While undocumented “Tributes” or “Clones” are banned, an exception this year was made for the striking SS427 ’69 Camaro recreation owned by Joe Oldham. Invited by Joel Rosen, Oldham’s triple-black Camaro, above, is a tribute to the original Baldwin-Motion SS427 that he ordered new from Joel. It was stolen some six months after delivery and never recovered.
Oldham’s Camaro holds a special place in Baldwin-Motion history, as it was the car I photographed for our 1969 Camaro advertising campaign. It was the subject of some of the specialty car builder’s most iconic advertisements: WANTED! Outrageous!, left, and, the moment of truth. It won a special “Pick Award”
at MCACN 2013.
This year’s MOTION MADNESS was special for another reason. It was the first time that Joe Oldham, Joel Rosen and I were together at the same time and same place. It was for a book signing, below. Oldham wrote the Foreword for my book, MOTION Performance, Tales Of A Muscle Car Builder, which chronicles the history of Joel Rosen, Baldwin-Motion and Motion Performance. Motorbooks sold out the balance of their inventory at the show!
Also for the first time at MCACN, Joel Rosen displayed his own Baldwin-Motion Camaro. It’s a supercharged 800-horsepower 2011 Phase III 427 SC Camaro, Serial #001, built when Rosen and Howard Tanner re-launched the Baldwin-Motion brand in 2010. Powered by a highly modified LS7, it has serious suspension and brakes to match, making it truly awesome on
the street, drag strip or road course, below.
There were no less than two ’68 L88 Camaros, the ex-Lud Renner RS/SS owned by Wayne Schmeeckle (won an Award at the show) and Mark Hassett’s Phase III. In addition to Joe Oldham’s ’69 SS427 Camaro Tribute, Mike Nightengale brought his ’69 Phase III RS/SS 427. Les Quam displayed his green Phase III 454 Gen II ’70 Camaro; Wayne Schmeeckle had his red ’71 Phase III 454 Camaro.Both Gen II Camaros, below.
Chevelle was well represented by Adam Tuckman’s ’70 Phase III 454, shown for the first time at MOTION MADNESS II and Al Serrato’s black ’69 Phase III 427, below, originally built for Roberto Schneider to tow his Phase III 427 Camaro from Baldwin, NY to Mexico!
There was no shortage of high-profile Corvettes this year. Baldwin-Motion collector Dan McMichael brought a pair: the ex-Joel Rosen yellow ’70 454 Phase III GT Corvette, one of 12 built, and the stunningly beautiful ’70 Motion Maco Shark Corvette, below, restored and
painted as it originally left Motion Performance. There was also a rare Motion Manta Ray
’73 Corvette, restored and owned by Rayburn Pennington.
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