves." replies Larry "They're such a demented bunch of sadists, that they get their kicks that way."...  "Me and Peter will go in the shop and pick out a dragster for the mission. Is it a front engine or rear engine situation?" asks Fred The Wrench... "Front Engine," replies Larry, "It's a time-traveling, circa 1960 drag racing scene, in a twisted time-warped extraterrestrial environment."... Fred and Peter go fetch a dragster... "Maybe we can get the comet to change course by using metaphysical telekinesis." chimes in Maria, "I'll research a chant."... "Hop to it." replies Larry, "We have to teleport out soon, in order to arrive on the comet in time to make the race, and then have time left over to subdue the darkside ghouls, and change the comet's projection."... "How much prep time do we have?" asks Maria... "Ten minutes!" replies Larry with urgency... Everyone hustles, readying themselves for the assignment. Sebastian grabs his gear. Maria runs to look up a chant... Larry Lamb double checks for the exact location and precise logistics for executing teleportation to the comet and shouts  "LET'S GET A MOVE ON, CREW!!!! WE ARE TELEPORTING OUT OF HERE IN MATTER OF MINUTES!!!" MOVE IT!!!!"...

Minutes elapse and the gang with their blown, trick lightweight, 108-inch wheelbase digger are all assembled at the teleportation station. Larry Lamb activates teleportation countdown "5-4-3-2-1!"... A bright flash of magenta light, and the gang are gone... Seconds later, our crew and their car materialize behind the concession stand on a supersonic comet, with an eerie drag strip facility smack in the center of it... Our gang are aghast by what they immediately see... "Look at all these ghastly snow creatures." says Maria in a muted, cautious tone... "Yes," replies Larry Lamb "comets are fundamentally icy combinations of rock, dust and space debris."... "These snow creatures don't look anything like Frosty The Snowman." squawks Peter The Parrot..."They look like sinister snowmen and snowwomen from your worst nightmare." adds Sebastian... "There's a nasty chill in the air" blurts Fred The Wrench "not going to be easy tuning our dragster for this race."... A cryptic looking snow creature carrying a clipboard approaches our team and vocalizes in a gurgling fashion,  "Hi, I'm Rosco, the event director. You interstellar beings sure look different. Never seen your type around here before. We're kicking off first round soon. Get ready to rumble!! Hee Hee Hee."...

 

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...  The very first mission of the New Year sure has a chilly and creepy feel to it. How will our do-gooders handle the sinister snow creatures from the drag racing afterlife's darkside who are occupying this comet en route to intended doom of the earth?!? How is Fred The Wrench going to tune their digger for the icy extraterrestrial environment?!?! CAN OUR DO-GOODER GANG GAIN CONTROL OF THE COMET'S NAVIGATION AND DIVERT DOOM?!?! WE'RE DEFINITELY ALL WAITING WITH BATED BREATH TO SEE HOW THIS PLAYS OUT!!!! WHAT THE HECK IS 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 2018 DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND.


HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO "BIG DADDY" DON GARLITS...

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Today I'd like to express belated Happy Birthday wishes to "Big Daddy" Don Garlits. He turned 86 years old this past Sunday. Garlits is a pioneer of drag racing with a list of wins, records and accomplishments that would be as lengthy as a full quartermile if they were ever all written out. I still cherish the interview he granted me at E'Town several years back (as pictured below), where he spoke in depth to me about everything from his advocating for the "monostrut" rear wing, to his UFO sightings and firm belief in extraterrestrial life visiting earth. From front engined dragsters, to rear engine dragsters, to electric powered dragsters, Don Garlits is a racer's racer. Happy Birthday!!...

 

 


IN RECOGNITION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY...

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Today I'd like to acknowledge Martin Luther King Jr. Day... As most folks who follow drag racing are already aware, out of all the different forms of motorsports, it is drag racing that is the most inclusive and "color-blind" when it comes to both participants and fans. Our sport has a long history of competitive Afro-Americans making a name for themselves in various racing classes and categories. I believe that's something we should all be proud of. Here's just a partial list of racers that I can name off the top of my head--  Malcolm Durham, Antron Brown, Larry Edwards, Tim Wood, "Big Willie" Robinson, Levi Holmes, Rufus "Brooklyn Heavy" Boyd, and Ronald Lyles-- and there's many, many more than that... Here at Drag Racing Underground we collectively celebrate Dr. King's legacy and all the Afro-American racers who help make drag racing the most diverse of all motorsports...

 

We celebrate and acknowledge the fact that drag racing is the most "color-blind" of all the major motorsports.



Today is the return of the "SUNDAY FUNNIES" feature here on the blog, though admittedly, the way in which blowhard Marvin conducts himself in life, and especially on the drag racing internet, the situation isn't necessarily that, ahem, funny at all-- As a matter of fact, Marvin's brand of belligerent behavior often has negative consequences for the collective drag racing scene... Marvin aggressively seeks out internet postings by women and young folk who he deems to be 'pesky' (because they don't fit in to his preferred ornery oriented demographic), and tries desperately to pick apart and dissect each and every single word they typed, often claiming the facts are wrong, even if he knows that they are really right-- Anything to create a confrontation laced with lewd language and 'f bombs' is merry sport for Marvin (using 'f bombs' sure makes Marvin feel more 'macho' and more like he's a 'big man')... When dorks like Marvin get behind their computer keyboard, and just type negativity with their fingers, it never results in anything positive for the drag racing community, because we don't need the blowhard brand of 'debby-downer' dingbat dissent that fools like Marvin dispense 24/7 on the internet. I do hope that some will take this lesson to heart, because it's a lesson that needs to be learned by those who constantly pollute the drag racing internet with endless oodles of mindless nagging negativity. Let's get smart in 2017. Let's work together to help make the drag racing internet a 'family friendly' place where more people can enjoy it and be enriched and enlightened by it. Let's put an end to Marvin's brand of blowhard bullying...

 

 

Marvin is a mess! The problem of blowhard bullies like him on the drag racing internet needs to be addressed!