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Old 05-16-2010, 11:41 AM
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The office for ROAR president will be coming up to a vote soon. There's been a thread started in the "Nitro On-Road" forum. Perhaps it would be best if this topic was discussed here in a more neutral forum, like this one, where members of all the classes of R/C racing can communicate. If this topic is started in multiple forums it will not be very effective.

JD Crow has announced his candidacy and platform, seems like a good choice for the job! I have expressed that Ed Hill, the current ROAR VP would also be a good choice if he were to run.

I don't know if other threads have been started, if so maybe some of the responses can be copied and pasted here.
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Old 05-16-2010, 01:41 PM
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I know JD Crow and he's got my vote. His head is in the right spot and is always looking to better the hobby.
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For us who dont know JD Crow, tell us little about him?
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It would probably be good for all applicants to write a short one or two paragraph listing experience and what they hope to accomplish.
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Plus 1. I think it would be a great idea.
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(Copied from the On-Road Forum)

I am JD Crow. ROAR Technical Director. I will be seeking the Office of President in 2010. Some background for those who may not know me or my background. Many I have had the pleasure of meeting throughtout the years either at events, or online, or because you always had a part i needed to make me think I could go fast.

ROAR Member since 1988
RC Racing since 1987 with a broad array of formats.

Quarter Scale Grand National Racing for RACO late 1980's thruought Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana,and Texas during the SW 1/4 Scale Series

1:10 Pancar On-Road and Oval for Snuffy Smith’s Original Hyperdrive. Had the opportunity to witness and race at the ultimate r/c racing expience (promotion, venue, competition) ever, world class Bob Hosch (sp?) Lake Whipporwlll International Speedway.

1:12 Onroad Racing

1:10 Fuel 2wd 235 Racing Serpent Cars during the 1990’s racing Southwest Championship Series and ROAR Nationals. Raced a Touring Car Body while others were racing CanAms and had a wonderful experience.

1:10 Fuel RC Gas Truck and 1:8 Fuel Buggy racing with RCPro Series

1:5 Scale On-Road Racing FG Cars at ROAR Nationals and in Europe

1:10 Off-Road Racing 2wd Buggy, 4wd Buggy, 2wd and 4wd Short Course Trucks

Race Organization and Promotion
I have Constructed Tracks and Organized Racing Events for more than 20 years. I Constructed “The Rock Raceway” in Hensley Arkansas. Promoted the Local and Series events held there during for several years. Track remains active paved oval racing site for QSAC racing.

Constructed indoor On-Road Carpet racing for 1:12 and 1:10 pan cars during the early 1990’s, promoted and operated the racing programs.

Organized and developed electric off-road racing series (Arkansas Championship Off-Road Racing Series) in 2007-2008. Total ground up revival of electric off-road racing in the State. These efforts renewed electric racing for older tracks and investment by a private individual to create a new indoor racing venue for our state.

Vision

I wrote the original Slash Spec Racing Rules which many venues quickly adopted for the basis of Traxxas Slash Spec Racing in the USA. These rules were written and published on RCTech and quickly adopted by major race promoters as the basic racing rules for the emerging Traxxas Slash Short Course Truck.

ROAR Leadership
I was appointed to the ROAR Electric Off-Road Racing Committee in November 2007. I was Elected Chairman of the Committee by my committee members. During my first year term, my leadership was responsible for several improvements and progress developments which the Executive Committee adopted for ROAR Electric Racing:
• ROAR 1:8 Electric Buggy Class Rules and Specifications developed and adopted
• ROAR Race Lengths advanced from 5 Minutes Heats/Mains to 6 Minute Heat/Mains
• ROAR Short Course Truck Class Rules and Specifications developed and adopted

After effectively leading the electric Off-Road Racing Committee for nearly one year, the Executive Committee invited my to join that level of leadership in filling the vacant Technical Director position. After phone interviews with the members of the executive committee, I accepted an offer to join the Executive Team.

Since my appointment to the Position, I have worked to improve relationships between Manufacturers and the ROAR Organization. My role serves as a liaison between the manufacturer and several Labs during the product inspection and approval processes. That includes Racing Bodies, Battery, and Motor Approvals. I also routinely remain engaged with Manufacturers with regard to product developments for our Racing Classes, as well as responding to inquiries regarding interpretations of rules or permitted uses of products at our events. My role also serves to leverage information from Racers, Tracks, and Race Promotors to identify a new segment or trend which can have beneficial, or negative impact on our members, organization, and hobbies future.

Being a racer at heart, I always look for ways to raise the bar to move our passion from kids and boys playing with toy cars in someones back yard track, to WOW look at that Race Venue and those amazing machines.

Committment
One of the biggest challenges the Organization faces is manpower. We have many volunteer racers who raise their hand and seek Director positions, committee seats, Region Assistant Positions, and then disappear. All of these positions are vital to the health and growth of ROAR. And all take more time then most can imagine. I know in my position both as a committee chair, and technical director role, its not unusual to find myself spending 40 hours (often more) a week communicating with racing members, mfg affiliates (active and aspiring), non-member racers, track operators, and anyone who sends questions my way. Without dedicated members in all offices, the organization will continue to be taxed for resources.

Not only ROAR, but R/C in general, I feel will have some serious challenges ahead, More and More non-affiliated/sanctioned events, while adding exposure to many, do present some concerns that could affect every race director, organization, and manufacturer. Particularly the trend with 24hour Indoor fuel events.

I look forward to the Challenges the 2011 Leadership Team at all levels will address and take action upon. Either as the Face of ROAR, Technical Director, or a racing or non-racing member.

Thanks for the opportunity to provide background. I look forward to questions, thoughts, as well as your support. Not only for the election season, but during the 2 years the term will run.

Regards,
JD Crow

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I vote for Bill Cosby
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Originally Posted by wild gopher View Post
I vote for Bill Cosby

Pudding PoPs in every pit box Right


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Rich Browne gets my vote if he's up for it!!!!
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FYI - Regarding the 2010 Election Cycle

A nomination form will be posted on ROAR's website in late August with nominations due by October 31. A person can nominate himself or someone else, as long as both are current ROAR members and the person nominated agrees to serve if elected.

A voting ballot containing the names of those nominated will be posted on the website November 1 with votes due by November 30. Winners will be announced December 1 with the term of two years beginning January 1, 2011.
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I am a ROAR Member and I am going to vote this year and it is going to be for someone that is going to work with the manufactures to help move our hobby into the future and not someone who will hold it back. I love all the new innovations like the cab forward bodies and 4.0 rims on Truggy. I wish the manufactures would let us know who they want for Pres., because I know it wont be anyone who is associated with the sloppy rules that they have now. ROAR is a laughing stock at our local tracks and it is funny watching the pros look for 3.7 proline tires in the discount box at the local hobby shop for nationals
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Thanks for taking the time to speak with me and answer a few of my questions.
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Originally Posted by Marcus Falconie View Post
I am a ROAR Member and I am going to vote this year and it is going to be for someone that is going to work with the manufactures to help move our hobby into the future and not someone who will hold it back. I love all the new innovations like the cab forward bodies and 4.0 rims on Truggy. I wish the manufactures would let us know who they want for Pres., because I know it wont be anyone who is associated with the sloppy rules that they have now. ROAR is a laughing stock at our local tracks and it is funny watching the pros look for 3.7 proline tires in the discount box at the local hobby shop for nationals
Marcus, you are entitled to your opinion, but this is a very narrow minded approach to the wide array of problems that our hobby faces. Every ROAR decision made over the last 5 years and more have been based on what racers have expressed as their opinion. The problem is for every group of racers that ROAR has made happy, there's another group that's angry beyond belief. Every single racer has their own opinion of what is best for the hobby, and they are all different. And it's far too easy to just say ROAR sucks!

And, while manufacturer input is necessary, picking the person the manufacturers want would be a disaster. The manufacturers have only thing in mind, and that's their bottom line. And they would want rules that help them make money, not necessarily rules that will help the hobby. Not every manufacturer is interested in racing. Consider this, the 2 most popular cars (okay technically RC vehicles) are the Traxxas Slash and the HPI 5B/T, vehicles for which no racing class existed.

The health of RC racing is dependant on the health of ROAR, and the way to keep ROAR healthy is to support ROAR, even if your guy loses or you disagree with the new rules.
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I will participate this year remember everyone check out the candidates know who they are check there past see what they have to offer communicate with fellow racers do not let this election get by it could be disasterous for our hobby good luck to us all FUN FUN FUN
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Where the person lives is little consequence to me. I believe that the current administration has added quite a few people from all over the country to help in various aspects. For instance, JD Crow is a perfect example, of not being west coast biased.

In some ways, I think I live in the impossible region. Our region is so large it is virtually impossible to have a RD have the opportunity to visit tracks in our entire area. I doubt our current RD has even left NM and AZ, let alone make the 15 hour drive to Wyoming.

While I personally like the idea of a points series, I think most tracks will complain, because they will have to run full ROAR rules for a given class. Tracks won't be able to customize rules for their own track if they play in that arena. For instance... in On-Road our track is a little lenient in VTA as we allow any realistic body (except the mazda speed 6). Additionally, we consider RTR ESC's and motors to be "STOCK".

I once ran for my region's RD position. I didn't win, and looking back, I'm glad I didn't. There is no way I can do all the necessary travel to keep my region happy! Therefore, I get to complain about the other guy.

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