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by Martyn L. Schorr (Author), Joe Oldham (Foreword)
It was a driver's dream: Along with the full factory warranty, your car came with a guarantee of 11.5-second quarter-mile times. It was also Joel Rosen's dream, and in 1964, he set out to make it a reality. First he built fast cars. Then, taking a page from Ford's "win on Sunday, sell on Monday" strategy, he built a reputation by beating all comers on drag strips and in street races. By 1967, Rosen's Motion Performance was the place to go if you wanted a true muscle car—and, if you ordered a Baldwin-Motion Chevrolet, a muscle car with a full factory warranty. Motion Performance tells the inside story of how it all happened. Brilliantly illustrated with period pictures and modern color photos, the book takes readers along as Cobras, Chevrolets, Oldsmobiles, even Volkswagen Beetles roll into the shop to get torn down and rebuilt into cars unbeatable on the streets and drag strips. Marty Schorr gives a first-hand account of seven years of high-performance life--and of how it all came to a screeching halt at the hands of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency. A once-in-a-lifetime tale of power and speed, told by one of the principals who put that performance within reach, Motion Performance makes the story of a briefly and thrillingly lived dream available to everyone.
From the Inside Flap
In 1964, Joel Rosen and Marty Schorr decided to turn their high-performance dreams into high-performance reality. Calling the new entity Motion Performance, they started building some very, very fast street cars. To take things to the next level, Motion followed Ford's adage "win on Sunday, sell on Monday" and raced its cars at drag strips on weekends and on the streets at night. Those cars beat all comers and Motion started building a reputation.
By 1967, Motion Performance was recognized as the place to go if you wanted to build serious strength into your muscle car. To expand the franchise, Rosen and Schorr formed a legendary relationship with Baldwin Chevrolet, allowing any gearhead of the day to buy an 11.5-second car off the lot--and it came with a full factory warranty.
No other aftermarket muscle car tuner took the hands-on, no-stone-unturned approach followed by Motion: cars were rolled into the shop, torn apart, then rebuilt with the highest-quality components available at the time.
For 10 years, this high-performance flame burned on. Cobras, Chevrolets, Oldsmobiles, even Volkswagen Beetles were transformed into unbeatable cars that ruled the streets and drag strips. Then one day it all came to a screeching halt. The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency threatened to levy fines of up to $50,000 per car Motion Performance sold. And that was that, the end of an amazing chapter of high-performance history.
This is the inside story of how the cars were built, who they were built for, and how they ruled the street and strip. And it's the story of the twenty-first-century resurrection of the Baldwin-Motion brand. Richly illustrated with both period and modern photography, author Marty Schorr knows where the bodies are buried and tells us how they got there.
From the Back Cover
In 1964, Joel Rosen and Marty Schorr set out to make muscle car history. Motion Performance tells the inside story of how it all happened, from racing Corvettes on the streets and drag strips of the East Coast to teaming up with Baldwin Chevrolet to create the legendary Baldwin-Motion muscle supercars; from the EPA shutting the whole thing down to the whole thing being reborn forty years later with the debut of the Baldwin-Motion 540 Camaro SuperCoupe. Brilliantly illustrated with period pictures and modern color photos, this book takes readers on a wild ride as Cobras, Chevrolets, Oldsmobiles, even Volkswagen Beetles roll into the shop to get torn down and rebuilt into cars unbeatable on the streets and strips. It's a once-in-a-lifetime tale of power and speed, told by one of the principals who put that performance within everyone's reach.
About the Author
Marty Schorr has been involved in the high-performance automotive industry since the mid-1950s, when he was publicity director of the Draggin Wheels Hot Rod Club in New York. First a photojournalist, then a magazine editor (Hi-Performance CARS, Custom Rodder, Speed & Supercar, CHEVY ACTION, VETTE), Schorr also published the Quicksilver Supercar series. He worked with Joel Rosen from 1967 to 1974, launching and building Baldwin-Motion, Motion Supercar Club, and Phase III Publishing.
For almost 18 years starting in 1982, Schorr's public relations agency, PMPR, Inc., represented Buick on the East Coast. In 1987 he wrote the book Buick GNX: A Performance Legend in Its Own Time for GM.
Marty Schorr is currently a public relations/marketing/advertising consultant and resides in Sarasota, Florida, with his wife, Sharon, and their Baldwin-Motion Iso Grifo coupe and C6 Corvette convertible.
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By Martyn L. Schorr
Purchased from the original owner's family in 2008, Adam Tuckman's 1971 Baldwin-Motion Phase III GT Corvette is believed to be the most highly optioned, documented and original GT built. Between 1969 and 1971, Joel Rosen built just 12 GT's!
On June 3, 1971, Dr. Henry Rollings took delivery of his air conditioned, 500-plus horsepower, 1971 Phase III GT from Joel Rosen at Motion Performance in Baldwin, New York. Power was supplied by a blueprinted and balanced 454 big-block built to LS-7 specifications and fitted with Phase III cam and valve train, open chamber ZL-1 aluminum heads, headers and an 850 cfm Holley 4-barrel. Backing up the potent Phase III engine; A massaged M40 Turbo Hydramatic, Hone overdrive and a 4.88 Posi rear. Creature comforts include a custom interior and stereo system and numerous factory power options.
Dr. Rollings paid his bill, ($16,283.00), hopped into the GT's plush interior and drove home to Savannah, GA! Between 1971 and 1989, the colorful Internist who owned and piloted vintage World War II aircraft, used his Phase III GT for making house calls, towing his Jaguar E-Type SCCA race cars and high speed touring. He put more than 31,000 trouble-free miles on his unique Corvette Supercar. In 1989, he gifted his GT to his daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Don Glasser. Dr. Rollings passed away in 2003.
“Dr. Rollings owned imported exotics, raced sports cars and flew restored Warbirds. Once he took a test ride in a 1970 GT that we had just finished for a customer, he was hooked,” said Joel “Mr. Motion” Rosen. Documented by Joel Rosen for the Glassers in 2003 and again for Adam Tuckman in 2008, it is the most highly optioned Phase III GT built. Other than being repainted in the 1980's, it is the most original GT known.
Dr. Rollings GT is being restored by John Waleck, who restored Joel Rosen's yellow Phase III GT now owned by Dan McMichael. Gary “The Local Brush” Kupfer originally striped and trimmed Dr. Rollings GT in 1971 and will apply the finishing touches to the GT prior to its public debut at the MUSCLE CAR AND CORVETTE NATIONALS in Chicago on November 21-22, 2009.
Special Thanks to Marty Schorr, formerly of Motion Performance and now PMPR, Inc. for writing this article. We are honored to have Mr. Tuckman debut this significant Supercar at the Nickey Chicago Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. The photo's shown are of the car in as purchased condition in 2008.
------original posted on yenko.net >christopher s.
am happy to announce the launch of a new All Indoor Muscle Car, Supercar, and Corvette show in the Chicago area.
The Nickey Chicago Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals will take place November 21-22, 2009 in Rosemont, (greater Chicago), Illinois, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention
Center. This location is about 5 minutes from the O'Hare Airport.
The show will have close to 400,000 square feet filled with the country's finest Muscle Cars and Collector Cars and vendors. The show will offer Concours style judging for restored and original cars and the more casual Street Stock classes
along with a wide variety of "Pick" awards.
Of special interest is our "Nickey Chicago vs. Mr. Norms Showcase". This very special gathering will feature the very best Original, Documented cars from Nickey and Mr. Norms, from both "back in the day" and also the new modern releases.
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