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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…

Wayne Gapp Edelbrock Ad – Insanairity! and the Pop Rod race


The ad is as it appears. The creator stretched the ‘Taxi’ to get the effect.

The Gapp related highlights of the ad are the following:

Sanair – GrandNational Molson event

Pro Stock Winner – Wayne Gapp

New Pro Stock ET Record – Wayne Gapp

Popular Hot Rod meet at US-131

Pro Stock Winner – Wayne Gapp

Pro Stock Top Qualifier – Wayne Gapp

35 Years ago the Gapp and Roush Taxi was the Pro Stock Winner at Indy

From Hot Rod, November 1975

“They all laughed when Gapp & Roush first fielded this 4-door Maverick, but not anymore. Wayne Gapp drove it to his third straight NHRA Pro Stock title of the season after qualifying with a 8.85 for third sport, beating Lamar Walden, Reid Whisnant, Lee Edwards, Low Qualifier Wally Booth and Richie Zul’s fantastic big-block Camaro on the final, 8.83 to 8.95.”


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.

The G & R 4-door Maverick as owned by Marino & Vitalee

Found this posted over at the Dover race track site. Some interesting history on the Maverick post Gapp & Roush ownership.

Talks about the guys that bought the Maverick. You can see a few changes in the vehicle like the hood scoop and some basic change to the paint.

One of the posts noted, again, that vehicle was destroyed in a pit accident in Englishtown.

NOTE: Update. Here’s the original link.

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