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Appearance standards for ROAR Nationals

ROAR sets an appearance standard for bodies in some classes including Short Course.

“competitors entered in full-bodied classes (e.g. Touring, Short Course, Truck,
On-road, etc.) run bodies that have at least a minimum level of
headlight, grille and taillight decals or painted representations on all
bodies where applicable.”

Competing at a National Championship has always been a crowning
achievement for many aspiring racers. ROAR National Championships have
been some of the most competitive events in the history of RC and the
“higher level of racing” has been a time-honored tradition that
separates these competitions from all others. The Acronym “ROAR” stands
for “Remotely Operated Auto Racing.” “Auto” is the operative word, which
implies that we race some form of vehicle that loosely resembles that
of full-scale vehicles. As such, ROAR will require that competitors
entered in full-bodied classes (e.g. Touring, Short Course, Truck,
On-road, etc.) run bodies that have at least a minimum level of
headlight, grille and taillight decals or painted representations on all
bodies where applicable. Bodies with no such details will not be
permitted to compete.

Some may view this as an unnecessary distraction, but doing so presents
our hobby and sport in a more organized and professional manner, and it
only requires a very small effort on behalf of the racers. Please just
make use of the decals included with the bodies that you’ll run on the
track and help to present the RC community in a more positive manner.
Then, when people who see high level competition for the first time, who
might otherwise confuse these as blobs, might actually recognize these
as cars and trucks.

Please share your thoughts on this topic in the comments section below.

2 Responses to Appearance standards for ROAR Nationals

  • Derek says:

    In the view of representing our hobby as something the average joe can recognize I fully appreciate this new rule. Running your short course with just a jcconcepts undertray does not look like a truck!

  • Scottrik says:

    Thumbs up to ROAR. Time was the cars we raced looked like actual, recognizeable cars. NEXT STEP will be to bring back the old interior tray/driver rule(s) where the windows ALL had to be clear where they would be on the real vehicle AND that no electronic components or wiring should be visible through them.