The International Federation of Model Auto Racing (IFMAR) http://www.ifmar.org/ is the world governing body of professional radio controlled racing.
The organization was created in 1979 by professional racer and RC model entrepreneur Ted Longshaw. At that time, many different governing bodies operated under their own rules throughout the world. IFMAR was conceived as a way to bring the different, fragmented organizations under a single, governing body. IFMAR's constitution also promotes international friendship and sportsmanship.
Each of the member blocs organizes the IFMAR World Championship event on behalf of IFMAR.
Masami Hirosaka is perhaps the world's most distinguished racer. He has a record of 14 IFMAR World Championships, followed by Lamberto Collari with 8 individual WC plus 1 team title, all within a single category.
IFMAR governs RC racing through four international governing bodies, or "blocs" representing 45 member nations and with full voting rights:
European Federation of Radio Operated Model Automobiles (EFRA) – Oversees racing in Europe.
Far East Model Car Association (FEMCA) – Governs Australasia and Asia.
Remotely Operated Auto Racers (ROAR) – Oversees and promotes races in Canada and the United States of America and is credited with producing more world champion drivers than any other bloc.
Fourth Association of Model Auto Racing (FAMAR) – The newest IFMAR bloc and oversees Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, South Africa, Uruguay, Chile and Venezuela.
- Ted Longshaw United Kingdom 1979–1995
- John D. Grant Australia 1995–2005
- E Dallas Mathiesen Sweden 2005–
Eligibility to IFMAR World Championship event:
To be allowed to compete in an IFMAR World Championship event, the competitor has to be a member of a national body (such as ROAR of North America, SARDA from South Africa, BRCA from the United Kingdom, etc.). The competitor has to contact a representative of the body who will determine if they are competent enough to compete in the world championship round. The driver does not specifically have to have qualified in that discipline in which they choose to race (e.g. a driver who is competent in 1:10 on road racing wishes to qualify for 1:8 off-road).