British Radio Car Association

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British Radio Car Association
Brca logo1-300x107.png
SportRadio controlled racing
JurisdictionUnited Kingdom
AffiliationMotor Sports Association
Regional affiliationEFRA
HeadquartersStafford, Staffordshire
ChairmanJohn Russell (Acting)
SecretaryDarren Newton
Other key staffJim Spencer
Official website
United Kingdom

The British Radio Car Association (or BRCA) is an organisation that promotes the construction and racing of all types of radio controlled cars in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1971 by Ted Longshaw[1] and Keith Plested, who was also the founder of PB Racing, a manufacturer of RC cars;[2][3][4] they coordinate BRCA affiliated clubs in the UK, and offer insurance for any accidents that might occur.

They also organise regional and national racing events for various classes. Each year the BRCA produces a rules booklet for every UK racing class, such as 1:10 Electric touring cars, 1:8 Nitro circuit cars and 1:16 Electric micro offroad cars with specific rules as regard to maximum and minimum dimensions, and homologated motors and cells. It is recommended (and at some clubs compulsory) to become a BRCA member due to its insurance and health and safety benefits.

The BRCA is a member of the European Federation of Radio Operated Model Automobiles (EFRA).

The BRCA is also affiliated with the Motor Sports Association who deal with motorsports in the UK, although deal primarily with full-size racing rather than scale model racing

Objectives of The British Radio Car Association[edit]

As outlined in the constitution of the BRCA their objectives are:[5]

  • To promote the construction and competition of radio-controlled cars.
  • To facilitate the exchange of information and ideas relating to the sport.
  • To set rules and standards for construction and racing.
  • To encourage National and International competition within a co-ordinated calendar.
BRCA representatives at the 2013 EFRA 1/8 Off-Road Championship
one of the early logos of the BRCA (1970s-1990s)

Sections within the BRCA[edit]

The BRCA is made up of 13 sections, each section maintain and hold their own construction rules for the classes they race:

  • 1/8th Scale Circuit[6]
  • 1/12th Scale Circuit[7]
  • 1/8th Scale Rally X[8]
  • 1/10th Electric Off Road[9]
  • Various Scale Stock Cars
  • 1/10th Scale IC Circuit
  • 1/5th Scale Circuit
  • Various Scale Bikes
  • Large Scale Off Road
  • 1/18th Scale Micro Cars
  • Various Scale Truggy

Major hosted events[edit]

1998 On-Trac held in South Shields

2016 the BRCA is hosting the first Reedy International 1/12 Race of Champions at centre:mk Milton Keynes

2017 First ever GT12 Worlds held at centre:mk


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  2. ^ "Keith Plested History". Archived from the original on 28 August 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2009.
  3. ^ PB Racing RC Cars | Radio Control Cars | Remote Control Cars Archived 31 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 October 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ BRCA Constitution
  6. ^ 1/8th Scale Circuit
  7. ^ 1/12th Scale Circuit
  8. ^ 1/8th Scale Rally X
  9. ^ 1/10th Electric Off Road

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