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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...

Today we have the trusty Stephanie substituting for The Doc. At this time Doc is occupied with her Big Stick related recording responsibilities (as she will be increasingly frequently over the next few months). We believe Doc will hopefully be back on the clock for Thursday's blog installment... Of course on Wednesday (tomorrow), we will be running our regularly scheduled TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER popular metaphysical drag racing serial adventure series... Please enjoy Stephanie's Snapshot of the Day... This installment features a photograph of Doc from the early Big Stick image archives, from when they were engaged in the aggressive "SAVE A PET" media campaign. Big Stick have always been, and continue to be, strong advocates for animal safety and rights. Doc believes that animals rightfully deserve their dignity and the respect of humans, and those who purposely abuse animals are committing a sin that should have legal consequences. I know that I've posted other photos over the years of Doc with her various pets and dear animal friends. For this holiday season now upon us, Doc asks that we all make an effort to be kind to all nature's critters and show sincere care for their health and welfare concerns... Also keep in mind that you can download the entire Big Stick music catalog on iTunes, Spotify and most of the popular cyber music distribution outlets...

 

 

Substitute Stephanie's snapshot of the day features Doc from the Big Stick photo archives advocating animal care.


Today I want to address the touchy issue of wheelstanders (unique drag racing "exhibition" vehicles that run the length of the drag strip with the front wheels high up in the air)... It sure does seem like the number of racers who are building and campaigning wheelstanders these days is in sharp decline from previous years and decades. Look, I know that there's some curmudgeons of the drag racing community who believe that wheelstanders are just "kid stuff", and aren't "serious enough" of a race vehicle to warrant any type of significant care or concern-- And while I'll openly admit that for the most part, wheelstanders are a somewhat flippant form of drag racing "sports entertainment", they still remain an important part of keeping the much needed "thrill show" aspect of drag racing alive and well.  Despite all the harsh criticism I've heard over the years against the genre, truth be told, wheelstanders almost always prove to be a contributing factor to the success of a "thrill show" oriented drag racing event. And truth also be told, even when the most stubborn of curmudgeon lets his or her guard down, and throws their inhibitions to the wind, there's an "inner child" that lurks inside even their crusty, cranky psyche, that results in a slight and suppressed smile appearing on their weathered face when witnessing a quality wheelstander storm down the strip with its front wheels aimed at the heavens and a shower of sparks glistening in its wake... I do genuinely hope that we'll see the number of those individuals building and campaigning wheelstanders increase a bit over the next few seasons... I would sure hate to see this crowd-energizing genre of the drag racing sports entertainment world become extinct in the foreseeable future...

 

 

Richard Hutchins'  crowd pleasing "Chevy Rebellion" wheelstander at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.


The first issue I'd like to address today is expressing my care and concern for all the victims of the terrifying fires that recently tore through parts of Tennessee. As we witness the destruction that burned through the town of Gatlinburg, it's almost beyond comprehension. Our thoughts and prayers go out for the families of the deceased, and a wish of hope in finding those who are still reported to be missing... The other issue I'd like to address in today's blog is about drag racing. Below is a photograph of the "Chi-Town Hustler" Funny Car that I shot from the grandstands several years back, while taking a brief hiatus from my music tour duties to catch a day of racing at the NHRA Southern Nationals event at Atlanta Dragway. Those of us who are truly hardcore drag racing fans know gosh darn well that if you REALLY know your drag racing, you have at least some heartfelt appreciation for all the different eras of this colorful sport's lengthy history. When I see curmudgeon geezers on the internet saying that the only period of drag racing that matters was the 1960s, or when I see naive teens insisting that the only cars worth respecting are those that can cover the modern 1000 foot strip in less than 4 seconds, I believe that those blowhards who come from both extremes of the generational gap don't really have a clue as to what drag racing is REALLY about. Someone needs to sit them down and set 'em straight-- and teach 'em that there's aspects from all the various eras of the sport that are worthy of respect...

 

 


In light of the alleged road rage related murder of former New York Jets player Joe McKnight, who was just gunned down to death on the streets of Louisiana, we thought it would be appropriate, in respect to his life and legacy, to run our popular anti-road rage campaign in today's blog installment. Road Rage in America is resulting in far too many fatalities and must be addressed......

 

 

Today we're posting our current public service message campaign conceived by the concerned, creative and compassionate minds of Drag Racing Underground. We've received critical acclaim for our previous "Take a Date to the Drags" public service message campaign. This new campaign is designed to tackle a far more serious matter, a matter of life and death, an issue that must be addressed in order to save lives on America's busy highways and byways. We're talking about the growing problem of "ROAD RAGE"... Did you know that on average, there's only one shark attack fatality every two years? However, road rage is linked to well over 200 deaths and 13,000+ injuries per year! Please take a brief moment to absorb these startling statistics, and contemplate just how dangerous the issue of road rage has become in today's "automotive oriented culture". When "hot heads" get behind the wheel of a car, they're a genuine threat to the safety of you, your kids, and every member of your precious family. Please do a Google search of "road rage" and get yourself educated about it, then openly discuss the subject with all those you love-- educate them, advise them to not fall prey to this new "killer epidemic" ravaging our modern society. Now is definitely the time to address this unsettling matter with your beloved kin. Hopefully we'll all be able to work together to make a difference. Please do the right thing by sharing this blog with as many people possible. Let's be smart and do everything we possibly can to save lives!! It's high time to tackle this serious issue and the deranged danger it imposes on our civilized way of life.

 


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... We received several emails regarding yesterday's Substitute Stephanie's Snapshot of the Day, featuring yours truly, standing outside the historic Vintage Vinyl record store, at the book signing for Steven Blush's recently released NEW YORK ROCK book. Brenda from Wall Township, NJ wrote, "I was there too that day. Doc happily signed my copy of the book. I agree with everything that Steven Blush printed about Big Stick."--  Jasper from Coventry, England said, "Doc looks lovely in the photo at the record shoppe. She's an interesting musician and a doll of a drag racing dame."... Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Juan from all the way in El Torno, Bolivia said, "I believe the tales of the Phantom Racer are true. In the year 3000, our world leaders will want drag racing destroyed."-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "Larry Lamb better have something intelligent to say when he reaches the podium or drag racing is a dead duck."-- Thanks to all of you Phantom Racer fans who wrote in this week... My blog expressing thoughts and prayers for the victims of the Ohio State University terrorist attack resulted in many responses. Aaron from Worthington, OH said, "Thanks to Doc for showing concern for Ohio. My son was close to the attack and luckily didn't get hurt. What has our nation become?"-- Jeb from South Columbus, Ohio chimed in, "Everything Doc said is true. She is a woman with heart."...  My blog titled MY OBLIGATORY CYBER MONDAY MONOLOGUE prompted an enthusiastic Rachelle from Ann Arbor, MI to say, "I always buy your Drag Racing Underground dvds for loved ones at Christmas. With so many drag racers in my house, it's the obvious choice."... My blog recommending Camillo's restaurant in Sayreville, NJ caused Dionysus from Kearny, NJ to write, "I agree with Doc that eating their Mediterranean Salad will help you live a long life like Chris "The Greek" Karamesines. I am Greek too. When I dine at Camillo's I order the healthy salad for my whole family."-- Jennifer from Sayreville wrote in, "I live about 5 minutes away from Camillo's. I met Doc there when she was counseling us victims of Superstorm Sandy. Her review of the restaurant made me remember what a sweet soul she is."... Thanks to all of you who wrote in with comments. Even though there's no way we have room to print all your emails, we want you to know that all your comments and suggestions are taken into consideration... Keep those emails comin' (by using the "Contact Us" link atop the page), whether you agree or disagree with mine, or any of our substitute guest bloggers' opinions, we're genuinely interested in your feedback... We just ask that you please keep your emails short and to the point, no rambling please, and please also include where you're from, we often find the location of where folks are writing us from to be sort of interesting. If you want to remain anonymous you can do that too (just write that you want to remain anonymous in the body of your email, and we won't disclose your identity in the event we choose to make a reference to your particular opinion)... Thanks... 

 

 

It's "FEEDBACK FRIDAY" here at DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND. That means I print excerpts from some of the emails that you readers write in with. I always appreciate you folks who sit down at your keyboard and type me your thoughts and opinions.


Today we have the trusty Stephanie substituting for The Doc. At this time Doc is occupied with her Big Stick related recording responsibilities (as she will be increasingly frequently over the next few months). We believe Doc will hopefully be back on the clock for Saturday's or Sunday's blog installment... Of course on Friday (tomorrow), we will be running our regularly scheduled FEEDBACK FRIDAY feature, that includes brief edited blurbs from your emails regarding stories and opinions that have recently been expressed on this blog page... Please enjoy Stephanie's Snapshot of the Day... This installment features a photograph from Doc's appearance at music writer Steven Blush's signing of his new book NEW YORK ROCK, at the legendary Vintage Vinyl record store in Fords, New Jersey a few weeks back. As you may or may not recall, I previously posted a photograph from the book signing, featuring Doc standing beside author Steven Blush and rock photographer extraordinaire Frank White. For today's edition of my substitution blog, I've posted a pic from that same day, of Doc standing outside the historic music retailer's, with a copy of the NEW YORK ROCK book in hand. The book is a comprehensive guide to the New York rock scene and its history, and it's a smash success at book stores coast to coast. Of course Doc is happy that Big Stick received some positive recognition in the book, as well as her "Drag Racing" record hit, and there' even a mention of her favorite drag strip, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, within the book's many insightful pages. Please keep in mind that Big Stick will be releasing a brand new LP in 2017, featuring all new songs and some very special performances by celebrity guest friends/musicians. I want to thank Doc for giving me an autographed copy of the book for my home library. It sure is an enlightening read for music/rock aficionados. Also keep in mind that you can download the entire Big Stick music catalog on iTunes, Spotify and most other cyber music outlets.

 

 

Substitute Stephanie's snapshot of the day features Doc at Vintage Vinyl Records in New Jersey.


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 teleport themselves to the future, to the distant year of 3000, and to what many followers of this serial series believe is to be their most challenging and critical assignment yet... The superiors from the Heavenly Drag Racing Association (H.D.R.A.) have assigned them the crucial mission of saving Drag Racing from being completely wiped out of existence in the year 3000. Evidently, in the year 3000, a group of global environmental zealots, and cockeyed international politicians and dignitaries are headstrong on outlawing the sport of drag racing for good. Our crew are assigned to pose as esteemed consultants from an elite and prestigious Cambridge based think-tank, and are scheduled to drop in on the final minutes of a crucial conference in Washington D.C., where a vote will be taken by the world's top superpowers, deciding the fate of all drag racing for the rest of eternity. Our gang are to make an aggressive and persuasive argument at the conference, in favor of keeping the sport of drag racing alive. Our seasoned leader Larry Lamb, and Sebastian aka The Phantom Racer, and Fred The Wrench are all dressed-up in suit and tie (although Fred's rather reluctant in his switch from greasy overalls to formal threads), Maria is wearing a business-like woman's pantsuit ensemble, and Peter The Parrot is outfitted in tacky purple crushed velvet, reminiscent of a 'Vegas lounge Elvis impersonator jumpsuit, it's the same get-up he always wears to all the formal H.D.R.A. banquets...

 

All are assembled at the teleportation station, set to time-travel to the year 3000, hoping that they can be convincing, in their newly assigned roles as prestigious Cambridge based think-tank consultants... Larry Lamb blurts, "We don't have time to work out a strategy, it's down to the final minutes of the conference we're attending, we're just going to have to wing it."... "Uh, I dunno, boss" mutters Fred The Wrench as he fiddles and fumbles uncomfortably with his necktie and formal threads, "I-I-I ain't much good at pretending to be a big shot!!"... "YOU'LL PLAY THE PART OF A BIG SHOT, FRED, AND YOU'LL DO IT RIGHT!!" shouts a now firm-mannered Larry Lamb, "FOR THE SAKE OF DRAG RACING, WE CAN'T AFFORD TO SCREW THIS UP!! DO YOU ALL UNDERSTAND ME?!?  IF WE DON'T DO THIS RIGHT, THE SPORT OF DRAG RACING COULD DIE AN UNMERCIFUL AND UNCEREMONIOUS DEATH IN THE YEAR 3000!!!"... All are taken aback by Larry Lamb's drastic and desperate demeanor. They haven't seen their boss this downright serious about a mission in a long, long time!!!... "YES, BOSS!!!" the group shout in unison to their trusty leader... "Look," says Larry Lamb, "we all know that drag racing has often experienced uncertainty due to socioeconomic, political and environmental issues over the years, but the stuffed shirts who will be presiding over this meeting that we're going to, are indeed, the most threatening of adversaries the sport has ever encountered."... "We understand, boss." Sebastian replies... "Alright then." says Larry, "The place we're heading to is a 200 floor tall skyscraper located in Washington, D.C., circa the year 3000."... "There's going to be politicians there?" asks Maria... "Yes, lots of corrupt, selfish and self-serving pompous politicians from around the world, who want nothing more than to put the final kibosh on drag racing!!" replies Larry Lamb, "I'm going to commence teleportation!!... Larry then starts the tense countdown, "5 - 4 - 3 - 2- 1"... In a bright flash of magenta light, our crew fade from view at the teleportation station, and materialize in the future, at an ultra-posh, high security skyscraper located in Washington D.C....

 

They materialize in an unoccupied 3rd floor boardroom of the towering building. Larry receives a telepathic message from H.D.R.A. superiors, ordering that they immediately go to the "grand penthouse conference atrium" on the 200th floor. Our crew heads out to the elevator and travels up to their destination at warp speed. Mere seconds later they arrive on the 200th floor, the elevator doors open and they're amazed by what they see. It's a very gaudy decorated, spacious conference area that's as big as a football field, somewhat like what we'd expect to see in the United Nations building, although unlike the U.N., there's fountains spouting top-shelf tequila, and world-class precious, priceless paintings by the great masters fill practically every square inch of wall space... There's thick plush carpet, and exotic hostesses saddled on miniature ponies, serving caviar-laced hors d'oeuvres and fine beverages. Maria glances out a window and is aghast, "Look at that! For as far as the eye can see, way down there on the ground and towards the horizon, there's nothing but ragged shanty towns and poverty, while all these corrupt international leaders and dignitaries surround themselves with bloated, over-the-top opulence!!!"... "Pipe down, Maria." replies Larry Lamb, "Yes, this is all crassly criminal in our moral and ethical assessment, but we need to convince these spoiled slobs that we're just like them. We need to make our roles of pompous Cambridge based think-tank representatives believable."... "I feel like I'm gonna get sick, boss!" chimes in Fred The Wrench, "That elevator ride alone turned my stomach upside down."... "You'll do no such thing, Fred." mutters Larry in an authoritative tone, "Now suck it up, chum. Stand up straight with your nose up in the air, and project the image of an entitled blowhard. We've got to fit in among these loathsome leeches of our world's future hideous hierarchy."... "So what's the plan?" squawks Peter The Parrot... "I believe that I'll raise my hoof, and make a formal request to address the room from that podium over there." Larry replies "I'll see if I can talk some sense into these jerks."... Larry Lamb then proceeds to raise a hoof, getting the attention of a snide appearing dignitary who is officiating the conference... "The room recognizes that woolly looking fellow along the back wall. Do you wish to speak?" says the full-of-himself dignitary... "Yes, sir. I most certainly do." replies a now purposely snobbish sounding Larry Lamb as he trots his way up to the podium...

 

 

 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... We can all agree that this is possibly the most nail-biting adventure we've ever experienced in this critically-acclaimed serial series. Our crew, dressed in formal duds, have metaphysically teleported to an international leaders conference in the year 3000, where the fate of drag racing is to be absolutely decided. Can our gang successfully play the role of esteemed representatives from a prestigious Cambridge think-tank? Can they convince a board of corrupted politicians and compromised world dignitaries that the sport of drag racing SHOULD NOT be wiped permanently off the face of the planet?!?... Larry Lamb is about to have his opportunity to speak to the room and address the critical drag racing issue. What will he say?!?.. Will Larry be able to sway those in attendance to see things in a way beneficial to the future of drag racing?!? OR NOT?!? CAN DRAG RACING BE SAVED?!?!?...  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 2016 DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND.


I'd like to dedicate today's blog to showing care and concern for the victims and their families of yesterday's horrible terrorist attack at Ohio State University. In case you've been out of the news cycle for the last 24 hours, be advised that a student named Abdul Artan intentionally rammed his automobile into pedestrians, and then got out of his car, and went on to brutally slash people with a butcher knife.  A total of eleven students and faculty members were injured, one of them reportedly very severely. We live in an extremely mentally deficient, sick and unpredictable world. Folks need to get a grip and stop all this immature and ghoulish garbage. The world we are creating for our children is becoming a cesspool of creepy and corrupted convictions...

 

 


MY OBLIGATORY "CYBER MONDAY" MONOLOGUE...

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Well, today is so-called "Cyber Monday", and while I certainly don't have much affection at all for these sort of crafty and contrived seasonal marketing strategies, I guess I'm still somewhat required to inform you that we've got absolutely fabulous deals on our extensive catalog of Drag Racing Underground dvds...  And I'm also somewhat required to inform you that same dvds make for great so-called "stocking stuffers" for all the family and friends on your so-called "Christmas list" who are of the gearhead persuasion-- not to mention the fact that they also make spectacularly splendid gifts for yourself. And please be advised that it's smart to order them now or as soon as possible, so that you'll get 'em delivered in time for Christmas... Just click on the "VIDEO CATALOG" link up on the top center of this page and you'll be in for some enjoyable hassle-free Christmas shopping...

 

 

Yours truly displaying some Drag Racing Underground DVDs.


I'm happy to announce today that we're planning on bringing a new highly intellectual feature to this blog page called DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND'S INSTITUTE OF HIGHER LEARNING AND INTELLECTUAL ENLIGHTENMENT... This feature will provide some of my more advanced and esoteric observations and insight regarding this often complicated world of drag racing. Those who really know their drag racing will certainly appreciate me delving into the finer and more advanced technological advancements, marketing concepts, nuances and hardliner politics of the popular straightline motorsport. This upcoming feature will make for provocative and mentally stimulating reading. I'm definitely looking forward to it... It's something that you certainly won't find much anywhere else in the current drag racing cyber blog or print oriented media-- that's for gosh, darn sure... Hopefully I'll be disclosing more details regarding this exciting new feature in the coming weeks and months. Stay tuned...

 

 

Be stimulated by DRU's INSTITUTE OF HIGHER LEARNING AND INTELLECTUAL ENLIGHTENMENT feature.


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