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Is THIS a Gapp and Roush Maverick?

Saw the first picture below on the Nostalgia Pro Stock group on Facebook. The original image comes from Reed Koeppe, Drag Racing historian.

I find the topic to be interesting as I don’t know the location of many of my father’s vehicles.

The 69 Mustang body is in the hands of Daryl Huffman. The Cougar has vanished. The Comet Cyclone was scrapped.

Brett Hajek has a vehicle but some things on it just look wrong (bumpers, windows). My Dad thinks it’s a match racing car they built. The 4 door Maverick is gone and Roush had a clone put together but it’s not finished. The 1972 Pinto was sold to Glidden. I’ve seen a Glidden Pinto sold recently but don’t know if that car is a rebuilt version of the ’72 original or not.

The Super Stock Mustang is in Roush’s hands.

That leaves the 1973, 76 and 77 Pinto’s and the Maverick’s.

I know that the ‘Red’ Maverick was sold to Jim Halloran but lost it from there. Never knew what happened to the ‘Blue’ Maverick.

I would love to get my hands on the Red Maverick.


The question is: Could this…

…be this?

…or this?
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It would be cool if it was…

Bill Roell picture of the Red Gapp and Roush Maverick


I really like this car. It’s the last Boss 429 ride. The red paint job with the striping looks great. It’s got a clean look to it and though you can’t see it in this picture it has an amazing paint job on the trunk lid. To see that go here and scroll down to the Red Maverick.

A couple of notes about this picture:

  1. The caption states that Gapp & Roush were sponsored by Ford at this time. That is not the case and as a matter of fact they were NEVER sponsored by Ford. Ford got out racing and that…was that.
  2. If the first point is true, why the big ‘FORD’ log on the side? I asked about that. They were trying to get Ford to sponsor them. Never happened.

Wayne Gapp -1972 United States Racing Team event guide

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Drag racers, by nature, are very dedicated people. They work endless hours in pursuit of extra horsepower and tuning tricks. Wayne Gapp is a young man who was able to utilize his hobby (drag racing) to improve his craft (engine builder). Wayne has put in countless developmental hours in Ford’s dynamometer laboratory, testing and improving the “breed” to provide Ford car owners with quality engineering. Many of the tips Wayne picked up on the job have also been applied to more than a dozen Wayne Gapp owned/driven vehicles during the past decade. Prior to joining the professional ranks, Gapp campaigned a fuel funny car in the midwest which dominated the action wherever and whenever it appeared.

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Leaving Ford in favor of his own engine building business, Wayne built a Pro/Stock Maverick with Boss 429 power. After spending three years working on the development of Ford’s mystery motor – 429, Wayne’s low qualifying times at major events were only a surprise to his competitors and the spectators.

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In addition, to Gapp’s immaculate Maverick, watch for a new Pinto from the Gapp-Roush stables in ’72. You can bet it will be double tough.