*Campaigned By Jerry Miller
*Raced the entire 1986 Season
*Ready to Race
The Model: From the beginning of what has become a sort of epic sibling rivalry, Chevrolet was up front about the purpose of the new Camaro. At its unveiling, Chevrolet general manager Pete Estes was asked what exactly is a Camaro? To that, he answered, “a small vicious animal that eats mustangs.” That snarky answer set off a debate still being had today as both companies keep pouring on the power. While the Camaro struggle with weight in the 70s by 1981 all of the dieting and hard work finally paid off as the new slimmer, sleeker, fuel-injected coupe ushered the 60s icon into the modern era. After dropping almost 500 pounds and fitting the old school, tried-and-true small block with an advanced tuned-port fuel injection, the new design was ready for the track. A limited production IROC-Z name plate was given to a few upgraded units, giving a nod to the International Race of Champions stock car racing series that used the cars.
The Car: This IROC-Z was destined for the track, but not as an IROC series racer, rather as Trans Am series star. In fact, it was campaigned by Jerry Miller for the whole of the 86 season. Now, after a mechanical and cosmetic freshening, this former top tier racer serves as very competitive vintage racer. This, the first of the Dillon chassis built for racing, is still Jam-packed with good racing parts, starting with the 683 HP Comptech Small block to the clutchless Jericho 4-speed transmission. The car is accompanied by 3 racing log books, including the original that documents the 13 races it ran during the 86 season. Whether you collect significant pieces of racing history or are just looking for an edge at next year’s SVRA vintage Grand Prix, you will not regret winning the bid on this IROC-Z.