The International Tournament of Champions (TOC) was an invitation-only Radio Control Pattern/Aerobatics event that focused on challenging pilots and providing the best spectator experience possible. It was one of the only model aviation events to have cash prizes – and certainly the only one to have huge cash prizes – not just for the top three winners, but all competitors. The TOC influenced all aspects of the RC hobby by motivating companies to design and manufacture larger, more reliable engines and radio equipment, as well as innovating new materials and designs. It inspired an unknown number of people to try model aviation and/or become better pilots.
Read more about the TOC at the National Model Aviation Museum’s blog International Tournament of Champions: Media Coverage – National Model Aviation Museum Blog (modelaircraft.org)