"I know you're reading these, but I don't know what you think about what you're reading. So, speak up and let me know. Tell me about some experience that whatever I'm spouting off about reminds you of. Call me names. Whatever.

You know, it's a blog? So blog me."

No Global Rally-Cross at Thompson 

I was sort of hoping this series would return to Thompson Speedway in Connecticut, ten minutes from my house, in 2018, Kept checking their schedule and noticing July 9 & 10 as open dates without a track listed.

That was about when the 2017 edition happened at Thompson. Of course, there was not a big crowd there. This is New England. We take a racing series with a grain of salt.

But the dates now list Los Angelis as the venue.

Fret not, racefans. That will be when the Sports Car Club of America holds one of its "majors"  on Thompson's road course. That's more fun, anyway.

local authors expo 

Just a reminder that I'm at the Cumberland, RI Library this Saturday, February 17, as part of its Local Authors' Expo.

And it looks like I will have my latest, RING AROUND RACING, a collection of the best columns and features I've written over my decades covering motor racing n the Northeast, as well as my RED RACECAR books and GOODBYE AND OTHER STORIES, my award-winning short-story collection.

The library is at 1464 Diamond Hill Road in  Cumberland, and the expo runs from 1 to 4pm.

See you there?

SPRINT KART IN A SCRAP PILE 

A new project I've begun writing: 

SPRINT KART IN A SCRAP PILE will be the first in the new RED RACECAR SPEEDREADER Series, written for kids not quite ready for the middle-grade novels that make up the rest of the series but still wanting a racetrack-adventure. 

Tyler Means would love to race any kind of car he could get his hands on, but with his dad confined to a wheelchair and unable to work, his family is struggling just to pay the bills. Then Tyler finds an old race kart in a pile of scrap metal. The adventure comes as Tyler tries to turn the kart into a competitive racer again, even though he has little money and even less of an idea how to do it.

BIG PLANS for the BIG E 

Hello again. Not much to write about, as I continue to slog through the editing of RING AROUND RACING, my collection of my past work, and enjoy the holiday season.

My plans for the upcoming Automotive Swap & Sell at the Big E in Springfield, MA, January 20 and 21 have changed. Ric Marascal of the Pro Nyne Museum won't be joining me this year. Instead, I'm rounding up some great auto-related titles, not only from the museum's inventory, but from my friend Walt Scadden as well as one or two others. My site will be an auto-related bookstore which also will feature some other interesting titles from these authors. And, of course, THE RED RACECAR series of middle-grade novels for future racers.

Look me up.

RING AROUND RACING 

A shout out: I should let you know that a collection of my best, most popular newspaper-columns, magazine-columns and features currently is in production and should be released shortly. They'll be plenty to read about my favorite races and racers plus some of the stuff that's always bugged me. It'll give you some insight into the characters and racetracks that provided inspiration for THE RED RACECAR series of racing adventures.

F1 - Racing? 

So these days, if I want to see some hard-nose, wheel-to-wheel racing, I turn on --  Formula 1?

When did this happen? Now NASCAR gives you the parades, while F1 gives you flying car parts and guys playing chicken into 100-mph corners. This always supposedly was about the cars, the road-racing snobs would tell us. But did you see the F1 circus in Mexico? Snobs need not apply.

Somebody invite Tony Stewart.

T.C. 

Was shocked by the news of Teddy Christopher's death in a plane crash September 15 on his way to race at Riverhead Speedway in New York.

I'd just seen Teddy drive a modified to his 99th feature-win at Thompson Speedway September 10. I also saw him crash out of the next mod race that day as he made his typical charge through the field. It all was classic T.C. He never settled for lousy situations. He was always trying to make steak out of the hamburg handed to him by fate.

In the modern world of happy-talk from everyone no matter what happens, Ted Christopher was honest - and candid - to a fault. I got a kick out of how some in the national media have noted his ride in a Busch car owned my Michael Waltrip as a highpoint in his career, a note likely made due to Waltrip's own celebrity. Well, Ted, for one, was not impressed.

"His cars are junk," he once told me, discussing why he hadn't made more starts in NASCAR's triple-A series.

I bet right now he's knocking on the rear bumper of the guy in front of him as they approach the pearly gates. Wonder if they'll let him in. Heaven help them if they don't.

Curious 

I saw something I've never seen before during Thompson Speedway's oval-track event September 10.

It's not unusual to see a racecar join the tail end of a different division's lineup and run a lap or two to shake out the car while that different division gets ready to race. Always, though, the odd car, trailing the field by half a lap, gets off the track before the green flag flies, or at least as soon as possible afterwards.

At Thompson I saw two instances where the oddball car just kept lapping by itself long after the race on the track had started.

That was bad enough for the modffied that tailed the limited-sportsman race. Hey -- it was a mod, and they always get star treatment -- as well they might.

But later a mini stock did the same thing at the start of the lite-modified race. And stayed out there. And stayed out there and stayed out there. In fact, the field of mods closed on the mini quickly and overtook it racing into turn-three as the mini looked to escape into Thompson's infield pit-row.

Is this something new? What if the oddball car stalled out, or slid into the wall, ripping water or oil lines or spreading debris in the path of an actual race? I'd think there would be a better way.  

Autumn in New England 

Yeah, summer's over, but I'm not done with summer-stuff yet! This weekend, September 9 and 10, provides some options along that line.

I'm still trying to decide whether to hit this year's Rice-O-Rama, that extravaganza of a Japanese-bike show/swap meet/convention that happens in central Mass., every fall, or take in the stock-car racing at Thompson Speedway, their cheapest ticket of the year. A motorcycle trials-competition in Exeter, RI, gets ruled out, I guess.

There still is more to happen at Thompson, which lies in Connecticut's gorgeous northeastern region. I'm planning to be there for the last road-racing show of the year October 5 to 8. And of course, you don't really need a destination over the next few weeks. It's great "summer stuff"  just to ride my motorcycle through the autumn foliage that's supposed to be at its most breathtaking this year.

The Bud 150 is on! 

It's a beautiful day today, and it'll be a beautiful night for racing, as the Bud 150 goes green at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park tonight.

I'm packed up and ready to be selling and signing my Red Racecar books on the midway. Look for me outside the grandstands that front turn-one on Thompson's 5/8-mile oval. Just look to the right as you enter until you see red. That'll be me.