IFMAR (International Federation of Model Auto Racing) is the world governing body of professional radio contolled racing.
The organization was created in 1979 by professional racer 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. Their uniform set of rules means everyone races under the same guidelines no matter where in the world they are from. IFMAR's constitution also promotes international friendship and sportsmanship.
IFMAR governs R/C racing through four international governing bodies, or blocs representing 42 member nations. Each block has full voting rights within IFMAR. These are:
- EFRA (European Federation of RC Automobiles)
EFRA oversees racing in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
- FEMCA (Far East Model Car Association)
FEMCA governs Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Phillipines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.
- ROAR (Radio Operated Auto Racing or Remotely Operated Racers)
ROAR oversees and promotes races in Canada and the United States of America. ROAR is credited with producing more world champion drivers than any other bloc.
- FAMAR (Fourth Association of Model Auto Racing)
FAMAR is the newest IFMAR bloc and oversees Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Uruguay and Venezuela.