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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...

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 Step out of the narrow-minded mist that encircles those who wear their stagnate skepticism like an outdated peach-colored leisure suit, and allow yourself the freedom to follow the adventures of drag racing's infinite and most indestructible spirit...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 teleported and materialized at Hawaii Raceway Park (circa 1965). It's their first assignment with newest member Maria Conrad functioning as hubby Sebastian's drag strip back-up girl. Maria is dressed in a groovy, Hawaiian themed, grass-skirt-bottom & halved-coconut-shell-top customized back-up girl outfit. Our do-gooders brought their 'White Tornado' chromed Chrysler powered Top Fuel Dragster to the exotic island, it's a spiffy white colored ride with cherry red leather interior... Against leader Larry Lamb's better judgement, Larry accepted a matchrace challenge on behalf of the crew from a questionable character calling himself 'Hawaiian Hal'. Larry Lamb acquiesced to 'Hawaiian Hal's' challenge despite strong suspicions that Hal is most likely an evil agent from the darkside, though for now, Larry Lamb keeps his suspicions reserved and to himself. Hal is a large, red-haired, rotund roughneck of a man wearing an oil-stained, tacky, Hawaiian shirt.  Hal appears somewhat sloppy and disheveled, but his dragster is a wickedly slick and sharp looking, all black, flamed rail job that certainly qualifies as a formidable and fierce piece of drag strip machinery... Sebastian Conrad aka The Phantom Racer is itching to put Hal on the trailer because Hal made some off-color, sexist comments regarding Maria. Fred The Wrench has his work cut out for him preparing the 'White Tornado' to take on Hal's bad-to-the bone black dragster. Peter The Parrot is having a difficult time focusing on the day's racing, he's too occupied looking up at the surrounding palm trees, ogling at all the attractive female parrots perched on the branches...

 

An announcement is made from the strip's unique, Hawaiian-styled pagoda structure of a timing tower, calling for all dragsters to be in the staging lanes, and ready to race in fifteen minutes... "Well, I'll let you folks get prepared for our challenge." says a visibly cocky 'Hawaiian Hal' to our team members as he starts to walk over to his pit area. "You better have a lot of horses in that chrome Chrysler of yours, 'cause I know I got plenty of power packed into my digger's block-- hee hee!!."... As Hal walks away, Fred The Wrench says with uncertainty in his voice, "There's just SOMETHING about that Hal guy that I DON'T TRUST."... "Tell me about it!" smirks Maria Conrad as she runs a brush through her long, dark hair. "Maybe we SHOULDN'T have accepted his challenge."... "Whaddaya mean by that?!?" blurts a somewhat defensive Sebastian, with a hint of machismo seeping into his vocal tone... "Sebastian, I believe that your Maria means exactly what she said." interjects Larry Lamb, "I've kept quiet about it to this point, however, I must say, I too have a genuinely bad vibe concerning Hal. I suspect that he could very well be a covert operative sent from the darkside to bring us trouble."... "Then why did YOU as our superior leader accept his challenge, Larry??" squawks Peter The Parrot as he takes a brief moment from his persistent female parrot watching to speak up... "Oh, I don't know." sighs Larry Lamb, "I guess Sebastian's strong desire to accept Hal's challenge rubbed off a little on me, influencing me to agree to it, uh, against my better judgement-- BUT, that said, I DID accept, so, what's done is done, and being that I am a lamb of my word, we best buckle down and get ready to race the crusty creep."... "Alright!" concedes Sebastian, "Maybe I got baited by 'Hawaiian Hal', and was driven by my ego to take the bait, hook, line and sinker, oh well, I've got to learn to keep my emotions in check in this weird afterlife racing world of ours-- but hey, why SHOULDN'T we be able to put that BLOWHARD on the TRAILER?!?"...

 

"Okay, okay" says Larry Lamb with authority, "Chip, chip, enough talk, let's get to work!"... Peter The Parrot proceeds to use his beak to give Fred The Wrench the necessary tools in order to tune-up the 'White Tornado' dragster... Maria Conrad seats herself on one of the dragster's slicks, and studiously opens up her metaphysical drag racing handbook, to freshen up on the duties and proper etiquette for a drag strip back-up girl in the afterlife... Sebastian splits to the track's restroom and finds an empty stall, where he does his transformation into THE PHANTOM RACER-- he miraculously spins his body with extreme centrifugal force, and morphs from a normal looking guy in jeans and a t-shirt, to a far more stunning sight of a being, dressed in a shiny firesuit, flamed helmet, and respirator mask... "HEY!!" shouts a voice from a neighboring stall, "WHAT THE **** IS GOING ON IN THERE?!?"... Sebastian then dashes out of the stall and returns to our team's pit area... "I'm ready to drive the 'White Tornado' to the winner's circle!!" says a confident Sebastian from under his respirator mask... "I think I got this digger tuned right." says Fred The Wrench, as he and Sebastian start pushing the car to the staging lanes... Peter The Parrot spots 'Hawaiian Hal' and his crew making their way to the staging lanes too, and loudly squawks, "UH OH. I DON'T KNOW IF I'M EXPERIENCING HALLUCINATIONS FROM ALL THE MACADAMIA NUTS I'VE BEEN EATIN', B-B-B-BUT IT LOOKS LIKE 'HAWAIIAN HAL'S' EYE SOCKETS ARE FILLED WITH RED, HOT, VOLCANO LAVA!!!"... "WHAT?!?!" says a startled Sebastian Conrad... "Oh, dear me-- I should have known," says Larry Lamb as he shakes his wooly head in distress, "our so-called opponent 'Hawaiian Hal', is REALLY the notorious 'HAWAIIAN HAL FROM HADES'!!!-- He's an ancient spirit from the darkside, with the ability to summon the fiercest forces of the Hawaiian islands' most volatile volcanoes!!!"... "HEY THERE, YOU DUMB DO-GOODERS, ARE Y'ALL READY FOR THE DRAG RACE TO END ALL DRAG RACES OF YOUR PATHETIC, WARM 'N' FUZZY AFTERLIFE EXISTENCE!?!?!" gurgles the gruesome entity as he's seated in the cockpit of his black, flamed digger, while boiling red lava oozes from his eye sockets, burning straight through his racing goggles... Maria Conrad takes a quick glance at the ghastly drag racing gladiator who comes from the depths of Hades, and she SCREAMS at the top of her lungs-- so loud, that it causes hot molten lava to suddenly ooze from the eyes of all of Hal's evil spirit crew members too...  Hal lets out a cryptic chuckle, and shouts teasingly to a shrieking, cowering Maria, in a deep, low, distorted, devilish grumble, "WHAT'S THE MATTER, HONEYPIE??-- AIN'TS YOU EVER SEEN SINISTER SPIRITS WITH THEIR EYES ABLAZE BEFORE?!?!?! HA HA HA HA!!!!!!"....

 

 

 

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... It appears that leader Larry Lamb's suspicions were indeed correct. Accepting a dragster challenge from the racer calling himself  'Hawaiian Hal' was very likely a bad idea, because as we can now all clearly see, the crusty character is really a sinister ancient spirit known among metaphysical racing circles as none other than 'HAWAIIAN HAL FROM HADES'!!!... And it's now obvious that the ghastly ghoul and his crew have nothing but the most gruesome of intentions... And with hot, molten lava now oozing from the eye sockets of the evil racing team, we can only wonder what more they have up their sleeves for our afterlife drag racing do-gooders?!?... Will Sebastian and our friends be able to muster the supernatural abilities to put the evil ones on the trailer??... The evil ones are able to access the fiercest forces of the Hawaiian island's most volatile volcanoes-- How can they possibly be stopped?!?... 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.


2015 TOYOTA NHRA SUMMERNATIONALS SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 4-7!!!

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 I'd like to inform racers and fans that the dates have been confirmed for the 2015 running of the 46th annual Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey. The star-studded drag racing spectacular is scheduled to happen June 4-7, 2015. This is one event that I highly recommend as good, wholesome, "fast family fun" and entertainment for all my regular readers residing in the northeastern region of the nation. It's a yearly race that I always make an effort to attend. I believe it to be NHRA Championship Drag Racing at its very best...  I'd also like to advise you hardcore drag racing fans who make it a tradition to be seated in the same seats each year, that if you'd like to keep the same seats for 2015 that you had in 2014 please be sure to renew them by December 1st. Tickets to the public will go on sale December 8th. The Raceway Park office is open Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm for any questions or help you need in renewing/purchasing tickets.


DALE THIERER... FUELER PILOT AND FAMILY MAN NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN...

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Dale Thierer recently passed away. He was a formidable drag racer, endearing husband, father, grandfather, and overall stand up guy. For many veteran drag racers and fans Dale was a popular personality. Many moons ago he started out driving a B/Dragster. Dale then stepped into the big league of NHRA Division One Top Fuel racing, in the cockpit of the famed "Hemi Hunter" Chevy powered dragster, a car built by Jim Johnson and Gary Peters. In the year 1971, when divisional nitro drag racing was a fiercely competitive scene, Dale drove the Hemi Hunter all the way to the Division One Top Fuel championship. Dale also did seat time in Kent and Mike Lewis' "Sparkling Burgundy" rear engined nitro digger, and the rear engined Hemi Hunter in 1977. In 1978 Dale drove the Jim and Alison Lee "Great Expectations" Top Fueler at Division 2 and IHRA meets... In later years, Dale piloted the pristine and potent recreation of the Hemi Hunter front engined dragster on the nostalgia racing circuit. I was fortunate enough to see Dale driving the spectacular Hemi Hunter recreation at E'Town's Old Time Drags event, he drove with a heavy foot and plenty of finesse. I recall seeing Dale and his Hemi Hunter teammates at Vitale's Bar & Grill after the E'Town event, and I remember Dale as having a good sense of humor and the disposition of a true gentleman... And just as important as Dale's racing accomplishments, if not more important, Dale Thierer was a genuine and dedicated family man. Dale met the love of his life Sally in 1977 when he was driving the rear engined Hemi Hunter. Dale and Sally were married in December of 1978 and started a family. Like many of us, Dale's life had its emotional peaks and valleys. In 2007 Dale and Sally lost their beloved daughter Amanda to cancer, and after that he never went back to driving. Dale's wife Sally tells me that her husband was a nice guy, a damn good driver (he never had an accident), and as far as she knows, Dale had not one enemy in the world. Besides Sally, Dale has three kids surviving and seven grandchildren. Sally also says that Dale and her were married for 36 years, she has no regrets, and she adds that marrying Dale was the best thing she ever did... I know that I speak for many in the drag racing community when expressing my condolences to Sally and her family. And I also know that Dale Thierer will be fondly remembered by all the folks over the years who were lucky enough to meet him. Dale was the kind of good man that this sport doesn't ever forget.

 

Dale Thierer seated in the cockpit of the Hemi Hunter dragster cuddling his granddaughter Melissa. Dale was a formidable fueler pilot and a fabulous family man.


SUBSTITUTE STEPHANIE'S SNAPSHOT OF THE DAY... IT'S A 1966 BATMOBILE...

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Today we have the trusty Stephanie substituting for The Doc. At this time we've been informed that Doc is occupied with either her Big Stick or sculpture related responsibilities. We believe Doc will most likely be back on the clock for tomorrow's edition of her popular blog... In the meantime, please enjoy Stephanie's Snapshot of the Day... This installment features a photograph of a 1966 Batmobile reproduction that Doc snapped at the 2014 season finale of Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's DIGS AT E'TOWN nostalgia and traditional drag racing series. This event happened this past October at the world-class Englishtown motorsports facility. Doc assured me that she'll be posting the 2015 DIGS AT E'TOWN schedule as soon at it becomes available to her... Besides Doc's various other talents, she's become quite the accomplished photographer. What we see here is certainly a roaring reproduction of the world famous 1966 Batmobile. The Batmobile originated from the body style of the Ford Motor Company's Lincoln division's 1955 "Futura" concept car. It was Lincoln's Futura that was a "futuristic" (at the time) model that would later be used by custom car guru George Barris as the basic foundation for creating the legendary Batmobile. There's no denying that the Batmobile personifies the potent power of out-of-sight, old school, imaginative flare... If you'd like to see the best in old school and nostalgia themed drag racing dvds, look no further than Drag Racing Underground. Get your mitts on Drag Racing Underground's NOSTALGIA RAW and/or FUNNY CAR REUNION RAW dvds (click on the VIDEO CATALOG link at the top center of this page to check them out). Hardcore racers and fans across the globe agree that Drag Racing Underground dvds are the most entertaining full-length drag racing features known to all mankind!

 

A 1966 Batmobile at the DIGS AT E'TOWN's 2014 season finale. Ain't she one cool 'n classy appearing beauty.

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Since I was busy with Big Stick music duties yesterday and unable to coordinate this week's FEEDBACK FRIDAY edition of the blog (and my assistant Stephanie was busy helping with a wedding), today we're presenting a special Saturday edition of our regular "FEEDBACK FRIDAY" feature... Let's get right to your feedback... Thursday's blog remembrance of Scott Weney resulted in some of you writing in. Chris from Passiac, NJ said, "Scott was a champion driver and the S&W chassis guy who knew it all. He will be missed."-- I concur, Chris... Wednesday's 38th chapter of our TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Fiona from all the way in Larkhall, Scotland said, "Hawaiian Hal is going to be a problem. I can feel it in me bones!"-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, this time saying, "My uncle told me that there really was a pagoda styled timing tower at Hawaii Raceway Park in the 1960s. I love when THE PHANTOM series is fact meeting fiction!"--  Sherman from Friendswood, TX said, "Hawaiian Hal's dragster sounds awesome. My bet is that he beats Sebastian!"-- Thanks to all of you Phantom Racer fans who wrote in this week... My blog announcing the return of the SUPER CAMARO in the form of a tribute Funny Car received rave reviews. Brian from Hanover, PA said, "I saw Perry Wyatt talking about his dad's SUPER CAMARO on your FUNNY CAR REUNION RAW dvd. It's so cool that Rocky Pirrone and his guys are bringing it back!"-- I agree, Brian. I'm very excited about this project... My blog congratulating the 2014 NHRA champs stirred up lots of responses. Harry from Joliet, IL said, "I'm not surprised that zany Zagar jumped through the ceiling when Erica Enders was crowned champion. That kid is a ******* fanatic!"-- Fortunately Zagar is reported to be free of any serious injuries from the incident, Harry... My blog expressing how happy I am that our resident Drag Racing Underground tech-geeks have informed me that this blog is No#1 resulted in an onslaught of congratulatory emails. Barbara from Phillips, NE wrote, "Out of all the trash on the drag racing web, this is the only place I visit each day for the truth told with heart."-- Jake from Valinda, CA chimed in, "The pic of you outside the Raceway Park press suite is stunning. Please don't EVER stop doing your blog!"-- Thanks Barbara, Jake, and all you folks who wrote in with such nice things to say. You are all the wind beneath my monostrut wing... 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 2014

"FEEDBACK FRIDAY" WILL HAPPEN TOMORROW SATURDAY...

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Hey folks, turns out that some rather urgent Big Stick music related business came up, making it impossible for yours truly to get the "FEEDBACK FRIDAY" edition of the blog up today. Hopefully the dust will settle and we'll get it printed for tomorrow's (Saturday's) blog. We apologize for the inconvenience. For all our friends suffering with extreme snow conditions, and we know there's quite a few of you out there, 'cause you wrote us about it, we hope that warmer weather will be coming your way sooner than later. Try to stay safe.


REST IN PEACE SCOTT WENEY...

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Today I must tell you with a heavy heart that Scott Weney passed away. Scott's been a steady staple of the drag racing scene for decades. Of all the many racing folks I personally know in the drag racing community, none of 'em ever had a negative word to say about Scott. Everyone genuinely liked and respected the man. He was a friend to all he came in contact with at the strip or at the S&W Race Cars shop where he was top honcho. Our sympathies to Scott Weney's family and close associates. He will certainly be missed. Rest In Peace.

 


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 preparing to embark on their first assignment with newest member Maria Conrad functioning as hubby Sebastian's drag strip back-up girl. The heavenly higher-ups have booked our do-gooders for a drag meet appearance in Hawaii. Larry's somewhat suspicious of the booking, because so often exotically beautiful locations are deceiving in the metaphysical, time-traveling galaxies, hiding evil intentions of dastardly paranormal entities. Despite Larry's warning of caution to an enthused Maria, she seems most concerned with her grass-skirt-bottom & halved-coconut-shell-top back-up girl outfit for the Hawaiian excursion. Larry Lamb realizes that Maria is taking her wardrobe far more serious than he anticipated, and he's hoping that she'll also be serious about exercising caution in light of the sinister spirits from the darkside who constantly threaten our courageous crew. Fred The Wrench and Peter The Parrot prepared the team's most reliable front-engined dragster for the booking, it's a chromed, Chrysler powered. nitro burner, with white paint, and a pristine cherry-red leather interior. It's a slick digger with plenty of horsepower that they call 'The White Tornado'. Sebastian's itching to return to the cockpit and put his driving skills to use. As the team is gathered together at heavenly headquarters, Larry takes a glowing device from out of his thick, wooly coat and activates a switch, causing the crew to miraculously dematerialize... In a matter of mere seconds, our do-gooders and their dragster vanish from headquarters and are on their way to materializing in Hawaii... Their exact destination is Hawaii Raceway Park circa 1965...

 

 

In a discreet location, behind a blind spot of Hawaii Raceway Park's timing tower, our gang and their dragster materialize, undetected by the other racers and spectators who are already at the exotic strip... "Hey!!" says Sebastian aka The Phantom Racer, "Check out this way-cool timing tower. I've never seen anything quite like it!!"... "Yes, my dear boy," replies team leader Larry Lamb, "It's a true pagoda styled structure, built atop four long telephone poles. The top floor is air-conditioned, and the Union 76 ball situated at the very top rotates."... "Let's get this dragster over to the pit area and get ourselves settled in." says a less impressed Fred The Wrench, as he's faced with the reality of getting the digger tuned, and getting down to the business of drag racing... Sebastian lends a hand to Fred, and the two spirits push 'The White Tornado' from behind the obstructed visibility of the timing tower, to the open visibility of the pit area... "THIS PLACE IS PURE PARADISE!!" blurts Maria Conrad as she enthusiastically shakes her grass skirt and smiles ear to ear... "Look up there!!" squawks Peter The Parrot, as he points one of his colorful blue wings to a group of palm trees on the property, "There's some sweet female parrots perched up in them trees!!"... "Listen up," says a slightly irritated sounding Fred The Wrench," We ain't here for girl bird watching, Peter. We're here to put Sebastian and this dragster in the winner's circle."... "Awww, don't be such a wet blanket," squawks back Peter The Parrot, "I need a social life. Us male parrots don't live on crackers alone!"... "Alright, alright," interjects Larry Lamb, "Let's curtail the squabbling and get our pit spot so we can get focused on today's race."... "I had no idea there were so many dragsters here in Hawaii." says a seemingly stunned Maria, "It looks like we've got some stiff competition."... "Well," replies Larry Lamb, "I'm sure that most of the dragsters you see were imported in from the mainland. This is supposed to be Hawaii's largest fueler match race of the year."

 

Just then, a large, red-haired, rotund roughneck of a man wearing an oil-stained, tacky, Hawaiian shirt approaches our crew and says, "I've never seen you characters here before. I sure like the looks of your back-up broad. She's sure a sexy, sexy plaything."... It's apparent that Sebastian's getting perturbed by the stranger's lewd forwardness, but Fred The Wrench quickly clutches Sebastian's arm, keeping him restrained... "Ahem, allow me to introduce myself." the somewhat off-color, offending oaf says, "My name is 'Hawaiian Hal', I own and drive the ONLY dragster here that comes from this island, unlike all the other shipped-in interloping California cars."... "Just what do you want?" asks a restless Larry Lamb of the new acquaintance, "We've got work to do and have no time now for socializing."... "I'd like to challenge you all to a grudge race with a friendly wager thrown in for fun." replies Hawaiian Hal... Larry Lamb strongly suspects that Hal's an evil agent on assignment from the darkside, though Larry keeps his suspicions to himself, and inquisitively asks, "What kind of wager do you propose, Hal?"... "Well, if you beat me, I'll give you a big crate of our island's choicest macadamia nuts. However, if I beat you, I get a dance with your cutesy back-up chick at the big after-race luau."... Maria Conrad's face cringes... "I'm afraid THAT'S out of the question!!" says a steaming Sebastian Conrad... "Okay, okay," says Hawaiian Hal as he puts his greasy hands up in the air, "I was just trying to make things a little interesting. But even if you don't want to accept my wager, I'd still like to challenge you folks to a race."... "Where's your dragster??" asks Fred The Wrench... "It's over there." Hawaiian Hal replies as he points to an all black, flamed dragster pitted about 20 yards away-- it's a car that definitely appears to be a formidable and fierce piece of drag racing machinery... "You've got yourself a drag race, Hawaiian Hal!!" shouts out Sebastian with manic machismo in his voice... "Now hold on there, Sebastian." says Larry Lamb, "I'M the team leader, and I'M the one who makes these sort of decisions."... "Aw, come on, boss." pleads Sebastian, "Let me put this bloated blowhard on the trailer!!"... Larry Lamb briefly thinks it over, and against his better judgement, he acquiesces, "Okay, Hal. We'll accept your challenge."... Larry's almost certain that Hawaiian Hal is a covert ghoul working for the darkside, AND that this matchrace is bound to have creepy consequences no matter what the outcome... "PERFECT!!" replies Hawaiian Hal as he claps his hands and happily jigs his warbling body... "Oh, I just know I'm going to regret this." Larry Lamb mutters under his breath... "Whaddya say there, pal??" asks a drooling Hawaiian Hal... "Oh, nothing, nothing at all." replies Larry Lamb with a noticeable sigh of uncertainty...

 

 

 

 

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... Our crew have teleporting their way to Hawaii Raceway Park with their 'White Tornado' Top Fuel dragster. Maria believes she's dressed for back-up girl success in her custom grass-skirt and coconut-shell-top ensemble. This will be the first time she gets the opportunity to function as the crew's back-up girl. Not long after their arrival, they were approached by a questionable character who calls himself 'Hawaiian Hal'. And in a matter of minutes 'Hawaiian Hal' challenges our do-dooders to a grudge-match fuel dragster duel. Hal also proposes an interesting wager-- If Sebastian wins, Hal will give our team a crate of the island's choicest macadamia nuts-- And if Hal wins, he gets a dance with Maria at the track's big after-race luau. The wager's rejected, but as a result of Sebastian's pleading, Larry Lamb reluctantly acquiesces to 'Hawaiian Hal's' matchrace challenge. Larry strongly suspects that Hal is an evil agent from the darkside, though he keeps his suspicions to himself... Are Larry's strong  suspicions correct?? Despite the fact this is supposedly a Hawaiian paradise, will this trip be taking an ugly twist that will put our team in peril?!?... 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.


THE RETURN OF THE "SUPER CAMARO" FUNNY CAR!!...

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Those of you who possess a copy of Drag Racing Underground's FUNNY CAR REUNION RAW dvd are well aware of who Perry Wyatt Jr. is. He's the fine fellow and ultimate "drag racing superfan" who drove all the way from Michigan to attend the very first E'Town Funny Car Reunion, and he's the gent who openly shared with me on camera his unwavering love for the classic flopper genre. And Perry also shared the story of his late father's "SUPER CAMARO" Funny Car. Perry Shannon Wyatt Sr. (Perry Jr.'s dad) owned a transmission shop and was known around the "Motor City" region as one of the area's best hot rod tuners. Back in the day, the "SUPER CAMARO" was a staple and fan favorite at Detroit Dragway and surrounding strips... I am very happy to report that plans are now in the works for the return of the "SUPER CAMARO" Funny Car! Pirrone & Ellershaw Racing along with Al Liebmann will be campaigning a 1970 tribute version of the car as part of the newly created "Classical Nitro AA/FC" group. The "SUPER CAMARO" features a state of the art new nostalgia Funny Car chassis along with a period correct appearing fiberglass body, equipped with all the latest safety gear, making it legal to run at NHRA and IHRA sanctioned tracks. Bringing back the "SUPER CAMARO" moniker, which is such a well recognized and respected name in Midwestern Funny Car history is certainly something I'm looking forward to see. Perry Wyatt Jr. is a genuinely great guy, and I know that the power trio of Pirrone, Ellershaw and Liebmann will do a "super" job of creating a fitting tribute to the "Super Camaro", and to Perry's father's racing legacy... I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the "SUPER CAMARO" once again storm the drag strip!! Be sure to stay tuned here to this blog for updates on the project.



In today's blog installment I tell you about plans to bring the "SUPER CAMARO" Funny Car back to the drag strip. It's a tribute project for classic flopper fans to get genuinely excited about. I know that I'm pretty darn excited about it! This is good news!

SARGE, HAGAN, ENDERS, AND HINES CROWNED 2014 NHRA CHAMPS AT POMONA!!...

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There's no denying that the Auto Club Finals in Pomona featured plenty of NHRA Championship Drag Racing "edge of your seat" excitement... The biggest story of the event was Erica Enders-Stevens making history by becoming the first woman ever to win an NHRA Pro Stock championship, when she defeated way-too-close-for-comfort points rival Jason Line in the final round. Despite missing two national events this season, Erica and her team still managed to clinch the championship. I know I speak for many when I say just how proud the sport is of Erica for her awesome accomplishment. Erica's now in an elite group of women including Shirley Muldowney (Top Fuel) and Angelle Sampey (Pro Stock Motorcycle) who've won NHRA professional category championships. I received a text from Drag Racing Underground's teen psychic Zagar's mom, indicating that when Erica won the title, an elated Zagar jumped so high for joy on the family's TV room couch, that he put his head through one the room's lowered ceiling tiles! But don't worry, Zagar will be alright. He just needed a little ice... The Funny Car championship was also one fierce nail-biter of a slugfest. It was a showdown between John Force and Matt Hagan. Force was the proverbial "close but no cigar" contender when it was all said and done Sunday evening. Matt Hagan and his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger team won the 2014 title and defeated John Force in the final round. Congrats to Matt and his entire crew... The Top Fuel championship was all Tony Schumacher's even before Sunday's eliminations started. "The Sarge" was such a dominating threat this season. He and his team claimed their record 8th championship. Morgan Lucas won the day's "battle" by defeating "Shoe" in the T/F final and setting a track record with a sizzling 3.704, but it was Tony who won the season-long "war" by nabbing the championship... Pro Stock Motorcycle saw Andrew Hines crowned as 2014's top dog. And while I admit that I would have liked to see his Harley teammate Eddie Krawiec take the points championship (Eddie came in a strong 2nd in points), I'm still plenty happy for Hines. It was also kind of sweet to see Hector Arana Jr. win the event (Arana beat Krawiec in the final)... Congrats to ALL the teams who made the Auto Club Finals an emotionally accelerating drag race we won't soon forget!!...




Congrats to Matt Hagan and his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger crew on clinching the 2014 Funny Car championship at Pomona. And congrats are also in order for the teams of Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock), and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

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