April 5, 2013
CRIDERSVILLE — The International Race of Champions (IROC), is an automobile racing series similar to what NASCAR is. This racing series started in 1974 racing Porsches. After one season of racing Porsches, the cost to maintain the Porsches for racing was too expensive. In 1975, the series switched to the Chevrolet Camaro. This racing series used the Chevy Camaro from 1975 until 1991. Because Chevrolet raced the Camaro under this sanctioning body, in 1985 Chevrolet entered into a licensing agreement with the racing series and obtained the right to use the IROC name on its production Camaros. Thus in 1985, the IROC-Z was born and introduced as an add-on option package to the 1985 Camaro Z28 for the general population to buy. Once the licensing/sponsorship agreement ended in 1991, Chevy had to immediately stop production of the IROC-Z.
Tom Purdy, of Cridersville, brought his 1987 Chevy Camaro IROC-Z to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He has owned it for nine years. This car is all original and contains every available option. This was his daughter’s first car. What a cool dad to let his daughter drive this bundle of power.