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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...

RECOGNIZING INTERNATIONAL RECORD STORE DAY...

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Yes, I realize that I'm a day late, because International Record Store Day was yesterday (Saturday), but I feel I just have to give it a mention here on my blog. It does seem that a majority of music lovers these days get their music fix from digital and cyber formats like iTunes, Spotify, etc... However, it's still my belief that nothing quite beats the beauty of a real vinyl record. And now even all the "audio experts" admit that music does sound a heck of a lot better on records than all the "virtual" and "digital" formats... I guess I should also let those of you who are Big Stick fans (my music thing) know that we're still working on recording the last two songs for the upcoming Big Stick album (and you're darn right that it will be avail on vinyl). We thought we were done recording the LP a couple months ago, but then it was decided that the record could still use a couple more tracks. The two tracks that we're now adding are a gas if I may say so myself! We've got some celebrity guest musicians doing guest spots on the record who we're pretty excited about. And yes, there's gonna be a couple drag racing/hot rodding related tunes included on the LP, one of 'em was already previewed on NPR radio... We never forget about our drag racin' enthusiasts friends... So hey, go out and support your local record store... Go buy a record or two... Please support the scene if you can... Thanks...

 

A photo in recognition of yesterday being International Record Store Day. A couple of ladies in a record store, sporting their tube tops in celebration of  the "Drag Racing" track featured on the Big Stick records that they're holding. The track makes a repeated reference to "tube tops". And yes, there will be a brand new Big Stick full length LP record release coming later this year!


We often see geezers complaining on the drag racing  internet about how they believe there isn't enough "new blood" showing an interest in drag racing... Well, today I just want to bring up the fact that if the geezers on the drag racing internet truly want to see more of the younger generations take an interest in this sport, it'd be most advisable to make the youngins feel a lot more welcome...  Instead of belittling a young person on the internet because they got Jungle Jim's or Gene Snow's shoe size wrong in a chat room, try showing a little more tolerance for younger people. Just 'cause the youngins weren't born early enough to be "know-it-alls" of 1960s drag racing history, doesn't mean you should get on their case and make them feel not welcome-- Unfortunately, that's what we usually see happen on much of today's drag racing internet... There's hardly any young people participating at all on the drag racing internet!!... Give the kids a break!!... Instead of discouraging them and causing 'em to walk away from drag racing, take the high road and be more understanding, compassionate and encouraging... The children truly are the future of drag racing... Try embracing them, not creeping them out so they leave drag racing and go elsewhere for kicks...

 


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 giving folks the heads-up about this weekend's Spring Englishtown Swap Meet & Auto Shows prompted Matthew from Butler, PA to write, "Every year the Englishtown swap meet gets bigger. I love driving my family to Jersey for it. We find all kinds of cool stuff."... Wednesday's 'A FRIGHTENING 4-BANGER DRAGSTER CHALLENGE FOR FRED THE WRENCH' chapter of our TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Imogen from all the way in Edinburgh, U.K. said, "When Maria asked the sinister spirit Greesy Gabor if he was related to Zsa Zsa Gabor I laughed out loud!"-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "I'm definitely looking forward to the 4-banger dragster match race between Fred The Wrench and Greesy Gabor!"-- Thanks to all of you Phantom Racer fans who wrote in this week... Guest blogger Mary Murray's 'I TOLD YOU JOHN FORCE WOULD BE BACK IN THE WINNER'S CIRCLE' feature caused some of you to email us. Carey from Earlville, IA said, "I think I'm going to do like Mary, and check out those new winning Camaros at my Chevy dealer! Maybe some of that John Force luck will rub off on me!"-- On the other side of the opinion spectrum, Eric from Leesburg, FL wrote, "It figures that Mary Murray owns a Volvo station wagon. Does she wear love beads too? I can't stand her!"... My blog titled 'NEW JERSEY & NORTHEASTERN HOMEOWNERS STILL STRUGGLING AFTER SUPERSTORM SANDY' caused a flood of emails (horrible pun). Barb from Union Beach, NJ said, "I applaud Doc for being the only journalist who still gives a damn about us struggling Sandy victims."-- Russel from Sayreville, NJ wrote, "The photo of the raised home in your blog is just a few blocks from my house. I met Doc at Camillo's restaurant. Many of us Sayreville residents appreciate her listening to our troubles."-- I admire the strength of people like you, Russel. You are the unsung heroes of Sandy in my book... My blog informing racers and fans that 'FRIDAY NIGHT STREET NIGHTS ARE BACK AT E'TOWN' caused Keith from Tenafly, NJ to say, "Thanks for the STREET NIGHT dates! I'm there!"... Drag Racing Underground's new safety conscious couple Wally's & Sally's guest blog discouraging distracted driving resulted in lots of responses. Paul from Valentine, TX wrote, "I totally agree with Wally and Sally. They're a very smart couple. People who text while driving put the innocent on the roads at risk."... 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.

Illustration courtesy of Drag Racing Underground's own John Gill. Copyright 2015.

SPRING ENGLISHTOWN SWAP MEET & AUTO SHOWS THIS WEEKEND!!...

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Just want to let my readers in the northeastern region know that this weekend (April 17-19. 2015)  is the 39th Annual Spring Englishtown Swap Meet & Auto Shows presented by P.C. Richard & Son at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park... This event is wholesome fun for the entire family. For car buffs it's an absolute must. There's all sorts of interesting vehicles on display (some of them are For Sale too!), there's also lots of those hard-to-find parts and accessories for those of you doing car builds... And besides car stuff, there's plenty of other one-of-a-kind treasures you'll find at this event that you won't find anywhere else... There's acres and acres of vendors for you to explore... Your imagination will be thoroughly stimulated by the wide variety of unique merchandise that shows up for this shindig... I strongly recommend it as a fun activity to kick off your Spring season... Enjoy all the wonderment on the E'Town grounds! For more details and information please visit racewaypark.com


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

 

Last week's episode told of how our favorite metaphysical/afterlife drag racing dream team were back home at their heavenly headquarters, after attending the inaugural HEAVENLY PARANORMAL DRAG RACING ASSOCIATION'S AWARDS BANQUET. Fred The Wrench was named the first spirit ever to be inducted into the H.P.D.R.A.'s Hall of Fame. As a bonus prize from the H.P.D.R.A., Fred was granted three wishes. Fred's first wish was for a box of Mallomars, the marshmallow cookies coated in chocolate, his second wish was for a Bit-O-Honey candy bar, Fred's third wish was far more significant, he surprised everyone when he wished to change the tides of time, by wishing that Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini would have never been born. The apparition assigned to grant Fred's wishes didn't have any problem mustering the mystical magic to make Fred's first two wishes happen, but unfortunately she lacked the mammoth metaphysical strength necessary to make the third wish come true, and she imploded into the abyss, while trying desperately to conjure up the power to change the pages of a horrid history that has already been written. The H.P.D.R.A. then sent another apparition to grant Fred a third wish. Fred subsequently reduced the magnitude of his third wish down to wanting an old school Ford powered 4-banger dragster, similar to the ones he grew up with when he was a mortal teenager back on earth. This was a relatively easy task for the second apparition to successfully conjure up.

 

A pristine, golden colored, old-school, Ford-powered 4-banger digger miraculously materialized in the shop area... Our crew see the car metaphysically taking form... "HOLY SMOKES!!" squawks Peter The Parrot, "WHAT A BEAUTY!!!"... "I'll say," says Sebastian, "and it looks like the cockpit is generously proportioned so that Fred can fit his portly stature snuggly into the dragster!"... "It's so beautiful!!" chimes in Maria... "Oh my," interjects Larry Lamb, "Now we can enter Fred in that special old-timers race that the H.P.D.R.A. puts on over at the Andromeda galaxy!!"... "Our Fred The Wrench can handle driving duties for a change!!" adds Sebastian with a wink of his eye... Fred The Wrench bashfully blushes, "Awwww, I don't know if I gots any driving chops, but I guess it'll be fun trying!!"... "I'm glad I could grant you a third wish" said the apparition, "Enjoy your new dragster, Fred! I must leave now to serve up the wishes of others elsewhere."... "THANKS SO MUCH, PAL!!" shouts a gleeful Fred The Wrench, as his words are mumbled by the remnants of many Mallomars marshmallow cookies stubbornly sticking to his teeth and gums... The apparition then vanishes in a burst of bold radiant light... Tears fall from Fred's eyes, then he waddles over to his new golden 4-banger dragster, gets down on his knees, and passionately hugs the small put powerful four-cylinder engine. Then Fred gently says in a combined emotional state of weeping and wonderment, "I'm so grateful for everything that this heavenly hot rodding afterlife has blessed me with, I'm so grateful, I'm the luckiest lush in all the many gazillions of paranormal drag racing dimensions, and all you peoples, and the smart-mouth bird too, you are all the best gosh, darn friends that I could have ever asked for!!"... A lengthy group hug among the crew then ensues... It's a moment of peace, harmony and uplifting warmth for our gang...

 

BUT THEN... The peace is abruptly interrupted when a sinister appearing apparition materializes in a far corner of the shop!!... It's an elderly male monstrosity of a spirit. It's wearing a ripped up slick like a kilt, a tattered Lions Drag Strip shirt, and it's drooling from a mouth that looks like an inverted, hollowed-out piston. Green seems to be its primary body color, though its eyes are blazing red. "LOOK AT MR. BIGSHOT!!" sarcastically growls the brute of a spirit while pointing at Fred The Wrench, "THE BIG DRUNK WHO USED TO CRACK WISE ABOUT THE HEAVENLY PARANORMAL DRAG RACING ASSOCIATION IS NOW THEIR LITTLE DARLING PUPPET POSTER-BOY, THEIR FIRST BLOATED BOZO TO BE INDUCTED INTO THEIR NEW HALL OF FAME!!!"...  Fred The Wrench loses his balance from kneeling down next to his new dragster, he even shutters a bit with anxiety, because this apparition from the darkside is one of the creepiest ever seen!... "AWW, YOU'RE JUST JEALOUS, 'CAUSE YOU'RE ONE OF THEM LOSERS FROM THE DARKSIDE OF AFTERLIFE DRAG RACING!!!" shouts an inebriated, though now awkwardly defensive Fred The Wrench... "Ahem," interjects leader Larry Lamb to the intruding being, "What exactly is your business here??"... "UH, MY BUSINESS HERE IS TO CHALLENGE YOUR WEAK WRENCH OF A SPIRIT TO A GRUDGE RACE AT THE UPCOMING OLD-TIMERS EVENT AT THE ANDROMEDA NEBULA!!!" replies the sinister spirit... "How did you find out so fast that Fred got this 4-banger dragster??" asks an anxious Sebastian aka The Phantom... "WE FRIGHTENING FREAKS FROM THE DARKSIDE HAVE BEEN KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON ALL YOU HEAVENLY DO-GOODERS' HALL-OF-FAME RELATED HOOPLA!!!" shouts the angry apparition... "Fred just received this dragster as one of his three wishes from being inducted into the hall of fame, and it's not all hoopla, it's a prestigious honor for our Fred!!" says Maria... "YEAH!" chimes in Fred to the dark spirit, "YOU'RE JUST JEALOUS!!!...

 

 "Why are you so ants-in-the-pantsy about challenging our dear Fred to a grudge race??" inquires Larry Lamb... "BECAUSE ALL OF US FROM THE DARKSIDE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF YOUR ALCOHOL-DRENCHED DRAG RACING WRENCH GETTIN' SO MUCH ATTENTION!!!" yells the ornery apparition... "So you ARE jealous!!!" blurts Fred... "YOU SEE," says the evil spirit, "I CAN WRENCH AND I AM ALSO A COMPETENT DRIVER!! IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME THAT'S THE FIRST INDUCTEE INTO THE HALL OF FAME!! AND I'M NOT A SLOPPY DRUNK LIKE THIS FRED FOOL!!!"... "Alright, alright, that's enough." says Larry with authority in his voice, "You must be aware that racers from the darkside are never recognized by the H.P.D.R.A., but that aside, our Fred doesn't have much practice at driving, he's an excellent mechanic, do you really think it's fair for you  to challenge him in this way, for an event that's only a day away?!?"... "HERE WE GO!!!" sarcastically screams the apparition in a foot stomping temper tantrum, "I KNEW YOU DO-GOODER PRIMA-DONNAS WOULD BE TOO FRICKIN' SCARED TO ACCEPT MY CHALLENGE, AND THAT YOUR HIGHBROW, LOSER LAMB-FACED BLOWHARDED BOSS WOULD TRY TO MAKE UP A LAME-LAMB EXCUSE WITH HIS IRRITATING IVY-LEAGUE BRAND OF BABBLE!!!"... "My word!!" says an aghast Larry Lamb, "Bite your tongue!!"... "BITE ME!!!" shouts the evil apparition... "LISTEN!!" Fred yells as he stands to his feet, while maintaining balance by gripping one hand onto the new 4-banger dragster's roll bar, "I'LL TAKE YOUR CHALLENGE, WHOEVER OR WHATEVER YOU ARE, I'LL STAY UP AND WORK MY REACTION SKILLS WITH SEBASTIAN'S PRACTICE TREE ALL NIGHT IF I HAVE TO, UH, I'LL TAKE YOU ON AT THAT OLD-TIMERS RACE!!!"...

 

All the crew looks a little weary after hearing Fred accept the crusty creature's bold challenge... "WHAT'S YOUR NAME?!?" squawks Peter The Parrot to the eerie spirit, "YOU STILL DIDN'T EVEN TELL US YOUR NAME, BUD?!?"... "JUST CALL ME GREESY GABOR!!!" replied the monster... "You mean like Zsa Zsa Gabor?!?" asks Maria... "NO!!! NOT LIKE 'ZSA ZSA GABOR'!!!!!!" snaps back the sinister spirit at a decibel level that rattles everyone's soul, "IT FIGURES THAT ONE OF YOU PARANORMAL PRETENTIOUS PSEUDO-INTELLECTS WOULD BRING UP ZSA ZSA GABOR!!! I HATE WHEN THAT HAPPENS!!! I'M NO RELATION WHATSOEVER TO ZSA ZSA GABOR!!!"... "Oh brother," Larry Lamb mutters under his breath, "we're all in for a real adventure now, I guess I won't have time to catch up on my yoga.".... "I HEARD THAT!!!" screams the apparition, "I'LL SEE YOU ALL TOMORROW AT THE STRIP LOCATED AT THE ANDROMEDA NEBULA, FOR THE OLD TIMERS DRAGS, I'LL HAVE MY 4-BANGER DRAGSTER THAT I BUILT MYSELF, WITH MY OWN TWO CLAWS-- NOBODY MADE IT SUDDENLY APPEAR LIKE A CREAMPUFF IN A CINDERELLA TALE!!!-- AND IF YOUR UPPER-CRUST LAMB-FACED FARCE OF A BOSS TRIES TO COME UP WITH AN EXCUSE FOR THIS NOT TO HAPPEN, I'LL MAKE SURE EVERY SPIRIT FROM HERE TO INFINITY KNOWS THAT THIS SO-CALLED HEAVENLY CREW ARE NOTHIN' BUT A BUNCH OF COWARDLY CHICKENS!!!!"... Peter The Parrot then squawked "UH, BEING A BIRD, I RESENT THAT REMARK, GREESY GABOR!!!" ... Then the spirit disappeared in a burst of dark, polluted combustion!!!... Our crew all look at one another in disbelief over what they just experienced, Maria rolls her eyes, Sebastian runs to get the practice tree for Fred to get busy with, Peter is jumping up and down, fluttering his wings in anger, Fred takes a hearty swig of apricot schnapps and starts to sweat profusely, and Larry Lamb regains his authoritative composure and orders the crew, "We better get ourselves prepared for this challenge. It happens in less than 24 hours. I want us to beat that creepy Greesy Gabor character, nobody from the darkside has need to speak to us in the rude fashion that he just did. I want our do-gooder racing team to slap him silly at that old-timers race!!! We'll show him that our Fred The Wrench is the genuinely true-grit drag racing hall of famer for the centuries, for the ages. for all time, here and ever after!!! Let's get to work so we can show Greesy how our heavenly team with heart are capable of putting him on the trailer!!!"....

 

 

 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... Peaceful moments sure don't last long for our crew of do-gooders. The sinister darkside spirit Greesy Gabor interrupted the peace and tranquility with a bold challenge for Fred The Wrench and our team. Fred's going to have to race his new golden 4-banger dragster against the ghoulish Greesy Gabor at tomorrow's OLD TIMERS DRAGS event at the Andromeda Nebula! We all know that Fred is an excellent mechanic, but his current driving skills are certainly lacking compared to Greesy Gabor's... Will Fred and the crew be able to defeat Greesy Gabor?!?... What's going to happen next?!?... What's in store for our drag racing paranormal dream team as they continue to embark on unpredictable drag racing adventures throughout the parallel universes??... Can they all hold it together and successfully champion the powers of good??... Or will they fall victim to evil entities they cannot control???... These are just a few of the mind-twisting questions to be answered in future action-packed episodes of TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER!!... There's more paranormal mystical and maniacal drag race mayhem coming your way!!... You definitely do not want to miss it...

 

Stay tuned next Wednesday for a new chapter of the serial paranormal drama series we call TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER... Be sure that YOU follow the story of Sebastian Conrad... Bookmark this page and BE HERE every Wednesday!!... You can read prior episodes of TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER by simply clicking on the 'DOC'S BLOG' link that's conveniently located atop this page, and then scrolling to her Wednesday blog installments (because this series is published here each and every Wednesday). All characters appearing in this series are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead is purely coincidental. TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER story and imagery are copyright 2015 DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND.


The management of Drag Racing Underground presents guest blogger Mary Murray. She's an opinionated woman from the northwest. Truth is that Doc is mighty busy of late with her Big Stick music duties and her sculpture pursuits, so we figure giving Mary a crack as a substitute blogger might be a good idea. Being that Drag Racing Underground is known as the strongest advocate of free speech among drag racing web sites, we're willing to give this outspoken lady a guest spot when Doc is too busy to blog. Please keep in mind that the thoughts and opinions expressed by Mary Murray with her MARY'S MOUTHPIECE blog submissions do not necessarily reflect those of Drag Racing Underground. Without further ado, we give you Mary Murray...


HEY YOU GUYS!!! Wake up and smell the coffee! Drink the coffee and then have another cup on me. I'm Mary. I going to put my cards right on the table. I am happy as a kitty in a yarn warehouse to be able to communicate with you on the drag racing webpage best known for insightful thought and unrestricted freedom of expression. My last appearance here caused what I've been told to be an "unprecedented amount of negative emails" sent to the Drag Racing Underground bosses. And I was told that many of the emails were of an "extremely severely angry nature"... Yes, I understand that when I express my opinions, they don't usually jive with everyone else, but that's just how this bold lady rolls-- Anyways-- Today I want to address all the John Force naysayers who said that he's "all washed up", y'all better pull up a chair at the dining room table right now, and start eating a heaping portion of crow! The reason for all you naysayers having to eat crow is because my main-man John "Brute" Force, recently captured his 142nd career win at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas. It was also John's first win with his Chevrolet SS Camaro bodied Funny Car. I'm so impressed with the Camaro SS that I'm considering visiting my local Chevy dealer, and trading in my old hippie Volvo station wagon for one of them cool new Camaros!... And for all you skeptics who've questioned the competitive integrity of the Force team, you can blow your skepticism out the window, because John beat his own teammate and son-in-law Robert Hight by only two thousandths of a second to win the final round, so there's no "diving" going on in the Force camp. They race each other just like they race everyone else. And sure, I realize that it's taken some time for John Force to get his combination tuned in this year, but every racer occasionally has to spend time getting the bugs worked out. Once again John's determination and persistence has paid off, and I believe we're going to see John making a lot more appearances in the winner's circle this year. I'll be a hardcore fan and believer in that big hunk of a man for as long as he keeps racing the drag strips of America. John Force didn't roll the dice for last weekend's win at Vegas with just a streak of random luck, he won at Vegas because he is JOHN "BRUTE" FORCE!  I can't wait to see him whooping the rest of the NHRA  field for the remainder of the 2015 season! Force is back in charge!... I want to end with a very special message for everyone. We all love cheap clothes and electronics bargains, but can we all please join the fight against overseas child slavery, and do our part to eliminate child slave labor in our lifetime. Thank you.

 

 

Mary Murray's views and opinions don't necessarily reflect those of Drag Racing Underground's mgmt.


I apologize to all my readers who aren't from my neck of the woods, and probably aren't interested in reading about more Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy related grief, but after having dinner recently at Camillo's restaurant in Sayreville, NJ, with some folks who took a merciless beating from Sandy, and are still desperately struggling to keep their heads above water (bad pun), I feel compelled to write something about the current state of Sandy affairs... Even though Sandy happened over two years ago, there's still lots of people in New Jersey and the northeastern region who find themselves in a horrific housing quagmire as a result of the storm's strong wrath. I've spoken with folks who simply feel like they've fallen through the cracks when it comes to receiving a fair shake with their financial aid situations. There's even some homeowners who still haven't been able to properly rebuild, who are now being told that they have to give some of the marginal financial aid they've received back! FEMA has sent out "recoupment notices", uh, bills, demanding some of the money be paid back, due to an error on FEMA's part. We're talking about people who didn't spend their FEMA money on a luxury cruise around the world, these are people who used every penny they got to stay in motels while their homes were unlivable, or on the very basics to make their homes somewhat safe for their families to stay in after the storm. There's people who still haven't recovered from the terror that Sandy brought to their families, many of them from New Jersey, who definitely aren't feeling "Stronger Than The Storm" or "Jersey Strong"... It breaks my heart to see this happening... These folks deserve better...

 

Unfortunately lots of New Jersey and northeastern homeowners still find themselves in a horrific housing quagmire as a result of Superstorm Sandy. It's been over two years since the storm hit our shores and this photo was snapped just recently in NJ.


FRIDAY NIGHT STREET NIGHTS ARE BACK AT E'TOWN!!...

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I want to give my regional readers a heads-up that FRIDAY NIGHT STREET NIGHTS are back at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in 2015!! Gates open at 5pm for these Street Muffled Friday Night events. It's racing under the lights from 6pm until 10pm on select Friday nights. Time Trials are just $20, and Spectator Tickets are available for $10. There's also the return of the popular MEAN STREET category (with a $60 entry fee, I love this class!!), a Gambler's Race plus Top Street Motorcycle ($40). I'll probably be pulling into the strip for a few of these nights, this is great fun for everyone. Here's the FRIDAY NIGHT STREET DATES for 2015... May 15, June 12, July 10, July 24, August 14, August 21, October 9, October 23, October 30... For more information and details visit racewaypark.com

 

Bring your muffled grocery-getter out to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's FRIDAY NIGHT STREET NIGHTS!!


WALLY & SALLY DISCOURAGE "DISTRACTED DRIVING"... THEY CARE ABOUT YOU...

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Drag Racing Underground is proud to present Wally & Sally, they're our new smart "Safety-Conscious" couple, who arrive safely at their driving destinations because they never text while at the wheel. They are here today to remind folks that law enforcement will be aggressively  "cracking down" on "distracted driving" over the next week or so. That means law enforcement will be ticketing people using handheld devices while driving. It only takes seconds for a texting driver to be distracted long enough to drift into a state of deadly danger! Marked and unmarked police vehicles will hunt you down, write you a costly ticket, and possibly knock you out of commission if you're caught using handheld devices while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 3,154 people were killed and 424,000 were injured in crashes involving a "distracted driver" in 2013. So try to be like Wally & Sally, be smart and "safety conscious", don't EVER use handheld devices while you're the one in the driver's seat!!

 

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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 indicating the continued suspension of drag racing's psychic, hipster, sibling tipsters Zagar & Juniper caused quite a stir. Ryan from La Crosse, WI wrote, "Did those kids murder someone? Why such a long suspension?"-- I'm afraid that information is confidential due to their minor age status, Ryan-- Cheryl from Siminole, FL said, "I really miss their weird race predictions. I hope they're back soon!"... Wednesday's 'FRED THE WRENCH FINALLY GETS HIS THIRD WISH' chapter of our TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Pallmirah from all the way in Kalkara, Malta said, "Your paranormal drag racing story is called Tales of the Phantom Racer, but lately it's all just about Fred The Wrench!"-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "It's so cool that the 4-banger dragster Fred wished for has a cockpit to accommodate his chubby body!"-- Thanks to all of you Phantom Racer fans who wrote in this week... My blog titled 'SELL US CARS WE CAN SAFELY DRIVE BEFORE SELLING US CARS THAT "DRIVE THEMSELVES"' resulted in a ton of mixed-emotion emails. One that really stood out comes from Barry of Deal, NJ. He said, "Hats off to Doc for writing the most honest blog of the year. I went to the NYC auto show, and there were so many auto factory reps telling me that I'll soon be buying cars that "drive themselves". It was so ******* stupid and irritating. If one more clown would have said that to me, I swear to Jesus Christ that I would have knocked his ******* teeth out!"-- Yes, this really is a major problem, Barry, but I certainly do not condone the use of violence at the auto show... We introduced our new guest movie reviewer/blogger Alan Hopton Janssen III this week. He reviewed FAST & FURIOUS 7 and GREASED LIGHTNING. Here's a couple of your comments. Jeffrey from Concord, NC said, "The review of the new FAST & FURIOUS flick was a fair one. Even though the cars aren't my preference in hot rodding, I'll still go out and see it."-- Mark from Ashland, VA wrote, "GREASED LIGHTNING is one of the most inaccurate motorsport movies ever made in my opinion. The way Alan Hopton Janssen III handled that fact was commendable. However, I don't think it deserved his recommendation."... 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.

Illustration courtesy of Drag Racing Underground's own John Gill. Copyright 2015.


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