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HALLELUJAH!! TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER IS BACK FOR THE NEW YEAR!!...

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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 Step out of the narrow-minded mist that encircles those who wear their stagnate skepticism like an outdated peach-colored leisure suit, and allow yourself the freedom to follow the adventures of drag racing's infinite and most indestructible spirit...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 to the future, to the distant year 3000... The superiors from the Heavenly Drag Racing Association (H.D.R.A.) assigned our do-gooders the crucial mission of saving Drag Racing from being wiped out of existence in the year 3000... A group of global zealots, and cockeyed politicians were headstrong on abolishing the sport of drag racing. Our crew were assigned to pose as consultants from a prestigious Cambridge based think-tank, materializing in the final minutes of a Washington D.C. conference, where a vote's to be taken by the world's superpowers, deciding the eternal fate of drag racing... The auditorium on the 200th floor of an opulent Washington D.C. government skyscraper, known as "The Grand Penthouse Conference Atrium", featured fountains spouting top-shelf tequila, priceless paintings on the walls, and exotic hostesses saddled on miniature ponies serving caviar. Leader Larry Lamb was unsuccessful in persuading the global bigwigs to spare drag racing from extinction during his brief time allotted to address them from the conference's gold-plated, pompous podium.

Then the conference's officiator rubbed his quadruple chin and blurted,  "Listen, pal-- My name's Druscula Fusscula-- I run the show 'round  here. Let's have a private meeting in my chambers, and discuss your, ahem, strong desire to sway our impending negative decision concerning the matter of drag racing's future."... Fusscula lead Larry Lamb to his chambers, where he made it quite apparent that a substantial bribe would be required in order to save drag racing from being abolished... Of course the idea of paying a bribe went against every fabric of Larry Lamb's upstanding moral and ethical character... HOWEVER, considering the dire consequences that drag racing would suffer if this matter did not get corrected, Larry immediately telepathically contacted the superiors of the Heavenly Drag Racing Association, and made it clear that he needed six trillion, eighteen zillion dollars in circa year 3000 international currency to bribe Druscula Fusscula... In the blink of an eye, a mammoth mountain of money materialized. Fusscula did a double take when his peepers saw the amount of money before him, "WHAT THE %$#!!!! LOOK AT ALL THIS DOUGH!!!!" he shouted "I THINK YOU GET THE RECORD FOR PRODUCING THE BIGGEST FREAKIN' MONEY BRIBE TO EVER COME MY WAY!!!!"... "Yes, it is." Larry Lamb replied, in a now stern tone "Now you go instruct your corrupt cronies out there to vote in favor of saving drag racing, AND you must give me your word that you'll use half of this bribe money to improve living conditions for all the working class and poor people who I have learned are now occupying countless, downtrodden shantytowns all across your many internationally held territories."... Fusscula, even with his extreme grotesque greed, realizes that there's more than enough money from the bribe to satisfy his lust for luxury, as well as enough to distribute among the world's impoverished and oppressed working class and poor, and he agrees to the terms... Yes, our Christmas edition of this story did indeed have a happy ending, despite the questionable ethics exercised by Larry Lamb when paying the bribe...

Now our crew are back home at their heavenly racing and living compound. It's New Year's Day, and as they're enjoying servings of  Maria's special recipe celestial tea (all except for Fred The Wrench who insists on coffee), they're trying their best to unwind and relax, after the emotionally rattling assignment they just completed to save the sport of drag racing from world extinction... "Wow!" says Maria as she pours Larry a second cup of tea, "I can't believe you had to produce such a huge bribe to get those creeps to do the right thing!!"... "Yes, dear me," Larry replies, "In all my years of service to the heavenly side of the drag racing afterlife, I never thought I'd acquiesce to paying a bribe, much less one of such an enormous amount, but the clock was ticking, time was running out, and I truly believe there was no other viable option."... "I agree, boss." concurs Sebastian, "And look at it this way, not only did you save drag racing from being wiped off the face of the earth, you also provided financial relief to scores of oppressed people who so desperately needed it!"... "I guess you're right." says Larry as he switches gears, and tries to pep-up the mood, "So, what's everybody's New Year's resolutions??"... "I'm going try to be a better help around here." squawks Peter The Parrot... "Uh, I thinks I'm gonna try building a period correct '64 aluminum hemi Plymouth stocker." blurts Fred The Wrench... "I'm going to spend more time sharpening my reaction skills on the electronic practice tree that I got for Christmas." Sebastian says... "I'm going to spend my spare time starting a garden on the patio deck, with plenty of honeysuckle and apple blossom flowers." chimes in Maria, "And what about you, boss?? she adds, "What's YOUR New Year's resolution, Larry??"... Larry Lamb pauses for a brief moment and then replies, "My New Years resolution is to thank my lucky stars each and every single day, for the pleasure and satisfaction I get from being the leader of such a terrific crew like all of you."... "That's SOOO sweet!!"... Maria says with a compassionate and endearing smile... Everyone then proceeds to stand up and give each other a warm group hug...

 

 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... Well, there's no denying that our previous episode of this serial series was the most controversial ever!! The backlash we received from some readers in regard to Larry Lamb paying a bribe to save drag racing was "off the charts" as they say!!  Yes, the bribe was an unprecedented event in the history of this morally & ethically correct paranormal drag racing series, but we do hope that more of you now realize the reasoning behind Larry's unexpected decision-- besides the bribe money saving drag racing, it also possibly saved the lives of countless working class and poor people in the year 3000... It's so comforting the way our group are able to spend New Year's Day unwinding back at home, and making their New Year's resolutions. Larry Lamb's resolution was most touching and emotionally serene... But for how long will this precious peace and tranquility last?!?! 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.


As we begin this New Year of 2017, I believe it's imperative that more folks make an effort to get out to the drags this year and show more support for the scene. I know there's some people who like to just sit behind their computer screen, and moan, complain and whine about how they don't see enough people in the grandstands when they see photos from the races-- However, those are usually the same people who only go to the drags once or twice a year at best... You get the picture?... Please try to get yourself and your family and friends to take more interest in experiencing drag racing live and in-person, as opposed to just waiting for others to post pictures of the races on the internet-- That's the only way this sport is going to survive into the future. If you're able-bodied, please get your body out to the drags more in 2017. Please pass this message on to those you know who are so-called "deadbeat drag racing fans"... Below is a photograph that Stephanie personally picked out, of northeastern nostalgia Funny Car pioneer Dave Sano's "Screamin' Insanity" 1970 Dodge Challenger alky flopper. This car is a definite fan favorite around the E'Town neighborhood... FYI-- as stated on this blog page over recent days, we will be lifting the temporary suspension of our popular TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series tomorrow. The paranormal themed drag racing afterlife adventure series will be on this page once again starting tomorrow morning. We believe the heated backlash from the highly controversial Christmas "bribe" episode has ran its course, and all the writers are now in unified agreement concerning the direction the series is to take over this New Year. And we sincerely apologize to all of you (especially those large number of readers who wrote in from South America) who were so emotionally distraught about the series not running last week.

 

 


Good news for this New Year-- After a brief temporary suspension from publication, our TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER series will be returning this Wednesday as normally scheduled. To celebrate, here's one of the rare, never-seen-before, very first preliminary renderings that was drawn to represent the series during its initial conception. Of course as many of our readers are aware, the series was temporarily suspended from publication due to the backlash that occurred, when leader Larry Lamb paid a substantial bribe to crooked international dignitary, Druscula Fusscula, in order to save the sport of drag racing from extinction in the year 3000. The backlash from readers who were extremely upset, with the less than ethical act of Larry Lamb paying a bribe, caused our staff writers (yours truly included), to engage in a rather heated conflict over the future nature of the series and its content... Fortunately, we've all recently come to a general mutual understanding, regarding the direction that the series is to embark on over this current New Year. Hence-- TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER will be back on this page come this Wednesday morning... Very good news to start your New Year!!...



A very rare, never-seen-before, preliminary rendering representing the serial series.


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BEST OF NEW YEAR'S WISHES TO ONE AND ALL...

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Well, it's finally here... 2017... I must admit that I'm stepping into this New Year thing a bit skeptical of our world's collective future. Seeing thousands of heavily armed police, garbage truck barricades, and multiple search and frisk checkpoints as part of the Time Square New Year's "celebration", does make one wonder if as a world community, if we're really moving forward, or if we're simply digressing into a far more depressing state of imbecilic war-torn international affairs... And I'm awful sorry to hear about our friends in Istanbul getting blown up last night... What the heck is going on?!?... But all that said, I do want to leave you with positive thoughts. At least I believe as a drag racing community, we're making strides towards a hopeful future for our beloved brand of straightline motorsport. I'd like to show my appreciation for all the hardworking race teams who helped make the 2016 season a whole lot of exciting competitive fun... And let's raise our glass, and make a New Year's toast, in optimistic hope that we'll be enjoying the drag racing scene just as much in this New Year of 2017... Thanks to all of my readers who have built and brought their cars out to the strip to give us a nifty show... And thanks to all my many readers who serve as the enthusiastic fans of drag racing... And in closing, for those of you who follow my music thing, and keep writing me, asking if the new Big Stick album will finally be released in 2017, the answer is a resounding YES!!... Please be good to each other in this New Year, and try to remember the things in life that are REALLY most important to attain true happiness and peace of mind... Be smart in 2017...

 

 


YOU'RE NOT INVINCIBLE... PLAY IT SMART ON NEW YEAR'S EVE...

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When having an editorial phone conference with my trusty assistant Stephanie, we were discussing the strategy options for today's "New Year's Eve" blog installment. We decided that it'd be best, and do the most service to everybody, if we used today's blog to stress the fact that playing it safe on New Year's Eve is the best approach for your overall health and welfare. Often on New Year's Eve, folks get a few drinks in 'em, and start getting the false feeling of being invincible, sort of like how we all perceive Robosaurus to be... HOWEVER, the truth is that as human beings, we are far from being invincible, and one careless drunken move, especially on the road, can result in horrific consequences. Please, don't be stupid this New Year's Eve. Play it smart. Don't overdo the celebrating, if you know what I mean... And also be aware and cautious of others on the roads who are driving sloppy drunk, do your best to avoid being a victim of their selfish carelessness... If you want to be here for the New Year, the wise thing to do is not play the fool on New Year's Eve... Celebrate with smarts and mature discretion... You'll be thanking me on New Year's Day morning...

 

 

 

 

 


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 thanking all our customers who ordered Drag Racing Underground dvds for Christmas and Hanukkah presents caused Bethany from Covina, CA  to say, "Giving your excellent Drag Racing Underground dvds for holiday presents is a no-brainer for me! You help cover almost half of the people I give to at Christmas!"... The temporary suspension of Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Our special Christmas edition of the saga caused an uproar among some, due to Larry Lamb straying from his usual high moral and ethical code, and paying a bribe to crooked international dignitary, Druscula Fusscula, to save the sport of drag racing from being abolished. Darlia from all the way in Carstenz, New Guinea said, "I believe that temporarily suspending the PHANTOM RACER series was a mistake. People need to get over themselves."-- Chester from Long Island, NY wrote, "Paying politicians bribes, no matter what the circumstances is wrong. I will no longer read your series even when it does return."-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "I hope your writers can come to an agreement concerning the future direction of the series. I'm going through withdraw from missing just one ******* episode!"-- Thanks to all of you Phantom Racer fans who wrote in this week... My blog encouraging people to be thankful for all the race teams who entertain us at the drag strip prompted Jerry from Eton, GA to say,  "Doc is right. Running a race car is a tiresome chore. Racers do deserve our appreciation."-- My blog featuring a Christmassy color pencil drawing I did when I as ten years old resulted in Melanie from Park Hill, OK writing, "Doc's Santa and reindeer drawing is the sweetest thing I've ever seen!"... My blog featuring DRU's most reluctant member, John Gill's, illustration from a deep-space parallel drag racing Christmas universe caused Carole from Jacksboro, TN to say, "The little kid in the firesuit cracked me and my husband up!"... Substitute Stephanie's season greetings blog, featuring a photo of her and yours truly wearing Santa hats sure received an ample number of responses. Louie from Clifton, NJ wrote, "I remember meeting Doc and Stephanie at Island Dragway. They were both laughing it up just like they are in the picture. I think they are both super cuties!"... 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.


BIG THANKS TO ALL OUR MANY LOYAL CUSTOMERS...

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I'm going to keep today's blog installment relatively simple today. I just want to thank all you folks who ordered Drag Racing Underground dvds for Christmas and Hanukkah gifts this holiday season. We genuinely appreciate you for doing so. I know how much some people love coming together with family and friends, and watching our dvds during this festive time of year. That gives me great joy to know that we're providing you with such entertaining and educational pleasure. Drag Racing Underground dvds are a permanent documentation of so many great drag racing genres and moments-- And I'm so darn glad that there's so many folks from all around the globe who wholeheartedly agree with that fact. Thanks again... You folks are the best...

 

 


Due to the extreme backlash from the controversial "Christmas bribe" episode of TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER, resulting in a heated dispute among the serial series' staff writers, regarding the direction the story is taking, we regret to report that the series has been temporarily suspended from this page. From the number of emails we've received concerning the special Christmas edition of our popular serial series, it appears that it did indeed stir up quite a dramatic backlash among some of you loyal and longtime readers, in reference to the team's crew leader, Larry Lamb, paying a substantial bribe in order to save the sport of drag racing from extinction in the year 3000... We certainly realize that Larry Lamb paying a bribe is without question a stark departure from his, and the rest of the crew's, usual beyond reproach, ultra-high standard of moral and ethical practices within the metaphysical drag racing paranormal universes, however, some of us here at Drag Racing Underground decided to editorially approve the concept of the bribe to help educationally illustrate, how even in the case of exceptional "do-gooders", there are indeed rare occasions, when a "bribe", or some sort of under-the-table "pay off" is the only option when the clock is ticking and a dire situation absolutely needs to be resolved in an expedient manner that's most beneficial to a society as a whole. We also believe the fact that half the money from the bribe was required to be spent helping the struggling working class and poor of the year 3000, does somewhat justify Larry Lamb's bribing of crooked international dignitary Druscula Fusscula. We encourage you, our readers, to continue emailing us your thoughts and opinions regarding this matter and the future direction of this serial series.  We always read and respect the input of our public. And we sincerely apologize for the story being put temporarily on hold. Hopefully TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER will be returning to this page sooner than later... Thanks...

 


BE THANKFUL FOR THE RACE TEAMS WHO ENTERTAIN US AT THE DRAG STRIP...

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Before I get to what I most intended to speak about today, I'd be remiss if I didn't write anything about the passing of George Michael. I recall John Gill and I being in the EMI Records offices in the UK during the 1980s, and hearing ramblings of how George Michael's publicity people were hiring scores of teenage girls, and putting them on buses to George Michael's house, to give the press the impression that he's got lots of screaming female fanatics seeking him out, or something downright super silly like that. And while I haven't always been that big a fan myself over the kind of material that George Michael usually recorded, I do believe that he had a rather incredible voice and possessed genuine talent. He was also known as being a very generous man to downtrodden and disadvantaged people who asked of his help. Rest in Peace George Michael... I also want to mention the fact that tomorrow's edition of TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER is presently in a state of flux, due to the continued backlash from the controversial "Christmas bribe" episode. Evidently the serial series' writers (yours truly included) are currently at confrontational odds with each other regarding the direction the popular metaphysical drag racing series has taken of late... Okay, on to what I originally intended to make today's blog about-- With Christmas and Hanukkah now upon us, I ask that during this holiday season, you please take a brief moment to be thankful for all the race teams who go through all the trouble to entertain us at our local drag strips. It's not always an easy task. Below we see a photo from a few years back, of the "Lill' Miss Behavior" 1971 Doge Demon nostalgia injected alcohol Funny Car in the E'Town pits. The car owned by Bob Sweatland, and driven by Bobbie Leigh Sweatland is a crowd favorite. It's teams like these who deserve recognition and our appreciation...

 

 


A DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS EXAMPLE OF A CHRISTMASSY DRAWING BY YOURS TRULY...

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I hope you had a pleasant Christmas day, and for all my Jewish friends, I hope you're enjoying Hanukkah. Below I posted sort of a Christmassy type drawing that I did many moons ago, when I was only ten years old. It was done using color pencils. Even at a young age, I admit that the "artist bug" took a strong hold of me, and I was very interested in creating ample amounts of artwork and music. Anyways, I hope you're dealing with this holiday season in a relatively positive manner, I certainly do understand that all the glitz and glamour is often accompanied by a form of seasonal stress. And I do hope that you're making an effort to reach out to those who may not be quite as fortunate at yourself, to spread some friendly holiday cheer. We're all in this together. I wish only the best for all my friends in the drag racing community. You're the best gosh darn friends that a gal could ever ask for...

 

 

Christmassy styled color pencil drawing by yours truly from when I was a little kid