Volume I, Issue 1, Page 40

It was a good year to be a gearhead in 1969, especially if you were into Camaros. What was considered the best looking Camaro of the first generation had just been released, and in Z/28 mode there were few American cars that could catch it on the street or in Sunoco colors at the Trans-Am races. There were COPO 427 Camaros, Pace Cars that lead the Indy 500 and dealer conversions from Berger, Nickey and Yenko.

Of all the variations on the Camaro theme, the most impressive, most brutal and most balanced was the 1969 Baldwin/Motion Phase III Camaro. This Rat-powered beast was chock full of aftermarket parts and a dyno tuned 427 that delivered in excess of 500 horsepower. Joel Rosen, the masterful architect of these fire-breathing Supercars, guaranteed the car could consistently run 11.50 in the quarter with a competent driver at the wheel. And, according to Rosen, no one ever made a claim against that guarantee.

Ordering a Phase III Camaro was simple. The buyer went to Baldwin Chevrolet, located in Baldwin, Long Island, NY, and placed his order for a big-block Camaro and a Phase III package. When the car was delivered from the Norwood assembly plant, it went to Rosen's Motion Performance shop, located not far from the dealership, where it was transformed into a Phase III Camaro.

Rosen had learned how to craft his Motion Supercars, balancing factory and aftermarket components to build some of the most ferocious street cars around. His customers came from all over the world and Phase III Camaros have been found in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Middle East. In the US, Motion-built Camaros terrorized AHRA and NHRA A/MP classes, humbling competitors and setting national records. Joel Rosen was to supercars what Carroll Shelby was to sportscars.

Genuine Baldwin/Motion Phase III Camaros from 1969 are now the stuff of legends. Only Rosen knows how many he built and he's yet to divulge that figure. It's safe to say, however, that not many were made and few exist today. Most are now in the hands of collectors, and they command prices in excess of $400,000. That would have been the end of the story. Until now.