Automotive journalist Marty Schorr recalls life on the front line in the classic muscle car era, thrashing brand-new cars that would one day become million-dollar collector vehicles.
Most muscle-car books celebrate beautifully-restored vehicles surrounded by hard facts; Day One tells the real story from the point-of-view of one of the period’s most respected automotive journalists, Marty Schorr.
For the first time, you’ll get a unique perspective on what it was like to actually drive, race, and otherwise thrash what are some of today's most valuable collector cars.
CARS, the iconic magazine Marty wrote and edited didn't rely on industry advertising for revenue. Instead, the magazine made money the old fashioned way, from newsstand sales, leaving it able to be honest and frank in its coverage of high-performance street cars.
CARS magazine reported on both Day stock and modified cars, cars the traditional magazines wouldn't touch, like the ultra-high-performance vehicles from companies like Baldwin-Motion, Yenko Chevrolet, Nickey Chevrolet, Royal Pontiac, and Tasca Ford.
Prepare yourself for Day One to cover the most important cars of a given year, such as:
Pontiac’s 1962-1963 lightweight Super-Duty 421 street and Swiss Cheese models
Chevrolet’s 1963 big-block 427 Mystery Motor and ZL-1 Impala.
Ford 1963 ½ 427/425 Galaxie fastback
The 1964 Ramchargers
The first 426 Street Hemi
Cotton-Owens prepared Hemi Coronet
A 1966 Olds Twin-Engined (850 cubic inches) Grant Toronado, currently owned by Jay Leno
A prototype 1966 Plymouth 426 Street Hemi Satellite
One of two 427 SOHC Galaxies prototypes
A ’67 Royal Bobcat GTO
Plymouth’s original ’68 Hemi Road Runner
Hurst-built Plymouth & Dodge 1968 Hemi-Darts and Hemi-Cudas
Martyn L. Schorr has a history with high-performance cars that dates back to the beginning of Ford's Total Performance era over fifty years ago. He rode with Carroll Shelby and was at the press conference in New York for the debut of the Lola-built Ford GT that became the GT40. Schorr drove the GT40 on streets of New York City and went with Mickey Thompson in 1969 to Bonneville to set a book full of records. He personally knew all the key players from Ford's racing program from his years as a magazine editor. Schorr is the author of Motion Performance (Motorbooks, 2009).
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