MARA was founded back in 1998 running Grand Prix
The Season 1 members originally joined GMSS when it was forming late
in 1998, but as it turned out be a rather authoritarian atmosphere,
they decided to split and form MARA. Which is also why we have the
democratic ways we do. We decided that every member would always
have a say in things.
From the start MARA has had both F1 and F2 cars competing in the
same race for their individual championships. Each round was to be
run twice to allow for family commitments, overtime at work, bad
internet weather etc, with the best result counting.
The second season we tried running with Pro
damage, but this was felt to be too stringent for what is supposed
to be fun, dammit, so we returned to the Int Long format.
The FATSO league was formed as an associated league, it sprang from
the F2 guys wanting to have some F2 only races and has grown and
During Season 3, some of the European members were getting even
older and so finding it harder to stay up for the races, so the
European division was formed with it's own separate championships,
referred to as Mara A (America) and Mara E (Europe)
By Season 4 many add on tracks had been
released, so we got ambitious and extended the season to 18 rounds,
each to be run twice, which gives us our current format of a season
lasting around 9 months with a break in the summer.
In Season 5 we voted to change from the
F1/F2 format to F1/FD as an experiment. This was not an unqualified
success, so from Season 6 onwards we returned to the F1/F2 format.
Beginning October 2003 we also ran a short trial season using the
Trans-Am mod for Nascar 2003, running at weekend times to suit both
European and American times In turn this division in 2004/5 switched
sims to use GTR instead and is now running rFactor.
The E Division continued to run GPL using the
1965 mod in season 7 whilst the A Division ran the 67 cars.
In the latter part of 2005 the E Division
reverted to the GPL 67 cars for a short "mini" series before moving
over to GT Legends for 2006.
A MARA rFactor division was
formed at a similar time running a variety of rFactor mods although
this is no longer active. Mara E has just run a season with GTR2 and
the Power of Glory mod TC65 and is looking to run 65 GTs for the
Fast forward to late 2009. iRacing has become the sim of choice for
most discerning sim racers and has attracted some of the former MARA
Division A & E members as well as the former Commissioner, Edward
Crawford, one of the original founding members.
Seeing the need for a MARA type league in iRacing, a league where
the more mature racer could race with others of their own age &
interests, Edward, along with the help of its current members have
brought MARA to iRacing. Within the first weeks MARA had attracted
over 40 members, and is growing each week.
MARA-iRacing has an age requirement that all members be 40 years of
age or over. MARA-iRacing is still in its infancy and evolving as we
progress through the various stages of growth. Being a more mature
group, the rules will be kept to a minimum, but we have brought
along the first rule we ever made and the most important rule of
MARA, that is "To have fun damn it"
If you are interested in joining MARA and are 40 or more years of
age, please register in the forums to access the race information,
and don't forget to say hello."