"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."

RACING JUNK IS RELEASED! 

Just a note to announce the release of my latest RED RACECAR book and my first RED RACECAR SPEED READER: RACING JUNK.

The new SPEED READERS are targeted at less-experienced readers, but they're also great stories that more experienced readers can knock off in a couple of sittings while enjoying the adventure as much as the other RED RACECAR books. RACING JUNK follows a young race-fan as he digs an old racing kart out of a pile of scrap metal and tries to turn it into a competitive racer. Readers will learn about setting up any racecar as well as skills needed to rebuild, repaint and otherwise make their dreams come true.

 

Two in a Day? 

Yeah, after months of nothing...

But I just found out that the Foxwoods casino-resort (or whatever it is) is adding a "multi-level kart track" to its attractions. Finally, a reason to go to Foxwoods.

Usually, karts for hire are a disappointment, although things have gotten better. Of course, we'll need to see what "multi-level" means. It could be some gimmicky trick to make a kart track an amusement-park ride -- like an elevator, or a hall of mirrors.

I've had fun at a variety of kart-concessions, but in my experience there's only one where what you do could actually be considered racing. That's F-1 Boston in Braintree, Mass. If "multi-level"means elevation-changes on a real and challenging road circuit, I'll be there. And nowhere nears the tables or slots.

Spring is here! 

Yeah, I know. It's summer. I spent the Memorial Day weekend mowing grass, putting in screens on our porch, dragging out and cleaning the grille; you know, stuff you do in April.

Maybe that's why I haven't even made a race yet. I've also been finishing up the first of my new RED RACECAR "SPEED READER" books, RACING JUNK, the story of a kid who tries to rebuild a kart he pulls from a pile of metal-scrap, hoping he can race it.

The SPEED READER series is for younger readers, kids still mastering the art, and any racefan who wants a quick and entertaining read. We hope to have RACING JUNK out by the time I hit Seekonk Speedway for Open Wheel Wednesday June 27. Check and see. After all, it's midgets racing at Seekonk. I mean, c'mon!

A new post from THE WORST BLOGGER EVER!!! 

Yeah, but what has there been to write about? It's April, the Icebreaker already happened at Connecticut's Thompson Speedway ("Motorsports Park"), and they actually had to -- break ice!

But the racing season has come to New England whether it's ready or not. And I'm making plans to hit at least the tracks in my neck of the woods to sell THE RED RACECAR books. Right now I plan to return to Seekonk Speedway, likely for its Open Wheel Wednesday show in June. Unofficial visits always are on the agenda. After all, I'm a still a fan, and Seekonk still is special..

Thompson's summer midweek show in August is a planned destination as well. I'm at Thompson for all sorts of events, oval track racing on its 5/8-mile oval, road racing by cars and bikes, and a couple of neat vintage shows. I hope to ride one of my vintage Yamahas to the motorcycle event in June. I'll throw some books in my bags, if you see me.

I'd also like to return to Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut. I don't care about the guy who owns it. Plenty of fine people put on a pretty fine race show there -- have for decades. I'd like to return for its own open-wheel show. I'm partial to open-wheel racing. Fenders are for Hyundais.

I'd love to get up to New Hampshire this year -- and maybe Vermont as well. Bear Ridge in Vermont would be perfect. The cover of The Red Racecar was modeled after a photo of me from Bear Ridge (Check the "Stuff to Look At" page). As for New Hampshire, I sure would like to visit Star Speedway again -- maybe for the Star Classic.

This July, in a first, I plan to set up at "The Wick," the motocross track in Southwick, Mass. It's another track where I've raced, although the term "raced" is a generous description. I barely survived. Motocross is hard!

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.