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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.

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!