“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
“Whether you’re a diehard muscle car fanatic or just have a passing interest in American performance cars, there is no doubt that you will enjoy reading this highly entertaining book. As part of the team that built Motion Performance into the ultimate icon in the world of ‘60’s hot rodding, Schorr’s firsthand account of some of the operation’s noteworthy cars is absolutely riveting. The whole story… is very inspiring. The read is mesmerizing, as if you’re sitting on your grandfather’s lap and he’s telling you tales of all the old hot rods that he and friends built – and that’s exactly how the book is written. If there ever was a muscle car book that can send you back to those carefree, high-octane days of street racing and big-block power, this is it. A must-have book that every muscle car enthusiast is certain to read many times over.” - Hemmings Classic Car
“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)
“When he (Marty) told me that he was writing the history of Baldwin-Motion for Motorbooks International, I knew that Motion fans were in for a treat. There isn’t anyone on the planet with the knowledge-base and writing skills to tell this story. You won’t get a better accounting of the entire Motion Performance and the Baldwin-Motion Phase III Supercar experience than you do from Marty.Schorr. You will be treated to one amazing car story after another. This book delivers!” - Smokinvette.com
“f you grew up in Chicago, you knew Nickey Chevrolet (with the backward k) and Grand Spaulding Dodge, and everyone everywhere knew about Shelby Mustangs, Yenko Chevys and Tasca Fords. But some may not have known about Baldwin Chevrolet or Motion Performance or their combined efforts. Former car magazine editor and photographer Martyn Schorr remedies that with this book of words and wonderful vintage photography that details such Motion vehicles as the '63 split-window Skunk, Ko-Motion, the Royal Bobcat GTO, ThunderBug, and, of course, the Shelbys and Camaros.” - CollectorCars.com
“No other Motion book can possibly be infused with the same level of energy, inside information, understanding, and communicative skill—because, you see, Marty was there—he was part of it all, right from the start. Marty and wife Sharon even still have their Motion machine—theirs since new—the absolutely one-of-a-kind, only one ever built, 1967 Baldwin-Motion Iso Grifo coupé. As if that’s not enough, Marty knows the power of the word and how to phrase things. To read it all, illustrated with 250 period black and white photos which are augmented by another 60 in color of restored Motion and Baldwin-Motion cars today—and, of course, that brand new Motion Camaro at SEMA—you’ll need your own copy of Motion Performance, Tales of a Muscle Car Builder.” - SpeedReaders.Info
“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
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.