“Marty Schorr gives a first-hand account of seven years of over-the-top, 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-alifetime 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. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the radical new Baldwin-Motion 540 Camaro SuperCoupe was debuted at the 2005 SEMA Show and won the coveted GM Design Award!” - IMPACT (International Motor Press Association magazine)
“This book is recommended by MyRideisMe.com. Here’s why:
Pictures of a fun loving Rosen doing wheels-up launches in the streets with his “Phase III”. ? “Money-back guaranteed” 427 big block super cars with the history included. ? It made me long for the days when baby Pikesan wasn’t even a slight twinkle in my boy-father’s eye. ? Back then, “Green” was just the color between yellow and blue in the rainbow.” -Craig Pike, www.MyRideisMe.com
“Armed with an enthusiast’s memory for detail and a fine archive of period and current photography, Marty tells the tale as a car nut, business partner, friend, and overall nice guy. For over 22 years we’ve had the skinny on Don Yenko and his PA-based operation, but Joel Rosen’s story has not been told in full . . . until now. Motion Performance: Tales of a Muscle Car Builder is a must-have for any musclecar library no matter what allegiance you have—even if you hate Chevys!” – Diego Rosenberg, Examiner.com
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.
Wish I was back in the 60's when these cars were being offered to the public.Published 5 days ago by Craig W. Calwhite
Motion performance was a few towns away, being a Vette guy had to have this book.Published 1 month ago by Gary Boyden
If you lived in the muscle car era or wanted to know what it was truly like back-in-the-day, then you must read this book. Marty Schorr lived it and wrote about and now recalls it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Craig Sparkes
Better than most muscle car history books. Some genuinely interesting story telling. Not just a bunch of facts, figures and meaningless numbers. Good job Marty. Read morePublished 8 months ago by M Hanson
Incredible story of Joel Rosen and the legendary Baldwin (Chevrolet Dealer) Motion (Performance) cars. Read morePublished 11 months ago by James H. Cahill
I wanted a Motion Car Soo! Baad!!In 1969 I was 18 stationed at Homestead AF Base, FLA. [30 miles south of Miami] I saw a Camero to die for, but it never moved from the Dorm parking... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Vegas G
I found this to be an excellent read. I have always been a fan of Motion Performance cars and truly regret that I couldn't afford one when they were rolling out of the Baldwin... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Joseph Malinski
I bought this book for my husband who has rebuilt and owns a few classic cars. He truly enjoyed this,book and has placed,it on our coffee table for easy access. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting reminiscing (I grew up a few miles from Motion's shop), but a little heavy on technical details. Even for a gear head, cam timing specs are not all that fascinating.Published 20 months ago by Mark Buchheim