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.
***UPDATE*** Due to the fact that most 1/12-scale bodies and 1/10 Can-Am/LMP style bodies are not supplied with decals, the implementation of this requirement for just these classes will be postponed until the beginning of the 2011/2012 indoor racing season. All other classes at all the remaining events, however, will need to comply with this requirement.