What's New at The Drag Racing List
June 26, 1999 -- Things are coming together. Got to run
right now. The Superchargers Showdown is going on at MIR tonight (come on down, if you are in the
area!) Just wanted to take a minute to say CHECK OUT OUR NEW Draglist
LINKS page. I think you will love it! Don't forget to read about Australia
right below! See ya! bp/drl
June 23, 1999 -- Hi folks! Australia was FANTASTIC!!!
Despite a week of trying desperately to put my computer back together and catch up on the
day job, I'm gathering notes on my trip down under to the Aussie Winternationals. I am
going to do a HUGE multi-part story on it, but I thought I'd share a few first impressions
with you... Thanks to Larry Clayton for getting me started on writing this!
To begin, however, let me say that while I was gone I had my computer in for an upgrade to
a 450 MHz Pentium with 16MB on a screaming graphics board and 10 more GB on the hard
drive. Great, right? Wrong, nitro breath!
Instead of inserting the new 10GB hard drive and copying all the stuff from my previous 4GB hard drive to it, I found the 4GB drive IN THE BOX (kind of
like a used auto part, to let you know they actually changed it...)
I'm like, what am I going to do with a BLANK hard drive? I have months and months of work
on the other one! I got them to reinsert it at the store, but I am left with having to
copy everything over again. No big deal, except my email is totally screwed. When they
installed the new Windows 98 on the machine, it created an entirely new instance of
Outlook Express on the new drive. Now I can't seem to be able to get my old messages and
folders (containing TONS of valuable emails, many I haven't responded to) to be recognized
by the new instance. I have tried copying it over the new folders, I've tried deinstalling
Outlook Express and reinstalling it over the old folders -- the works! No joy yet. I think
I will actually have to get on the phone to Microsoft on that one. Any
ANYWAY, the reason I'm telling you all this is because I haven't looked at my email in
detail until last night. I also haven't been able to send out THANK YOU
emails to all my Australian friends because I can't find their addresses! I finally said
SCREW IT and downloaded everything on my server into the new Outlook Express instance,
because my server was jammed and couldn't accept any new messages! I will have to figure
out later how to integrate the old messages with the new, if it's at all possible. (I had
wanted to get the old messages back first, so that the new ones would flow into them...)
Oh well. Anyway, Australia was an absolute blast! The people
were super nice everywhere I went. I met dozens of online and snail mail friends and I met
about 80 percent of the Pro Racers in Australia (which isn't too hard, considering their
numbers). By the time I left, I had the draglist.com decal on the side of
about 40 pro cars -- I only missed a few. While I'm at it, let me talk about this a
My Aussie friends are the first wave of our new
TEAM Draglist concept, where pro,
semipro, and exhibition racers can get a free, one page website off the draglist.com
site in exchange for running our decals. Small potatoes for a
"sponsorship" now, but we will do more in the future as advertising revenues
support it. After creating the websites, I will submit each to over 450
search engines. You and your car WILL be found on the net! TEAM
Draglist membership is open
to ALL racers currently racing in the standard Draglist.com classes. Send me an email immediately and let's get
In the email, include a scanned photo of your car,
a scanned photo of you and/or your family or team if you have one, some details on your
car, and any desired links to your own website or to your sponsors. Also, tell me the
address where to send the decals! Of course, you can send the photos to my mailing
address, too, but this is important: I expect to do hundreds of these
individual web pages. Most of you know my schedule now -- TIGHT. In order
for this to work, I need to cut down as much as possible on typing! Put all the info you can into your email. I
certainly will welcome stuff that arrives by snail mail, but guess whose pages will be
done first? I have about 40 of the top professional racers in Australia to do, then I'm
ready for YOU! Let's get rolling! Now back
to the story...
I met dozens of new Aussie friends, who welcomed me to their country and into the Aussie
Drag scene with open arms. There is NO WAY I will try to list them tonight. I certainly
will miss several important people. I am going to tell you about some of the great people
down there, but that's coming when I can gather all my notes and don't have to go off the
top of my head after midnight on a work night! One thing that impressed me was that the
racers all knew each other (in part, I guess, due to their fewer numbers). At Victor
Bray's pit, which was one of the top hangout spots, everyone from comp dragster
drivers to top fuel guys to pro gas guys to top bike guys came to hang out and bench race.
The fuel cars got the biggest crowds as far as the fans went, but the racers all kind of
treated each other the same.
It seems I met a few hundred people who had heard of us and or the website (or the old
Draglist.com booklet). It was great. People that I didn't expect to know who I was,
did. At one point, I pulled TF multi-time champ Jim Read, Top Alcohol
7-time champ Gary Phillips (also former driver of the Captain Crazy FC up
here), and of course 4-time Top Doorslammer champ Victor Bray together
and got a photo with them. I think I had about 18 years of Australian champions in that
one shot with me! I got to do some color announcing during the pro rounds, and Rob
Oberg and the Willowbank TV crew (yes, Willowbank has its OWN TV studio!)
shot a one-minute TV spot on draglist.com, including shots of the front
page and a 30-second interview with me. This and the entire Winternationals will show
nationally in Australia throughout the month of July. (Will I order a video copy? OH
YEAH!!!) Have I died and gone to heaven? Well, it's not over YET!
Victor Bray was cool as hell. The guy pays my way down there, puts me up
in a hotel, gets me a rental car (I didn't crash once, despite driving on the wrong side
of the road a few times for Victor's entertainment!), and introduces me to nearly everyone
in Australia. THEN, he takes about the last third of his acceptance
speech for winning the 1998/1999 Aussie Top Doorslammer crown to THANK ME
for coming down to watch him race! Unbelievable! THEN, when we get back to his pits
(at which we and a constantly changing 20 or so people drank and bench raced until the sun
came up at 6 AM), he tells me, "Marie and I have talked about it, and we want you to
take the trophy back to the states." The freaking ANDRA
Australian National Championship trophy he just won!!! I told him, NO WAY,
that's TOO much. He said, "Naw, I have four of them. I want this one to go with
you." Of course, it's still HIS and I have to give it up whenever he says, but DAMN!
It's sitting on my fireplace mantel right now. It's a hefty 17 inch tall Christmas tree.
Can you imagine the attention I got at every x-ray machine on the way back? "Uh, sir,
we have to see that thing in your bag..." It must have looked like a huge pipe bomb.
Needless to say, I still in awe of the amazing level of hospitality,
generosity, and friendship bestowed upon me by everyone I met, but especially by
Victor and Marie Bray.
After our night of partying, Victor and Marie dropped me at the hotel
for a few hours (we had given the rental car to his daughter Billi-Jo and
her friend Amy the night before to remove any reason not to drink like
mad). I grabbed a few hours of sleep (an hour at a time, as they were renovating the damn
hotel -- just what WAS the purpose of constantly banging on the pipe?) Anyway, Billi-Jo
and Amy picked me up at noon and we were off to the strip. Two kids had won a
Castrol-sponsored contest were they got strapped in with Victor in the "display"
'57 Chevy (detuned with only about 60 percent blower drive) and got to do some burnouts
and a doughnut or two. I got photos and stuff to do a story on it.
Then Victor says, "You going?" "Hell, YES!"
I got in and he gave it all it had on the return road of the strip. The Castrol '57 kicked
butt, even though it was the "detuned" version. Victor figured it still pushed
nearly 2000 horsepower. It was an absolute blast! Several patented Victor Bray burnouts
filled the interior with acrid tire smoke. I was chewing gum and grinning like a baboon
the whole time! All I kept thinking about was D.A. Santucci, who swallowed some gum and
had to be revived while winning Top Gas at the 1969 Indy Nationals. (No doubt D.A. is
tired of hearing THAT story by now). I somehow made it through all the hard launches
without "eating the Wrigleys," however, and I got to check another lifetime goal
off my list.
Shortly after, I hit the road for Brisbane, where I spent the evening
with yet another new friend, Aussie photojournalist Lex Swayn, his wife Jenny,
and their wonderful family. After a relaxing evening of dinner and conversation (and
clowning around with 5 year old Brett), I grabbed 40 winks and started
the long journey home the next morning.
I have LOTS more to tell, and this has been just a tiny
piece of it. Look for a lot more from my outstanding trip DAN UNDA soon! Let me say it to
Victor, Marie, Dennis Syrmis, and John Winterburn one
more time. Thank you. THANK you. THANK YOU!!!
June 8, 1999 -- Hi everyone! Just a few more hours
before I board a plane to go DOWN UNDER for the ANDRA Konica
Winternationals! I am scrambling to get a few things done. I have
the new links page almost ready, but I ran out of time last night. You CAN click to it
from our Draglist Links page and suggest a new link! Try it, and I
will finish it on the 16th. There are new stories at Danny's
Corner, too. We ALSO have ten new winners in our 'T-Shirts for Info' Deal! Congrats
and thanks to Leo Sullivan, Bob Goetz, Mike Fuqua, Joe Arena, Bill
Walls, Dave Huber, Wayne King, Frank Jonkman, Joey Moore (Mr. 3.98 ET in a PRO MOD!),
and Doug Dornbos. These guys will receive a 1320
Gear Hot Rod T-Shirt of their choice! We ALSO have seven great new cartoons by the master of Hot Rod funnies --
Millar! AND, the new WWW.DRAGLIST.COM decals
are DONE! They look great! Racers in any Draglist class -- here is our "sponsorship"
deal: if you run our decals, we will provide you with a single-page website featuring
photos of your car and you and providing details on your racing team and sponsors. We will
promote the site to over 450 search engines! You and your sponsor WILL have an internet presence! Racers with existing
websites -- here's an way to get more traffic to your CURRENT site -- we will link to IT!
Interested? Send me an EMAIL! I get back on
June 16th. We'll talk then! G'day, mates! bp/drl
1999 Konica Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway, here I come!
May 25, 1999 -- Yes, it's after midnight again.
Yesterday morning I got to bed at 5:15am and woke up at 6:15am to go to work, only to sit
in three hours of the worst rush hour traffic Washington, DC, has seen in a few years! My
clutch leg is still a little wobbly... I was all ready for an early beddy-bye, when Pete
Millar sent me an email hinting something to the effect of, "Hey, you weak
SOB, didn't you ask me for and receive a Pete Millar comic strip to put on your site way
back in DECEMBER 1998?" Well, Pete didn't put it that way, but he
should have. Indeed, way back in December I asked him if I could use some of his great
cartoons in a special section of Draglist.com. He graciously agreed and
sent me the cartoon you can find at our new Cartoons
page. Well, there is nothing like getting a little hint from a guy who is perhaps the
greatest drag racing cartoonist ever to get you off your BUTT! So I did, and in ten
minutes, our new Pete Millar tribute page was born! Pete has offered to allow me to rotate
cartoons on the page. I will put up a new one as often as I can, but it will DEFINITELY be
more often than five months each time!!! bp/drl
May 24, 1999 -- I love computers! It's 4:08 AM and I'm
due to get up for work in two hours. I just finished writing three paragraphs on how Danny
White has finally reentered the data we lost when his computer melted down, only
to have MY computer lock up on me and lose it all! This sucker's going in
for an upgrade while I'm away in June... Suffice to say that we are up to date on all the
lists from a national event perspective. We still have a month of emails that we need to
enter, but those are getting knocked out as quickly as we can.
We have added dozens of new events to our Match
Race Event Calendar and we have a cool new story at Danny's
Corner. There are lots of other new little touches to the site (that I just wrote you
about but now are lost to cyberspace). I regret that I can't continue telling you about
them right now. Got to grab two hours of sleep while this thing uploads to the site. You
can find them by browsing around, though. You'll be able to see the pages with updated
dates. One page that doesn't feature an update yet is our LINKS
page. I just have not been able to pull together the four to six hours it takes to do
them. I HAVE found a neat new solution that will bring many neat new features to our
links. I just told you about it , but...
I have to do as much as I can before June 8th because I am HEADING DOWN UNDER! John Winterburn of
Travelaire Tours sent me a terrific package containing plane tickets, rental car
and hotel reservations, and more! What a great job he did. If you or anyone you know are
going to Australia, John is the man to see! Of course, my dear friends Victor Bray
and Dennis Syrmis are sponsoring my trip down. Victor is popping
for the travel tab and Dennis has me all set up at the track. I can't wait to meet all the
terrific Ozzie friends I have spoken with online for so long!
That's enough! It's 4:35 AM! Time for some shuteye! bp/drl
May 14, 1999 -- Checking in quickly here. Danny has
re-entered ALL the national event data from Pomona to Dallas (and Darlington, too!) We
will upload it to the web this weekend if all goes well. We are still catching up on two
and a half months of email updates that were lost when his computer crashed. Hang in there
with us, folks!
I am looking for people who want to make serious part time money that
can turn into huge full time money. Read all about it at www.draglist.com/bilden.htm.
Advertisers -- check out our new advertising rates page
Check out the brand new nostalgia drag videos available from RP Videos at www.draglist.com/raceplac.htm.
[Note: RP Videos were discontinued on 1/10/01 by request of the
We'll chat soon! bp/drl
May 5, 1999 -- Life is a blur. Never have so few done
so much with so (apparently) little to show for it! Despite the total lack of updates to
our site in three weeks, we have been turning and burning here at Draglist.com
. For one thing, we got Danny's computer rebuilt and have
almost all the info restored from Pomona onward. I can't WAIT to load it
for you. It should be just a few more days. I FINALLY have the banner advertising software
installed and ready. Advertisers -- check out our new advertising rates
page at www.draglist.com/adrates.htm
then give me a call!
We also have updated all the other computers in the
Draglist.com office. We are still looking for administrative help, but are
hopeful (the problem is finding someone who can work around my 10pm to 3am home office
schedule). We gave away our first ten free T-Shirts as ten hard core
readers came through with some good info! Read all about it on our Free
Stuff page. Rob at Rydin Decal faxed me the proofs
of our new www.draglist.com decals today. They look
AWESOME! I will be passing these out to pro, semipro, and quick sportsman racers with a
unique "sponsorship" proposal. I will have 2,000 of them ready to go in a week
or so and I will lay out the details then.
In the middle of all this, and of course while working 12 hour days on
Y2K testing at Freddie Mac, I have undertaken TWO new businesses! I have
formed Bilden Communications to become an independent rep of a billion dollar communications company. I can
offer unlimited internet to 90 percent of the country
(U.S.) for super rates. I have great deals on paging
services and long distance phone service,
too. Local phone service and gas and electric are soon to follow. If
you have to pay long distance charges to access the internet or have a plan that limits
the number of hours you can spend online, email me
to begin saving money right away! I also need energetic reps to offer
these services all over the United States, Canada, and Europe. Check out www.draglist.com/bilden.htm if you are
interested in a great opportunity!
My other new venture is a new drag racing website -- www.edrags.com. I will keep the content of this site a
surprise for now, but I think you will love it. Anyway, it's 4:30am, so I am outta here!
Look for us to be back up to full steam in just a few weeks. Later! bp/drl
April 12, 1999 -- Hello, everyone. We have "hit
the track!" At least that's what our new design scheme looks like. Just a thing or
two... Besides the new looks, we have updated our Heads Up Event
Calendar with lots of new dates. There is a TON of great drag action out there. Now GO
SEE IT!!! Gotta run as usual. Later! bp/drl
April 10, 1999 -- Howdy. We continue to rebuild Danny's
computer. We should have our updates working soon. Oh yeah, we got a ZIP DRIVE for Danny
so that we can back up our data better. Today's updates consist of new Draglist
Links and straightening out all our Link
Exchange banners. I will try to do some more work on the site during the day on
Sunday. I just signed on to announce at the Super
Chevy Show in Columbus in September. I am looking forward to it! Roger
Gustin has been a gracious fan of The Drag Racing List since its modest booklet
days, and it will be neat to work with him. At this point, Victor Bray,
Australia, and the Konica Winternationals are only two months
away! I am really looking forward to making lots of new friends and helping to solidify
the ties between our two drag racing communities. I suspect that drag racing fans are the
same the world over! Well, enough chatter for now. I'm gonna publish this thing! G'day
April 1, 1999 -- Hi, everyone. We finally got the Draglist
Links updated. But that's the good news. The
bad news (and this is no April Fool's joke) is that we have suffered quite a setback.
Everything in our databases since Pomona has been wiped out. Danny's computer torched
itself. It did not have a separate fan on the chip and the chip got smoked! So we built
him a new PC, but I had to do everything remotely, by phone -- I hate not having that
control. (Must be like having custom parts made for a drag car). Anyway, they could
salvage our hard disk and the modem -- we built him a 350mhz Pentium around it. Well, of
course, somehow the guy wiped out all 1999 databases, leaving us with the end of 1998
backup (on Danny's machine). I have stuff through Pomona, plus whatever other entries I
personally have added. I am sending those files to Danny, so he can start to rebuild. The
car is rebuilt, now we just need to start applying the tune up! P.S. - Where are
Draglist.com updates? I expected to start counting emails in order to give away some T-Shirts by now!
Check out the FREE STUFF page for more info! bp/drl