I am putting this here as the nostagia section has become Brits talking cars with names like the fluff bowl special etc.
I bought a book for my cousin for Christmas, this cousin is as mechanically inept as they come but he likes cars.
It is titled TALES OF A MOTION PERFORMANCE MUSCLE CAR BUILDER.
A most amazing book that filled in a LOT of gaps for me. Back in the late sixties-- early seventies-- when I was a teenage sponge absorbing car news, true and false, I read CARS magazine, on occaison, which hyped the Baldwin-Motion cars continually, well now I know that Marty Schorr the editor was also a driving force behind the Baldwin-Motion setup.
It used to annoy me greatly that unlike Dana, Yenko and others B-M did not go road racing, well this book explains that as B-M had a money back guarantee to perform certain numbers in the quarter mile or you got your money back, if so desired.
Baldwin-Motion factory cars also set, repeatedly, drag racing records and won championships.
Bill Mitchell, now of Merlin/World engine components, was an employee of Motion, (Baldwin and Motion built cars together but were two separage companies, about one-half mile apart. You could get a Baldwin-Motion or a Motion car.)
Mr. Magoo, did you ever get up New York way and speak with Schorr or Rosen?
I did not know that unlike other modifiers theirs were not COPO cars but strictly cars ordered and then modified.
Rosen had a one on one relationship with Chevrolet and Zora Duntov, Mr. Corvette.
Big surprize was Rosen really made his name with a Shelby Cobra.
His relation with Shelby was good to the point that he had a direct connection just as Shelby dealers did.
Amazing how being young and ignorant I missed so much even as I was consumed by gear-headedness as a yout.
Here is Schorr's website: http://www.carguychronicles.com/
Edited by Bob Riebe, 17 December 2013 - 18:57.