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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...
Rick "Surf" Stambaugh passed away Fri, May 13. Rick was one of the few people involved with the current Nostalgia Funny Car scene/revival who actually participated in the "real thing" back in the 1970s. Up in the banner here on the Drag Racing Underground site, there's a couple of pics of the Stambaugh "New Generation" red Corvette-- We decided to include Rick's car in our main banner, not just 'cause it's a groovy lookin' ride, but because we genuinely like Rick a whole lot. I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Rick at ETown's Nostalgia Summernats/Funny Car Reunion. He was there with his "New Generation" 'Vette flopper. The car piloted by Rick's son, Matt, with daughter Robin crewing. Rick was a really nice guy, I know that, 'cause he was real nice to me. Rick was a gentleman. I sincerely hope that Rick's death isn't in vain among the Nostalgia Funny Car community-- I hope those currently involved with this scene who choose to represent it with little or no sense of respect and dignity will take a lesson from Rick, the way Rick acted and treated people-- If everyone in the scene carried themselves like Rick did, and represented this scene with the kind of class that he did, we'd be in a much better place. You can see my interview with Rick on our FUNNY CAR REUNION RAW dvd. I watched my interview with Rick this morning-- Yeah, we're lucky that Rick decided to be a part of the scene. Rick Stambaugh will definitely be remembered by lots of us. Our condolences to his family. R.I.P.

Yesterday I decided to take a much earned "vacation day" away from business. As far as the weather goes, it was one of the most ideal days in recent memory. Spent the day on the Jersey shore in Point Pleasant. The beach was beautiful and there were some pretty serious waves breaking-- The cool mist emanating from the breaking waves felt like a million bucks. Noticed a lot of girls sporting the "Snookie" look, kind of a fashion throwback in my opinion, but hey, to each his/her own. Had a nice lunch at Martell's Tiki Bar. Don't forget that there's two major events you should seriously consider for this weekend-- Mopars At E'Town Sat & Sun May 14 & 15-- And everybody's fave Mopar guy rocker, Johnny Kelly will be playin' drums with DANZIG at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ Sat Nite May 14-- Mopars and Rock 'n' Roll-- That's a hot combination, baby!-- Maybe I'll see ya there?

As some of you already know, not only am I a serious drag racing enthusiast, but I'm also a semi-serious gardening enthusiast as well. I made the trip to the massive Gasko's Nursery in Monroe, NJ, (located relatively close to E'Town Raceway Park) and I bought some veggies to plant in my "Victory Garden"-- This season my garden and I are celebrating the "victory" of finally seeing a prominent terrorist brought to justice. Of course I picked up several Rutgers Tomato plants-- Also some Bell Pepper plants, and a few Corn plants for good measure. I know there's a lot of you drag racing folks reading this who are also "closet gardeners". While we're gardening, we like getting the soil under our fingernails, just like we enjoy getting the occasional pieces of flying rubber off a pair of spinning slicks caught between our teeth on the starting line, ha ha... In closing today, on a more serious note, I just want y'all to know that I'm keeping you folks who are suffering from the swelling Mississippi River in my thoughts and prayers...

PERUSE OUR PHOTO GALLERY... CHAZ BONO AS LARRY MORGAN??

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Apologies to everyone who arrived at this blog page the other day only to find it down, thankfully my trusty cyber crew got it back up and running (WOW, the traffic to this page is going through the roof-- Thanks to YOU!)... I'm pretty psyched about this new & improved web site of ours. If you haven't clicked on the "Photo Gallery" yet, I suggest you do so. We've got a whole bunch of never released to the general public photos that you can now feast your peepers on! There's truly something for everyone-- Nitro Cars, Outlaw Doorslammers, Nostalgia stuff, My Personal Photos, etc-- Check it out. I'm glad that I was the only one on the drag racing internet capable of clearing up the false rumors that Chaz Bono will be playing the role of the late great "Jungle Jim" in a feature film. However, if a movie is being produced about legendary Pro Stock racer Larry Morgan, then possibly Chaz Bono would be the right man for the leading role. Today's a recording studio day for me-- Gotta get ready for that-- C-Ya-- Rock On 'n' All That...

MOMS & MOPARS... FOR BOTH WE'RE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL

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All you "Mopar Or No Car" folks take note that the MOPARS AT ETOWN & LX FORUMS MODERN MOPAR NATIONALS happens May 14 & 15. It's certainly one of the "Top 10" fave races for me. Although I'm known to surround myself with muscled-up Fords, I openly confess to also being a "Mopar Gal" at heart. Some of us recall how WILDGIRL of WFMU-FM fame was hardcore Mopar-- Driving her trick "Dart Swinger"- She even raced the car at this event. We'll have to see if our friend Johnny Kelly (of Type O Negative, Seventh Void, Danzig fame) will be comin' out. Johnny is touring with Danzig as I write this-- Danzig are scheduled for the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ Sat night May 14th-- Hmmm-- Maybe Johnny will be able to fit the Mopar event into his schedule somehow?-- Johnny recently played/recorded drums on our (Big Stick) "Hoochie Express" track-- He's one of the best naturally talented drummers I know. Johnny occasionally races his sweet '70 SuperBee at the E'Town Mopar event. (There's a pic of Johnny and the car in my Personal Photo Gallery here on the site) He drove the "Bee" to our recording session in South River, NJ-- Johnny loves his "Bee"-- So do I-- Props today to all Moms... And Mopar lovers too.

Here's some upcoming E'Town events that I strongly suggest adding to your calendar-- May 13 MOPARS AT E'TOWN, June 2-5 NHRA SUPERNATIONALS, June 12 AMERICAN MUSCLECAR MADNESS, June 18 SNAP-ON NIGHT OF THRILLS, July 20th PC RICHARDS & SON SUMMER MOTORSPORTS SPECTACULAR, July 24 NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS, Aug 17 MONSTER TRUCK MELTDOWN, Sept 17 US DIESEL TRUCKIN' NATIONALS, Oct 7-9 SHAKEDOWN AT E'TOWN... All these events are fun for the entire family. I'll be adding more E'Town event news here on my blog as time goes on... There's a lot of great stuff going on at E'Town this season that you don't want to miss! I also want to inform my loyal readers that the rumors that Chaz Bono will be playing the role of the late great "Jungle Jim" in a Lifetime made-for-TV movie are completely FALSE!!

GETTING FIRED-UP, BABY!

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I have to admit that I've been very busy of late... So busy that I haven't had time to update this blog of mine, but I'm gettin' fired-up and in the groove with it, uh, what I'm trying to say is that I'll be posting here with more frequency. Many of you folks have been askin' me to get with the updating, so I plan to deliver! I just bought an immaculate black, loaded 2000 Lincoln Continental with low miles-- Holy Cow! What a car!I love the chrome grill and all the chrome on the car. And its got horsepower too! A big 32 valve V8 with enough gusto to storm the parkway with style and speed! Luxury and plenty of torque-- A hot combination for sure! Before I sign off on this installment, I want to remind you that tickets are avail for E-Town's upcoming NHRA SuperNationals (June 2-5). Visit racewaypark.com or call 732-446-7800. I'll be there with bells on, babycakes!

Welcome to the new Drag Racing Underground!

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Hey Friends, as you can obviously see, we've created a new and greatly improved Drag Racing Underground web site. And we're very proud to bring you this brand spankin' new feature,"Doc's Blog"... We decided to ditch the old "forum", because to be quite frank, we're kinda busy with various different projects (some drag racing related, others not, you know, BIG STICK stuff), and we don't really have the time necessary to properly monitor a message board... But hey, I'll be giving y'all my keen observations and insight with this new "blog" format, as well as keeping you abreast of what's going on at my fave drag strip, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park... I want to take this opportunity to thank all you loyal DRU supporters, you are definitely my inspiration... It's gonna be good, I promise... I strongly advise that you keep this page bookmarked and visit regularly-- I'll certainly make it worth it for you!! (But hey, you already knew that)... Diana "The Doc" Thomas (Celebrity Drag Racing Authority & Visionary)...

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