All posts by David Bruno

Club archivist. Sorts material from Greg Wackett and Saleen. Facilitates SOEC creative and media presence since 2005.

SALEEN CHAMPIONSHIP ANNIVERSARY MUSTANGS REVEAL IN SEATTLE

Saleen Championship Anniversary Mustangs Reveal in Seattle

CORONA, CA – July 5, 2017 – Saleen Automotive, Inc. will reveal their 30-Year Championship Commemorative Edition Saleen Mustangs, both street and race versions, at the largest gathering of Mustangs in the Northwest—the Mustangs Northwest Roundup 2017. Activities begin at 7 PM on Wednesday, July 12, at Bill Pierre Ford, a long-standing Saleen dealer, in Seattle, Washington. On hand will be Saleen CEO Steve Saleen and his Team, representatives of General Tire, and Championship drivers George Follmer, Rick Titus, Desiré Wilson, Lisa Caceres, and more.

“I am proud and excited to be formally debuting our Championship Commemorative Edition Saleen Mustangs at Bill Pierre Ford dealership, a great Saleen supporter throughout the years,” exclaimed Steve Saleen. “Saleen Automotive, Inc., has always been warmly welcomed by the members of Mustangs Northwest at their annual Roundup. So, it is only natural for us to participant in their 2017 Event. It will be an outstanding weekend. Come on out and meet the Championship Team and get an up-close look at our newest Saleen Mustangs.”

Additional plans surrounding the Roundup, includes a track event on Thursday, July 13, at Pacific Raceway in nearby Kent, Washington. Saleen drivers will be on hand with the new Championship Edition Saleen Mustangs giving press rides. A Friday Night Meet and Greet is scheduled at the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue.

“We are extremely proud to introduce our new ultra-high-performance G-MAX RS tire with Saleen at this event. We have been anticipating this tire for several years, and this new Saleen Mustang is a perfect match for the G-MAX RS,” stated Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire.

The Roundup car-show portion of the event continues on Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16, 2017, at Bellevue College, in Bellevue, Washington. The Championship Edition Saleen Mustangs will be on display at the show. Additionally, there will be an autograph session at the Saleen Display.

This event is open to all Mustang enthusiasts; there will be food, goody bags, and autograph signings.

Additional information at www.saleen.com

About Saleen Automotive, Inc.
Saleen is an American specialty manufacturer of high-performance vehicles, technical performance parts, lifestyle accessories, and apparel. Founder Steve Saleen has continually set the bar for automotive design and performance engineering in both street and racing applications. Saleen plans to utilize its existing strategic partnerships and dealer network to refine its design and engineering prowess, continue development of emerging automotive technologies, and expand its presence nationwide with a combination of automotive retail services, aftermarket parts and new vehicle sales to build significant long-term value. Learn more at www.saleen.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Media contact:
pr@saleen.com
Saleen Automotive, Inc.
2735 Wardlow Road
Corona, CA 92882
714.400.2121

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[Source: Saleen Automotive]

PITTSBURGH VINTAGE GRAND PRIX – JULY 15-16, 2017

Schenley Park Race Weekend – July 15 & 16, 2017

2017 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
2017 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

Schenley Park is the scene of our nation’s largest vintage race event. 150 vintage racers gather here each July to test their skills and entertain the crowd. The PVGP races through Schenley Park are considered by many drivers to be the most challenging race course worldwide. The 2.33 mile circuit has 23 turns not to mention haybales, manhole covers, phone poles and stone walls. The Grand Prix in Schenley Park is the only vintage race event that is run on actual city streets – made possible by our Pit Crew of 1,000 volunteers.

The best place to watch the races is from the 456 acre Bob O’Connor Golf Course where the Grand Prix stages an International Car Show with over 2,000 vehicles on display. These car shows are mainly supported by local car clubs but are also open to the public for only $30 for the weekend. In addition to the car shows there are dozens of sponsor tents, a village full of vendors and plenty of food and refreshment vendors. 200,000 spectators are expected to come out and watch the races – there is no cost for spectators to enter, but we do encourage donations. Proceeds from the event benefit charity.

There is so much that happens on the Race Weekend in Schenley Park that we can’t fit it all on one page – so here are some quick links to individual events that occur over the weekend.

There are practice/warm-up sessions each morning. Qualifying races take place on Saturday with the Featured Races on Sunday. Both afternoons feature exciting racing as groups are separated by engine size and year of manufacture. There is little difference to spectators between Saturday’s and Sunday’s track action as over 175 cars will compete.

2017 Schedule
Saturday, July 15

  • Vintage Practice Sessions 8:15 – noon
  • Vintage Track Rides noon – 1:00
  • Vintage Qualifying Races 1:00 – 5:00
  • British Car Day 9:30 – 5:00
  • International Car Show 9:30 – 5:00

Sunday, July 16

  • Vintage Warm-up Sessions 8:15 – 11:00
  • Parades and Opening Ceremony 11:00- 11:50
  • Vintage Races noon – 5:00
  • International Car Show 9:30 – 5:00

http://www.pvgp.org/race-weekend-events/

http://www.pvgp.org/car-show-overview/

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[Source: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix]

CARLISLE FORD NATIONALS 2017 COVERAGE

It came. It went. For east-coasters and for those around the Great Lakes region, our celebration of blue oval power kickoffs summer each year with the Carlisle Ford Nationals. Held during the first weekend of June in Carlisle Pennsylvania, the Ford Nationals IS the place to view 82 acres of FoMoCo products.

There were an estimated 47 Saleen manufactured vehicles in attendance for Saturday’s Fun Field Participant Ballot Car Show. With a small collection of Saleen Mustangs in the Carlisle Car Corral anticipating new enthusiastic owners. Our collection of Saleen vehicles ranged from the debut model year 1985 editions to the latest 2017 S302 Yellow Label. With a sprinkle of an S331 Sport Truck and two Saleen Foci.

Event support appreciation to Rudy & Betsy Beyer for their effort operating the SOEC tent and appreciation to all participants, enthusiasts and owners that makes this event so exceptional.


Video: SOEC Staff

89-0024 Saleen SSC
89-0024 Saleen SSC
17-0032 S302 Yellow Label
17-0032 S302 Yellow Label
02-0019 S281 Extreme
02-0019 S281 Extreme
97-0042S S351 Speedster
97-0042S S351 Speedster

2017 Carlisle Ford Nationals award winners
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B327 – 1984 – 1993 SALEEN
89 – ANDY BENTINCK-SMITH — 1989 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — FIRST PLACE
90 – THOMAS TOCCO — 1988 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — SECOND PLACE
91 – MATTHEW BROZOVICH — 1986 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — THIRD PLACE
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B328 – 1994 – 2004 SALEEN
92 – JOHNATHAN ELIAS — 2002 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — FIRST PLACE
93 – ROSEANN DEBELLA — 2002 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — SECOND PLACE
94 – EDWARD LYNCH JR — 1998 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — THIRD PLACE
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B330 – 2005 – 2014 SALEEN
98 – RUDY & BETSY BEYER — 2013 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — FIRST PLACE
99 – REGINALD SINGLETON — 2008 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — SECOND PLACE
100 – ERIC SEAMAN — 2006 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — THIRD PLACE
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B332 – SALEEN POWERED
103 – MICHAEL SEELEY — 2007 FORD SALEEN S331 — FIRST PLACE
104 – KIM AYWAS — 2005 FORD SALEEN S121 — SECOND PLACE
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B310 – 1969 – 1970 COUGAR ELIMINATOR
37 – THOMAS WILDS — 1970 MERCURY COUGAR — *SPECIAL AWARD*
* Celebrity Pick Chosen By: David Bruno, Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club

Award winning Thomas Wilds' 1970 Mercury Cougar Boss 302 Eliminator[
Award winning Thomas Wilds’ 1970 Mercury Cougar Boss 302 Eliminator
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VIDEO: VINTAGE SALEEN MUSTANG (87-0105) ON ‘MY CLASSIC CAR’

From our friends at MyClassicCarTV.

My Classic Car Season 21 Episode 18 – Rare 80’s Performance

Published on May 3, 2017
1:36 – 1987 Saleen Mustang
4:28 – 1987 Saleen Mustang Drive
7:43 – 1986 Shelby Dodge Omni GLHS
11:42 – 1986 Shelby Dodge Omni GLHS Drive

Dennis makes his was to Salina, KS to check out a couple of rare 80’s performance cars.

Website – http://www.myclassiccar.com
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/myclassiccar
Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/myclassiccar
Google+ – https://plus.google.com/103516592864435202958

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[Source: MyClassicCarTV channel via YouTube]

FORD NATIONALS, CARLISLE, PENNSYLVANIA JUNE 2-4, 2017

Carlisle Ford Nationals, June 2-4, 2017

SOEC weekend hospitality tent

Vehicle Classes:
131: MUSTANG – 1984 – 1993 SALEEN
133: MUSTANG – 1994 – 2004 SALEEN
135: MUSTANG – 2005 – 2014 SALEEN
137: MUSTANG – 2015 – Present SALEEN
139: SALEEN POWERED (truck, Focus, S7, etc)

CLUB:
Choose SALEEN OWNERS AND ENTHUSIASTS CLUB in the club drop down menu on registration to help us help you.

Carlisle Events Website:
www.carsatcarlisle.com

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Gate-N-Go: Your Green Light to the Showfield

Register for the 2017 Carlisle Ford Nationals Showfield. Registration includes weekend admission for two people. To qualify for the 10% Gate-N-Go pre-registration discount and have your entry window sticker mailed to you, please pre-register prior to May 1st, 2017 at midnight EST. Discount will be applied at checkout. After registering, a receipt will be emailed to you – please bring this receipt to the event. If you belong to a club, enter the full club name. Please do not abbreviate the club name.

https://store.carlisleevents.com/

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SCALE REPLICA OF STEVE SALEEN’S MARCH 88C CART RACER

From our friend’s at Open Wheel Racing Modeling.

Saleen Autosport MARCH 88/C
Saleen Autosport MARCH 88/C

Hi everybody, this is a car I started 20+ years ago and put it up while life happened. I just finished it. The starting point is the AMT Kraco car. I made the decals on a office copier, and from the Kraco sheet. The road wings are cut down monogram with .010 sheet styrene end plates.

[Source: Open Wheel Racing Modeling]

REAR VIEW: 86-0068 & GRASSROOTS RACING

PHOTOS & TEXT EXCERPTS: GEORGE CHABAL

“Original owner with 10,000 miles, original paint and interior. 86-0068 was special ordered as a stripped down Mustang from Ford and drop shipped to Saleen Autosport for the Saleen conversion. Car was purchased to compete in SCCA Solo II.”

86-0068 Saleen Mustang
86-0068 Saleen Mustang, competition debut

The ’80s were a relaunch of factory-backed racing efforts from Ford Motor Company. Earlier in the decade, with the birth of Special Vehicle Operations, FMC became a global juggernaut in all forms of vehicle racing through their Ford Motorsport program lead by Michael Kranefuss. While Detroit was busy forming Goliath; a little-known Californian upstart run by Steve Saleen approached the Motorsport operation with his plan to remanufacture 5-Liter Mustangs into an uncompromised, signature series, street-legal, niche performance vehicle. With SVOs blessing, the Saleen Mustang concept became a welcomed addition to FMCs Motorsport agenda and their “Racing into the Future” marketing vision.

“Saleen had said this car was what they would have done if they were to sell a R-version to the public. At the time they were out of the Hurst shifters for the street cars, but since they knew I would be racing this one; Saleen took a backup shifter from their race team to install into 86-0068.”

86-0068 Saleen Mustang
86-0068 Saleen Mustang

1986 was Saleen Autosport’s debut year into SCCA road racing. Their ’86 model year signature package was approved for SCCA Showroom Stock Endurance Series in class SS/GT. Saleen would compete with SCCA’s entire calendar of events; winning the prestigious 24 Hours of Mosport race late in the season. While the factory racing team was busy scraping paint with Porsche and Corvette on a national stage, effort was also made to endorse Saleen Mustang sales to regional racers seeking a value added, sanction approved performance package, for their dreams of clinching the checkered flag. Through Saleen Autosport’s grassroots support program; experienced racers could special order a new vehicle and qualify for competition incentives throughout their competition season.

“86-0068 was the first Saleen Mustang shipped to Pennsylvania. After I took delivery Steve Saleen called me and asked if I was willing to take my car to New York for a Koni advertising photo shoot. I mentioned to Steve I had to make sure could take time away from work. When I called back the following day Saleen had made other arrangements because of their short lead time.”

George Chabal, of western Pennsylvania, was one of Saleen Autosport’s earliest competition customers. With an eye on the SCCA Solo II Series, George contacted Steve Saleen on how best to order a new Mustang for club racing. With Steve’s assistance they ordered a Bright Red 5-Liter LX hatchback with tinted glass, light group, power lock group and Ford radio delete. Other equipment would include Saleen’s standard Kenwood sound system, Ford Mustang GT seating and Hurst short-throw shifter; George would arrive to PA SCCA events in style.

86-0068 SCCA SOLO RECORDS

DRIVER: GEORGE CHABAL
I. Regional
A. Class Champion 1987-2001 ESP, 1999 Driver of the Year; Steel Cities Region SCCA
B. Year End Points Champion North Hills Sports Car Club
1. Most number of total & consecutive starts for Driver since 1958
1984, 1987-1990, 1993-1994

86-0068 Saleen Mustang
86-0068 Saleen Mustang

II. SCCA NEDIV Divisional
A. 2nd, Best Finish
B. 1st, 1995

III. SCCA CENDIV Divisional
A. 1st, 1998

IV. SCCA National Tours
A. Evansville, IN 1993: 3rd
B. Norfolk, VA, 1994: 2nd
C. Evansville, IN, 1994: 3rd
D. Pittsburgh, PA, 1996: 1st
V. PA State Championships
A. 1st, 1992
B. 2nd, 1993
C. 2nd, 1994
D. 1st, 1995

VI. SCCA SOLO II Nationals, Salina, KS
A. Middle of group, 1990-1992,1994
B. 8th 1996
C. 7th 1997

CO-DRIVER: LADIES CLASS
I. Regional
A. Class Champion 1983-1997 ESPL, Steel Cities Region SCCA
B. 2nd year end points North Hills Sports Car Club 1995

86-0068 Saleen Mustang
86-0068 Saleen Mustang

II. SCCA NEDIV Divisional
A. 1st 1983-1986, 1991-1997
B. 2nd 1987-1990, 1999

III. SCCA National Tour
A. Evansville, IN: 2nd 1993
B. Evansville, IN: 1st 1994
C. Norfolk, VA: 1st 1994

IV. PA State Championships
A. 1st 1992-1995
B. 2nd 1999

V. SCCA SOLO II Nationals, Salina, KS
A. 4th 1989
B. 3rd 1991
C. 2nd 1992
D. 3rd 1994
E. 5th 1995 (Topeka)
F. 2nd 1996
G. 1st 1997

86-0068 Saleen Mustang
86-0068 Saleen Mustang

Produced by Saleen Autosport using their facility at Burch Ford in La Habra California and shipped to Bures Ford in early May; 86-0068 was an unusual Saleen Mustang conversion given the lack of air conditioning, power windows and featuring a light grey Momo steering wheel.

For the 1986 model year Saleen produced 201 serialized Mustangs, 198 were street models with three competition prepared vehicles. The body style breakdown of those street models are, 187 hatchbacks and 11 convertibles.

Of the 187 street prepared hatchbacks, it is known that 47 were painted Bright Red (paint code 2R). Of those, 44 featured Charcoal interiors. All 44 were equipped with 5-speed manual transmissions, while 43 were built from the LX 5-Liter platform.

Closer examination of these 44 Bright Red with Charcoal interior conversions reveal, 35 were equipped with Saleen’s Kenwood Stereo. Of the 187 street prepared hatchbacks 86-0068 is one of three with delete features and one of three known with a light grey Momo steering wheel.

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[Source: George Chabal]

S302 EXTREME SPEEDSTER (08-0024E) TO HIT RUSSO AND STEELE AUCTION

Consignment # 8086; #F435 // SCOTTSDALE 2017
Friday, January 20th, 2:25PM-2:45PM
2008 Ford Mustang Saleen S302E Extreme Convertible

08-0024 S302 Extreme Speedster
08-0024 S302 Extreme Speedster

Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 19th – 22nd, 2017 at Russo and Steele’s 17th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Please contact us for more information.

As the last super-performance car developed under the guidance of company founder Steve Saleen, the S302E Extreme was also the most powerful Saleen Mustang available from Ford dealers when new, with 620 horsepower and peak torque of 600 pounds-feet on tap. As a top-level model aimed solely at the most serious drivers and collectors, the Extreme was a low-volume item with 25 coupes and 6 convertibles built for 2008 and 2009DCRN1 . Just 4 convertibles were built for 2008 and 2 of them were finished in eye-popping Beryllium Orange. One of those 2 cars was owned by Steve Saleen, and the other is the stunning example offered here. Both cars feature slightly different options, making this S302E Extreme convertible a true 1 of 1.

This S302E Extreme was Saleen’s top performer when new, with its aluminum 3-valve V-8 engine stroked to 302 cubic inches and equipped with forged aluminum pistons, forged steel rods, and crank, custom CNC-ported aluminum heads. A Saleen Series VI Integrated screw type, two-stage intercooled air-to-water supercharger provide induction in concert with a high-performance cam and valve springs and custom 39 lb fuel injectors.

https://russoandsteele.com/

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[Source: Russo and Steele]