American Muscle Supercars: Ultimate Street Performance from Shelby, Baldwin-Motion, Mr. Norm and Other Legendary Tuners

American Muscle Supercars: Ultimate Street Performance from Shelby, Baldwin-Motion, Mr. Norm and Other Legendary Tuners

by David Newhardt
     
 

Well before American automakers hatched the muscle car, enterprising racers were building and selling super-high-performance American cars. Known today as tuner builders, this enterprise had its origins in auto dealerships like Michigan's Royal Pontiac, which built and sold Super Duty Pontiacs directly to drag racers. Tuner cars like those from Royal dominated the

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Overview

Well before American automakers hatched the muscle car, enterprising racers were building and selling super-high-performance American cars. Known today as tuner builders, this enterprise had its origins in auto dealerships like Michigan's Royal Pontiac, which built and sold Super Duty Pontiacs directly to drag racers. Tuner cars like those from Royal dominated the early days of American super stock drag racing.

 

It didn’t take long for other dealers and high-performance tuners to catch on. Soon names like Mr. Norm's Grand Spaulding Dodge, Nickey Chevrolet, Don Yenko, Carroll Shelby, George Hurst, and Baldwin-Motion were duking it out regularly on the nations’s drag strips.  Today, their rare, purpose-built performance cars are among the most valuable American collector cars.

 

The tuner tradition continues to this day. Cars built by Steve Saleen, Callaway, and Berger are among today’s fastest vehicles. Period. No other automobile holds as much street cred as an American Muscle Supercar.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“With 192 pages of supercar information, and over 200 high quality photos, you’ll have a hard time putting down this fantastic look at American high-performance in its purist form.” – Camaro Performers

“This book examines the supercars from the early years to today’s attempts by Ford and Chrysler.” - Hotrod & Restoration

“The histories of these builders are augmented by contemporary and archival photos, period ads, and scrapbook photos.” - Muscle Car Review

“…as much as you’ll enjoy the narrative, you’ll probably spend more time going over the numerous photos of the cars.” - Auto Restorer

“David Newhardt has taken a new and refreshing look at those great cars in his new book, American Muscle Supercars, by examining how they came about.” – Albert Drake, Cruzin Magazine

“Photographer David Newhardt went on a treasure hunt to seek out these special cars and drag race survivors…” – Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune

“Well illustrated thanks to David’s highly creative photographic talent, along with lots of thrilling vintage photos, everything you ever wanted to know about how these famous names got their start modifying and racing muscle cars is all here, and in an easy-to-read style that is highly entertaining. It’s a must-read for all fans of muscle cars.” –

Richard Lentinello

, Hemmings Classic Car

“If the vibrant green Yenko Nova hood on its cover doesn't stir you to check out what's on the rest of the pages, you might want to check your pulse. The stunning Motion Corvette and Camaro photos alone are worth the price of admission.” – John Nelson, ChevyHiPerformance.com

“Photographer and author David Newhardt went on a treasure hunt to seek out these special cars and drag-race survivors by Royal Pontiac, Nickey Chevrolet, Tasca Ford, Baldwin-Motion and

Shelby

.” –

Mark

Maynard,

San Diego

Union Tribune

“It focuses on the specialist builders and dealers of short-run cars, dealers like Royal Pontiac, and the two pre-eminent manufactures, Hurst and Shelby American.” – Richard Truesdell, Musclecar Enthusiast

Danny Musclecar Enthusiast
It focuses on the specialist builders and dealers of short-run cars, dealers like Royal Pontiac, and the two pre-eminent manufactures, Hurst and Shelby American.
—Richard Truesdell
San Diego Union Tribune
Photographer and author David Newhardt went on a treasure hunt to seek out these special cars and drag-race survivors by Royal Pontiac, Nickey Chevrolet, Tasca Ford, Baldwin-Motion and Shelby.
—Mark Maynard
ChevyHiPerformance.com
If the vibrant green Yenko Nova hood on its cover doesn't stir you to check out what's on the rest of the pages, you might want to check your pulse. The stunning Motion Corvette and Camaro photos alone are worth the price of admission.
—John Nelson

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760332948
Publisher:
Motorbooks
Publication date:
09/30/2008
Edition description:
First
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
 “If the vibrant green Yenko Nova hood on its cover doesn't stir you to check out what's on the rest of the pages, you might want to check your pulse. The stunning Motion Corvette and Camaro photos alone are worth the price of admission.” – John Nelson, ChevyHiPerformance.com

“Photographer and author David Newhardt went on a treasure hunt to seek out these special cars and drag-race survivors by Royal Pontiac, Nickey Chevrolet, Tasca Ford, Baldwin-Motion and Shelby.” – Mark Maynard, San Diego Union Tribune

 “It focuses on the specialist builders and dealers of short-run cars, dealers like Royal Pontiac, and the two pre-eminent manufactures, Hurst and Shelby American.” – Richard Truesdell, Musclecar Enthusiast 

“With 192 pages of supercar information, and over 200 high quality photos, you’ll have a hard time putting down this fantastic look at American high-performance in its purist form.” – Camaro Performers

 

“This book examines the supercars from the early years to today’s attempts by Ford and Chrysler.” - Hotrod & Restoration

 

“The histories of these builders are augmented by contemporary and archival photos, period ads, and scrapbook photos.” - Muscle Car Review

 

“…as much as you’ll enjoy the narrative, you’ll probably spend more time going over the numerous photos of the cars.” - Auto Restorer

 

“David Newhardt has taken a new and refreshing look at those great cars in his new book, American Muscle Supercars, by examining how they came about.” – Albert Drake, Cruzin Magazine

 

“Photographer David Newhardt went on a treasure hunt to seek out these special cars and drag race survivors…” – Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune

“Well illustrated thanks to David’s highly creative photographic talent, along with lots of thrilling vintage photos, everything you ever wanted to know about how these famous names got their start modifying and racing muscle cars is all here, and in an easy-to-read style that is highly entertaining. It’s a must-read for all fans of muscle cars.” – Richard Lentinello, Hemmings Classic Car

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