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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...

I'd like to tell you about what's happening TOMORROW, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26TH, at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. It's a special "MONSTER BASH" edition of THE DIGS AT E'TOWN!! It's no secret that I believe THE DIGS AT E'TOWN is the coolest and smoothest old school and traditional drag racing series in the whole world. It all takes place at Raceway's 1/8 mile strip. This one is really special and a "MUST ATTEND" date for all my local readers in the Raceway Park region!!... There's 60's & 70's TV MATCHRACE MADNESS on the bill featuring "HAZZARD COUNTY'S FINEST" trying to chase down "THE DUKE BOYS", plus the Turbine Powered "BATMOBILE" takes on the Supercharged "MONKEEMOBILE BEACHWAGON"!!... A special GASSER SHOOTOUT presented by IDA AUTOMOTIVE is also scheduled!!... And a BILL JENKINS TRIBUTE MATCH RACE will be featured too!!...  A special dress to impress "PIN UP GIRL CONTEST" will also be in full effect!!... There's going to be all kinds of scary and spectacular surprises!!... It's just 12 bucks to get into the DIGS AT E'TOWN and that includes a tech card to race your car!!  Kids 6-12 $6.00, Kids 5 and under FREE... Of course the usual exciting classes will also be appearing, muscle cars '79 and older, Funny Cars, Hot Rods, Rat Rods, Street Freaks, Straight Axles, Vintage Race Cars of all sorts of interesting varieties... Where else are ya' gonna see all this?!?...  It's a "noise" day, so both muffled AND unmuffled cars are welcome to storm THE DIGS drag strip. Gates open 9am. Racing starts at 10am and runs until 4pm. Use gate 4 to enter the 1/8 mile strip (the airport gate).  See ya' there!!

 

Come on out to THE DIGS AT E'TOWN tomorrow Sunday, October 26th or you might turn into a pumpkin!! See the Monkeemobile, the Batmobile, Gassers, Grumpy Jenkins Tribute Race, and Pin Up Girls at a special spooky Halloween MONSTER BASH!!


FEEDBACK FRIDAY... DIGS AT E'TOWN, PHANTOM RACER, RAYMOND BEADLE & MORE...

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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 promoting the "Monster Bash" at THE DIGS AT E'TOWN, happening THIS SUNDAY OCT 26th resulted in a heaping handful of emails, here's condensed versions of a couple we received. Harry from Fort Lee, NJ said, "I'll be bringing my sons to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park to see the Batmobile and Monkeemobile. I want them to see the cars that stirred up my imagination as a child!"--- Greg from Arcadia, CA wrote, "You people in the northeast sure know how to have a hot rodding Halloween party. I'm very tempted to catch a plane and fly east for the Monster Bash!"-- Tell you what, Greg. You take a plane to the MONSTER BASH at THE DIGS AT E'TOWN and I promise to buy you a pretzel and large coke!... Wednesday's 32nd chapter of our TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Imogen from all the way in Edinburgh in the UK said, "I wish you would give us an episode with your famous metaphysical drag racing team participating at a competition in the United Kingdom!"-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, this time saying, "Once I bought a box of old drag magazines at a garage sale that had a nasty spider hidden in it, but never anything like the gruesome gremlins that were stowaways in Fred The Wrench's box of magazines!"-- Neal from Hialeah, FL said, "This is the first time there's been a covert attack from the evil darkside on the crew's home turf!"-- Thanks to all of you Phantom Racer fans who wrote in this week... My blog paying respect to the recently departed Raymond Beadle resulted in Kurt from Gridlel, IL to write, "Thanks for taking a day to remember Raymond Beadle. He was one of drag racing's best."... We received a lot of emails because I mentioned that I am planning on offering up my opinion of the Sayreville High School incident. Michelle from Sayreville, NJ said, "You and Drag Racing Underground have done so much to help Sayreville's victims of Hurricane Sandy, it's unfortunate that our football team has now shamed our town."-- Michelle, I wouldn't say your town is shamed, it's the individuals who engaged in the criminal bullying behavior who are shamed. I will be posting my opinion about this issue in the upcoming days ahead...  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.

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"MONSTER BASH" DIGS AT E'TOWN THIS SUN OCT 26TH!!...

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I'd like to tell you about what's happening THIS SUNDAY, October 26th, at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. It's a special "MONSTER BASH" edition of THE DIGS AT E'TOWN!! It's no secret that I believe THE DIGS AT E'TOWN is the coolest and smoothest old school and traditional drag racing series in the whole world. It all takes place at Raceway's 1/8 mile strip. This one is really special and a "MUST ATTEND" date for all my local readers in the Raceway Park region!!... There's 60's & 70's TV MATCHRACE MADNESS on the bill featuring "HAZZARD COUNTY'S FINEST" trying to chase down "THE DUKE BOYS", plus the Turbine Powered "BATMOBILE" takes on the Supercharged "MONKEEMOBILE BEACHWAGON"!!... A special GASSER SHOOTOUT presented by IDA AUTOMOTIVE is also scheduled!!... And a BILL JENKINS TRIBUTE MATCH RACE will be featured too!!...  A special dress to impress "PIN UP GIRL CONTEST" will also be in full effect!!... There's going to be all kinds of scary and spectacular surprises!!... It's just 12 bucks to get into the DIGS AT E'TOWN and that includes a tech card to race your car!!  Kids 6-12 $6.00, Kids 5 and under FREE... Of course the usual exciting classes will also be appearing, muscle cars '79 and older, Funny Cars, Hot Rods, Rat Rods, Street Freaks, Straight Axles, Vintage Race Cars of all sorts of interesting varieties... Where else are ya' gonna see all this?!?...  It's a "noise" day, so both muffled AND unmuffled cars are welcome to storm THE DIGS drag strip. Gates open 9am. Racing starts at 10am and runs until 4pm. Use gate 4 to enter the 1/8 mile strip (the airport gate).  See ya' there!!

 

Come on out to THE DIGS AT E'TOWN on Sunday, October 26th. Yours truly will be there, so will the Monkeemobile, the Batmobile, Gassers, Grumpy Jenkins Tribute Race, Pin Up Girls, and a special spooky Halloween MONSTER BASH!!


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 finally wrapped up their quest to celebrate Fred The Wrench's birthday. The crew embarked on a trip through parallel universes, in order to buy Fred some CARtoons and drag 'zines at drag strip swap meets.  An inebriated Fred The Wrench, along with his courageous cohorts were now settled down back at heavenly headquarters, seated at the kitchen table, eating what remains of Fred's birthday cake. In the middle of relaxing and friendly conversation, Maria Conrad abruptly states her case, insisting that she wants to be able to go on adventures regularly with the boys, and be hubby Sebastian's back-up girl, like she was promised she eventually would be when first joining the team... Larry Lamb responded to Maria's aggressive request, "Do you REALLY think you're ready to travel with us among all the paranormal pandemonium we encounter?!?"... "YES!!" Maria replied as she clutched her hands onto one of Larry's wooly arms, "I'M READY!! I EVEN HAD THE WARDROBE DEPARTMENT DESIGN ME A SPECIAL BACK-UP GIRL OUTFIT-- I'LL BE RIGHT BACK, I'LL PUT IT ON!!"... Maria then stood up from the table and briskly walked into another room. Then, in a matter of a few short minutes, Maria made a grand entrance back into the kitchen... Peter The Parrot squawked. "HUBBA-HUBBA!!!"... Maria stood before the boys in a stunning two-piece, gold, glittering, sequined, satiny custom outfit... "SO," exclaimed an enthusiastic Maria, "WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK OF THIS?!?"...  After a brief and awkward moment of silence, Larry Lamb spoke-up with authority and said, "WELL, GENTLEMEN, IT CERTAINLY LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE OURSELVES ONE BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL DRAG STRIP BACK-UP GIRL!!!"... The crew then shared a bottle of vintage 1787 Chateau Lafite wine, toasting Maria's promotion to back-up girl... But then, the joyful merriment is suddenly disrupted by the sound of an explosion!!!... KABOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!!... "HEY! THAT SOUNDS LIKE IT CAME FROM ME AND PETER'S BUNK ROOM!!!!!!" shouts a startled Fred The Wrench...

 

Sebastian jumps up from his seat and rapidly dashes to Fred's and Peter's bunk room to investigate, while the rest of the anxious crew follow behind.... "HEY," exclaims a stunned Sebastian, "IT LOOKS LIKE ONE OF THE BOXES OF DRAG 'ZINES WE GOT FROM THAT GRUESOME GHOUL BACK AT THE SWAP MEET JUST BLEW UP!!!".... "YEAH," squawks a frantic, wing-fluttering Peter The Parrot, "ONE OF THE BOXES OF MAGAZINES WE GRABBED FOR FRED'S BIRTHDAY HAD A FREAKIN' B-B-BOMB IN IT!!!"... "DAMN IT!!!"  says a furious Fred, "THAT CREEPY VENDOR FROM THE DARKSIDE MUST HAVE PLANTED AN EXPLOSIVE GIZMO IN ONE OF THE BOXES, PROBABLY HOPING IT WOULD BLOW UP WHILE WE WERE ALL TOGETHER, COMING HOME IN THE CAR!!!"... "THAT WAS THE BOX OF 'HOT ROD' MAGAZINES THAT I SNATCHED OFF THE VENDOR'S TABLE, AND WAS HOLDING ON MY LAP UNTIL WE ARRIVED HOME!!!" Maria exclaims with trembling fright in her voice... "Yes, and look on floor," Larry Lamb says. "There's dozens of tiny, gruesome gremlins scattering about like cockroaches, they must have all been released from a hidden, cryptic capsule of sorts when the explosive activated, they're stowaways, planted inside the magazine box to attack us!!!"... "I'll stomp all those sinister little suckers with my steel-tipped work boots!!" says a still tipsy Fred The Wrench-- but then, one of the dastardly mini-monsters grabs the bottom of one of Fred's overall pant legs and pulls hard, causing Fred to trip himself up and fall on the floor... The little beings are deep red in color, and appear to be somewhat reptilian and insect-like, they're freaky, bold, and beastly creatures... The scary invaders also seem to possess bat-shaped wings, enabling them to fly about... One flies directly into Maria's long, dark hair, resulting in her letting out a shriek of terror... Sebastian swiftly snatches the pint-sized paranormal pest out of Maria's locks, and holds it firmly in the grasp of his hand, observing the captive creep. "HOW DID WHOEVER CREATED THESE CREATURES MANAGE TO FIT SO MUCH UGLY INTO SOMETHING SO SMALL?!?!?" says a seriously stunned Sebastian. "ITS FACE LOOKS LIKE A WOLF SPIDER WITH MULTIPLE BEADY BLACK EYES!!!"... "THEY'RE ALL OVER THE PLACE!!" Maria cries in utter anguish... "WE NEEDS OURSELVES AN EXTERMINATOR!!!" interjects an overly irritated Fred The Wrench... 

 

"HEY!!" squawks Peter The Parrot. "A COUPLE OF 'EM ARE RIPPING UP AND DEVOURING THE DRAG 'ZINES IN THE BOX UNDER MY BUNK!!!"... Larry Lamb runs out of the room, and grabs a jade, star-shaped amulet from a jewelry chest in the adjoining office-- Larry returns to the bunk room and places the now glowing amulet around his wooly neck-- He then begins to rotate his body clockwise, from a slow and stuttered start, to a rapid, reckless gyration, so fast that he almost becomes a blur, and he does all this while repeating the ancient, mystical, metaphysical chant-- "CREEPY CRITTERS WHO FOLLOWED US HOME, DISAPPEAR FROM THIS PLACE AND LEAVE US ALONE!!! CREEPY CRITTERS WHO FOLLOWED US HOME, DISAPPEAR FROM THIS PLACE AND LEAVE US ALONE!!!"... Larry's wooly body is now spinning in circles at warp speed, as he continues to repeat the chant, his voice warbles from his jowls fluctuating from his extreme, accelerating motion... The little ghouls eventually start to change in color, from deep red, to a duller hue of aged, rotting wood, smoke is now emanating from their small bodily forms... Then they simultaneously vanish from sight... Larry gradually slows down his spinning motion and refrains from his consistent chanting. The amulet no longer glows as Larry's rapid rotating finally comes to a complete halt... "Are you alright?!?" asks Maria to a dizzy and short-of-breath Larry Lamb... "Yes, I believe so." Larry replies in an exhaustive tone. "I just knew that there must have been SOMETHING hidden in those magazine boxes coming from that venomous swap meet vendor!!! I should have known better, and checked those boxes thoroughly for explosives, gremlins, and whatever other kind of evil, hideous surprises someone from the darkside would have hidden in them!!!"... "Don't beat yourself up, boss," says Fred, "it's MY birthday presents, I should have given them boxes a closer look before stashing them under me and Peter's bunks-- I'M THE STUPID, DRUNKEN DOPE WHO SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER!!!"... "Did you hear that??" interrupts a still unsettled Sebastian, "I think one of those gremlins who ran out into the kitchen is still out there. I hear something rustling around in there!!"... The crew all proceed with caution into the kitchen... "OH NO!!!" screams Maria, "THERE'S ONE OF THEM BEASTS LEFT, AND HE SURE ISN'T LITTLE ANYMORE!!!"... "GOLLY GEE WILIKERS!!" squawks Peter The Parrot. "HE'S GROWN TO BE AT LEAST SEVEN FEET TALL!!!"... "OH MY, THIS ONE LOOKS LIKE REAL TROUBLE!!!" blurts Larry Lamb, as he looks up at the standing, seething beast... "WHY DIDN'T YOUR ROTATING CHANT WORK ON HIM?!?" a visibly shaken Sebastian asks Larry Lamb... "BECAUSE HE'S THE PUREST OF EVIL!!!" replies Larry, "THIS ONE ISN'T GOING TO GO DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT!!!"....

 

 

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... Unfortunately sometimes bad things secretly come in what on the surface appears to be good packages!!!... One of the boxes of drag racing magazines that our crew acquired from a ghastly vendor at a drag strip swap meet, had a 'sinister surprise' secretly enclosed, an explosive device that released several pint-sized paranormal pests from a small cryptic capsule. Larry Lamb's spinning ritual and chant seemed to make them disappear, all but one-- And the one that remains is no longer small at all, in fact, it appears to be growing in size with each passing second!!!... What can our do-gooder crew do to make this last lingering beast be gone from their heavenly headquarters?!?... Will they be able to bring the menacing monster from the darkside down?!?-- OR will the monster get the best of them?!?... 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...

 

Stayed tuned next Wednesday for the next 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).  TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER story and imagery are copyright 2014 DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND.


It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of motorsport great Raymond Beadle. The three time consecutive Funny Car champ died yesterday.  Beadle certainly made his mark in drag racing, he also had substantial success in NASCAR. His savvy business sense, determination, competitive spirit, and ability to understand the value of pristine showmanship made Raymond Beadle a one-of-a-kind legend. Our condolences to Raymond Beadle's family at this difficult time. Rest in Peace.

 

I believe I should address another issue briefly. We've been receiving a whole lot of emails asking if I'd please address the troubling issue now plaguing Sayreville, NJ. I guess since my readers know that I'm familiar with the town, from my writings on this page about the Superstorm Sandy disaster, they figure I should be saying something about the recent bullying crimes of its football team. This past weekend I did pay a media oriented visit to Sayreville and its public library, and spoke personally with many of its townspeople. And yes, I do see parallels with this issue and the cyber bulling we've seen from a small number of the so-called "classic funny car" community... From discussions I've had with mental health professionals, I do tend to believe this leans towards being a "mental health" issue. I still firmly believe that those who bully have serious self-esteem and mental health flaws. Anyways, I promise to honor your requests, and address this news item in the near future...


THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR FUNNY CAR GREAT RAYMOND BEADLE...

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Longtime Funny Car driver Raymond Beadle is reported to be in a Texas Hospital with serious kidney and heart issues... He's driven for Don Schumacher in the past, and has one of the most competitive and colorful of histories in the sport of drag racing... There's no doubt that Raymond Beadle has paid an awful lot of dues on many drag strips across the map... We ask that everyone please take a brief moment from their busy day to say a prayer or give a healing thought for Raymond Beadle...


Today we have the trusty Stephanie substituting for The Doc. At this time Doc is occupied with Big Stick music responsibilities. Please enjoy Stephanie's Snapshot of the Day... This installment features a candid photograph that Doc snapped at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. We see some NO/TIME racers in the staging lanes preparing themselves for 1/4 mile battle. E'Town has long been the home of a colorful NO/TIME racing scene, and hosts several race days a year giving this scene a place to race in the safety of a sanctioned motorsports facility... As many of you who read this blog regularly are already aware, Doc is a big fan of NO/TIME racing, mainly because it's probably the most unpretentious genre in all of drag racing, and it's usually done in the no-frills/uninhibited spirit that drag racing was originally born from many moons ago. It's a lot of fun for racers and spectators. NO/TIME racing in this region has much of its roots in Newark, NJ, Brooklyn NY, and the local urban landscape. If you'd like the opportunity to see NO/TIME racing in person, you can go to E'Town on two upcoming Wednesday nights, Oct 22nd and/or Oct 29th (gates open 4:30pm). If you can't make it out to the track and would still like to see some nitty-gritty NO/TIME racers, we suggest you get DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND's "SHAKEDOWN AT E'TOWN" dvd, simply click on the "VIDEO CATALOG" link at the top center of this page and you'll easily find it. No matter how you slice it, NO/TIME racing equals "good times" for racers and spectators alike.

 

We see a candid photo that Doc snapped of "NO/TIME" racers preparing for battle in the staging lanes at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. Doc is a big fan of this refreshing, unpretentious and uninhibited genre of drag racing. You can see N/T racers on Drag Racing Underground's "SHAKEDOWN AT E'TOWN" dvd. Click on the "VIDEO CATALOG" link at the top center of this page.

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CHIMNEY HILL ESTATE INN... A RELAXING RETREAT FOR THE FALL SEASON...

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I'm inundated with requests from readers asking me what kind of places I like to go to, besides drag strips, to unwind, enjoy a good meal and spend my precious leisure time (what little of it I seem to have these days)... Well, today I'll share a terrific tip with you regarding a bed and breakfast establishment that I believe to be one of the very best that I've ever experienced. It's called the Chimney Hill Estate Inn, located in lovely Lambertville, NJ. The surroundings are soothing, sweet and borderline surreal. During the Fall season it's extra enchanting. The property is the home of Hollywood actress Kate French, and it's a popular destination for celebrities desiring a classy getaway. I find it to be an excellent retreat, offering yours truly a breather from my busy Big Stick recording schedule and motorsport journalism duties. The various different breakfast dishes that are served every morning are nothing short of amazing-- It's always a surprise to see what sort of creative, delectable concoction the Chimney Hill innkeepers have cooked up for the morning's meal. The estate sits on 8.5 scenic acres, and has an alpaca farm on the property. Visiting the alpacas is a thrill, they're such beautiful and unique animals. The inn was built in 1820 and is so quaint that it'll melt your heart and quickly eliminate all the stress from the outside world. Romantic architectural and interior elements of the 19th century are abound. As secluded as the immediate surroundings are, you're still only a fifteen minute drive from the center of Lambertville, where some of the best restaurants, antique shops and art galleries in the world exist. The Chimney Hill Estate Inn of Lambertville, NJ is a historic Bed and Breakfast that receives "5 Doc Stars" from me... I highly recommend it to all my readers seeking a relaxing and refreshing retreat from the relentless rat race... For more info you can visit www.chimneyhillinn.com



This photo I snapped of the Chimney Hill Estate Inn shows you just how historically lovely this Bed & Breakfast genuinely is... The quaint rooms, hospitality and uncompromising service leave you wanting for nothing-- Everything needed for a relaxing and refreshing stay is found right here... And you're only a quick fifteen minute drive from downtown Lambertville, NJ.

I award the Chimney Hill Estate Inn with "5 Doc Stars". I highly recommend it to all my many readers


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 promoting the California Hot Rod Reunion (Oct 17-19 THIS WEEKEND), Nostalgia Funny Cars & Altereds @ Capitol Raceway (Oct 18 TOMORROW), and the Monster Bash edition of The Digs At E'Town (Oct 26 NEXT SUNDAY) resulted in a heaping handful of emails, here's condensed versions of a couple we received. Jessie from Frostburg, MD said, "Thanks for giving a shout about Saturday's race at Capitol. The nostalgia cars are going to rock!"-- Larry from Edison, NJ wrote, "Me and my boys are down for E'Town's Monster Bash!"-- Bill from Downey, CA wrote, "I've got to give an east coast girl credit for helping promote the California Hot Rod Reunion. That proves that you really do care about nostalgia racing no matter where it is!"-- Yes, Bill. The fans need to support the old school scene no matter where on the map it's happening!!... Wednesday's 32nd chapter of our TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Zack from all the way in Guarulhos, Brazil said, "I want to marry a woman who is exactly like Maria Conrad. I can't find any women like her who love drag racing."-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, this time saying, "My blood pressure went through the roof when there was a big explosion at heavenly headquarters. I can't figure out why it happened in Fred The Wrench's and Peter The Parrot's bunk room?!? What's up with that?!?"-- Rosalie from Paramus, NJ said, "I just knew in my bones that the paranormal drag racing team's happy and peaceful times would come to an end with this newest chapter!"-- Thanks to all of you Phantom Racer fans who wrote in this week... My Monday blog sending sincere wishes to all our Canadian friends for a Happy Thanksgiving resulted in Aaron from Binbrook, Ontario to write, "You sure do have a lot of fans in Canada. All the guys who work in my dad's body shop read your blog every single day. We love you for taking the time to wish us a Happy Thanksgiving!"... My blog titled IN THIS ERA OF MAIL ORDER BRIDES & MAIL ORDER SPEED SHOPS caused Michael from Eugene, OR to say, "Most racers have to use mail order speed shops to get the right price for parts. I miss the old speed shops too, but time and progress can be a b*tch."-- I understand that, Michael. And I know that some of the major mail order parts dealers like JEGS and SUMMIT provide great service for their customers... 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.

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LOTS OF AWESOME OLD SKOOL DRAG RACING COMING UP ON THE CALENDAR!!

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So often we hear the younger folks telling us that it's downright stupid and silly to be paying homage to the "old days" and "waxing nostalgia". It seems like some youngins just don't understand why there's those of us who appreciate the "old skool" drag racing scene. However, I'm still sticking to my proverbial guns and encouraging people of all generations to get out to the drags and support the nostalgia drag racing scene, because I remain thoroughly convinced that it's a BLAST!!!... Please keep in mind that THIS SATURDAY, OCT 18th, there's going to be a whole lot of Nostalgia Funny Cars & Altereds at The New Capitol Raceway in Crofton, Maryland!! Some of the entries include "BUNNY AND THE BOYS", THE "EXCALIBUR" 'VETTE, ROCKY PIRRONE'S "SCREAMING EAGLE" TRANS AM, THE "TIME BOMB" VEGA, "TOTAL INSANITY" MONZA, DAVE SANO'S "SCREAMIN' INSANITY" CHALLENGER, WILLIE JOHNSON'S "NO MONEY NO FUNNY" NOVA, JOHN CERCHIO'S "WAR PATH" BUICK , JOE MORRISON'S "DRIVE 4 COPD" FIAT and much more!!! Oh, and it's been confirmed that Glenn Gualtieri will have his "JUNGLE JIM" tribute flopper on display at the event for your viewing pleasure... And over on the west coast, THIS WEEKEND OCT 17-19 is the CALIFORNIA HOT ROD REUNION at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in historic Bakersfield, California!! This event is the cat's meow of nostalgia oriented racing. Tons of Nostalgia Diggers, Floppers, Altereds, Gassers and Stockers will be on the property!! There will be cool times and cackling fun for everyone in Bakersfield THIS WEEKEND!!... And don't forget that coming up on Sunday Oct 26th it's the special MONSTER BASH edition of THE DIGS AT E'TOWN at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's 1/8th mile strip. You all know that I believe that this is the neatest nostalgia and traditional drag racing series on the planet!! There's going to be a special 60's & 70's "TV MATCHRACE MADNESS" with the BATMOBILE vs. THE MONKEEMOBILE, and a GASSER SHOOTOUT presented by Ida Automotive, a bonus BILL "GRUMPY" JENKINS TRIBUTE RACE, a pumped-up PIN UP GIRL CONTEST and much, much more!!! Open Headers permitted!! Gates open 9am-4pm... If you can, please plan on attending at least one of these terrific nostalgia events that I just told you about-- You'll be gosh darn glad that you did!!!...



There's lots of awesome old skool drag racing coming up on the calendar. Funny Cars & Altereds appearing Sat Oct 18th at Capitol Raceway in Crofton, Maryland...  Fri-Sun Oct 17-19 it's the California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield CA... The special MONSTER BASH edition of THE DIGS AT E'TOWN at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's 1/8th mile on Sun Oct 26th.

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