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May 2017 Magic - Pulling a Rabbit out of the Hat...Again!

It seems like every May the Indianapolis 500 tries to resort to some big trick to bring some magic back to the old Brickyard to get America to pay attention to the once easy to sell out Month of May and Indy 500. They've tried concerts, special events, glamping, a huge "door" set up with a Hot Wheels track and stadium truck jump. They've even added an extra race called the Indianapolis Grand Prix and tried many different formats in qualifying.

This year the hope for magic is Fernando Alonso taking a day away from his Formula One endeavors to race in the 500 and bring the attention the big race never needed in the past.

How about revisiting what made the Indy 500 magical prior to the American Openwheel Wars of the mid 90s. Prior to the formation of the Indy Racing League the rule book was open to all entrants so long as their cars were built to the rules. Once IMS controlled the car and engine manufacturers to get a cut, it all began to go wrong. And as people started to lose interest the sponsors withered and cut back.

Then the IMS brainless-trust decided they needed to cut costs and went to pure spec racing. Poof! There went the magic!

Instead of trying to pull a rabbit magically out their hat it appears they remain desperate and now every year try to pull a sure winner out of their ass.

A Tribute to Cam Gibbons

The Aussie Race Fan of American Openwheel Racing...would tell you what he liked and what he didn’t in that very special Aussie way.

This forum is dedicated to the memory of Cameron “Smacked” Gibbons. Cam, who went by the forum handle “Smacked” and had the Clash/Joe Strummer album cover avatar was one of the originators of a racing forum named SMACKForum that was opened for business back in 2007.

Cam unfortunately had a life fight with cancer that sadly took him from us late in 2011. Since the original SMACKforum was controlled by Cam there was no way to gain control of the forum site and web addressing.

Early this year, a group of SMACKforum members decided to start up another forum based on some of the same sensibilities that made “Cam’s place” home for many a disgruntled American Open Wheel racing fan. It was only natural that the new forum be named in some way for Cam, so why not make SMACKforum SMACKEDforum to keep both a lineage and a nod to Cam’s nickname of Smacked.

Cam this place is for you! And, we know you would tell all us to go fuck ourselves...some more than others. We miss you!

Read some more about Cam Gibbons, written by two SMACKEDforum
members who knew him well.
The Sordid History of SMACKforum
The Sordid History of SMACKforum