International Race of Champions will celebrate 30 years in 2004.
In that period, six different car/body styles have been represented
in the series. Five of those cars have been done in 1:64 scale with
some actually featuring IROC graphics.
The current model is the Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am. With that model
now ending production, a replacement will be required. While many
models of the last generation Firebird have been done in small-scale,
two are actually available in IROC colors. Hot Wheels did a nice
model in their regular range. Action has also done this car in several
The 1994-95 - Dodge Avenger is the one missing model. I have not
seen it in 1:64 scale.
1990-93 - Dodge Daytona was done by Matchbox and by Tootsietoy.
The Matchbox model is quite good and includes an opening hood. I
do not recall ever seeing it in IROC colors but the casting is a
close match for the actual race car.
Many examples of the 1984-89 - Chevrolet Camaro have been done and
Matchbox actually did several in IROC colors. This model also features
an opening hood. Matchbox even put the racer names on these cars.
1981 to 1983, the IROC race was suspended. The previous generation
1975-80 - Chevrolet Camaro served as the second IROC car of choice.
Again, many examples of this generation Camaro are available in
1:64 scale. One however stands out as a very close match to the
IROC cars. Zylmex offered a casting of the Camaro that included
the distinctive from air-dam and rear spoiler seen on the actual
racers. Unfortunately, they never produced this model in IROC colors.
This casting is still in production, now offered by Motor Max. Motor
Max should arrange to do an IROC version but it is unlikely that
they are even aware of the connection.
first year for IROC was 1974 and for that year only, they used the
amazing Porsche 911 RSR. While for some odd reason, no one has done
an actual 911 RSR model in small-scale, Corgi did come close with
their 1973 911 Carrera RS model. This model has been produced for
30 years as well and is now being retired as a Hot Wheel for the
2004 year. The final run series for this model will feature racing
graphics and looks like a nice version to add to conclude the long
production life of this toy car.