Meet the Maverick, and this one is neither a TV player nor a Ford


You probably know Bret and Bart Maverick from the 1957-1962 TV series, and you may have flown a Maverick helicopter from Las Vegas to see the Grand Canyon. Either way, you certainly know the Ford Maverick. But what do you know about the Maverick Sportster?

What we do know is that a Maverick Sportster will be featured on the show grounds on May 23 at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

The competition reports that this is one of seven such vehicles manufactured by aeronautical engineer H. Sterling “Smoke” Gladwin Jr. with “a version of the 1950s with Californian flavors of the French species often called the boulevardier ”.

The competition adds that this 1953 example will make its international competition debut “through years of ruthless research and exquisite restoration.”

Gladwin was a retired Boeing, Lockheed, and NASA engineer and former Dry Lakes hot rodder who based his vehicles on Cadillac foundations, “and he said so openly in Maverick’s sales literature,” notes the competition.

“Cadillac series components coupled with the reduced weight of its fiberglass body – some Mavericks had no hoods or doors – gave the Maverick a 12-to-1 power-to-weight ratio, which Engineer Gladwin compared to airplanes. high performance.

“It made a muscular boulevardier. Cadillac’s 331 OHV V-8 could be mated to any stock Cadillac transmission.

Some versions were only equipped with a passenger side door, as Gladwin did not want the driver to exit the vehicle into traffic.

“My father was really taken by a 1937 Terraplane,” said Bruce Gladwin, Sterling’s son. Motor Trend Magazine in 2014, “but he loved all cars, especially Packards and Cadillacs. He drove in the early 1950s Cadillac two-door fastback, and there was installed a La Salle manual transmission.

“Dad was in a Boeing think tank. He worked on the triggering mechanism of the atomic bomb. And he was fascinated by fiberglass. He made a fiberglass basketball rack with a Mylar surface, but was unable to produce it commercially. He was a Renaissance guy who was very interested in audio and hi-fi. ”

Gladwin built the Maverick for himself, but after others saw it, he launched Maverick Motors and built six more for sale, and even offered an optional fiberglass hardtop.

“The Maverick is one of those rare customs that I used to call a ‘rental car’ – a car so elegant and beautiful that it is capable – on its own – of attracting enthusiasts. from hardcore cars to the Amelia, ”says Bill Warner, founder of the contest. quoted in the announcement of the appearance of the car.

“I am proud that the owner chose us for his competition debut and that it is a 100% American car even if it speaks to me with a Parisian accent.

Chattanooga adds a full racing circuit

Chattanooga Festival
The new layout of the race track is displayed in yellow | Chattanooga Automobile Festival Illustration

The first Chattanooga Motorcar Festival in 2019 included a time trial competition on a road along the Tennessee River. When the festival resumes this fall (October 15-17), the time trial will be replaced by a wheel-to-wheel racing competition on a full road course, officials said.

“We want our second annual event to be a true automotive festival that encompasses all four important aspects – a Concours d’Elegance, a Road Rally, a Car Auction and a Track Competition,” said Event Advisor Alexis Bogo in the ad. From shopping and nighttime street festivities in the West Village, to nearby Tennessee Aquarium, Children’s Discovery Museum, High Point rock climbing and other family attractions, there will be something for everyone. within walking distance, creating a unique family experience in the heart of downtown Chattanooga.

The 2 mile downtown street circuit – the Pace Grand Prix at the Bend, named after the late Jim Pace – will feature 8 bends with its main entrance to Blue Goose Hollow Park.

Classic Motorsports offers 3 road circuits

“You drive, we take care of the details” is the theme of a trio of Classic Motorsports Road Tours scheduled for 2021. The Orange Blossom Tour, May 16-19 in East Central Florida, and the Smoky Mountain Tour, May 30 to June 3 and based in North Carolina. The Golden State Tour, which runs October 3-7 in Northern California, is new to the lineup.

These will be hub-type visits, “so no packing and unpacking every day.” Routes include tours of private car collections, historical and natural attractions, as well as scenic drives and luxury accommodation.

For more details, visit the Classic racing tracks on the road website.

Competition in a concorso

There will be a sort of competition in a concorso on August 14 when the Concorso Italiano also hosts the return of the FCA-PR Vintage Ferrari Concours judging with Ryan Pimentel, FCA-PR competition director, leading the team evaluating the quality. Ferraris from before 2011.

Road America opens the vintage racing season

The Road America racing circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin opens its vintage racing schedule for 2021 with the SVRA Vintage Festival weekend May 14-16. Change to the usual race schedule, the weekend will include F4 US and FR Americas competition.

Active military personnel, reservists and retirees benefit from free entry to the vintage weekend.

London Concours selects “ The Collector ”

Harry Metcalfe (below) drove this Ferrari Testarossa from England to and through the Sahara | Photos from the London Competition

Harry Metcalfe, co-founder of Evo magazine and Harry’s Garage, has been selected as “The Collector” to be honored at the 2021 London Competition, scheduled for June 8-10.

Among the vehicles from Metcalfe’s eclectic collection that will be on display are its competition-winning and recently restored Lamborghini Espada, a selection of Paris Dakar-winning motorcycles from the 1979-1998 period, the Ferrari Testarossa “Monodado” that he drove from his home in the Cotswolds to the Sahara, and several limited edition Jaguars.

Calendar of motor shows and competitions 2021

Here are the dates currently set (but subject to change) for a variety of Concours d’Elegance, Auto Shows and Road Tracks scheduled for 2021:


14-15 – Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals, Pennsylvania; 14-16 – Houston Art Car Experience, Texas; 15 – Vintage travel trailer rally, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 15-16, Goodwood Members Meeting, United Kingdom: 16 – Simply Audi, Beaulieu, United Kingdom; 20-23 – Concours d’Elegance of Amelia Island, Amelia Island, Florida; Visit of the founders of the AACA, Davis, West Virginia; 21-23 – Nationals of Goodguys Salt Lake, Utah; 23 – Simply electric, Beaulieu, United Kingdom; 28-30 – Goodguys Nashville Nationals, Tennessee


2 – GM on Display, Macungie, Pennsylvania; 2-6, Retromobile, Paris, France, AACA East Division Tour, Cambridge, Maryland; 4-6 – Carlisle Ford Nationals, Pennsylvania; National Street Machine, DuQuoin, Illinois;

Goodguys All Star Get-Together, Fort Worth, Texas; 5-6, Friends of Steve McQueen, Chino Hills, California; 6, Albuquerque Lowrider Super Show, New Mexico, Simply Porsche, Beaulieu, United Kingdom; 8-10 – London Competition, UK; 12 – Drop Top Showcase, Seal Cove, Maine; Heritage Auto Show, Cape Cod; Oddities and obscurities, KC Automobile Museum, Olathe; Catskill Conquest Covered Bridge Rally, Saratoga, New York; 12-13 – Cincinnati Contest, Ohio; Type E 60 years old, Shelsley Walsh, United Kingdom; 13 – Fabulous Ford Forever, Irwindale, California; Mini Cooper Day, Beaulieu, United Kingdom; 17-19, Nationals AACA Eastern Spring, Saratoga, New York; Simply VW, Beaulieu, United Kingdom; 18-19 – Micro-mini car world, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 19 – Any air-cooled gathering, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 20 – Fathers Day, KC Automobile Museum, Olathe; Blackhawk Museum, Danville, California; Hot Rod and Custom Cars, Beaulieu, United Kingdom; 25-26 – Carlisle GM World Championships, Pennsylvania; 25-26 – Automobile Congress, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 26 – Miles through time, Clarkesville, Georgia; Community Motor Show, Barrington, Illinois; 27 – Oldsmobiles and orphans, Hickory Corners, Michigan; Simply Jaguar, Beaulieu, United Kingdom


1-3 – Nationals of the central spring of the AACA, Auburn, Indiana; 2-4 Goodguys Heartland Nationals, Iowa; 3-4 – Austin Rally 7, Beaulieu, United Kingdom; 8-10, Iola Auto Show, Wisconsin; 8-11, Goodwood Festival of Speed, United Kingdom, 9-11 – Carlisle Nationals Chrysler, Pennsylvania; Goodguys, Columbus, Ohio; ten – Steam day, Seal Cove, Maine; DeutscheMarques, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 11 – Mad Dogs & English, Hickory Corners, Michigan; Simply Land Rover, Beaulieu, United Kingdom; 11-16 – AACA vintage tour, Lock Haven / Wellsboro, Pennsylvania; 16-17 – Horseless Coach Club, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 16-18 – National Street Machine, St. Paul, Minnesota; Auto Royale, Aylesbury, United Kingdom; 17 – Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance, Pennsylvania; Albaugh Classic Car Show, Ankeny, Iowa; 17-18 – Classic nostalgia, Shelsley Walsh, United Kingdom; 18, The great motor show, Kansas City; Simply Ford, Beaulieu, United Kingdom; Corvette Envy, Hickory Corners, Michigan; ; 22-24 – Great Nationals AACA, New Ulm, Minnesota; 23-25 ​​- Concours of Elegance of America, Michigan; Goodguys Pacific Northwest, Payallup, Washington; 24 – Mopars with red barns, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 25 – Simply Japanese, Beaulieu, United Kingdom; Ultimate Truck Show, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 31 – Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional, Linconshire, UK.

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