Radio Control Speed Challenge
Six years ago Long Marston Airfield played host to a group of radio controlled model car speed enthusiast’s locked in competitions to find the World’s Fastest RC Car over a set measured distance and at great speed!
Although 2006 was the year that brought this form of radio controlled sport into the world’s spot light events all over America began to pop up at drag strips and airport runways. Needless to say after one of these events the Guinness Book of World Records officially recognised Nic Case as the owner of the World’s Fastest RC Car at 134.4 mph.
After discussions with British enthusiast Tony Lovering the Radio Operated Scale Speed Association [ROSSA] was born and the rest as they say is history.
The main aim of the association is to define classes and rules for running international RC car speed events around the world. The secondary aim was to ensure a common method of measuring the speed of class competitors and to define a method of recording and updating speed records for the official classes. Anything from Monster Trucks, Racing Cars, Bikes to all out rocket propelled dragsters and jet cars are allowed to take part.
In the last few years the intense rivalry between the two countries is at an all time high following the visit of Nic Case to Long Marston Airfield to film a special international speed challenge for Channel Five top rated science and leisure programme 'The Gadget Show'. Although Nic’s speed attempt didn’t get off to a good start another world record was established for Ramp Jumping radio controlled cars by one of the shows presenters; Suzi Perry.
The current outright World and USA speed record stands at 173.98 mph set by Nic Case at Bakersfield, California competing in the Electric Cell class. The fastest UK record stands with Tony Lovering at 163.51 mph achieved with his Black Knight nitrous oxide and ploypropelene hybrid rocket powered dragster. Will this records be broken! Find out at the RC Speed Championships.
This year the UK event is being held at its traditional home of Long Marston Airfield in September with competitors coming from Europe, Scandinavia, Malta, and as far away as Australia to set some records on British soil. There will also be test events at Long Marston in April and August. See the Events page for details.
To find out more about the Fastest RC in the World and its organising club then head on over to the official event web site at www.rossa.org.uk. There you will find lots of information including records, class definitions, event entry forms and a lively forum.