I've been following this thread since the beginning, stopping myself from posting when it would be nothing but emotionally charged and defensive.
To me, what makes IIC, Snowbirds, and Reedy so popular is that the classes included are ones that guys are passionate about, without major deviations from each other, or ROAR, for that matter.
VTA guys are extremely passionate about their class, and it looks like it would be fun, but limiting things down to a single manufacturer makes it a non-starter for me. Same goes for TCS.
I really see no problem with the current class structure I've seen for carpet or asphalt tracks I've looked into or raced with.
For Touring this would be:
17.5 Non Boost - STOCK
17.5 Boosted - Super Stock
Track Option - Some larger tracks have a 10.5, or 13.5 class or other spec wind
17.5 Non Boost - STOCK
13.5 Boosted - Super Stock
1s 13.5 Boosted
At our local track, the 1/12 class used to be 10.5, and for a lot of guys, it's too much. For others, like myself, it made the learning curve pretty expensive, but I don't race to save money. With that in mind, and with the growth in 1/12 that it seems like we could see, for this season, we're running Boosted 17.5. A visiting racer with a Non Boosted 17.5 proved the point that there's really not enough difference between boosted and non on 1s to keep the same motor wind between Stock and Super Stock.
I also don't think this class structure will carry directly over to off-road either, the days of identical power rules for all classes with the same designation [Stock, SuperStock, Mod], IMO, are over.
This argument could go on forever. To me, Spec wind boosted classes add another tuning option that can't be avoided to be competitive, and I love that. I like adjusting my car to handle the way I think it should, or to suit my comfort level, and that includes power delivery.
There are some Spec classes I like to race, but the number is very small, and definitely the exception.
As far as Regional races becoming more important: exposure and coverage. I don't think I've ever heard anything about any ROAR racing in my region, and certainly no series. Nobody is going to race if nothing's ever formed and advertised. Until individual regions get more active, there's nothing but more overbearing regulations that could be put in place to hurt attendance even more at the ROAR Nats.
Because of the lack of formalized ROAR Regional events, local tracks have teamed up to hold a trophy State series this upcoming asphalt season. If we have to do it ourselves or it never gets done, then there's even less incentive to bother with ROAR beyond the vehicle class specifications in the rule book.
If my schedule is agreeable, I've been looking seriously at attending the Asphalt Nats at Jackson this year, for no other reason than to see how I can battle it out in the G-Main
If these proposed rules become gospel, however, I'll save my money, be glad I haven't put in a membership registration yet and put it towards Snowbirds in 2012.
Again, I don't race to save money, but I'm not going to race something I'm not passionate about.
I think trying to ban updatable ESCs in all but open mod is a mistake. If this decision sticks, I'm glad I still have my nitro cars.