This article is from the Model Rockets FAQ, by Wolfram von Kiparski with numerous contributions by others.
One notable difference between the time I left the hobby (late 1970s) and
today is that competition rocketry is not as popular as it once was. It
used to be that one would see 30 or more people at an NAR regional, but
today it sometimes seems like you are lucky if you get enough people to show
up. Because I got back in to the hobby to fly competition, I am concerned
about the apparent loss of interest in competition rocketry.
Still, competition is NOT dead, no way. Yearly NARAMs are still held,
and are well-attended. About half of the NAR sections still host meets,
or have members that fly competition. The rest fly sport and/or high power