Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit incorporated in the State of Florida. We exist to support Tampa Bay charities that serve children who are most in need in our community. We operate through direct donations and monies raised through our annual juried classic car competition featuring rare, original, and historically important vehicles.
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Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance Inc. is a 501c3 Non-Profit Florida Corporation
Proud Sponsor of GCDE
The organizers of this event receive NO COMPENSATION and are truly Volunteers!
We are a 501c3 IRS recognized charitable organization.
The proceeds will be donated to Shriners Hospital for Children, Tampa.
We do it for the love of the community, great classic cars, and the charities we support !
The Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance
is an official club event of the
Hillsborough Region AACA
(Antique Automobile Club of America)
Old Wheel Restorations
formerly known as
Pistorius Collectible Autos
Sales & Restoration Services
Ford Heacock III
The Heacock family legacy is rooted in Heacock Insurance going back to Ford Heacock’s Great Grandfather, Austin Heacock, who started the business in 1922. Austin had migrated from Sebring, Ohio to help establish the young town of Sebring, FL in the early 1900’s. Ford Heacock III followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and is the 4th generation owner of the family business. He has been a dedicated insurance professional for the past 47 years.
Growing up in Sebring, FL exposed Ford Heacock III to the world of automobiles at an early age. His family was intimately involved in the 12 Hours of Sebring International Sports Car Race throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s. His grandfather, Ford Heacock Sr. was the Chairman of the Sebring race in the early years of the event. As a young man, Ford III, developed a deep passion for sports car racing and aspired to someday race himself. Tragically, a racing accident at Sebring in 1966 claimed the life of his mother and three other spectators. Although this event changed the course of his future plans he has still been able to pursue his passion for the car hobby in multiple ways.
The theme of automobiles has followed Ford Heacock III through of many of his business ventures and hobbies. In 1980, he founded the SVRA (Sportscar Vintage Racing Assn) which has become the largest organization for vintage car racing in the United States. Vintage Motorsport magazine “The Journal of Motor Racing History” soon followed in 1982 and continues today as the leading publication for the hobby. In 1992 he created a specialty division of Heacock Insurance to provide insurance coverage for the collector car hobby. With over 50,000 policyholders “Heacock Classic” is recognized nationwide. He is also the founder of the MIDFLORIDA Auto Show and Lake Mirror Concours d’Elegance which is held each October attracting 40,000 or more spectators to downtown Lakeland, Florida.
Ford Heacock could be called an automotive entrepreneur for the many business ventures he’s created related to the car hobby. Although recently retired from business, he can regularly be found racing his vintage sports cars or participating in collector car shows around the country.
Sportscar Vintage Racing Assn.
The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) is the largest and one of the oldest Vintage racing organizations in the United States. Originally called the Southeast Vintage Racing Association, the organization was founded in 1978 by Ford Heacock III following the success of the Kendall Vintage Grand Prix held as part of the annual 12 Hours of Sebring. With an initial membership of approximately 25 drivers and supporters, the organization has become the premier vintage racing organization in the United States with over 2,500 licensed competitors.
Currently, SVRA conducts Vintage events at legendary race tracks throughout the country including Road America, Sonoma Raceway, Watkins Glen International, and Virginia International Raceway. In its first year the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway immediately became the largest Vintage race in the United States drawing over 700 entries. Additionally, The U.S. Vintage Racing National Championship has become a premier event in American Vintage racing drawing over 450 participants to the Circuit of the Americas track each fall seeking one of the 30 plus National Championships.
Vintage Motorsport Magazine
Vintage Motorsport ‘The Journal of Motor Racing History,’ was founded by Ford Heacock in 1982 and serves as the leading voice of vintage racing and motorsport history in the U.S. Using the best professional photographers, archival photos and motorsport historians from around the world, Vintage Motorsport’s award-winning content is unmatched in the field. Each issue offers splendidly crafted and thoughtful blend of columns, feature articles and photography that examines the rich history of motorsport – from the brave and visionary men and women who created and drove the incredible machines that pushed the envelope, to the historic streets, tracks and countryside’s where history was made, and records were broken. Comprehensive coverage of global historic racing events brings the sport full circle from the past to the present day via insightful observation matched with crisp professional photography.
Vintage Motorsport is produced monthly and is available by subscription or can be found on many leading newsstands.
Heacock Classic Collector Car Insurance
Heacock Classic Insurance, founded by Ford Heacock in 1989, offers Collector Vehicle Insurance across the country in 48 states. Heacock Classic is recognized nationally as a leader in the Collector Vehicle Insurance business with over 50,000 policy holders. Heacock Classic Insurance provides personally tailored specialty insurance for Antique, Classic, Collectible, or Exotic Collector Vehicles that are living the “Collector Vehicle Lifestyle.”
Lake Mirror Concours d’Elegance
Founded by Ford Heacock in 1999, The MIDFLORIDA Auto Show & Lake Mirror Concours d’Elegance attracts over 40,000 spectators to downtown Lakeland, FL each October. This wonderful display of more than 750 show vehicles surrounds the restored, 1920’s art deco-inspired Lake Mirror Promenade and the streets of Downtown Lakeland. The 3-day event is free to the spectating public and includes multiple experiences that you can participate in with your car for a nominal entry fee. This year’s show is scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2019.
Recognitions & Honors
George Jenkins Award (Lakeland Chamber)
Lee Iacocca Award
SVRA Vintage Racing Hall of Fame (First inductee)
Past Chairman of Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce
Chairman of Florida Polytechnic University Foundation Board
Board Member Emeritas – Sun ‘N Fun International Fly-In
Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance - Judge
Hometown: Lakeland, FL
Married to: Kate Heacock
Children: Stacey Heacock Weeks, Ford Heacock IV, Justin Heacock
Hobbies: Vintage Sports Car Racing, Golf, Snook Fishing
Career: CEO of Heacock Insurance Group in Sebring and Lakeland, FL (Semi-retired)
Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance