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May 2016 Indycar IS 100 Years Old and It Shows

Chances are you've seen the movie Groundhog Day, a fun movie about an arrogant weatherman that covers the big Groundhog Day celebration. He has no love for the people in the town that make it a big deal, thinking they are "hicks."

Easy to see the movie as a great metaphor for Indycar racing and the big deal the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana make of the Indy 500.

Imagine you are a big fan of auto racing and you remember when it was great. The thrill of new speed records, the anticipation of all the new tricks the teams would pull with all new or specialized cars just for this one race. You might even have been called arrogant because you knew your stuff and you could tell everyone what made the big race great.

And then one day it all changed, it was no longer the same. You still like racing but this isn't what you loved. And the worst thing about it, it is the same thing over and over…the same uninspiring cars pounding around lap after lap. And no hope for a new day.

When it comes to racing Indycars, it isn't fun like the movie. The worst thing is you won't get your love, and you'll never escape the loop. The Groundhog is saying a shadow doesn't matter…it is going to be six more years of the same crappy racing again…over and over.

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