The International Federation of Model Auto Racing (IFMAR) is the highest recognised world governing body for radio-controlled car racing. IFMAR oversees four affiliated blocs, of which Remotely Operated Auto Racers (ROAR) is the sanctioning body for the United States and Canada. ROAR was formed in 1967 and was the first organisation in the world to sanction competitive Model Auto Car Racing. IFMAR was formed 12 years later in 1979 by professional racer Oswald Edgard ‘Ted’ Longshaw. Ted Longshaw was a British radio-controlled model entrepreneur who also helped set up governing bodies in Europe (EFRA), Asia (FEMCA) and the United Kingdom (BRCA). Born in 1926, Longshaw also served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. After demobilisation in the late 1940s, a career in laundry engineer began and the setting up of his own successful company. In 1971 Longshaw attended the first radio-controlled car meet in England for 1:8th scale cars and in that same year he formed the British Radio Car Association. He then took part in the ROAR Open National Championships for a short number of years with the intention to persuade American drivers to take part in European races. Being president of EFRA, the European governing body, he also encouraged European drivers to compete in California in 1977, which Longshaw organised. It was agreed then that the next World Championship was to be held in Europe.
By this time several clubs and organisations had been advertising their meetings and world championship rounds with their own rules. A meeting was called by thirty people involved in the industry with the clear intention to create an organisation that will establish a uniform set of rules and oversee a prestigious World Championship every two years. Ted Longshaw retired as president of EFRA in 1983 and as president of IFMAR in 1995. Looking at the history of radio-controlled auto racing, Masami Hirosaka of Japan is perhaps the world’s most distinguished racer having achieved a record of 14 IFMAR World Championship titles. The next nearest challenger is Lamberto Collari of Italy with 9 titles. These were all achieved in a single category and in nitro powered cars. Going forward, the objectives of IFMAR include the promotion of international relations between various governing bodies throughout the world, the governing and establishment of a uniform set of rules and regulations for the sport, to co-ordinate competitions for all classes, and maintain the IFMAR World Championships as the only recognised World Championships for RC Automobiles.