Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

The International Race Of Champion’s series was raced from the 1974 season till the end of the 2006 season. The whole purpose of the Racing series was to have the whole field with equal equipment, and set up exactly the same. It was a series that brought the best of different Racing discipline’s together, for a chance at a championship of champion’s. The first car to be an IROC sanctioned car was the 70's Porsche Carrera RSR’s , and the last were the Firebird Xtreme’s.... but they all had something in common. They were color coded to each driver and each car sported the name of the driver really big on the doors. That was the only difference the cars had on each other. They were as equal as it could get. The product was intense and heavily competitive. Seeing the multi colored feild was pretty brainwashing to me as a kid. The cars were extremely beautiful. And Daytona speed weeks hasn’t been the same since. One can only wonder what the series would of been today if it had stayed alive.

Illustration for article titled An Ode to a Daytona legend ....The IROC Firebirds.
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With all that being said, here is my diecasts from the series. They are all 2003 action 1/24 castings of the Firebird's. Just from different years. The teal one is Mark Martins 1998 IROC championship winning car. The Dark Blue is Dale Jarrett’s 2002 IROC Indy winning car. And the baby blue is Kurt Busch’s Regular season 2003 IROC Pontiac.

The detail on these cars are incredible.

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The engine’s are highly detailed with the proper sponsorship.

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The IROC logo on all of the driver’s side mirrors made a sucker out of me.

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And each dash is complete with the car number and IROC’s website, Like the real thing.

Here is the nose detail of each car

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Illustration for article titled An Ode to a Daytona legend ....The IROC Firebirds.
Illustration for article titled An Ode to a Daytona legend ....The IROC Firebirds.
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These were really a cool sight from some of the cars rear bumper cam’s of the day.

Here is some side profile love

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Illustration for article titled An Ode to a Daytona legend ....The IROC Firebirds.
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Illustration for article titled An Ode to a Daytona legend ....The IROC Firebirds.
Illustration for article titled An Ode to a Daytona legend ....The IROC Firebirds.
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And you know those bumper’s were made for a little Daytona Bump drafting.

Illustration for article titled An Ode to a Daytona legend ....The IROC Firebirds.
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Illustration for article titled An Ode to a Daytona legend ....The IROC Firebirds.
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These cars were a blast to take photos of. I honestly took like 30 photos, but these are the ones that made the cut last night.

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Illustration for article titled An Ode to a Daytona legend ....The IROC Firebirds.

Hopefully this brought back a few awesome memories for a few of you, and even sparked a curious interest with a few of you that missed out on the IROC days. So I will post a race for yall to Check out.

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Here’s a little Daytona action for everyone. Tis the season rite?

Thank you all for the read! Much love LALD for putting up with my Daytona week take over.

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Keep them Diecast hands strong!

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