"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."

Booklovers show at Cumberland, RI libary 

They say it's "...a venue for local authors to gain exposure, sell books and build relationships with their audience." The expo also is at a pretty cool place. The Cumberland library is located in an old monastery. The ghosts of long-dead monks cast unseen shadows on the walls. So come say hi, talk some racing, build a relationship with me and meet some other authors with great stories to share. And maybe catch a glimpse of a long-gone past

GO FAST. BE SMART! 

I've been working away on GO FAST. BE SMART!  the latest of my RED RACECAR SPEED READERS.

It follows Tyler Means, the hero of my first two SPEED READERSRACING JUNK and TURN RIGHT TO GO LEFT. In RACING JUNK, Tyler starts out patching a racing kart together out of a frame he finds in a pile of scrap metal. He then proves his skills and talent not only racing on road courses but, in TURN RIGHT TO GO LEFT,  on a dirt oval he'd never even thought about.  

GO FAST. BE SMART! will give him a chance to race a "real racecar," a dirt midget like the ones he loves to watch on TV. He'll actually meet some of the midget hotshoes that my original young-adult novel, THE RED RACECAR. introduced to more experienced readers. So, a reader can finish all three SPEED READERS and then move up to the RED RACECAR books.

By then they can go racing!

I won't be making it to the Swap N' Sell 

Due to the forecasts of nasty weather, I've decided I can't make it to the Automotive Swap N' Sell at the Big E in West Springfield, MA., this weekend.

I always enjoy this show and get some books in the hands of a few kids, but I also travel from home each day. Sunday looks like a mess, especially exactly where I'd need to travel.

My apologies. If you did intend to look me up to get a book, be aware that SHIPPING IS NOW FREE ON ALL ORDERS PLACED THROUGH THIS WEBSITE.

No need for you to chance the trip this weekend, either.

FREE! FREE! FREE! 

As of the beginning of 2019, all orders placed on theredracecar.com will offer FREE SHIPPING!

We've got new books listed, too, including the first two RED RACECAR "SPEED READERS" for newer readers. Check 'em out..

The Rhode Island Authors' Expo  

It's that time again. The Rhode Island Authors' Expo finally is here. It happens at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston, this Saturday, December 1, from 10am until 5pm. 

Of course, I'm there to sign and sell books. I also like getting together with other writers to see how everyone's doing. And the selection of books is impressive, with quality in almost every popular genre. 

The list would have been more impressive if my latest RED RACECAR SPEED READER, TURN RIGHT TO GO LEFT, was available for sale. Unfortunately, it remains in production, so I'll have to debut it at January's Automotive Swap & Sell at the Big E in West Springfield, Mass.

No to the Exeter Fall Festival 

It turns out that I will not be able to participate in this year's Exeter Fall Festival, October 13. My apologies to anyone hoping to see me there. My next appreance is with ARIA's Authors' Expo, December 1 at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston, RI.

See "Where is Thom" for details. Just ignore the previous listing.

ROVALS???????? 

I don't make it a habit of watching Monster Energy Cup races. Now even NASCAR and the tracks are admitting that more and more racefans are breaking the habit themselves. So they keep looking for innovative ways to create more exciting racing - or sometimes, any racing at all. Like stages, you know?

Had you ever heard of a roval? I guess Charlotte introduced this hybrid between road course and oval to bring all the excitement of road racing to stock cars. But most stock car fans I know consider road racing boring, so I don't know what Charlotte was thinking.

I thought Charlotte already had a road-course loop. Many ovals have some sort of road-course as part of its whole operation. NHMS, a mile, combines pieces of its oval with a road course extending outside of it. Superspeedways like Daytona routinely are built with road-course sections in the infield. The track's 24-hour road race is an important part of its Speedweeks racing extravaganza.  Indeed, Thompson in Connecticut is busy every weekend with some sort of road racing event now that it rejuvenated its road-course.

But I've said it before, and I'll (need to) say it again. You want better racing? How about better cars? Fans don't need to believe (falsely) that NASCAR drivers are racing cars like the ones in the parking lot. And how about shorter races? Admit it, NASCAR. You lengthened races to sell more ads. No, a 200-mile race, and 300 on superspeedways, will make the racing better, not worse. Sure, there'll be fewer ads, but maybe more fans will see them.

Thompson's Summer mid-week special... 

...is Wednesday evening, otherwise known as August 8.  I'm there with books to sign, including my new chapter-book, RACING JUNK, and RING AROUND RACING, a collection of my favorite and most newsworthy newspaper columns, magazine feature-stories and other odds and ends I wrote covering motorsports at very level. Plus the books of the RED RACECAR series, of course. I'll be set up behind the front-straight grandstands, continually trying to sneak a peek at the action on the track.

Check it out. It's modifieds and midgets and -- oh my! Rain date is Thursday evening, but let's not think about that.

TURN RIGHT TO GO LEFT 

A heads up that I've started work on my next RED RACECAR SPEED READER novel "TURN RIGHT TO GO LEFT." It continues the adventures of Tyler Means, our hero in RACING JUNK. He already has proven he can drive at the two road courses in his area, but now he'll get a chance to try his hand at dirttrack racing.

Of course, he will. After all, if you're not sliding, you're not driving.

Keep you eyes peeled for its release, hopefully some time before the end of the year.

Open Wheel - THURSDAY 

Was set up with the RED RACECAR books for Seekonk Speedway's Open Wheel Wednesday. Sold some books, met some fans, and also renewed acquaintances with a few vets of racing still plying their trade, either behind the wheel, behind the camera, or behind the pen.

After too many Saturday night rainouts already this season. it was great that Seekonk got MOST of its show done -- before the rains came once again, postponing the final laps of the 10-grand-to-win open modified race.

I've bored enough of you gushing about midgets at Seekonk Speedway, but the mods are just as good. I really would love to see Seekonk create a division for modifieds for their weekly show. They already have three lookalike divisions in the pro stocks, late models and sportsmen. Why not something at least somewhat different?

And one addition to Open Wheel Wednesday I'd love to see? ISMA's supers, the wildest racecars running without fenders.

But wait, I've bored enough of you over those two subjects as well.

The mods return to finish their feature Tuesday, July 3. Your ticket's still good, and if you weren't there for the green, Seekonk will offer discounted tickets so you can be there for the checkered.