Remotely Operated Auto Racers (formerly known as Radio Operated Auto Racing) http://www.roarracing.com/, abbreviated as ROAR, is the sanctioning body of competitive radio-controlled car racing in the United States and Canada. ROAR was originally organized in 1967 By George Siposs and Norb Meyers and a small group of people dedicated to forming competitive Radio Controlled Car Racing. In 1968 the first ROAR National Championship race was held at Sunset Ford car dealership in Westminster, California using 1/8th scale nitro pan cars. ROAR has steadily grown and evolved as the sport has grown. ROAR is the oldest sanctioning body in the world.
ROAR is one of four affiliated blocs that form the International Federation of Model Auto Racing (IFMAR). ROAR is one of four votes of approval of rules and regulations for IFMAR and is the only organization in the United States and Canada that can qualify drivers to participate in the IFMAR World Championships. ROAR publishes a yearly rule book that governs most forms of electric and gas R/C racing in the U.S. and Canada. ROAR sanctions club racing, Region races, Nationals and select events such as the Winternats, Great Lakes Challenge, Texas Biggie, etc. ROAR is a non-profit organization that provides insurance for racing participants, spectators and facilities.
The governing body of ROAR is the Executive Committee. This committee consists of an elected president and vice president, and five appointed members. Additionally, two section chairpersons join the executive committee as non-voting members and organize their advisory groups of racers for recommendations and communication with the other members of the team. The executive committee controls and manages the business affairs of ROAR, and ensures that the rules are up to date. The day-to-day business of the corporation is handled by the ROAR administrator, a non-voting member of the executive committee.
ROAR rules have been the guidelines for R/C car racing for over 45 years. They are designed to promote fair competition, safety, and define what equipment can be used in ROAR competition. ROAR does not manage races below national level (Level 5), but it does sanction races from the club level to multi-regional championships. All ROAR members in current and good standing are eligible to enter these races.
ROAR is the North American representative to the International Federation of Model Auto Racing (IFMAR). As such, ROAR is the only organization that is authorized to qualify and send drivers to the IFMAR World Championships. More ROAR members have been crowned World Champion than from any other organization.
The strength of ROAR is in the local clubs. It is here that the weekly competition takes place allowing drivers to perfect their skills, and prepare themselves to compete at the State, Region, and National level. ROAR has 200 clubs in the US and Canada. These clubs pay only $35 per year to be sanctioned, and to be covered by the member accident and liability insurance.
ROAR is made up of 12 Regions in the United States plus Canada. Each Region has a Director nominated and elected by the members in the Region. This gives the members someone they can communicate with directly regarding issues in the Region, and within ROAR.
Region 1: Connecticut – Maine -Massachusetts – New Hampshire – New York – Rhode Island – Vermont
Region 2: Delaware – Maryland – New Jersey – Pennsylvania – Washington DC – Virginia – West Virginia
Region 3: Alabama - Georgia - North Carolina - South Carolina - Tennessee
Region 4: Florida
Region 5: Illinois – Indiana - Kentucky – Michigan – Ohio – Wisconsin
Region 6: Arkansas - Louisiana - Mississippi
Region 7: Minnesota - North Dakota - South Dakota
Region 8: Iowa - Kansas - Missouri - Nebraska
Region 9: Oklahoma - Texas
Region 10: Arizona - Colorado - New Mexico - Utah - Wyoming
Region 11: Idaho - Montana - Oregon - Washington - Alaska
Region 12: California - Hawaii - Nevada
Region Canada: Canada