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Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club co-founder. Operates the Saleen Locating Service. Saleen historian and memorabilia collector.

HAGERTY: THE SCCA RACETRUCK CHALLENGE

The SCCA RaceTruck Challenge was Pole Position Mayhem

By: BENJAMIN HUNTING on October 02, 2018
Original Article: HAGERTY.COM

Long before Stadium Super Trucks entered the global racing consciousness, and in a time predating even NASCAR’s involvement in pickup racing, the Sports Car Club of America unveiled perhaps the most unusual professional class in its long and storied history. It was a tightly-contested battle between the least likely of competitors: high-riding four-cylinder trucks not all that different from what you could drive home right off the showroom floor.

The SCCA RaceTruck Challenge—initially branded by Coors, then redubbed the SCCA Truck Guard Shellzone Challenge a few years later—started in 1987 and ran through 1991. During that time, it gathered together a who’s who of the mini-truck world, including nine different automakers represented (with varying degrees of official sanction) that fought it out over the course of the season across the United States. During its five-year tenure, the series would support both the open-wheel CART championship as well as Trans-Am, in addition to being featured on its own alongside other classes of competition on SCCA weekends.

Nearly stock

Mark Windecker
Mark Windecker

Like any racing series, the RaceTruck Challenge had its own set of rules. But the list of prohibitions loomed especially large when it came to the degree of modifications that teams were permitted to make to each of the trucks. Striking a balance between a Showroom Stock class and one that recognized that, “Hey, maybe pickups aren’t quite ready to tackle a high speed corner right out of the box,” RaceTrucks were allowed to swap in stiffer bushings, more appropriate shocks, and make a few other tweaks to the vehicle’s suspension. As long as trucks remained eight inches off of the ground, as measured from the rocker panels.

Under the hood, everything had to stay stock, although teams could reassemble or “blueprint” their engines rather than run a sealed factory unit. The trucks were strippers, featuring torn-down interiors and zero options, with A/C and other niceties left off of the order sheet. They ran full cages, race seats, and steering wheels, and used racing pads and shoes. Yes, that means the rear brakes were drums, just like the ones sitting on the dealer lot.

Mark Windecker
Mark Windecker

Stock horsepower was far from evenly distributed across the models that lineup up for the SCCA RaceTruck Challenge. At one end of the spectrum were pickups like the Dodge Ram 50/Mitsubishi Mighty Max, Jeep Comanche, Mazda B2300 and the Ford Ranger (campaigned under a Saleen badge with none other than Steve Saleen himself behind the wheel), which offered 110–120 ponies, while others from Isuzu were below the century mark. Hovering in between were entries like the Nissan D21 and the Toyota Truck, forcing the SCCA to introduce weight handicapping—sometimes by adding nearly 200 pounds of ballast to the quickest truckst—to even out the field.

Minimal power, maximum fun

Mark Windecker
Mark Windecker

The racing itself was fun to watch, and if you weren’t able to be there in person during the Racetruck series’ heyday, then you can catch highlights on YouTube. There was banging, sliding, numerous lead changes, and five-wide dashes down the front straight. Not the grippiest of steeds, to be sure (considering their weight concentrated forward of the center axis), nor the most aerodynamic despite air dams and other ground effects, the pickups relied on luck and the skill of their drivers rather than raw power or flashy top speeds to carry the day.

Typically, events ran 25 laps, although on longer and shorter courses that number could be massaged to keep things around the 50-mile mark. Tracks that saw Challenge competition included Mosport, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Mid-Ohio, Texas World Speedway, Las Vegas International, Laguna Seca, and Sears Point.

It was a remarkably even series in terms of both individual accomplishments and the manufacturer standings. Nissan won twice in a row (after having lost by one point to Jeep in 1988), along with two drivers championships (including the inaugural by driver Max Jones). Steve Saleen’s remarkable 5-of-6 win effort sealed the overall crown for Ford in ’91 (previous seasons contained 9–11 races).

While the RaceTruck Challenge was definitely entertaining, the field shrank as time went on, dropping from a high of 19 trucks entered per event during the 1988 season to 10 the final two years. Mitsubishi dropped out by ’89, and Toyota was gone a couple of years later. Flagging interest spelled doom, and 1991 was the final season of the RaceTruck Challenge.

Looking back, looking ahead

Mark Windecker
Mark Windecker

The legacy of SCCA RaceTrucks soon bore fruit. Jeep would produce the Comanche Eliminator from 1988–92, a two-wheel drive street warrior that delivered 177 horsepower and 224 lb-ft of torque from a 4.0-liter straight six, while Saleen would build a handful of hopped-up Ranger Sport Trucks. Whether GM’s limited experience in the series (the Chevy S-10 was a late entry) would have anything to do with the genesis of the turbocharged GMC Syclone is anyone’s guess, but at the very least the Challenge proved that there was an interest in mini-trucks that did more than just haul.

Looking at the pickup market today reveals intriguing potential for a revival of a similar-type road racing grudge match between brands like Toyota and Nissan, who never gave up on the entry-level truck segment. Meanwhile, Chevy is back with the Colorado and Ford is joining the re-joining the party with the U.S.-market Ranger—both automakers briefly turned their backs on anything smaller than full-size. Although today’s mid-sizers are significantly larger than anything RaceTruck-related, power plants are also much mightier, raising both the stakes—and the ride heights—for potential pole position mayhem.

Mark Windecker
Mark Windecker

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[Source: Hagerty]

RESTORATION COMPLETE: SALEEN S7 03-031R

By: FLORENT MOULIN

We are very proud to present a selection of pictures of the Saleen S7R GT1 chassis 031R after its in-house restoration by Art & Revs. It was a real joy and moment of pride to put the car in our studio after working so hard for such a result.

The great 031R was ordered together with 029R in late 2003 by ACEMCO, an important US company in the motor car industry in the US. The aim was to compete at the highest level in ALMS and Le Mans, notably against the factory Corvettes ran by Pratt & Miller. ACEMCO had by this time built up a fantastic racing team around Ron Mack and Jim Bell.

This legendary car raced in the 2005 ALMS including an 8th overall finish at Sebring 12 Hours and it finished second in the Championship. The pinnacle of its history came certainly in 2006 when it raced at Le Mans 24 hours, finishing an impressive 11th place overall, making 031R the first Saleen to ever finish the world’s most prestigious endurance race. This important result bears testimony to the car’s performance and reliability.

The car was not used in 2007 and 2008, and was sold to Europe in 2009 to be raced in the FIA GT Championship with K Plus K, driven by Karl Wendlinger and Ryan Sharp, notably winning Silverstone’s Tourist Trophy among other motorsport firsts. Back then the competition between Maserati, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Saleen was at its height.

Very few know the S7R’s history and that the first series of S7Rs were actually engineered and built at RML in UK. However the « Evo » version was totally re-engineered by Saleen in their all new factory at Irvine in California, this is where they also built the 4,000 Ford GTs on behalf of Ford. 029R & 031R were the first Evo cars built and accordingly benefited from all new chassis, suspension, gearbox and aero. The Saleen S7 7.0 liter engines were in fact built from Ford`s 5.0 liter « small » block and reliability has always been a real issue. It has to be said that the engines built at Roush-Yates have always been disappointing and notably deprived most of the S7Rs from finishing Le Mans.

In the first stages of their Saleen project, ACEMCO being generously funded, contracted Panoz ( Elan Technologies ) to build up a 7.0 liter version of their largely proven LMP900 engine, originally a 6.0 liter. The Elan 7.0 liter was a total success and ACEMCO would never retire because of an engine failure. In unrestricted specifications, 031R’s engine recently shown 728 HP on the dyno at Elan after its rebuild. Only the two original ACEMCO cars would actually be equipped with the fantastic Elan engine and four units were built.

031R was completely stripped down to its bare components by Art & Revs and meticulously restored and reassembled by our highly skilled staff, most of whom have a large experience in Formula 1 or Endurance.All of the car’s components were reconditioned or replaced in close collaboration with the original suppliers wherever possible, just like the engine which was rebuilt at Elan. For safety purposes, the major components were crack tested.

This highly iconic silver S7R is now ready for new adventures on the historic racing scene and more widely in the classic car world. This is a great part of the Saleen S7R legend, the first all-American supercar to ever compete at Le Mans and in major international championships.

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1992 HATCHBACK (92-0013) HITS eBay

Price: BID
VIN: 1FACP41E9NF119413
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1992
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Trim: Saleen
Engine: 5.0L 302 CID
Transmission: Manual
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 11,450
Body Type: Hatchback
Exterior Color: Red
Interior Color:Black
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 332771180972

92-0013 Saleen Mustang
92-0013 Saleen Mustang

Saleen Only built 17 Cars in 1992 5 Convertibles and 12 Coupes the only rarer car are the SA 10 which only 9 were built and the 1st 1984 Car only 1 built that year. These cars were the epitomize of mustang performance for the fox bodies. Car was bought from Beasley Ford in Atlanta. Beasley installed the supercharger and intake as would have been done from Saleen. They also changed the intakes out to the GT-40 style intake I have all original parts including correct dated spark plug wires. These car are only going to go up in value and you never see 1992 cars for sale. Here’s you chance. Clean CA title in hand.

JIMMY MOORE’s “GREEN GOBLIN” (88-0004) HITS eBay

Price: $65,200.00
VIN: 1FABP41E6JF222715
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1988
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Trim: Saleen
Engine: 5.0L 302 CID
Transmission: Manual
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 66,640
Body Type: Hatchback
Exterior Color: Black
Interior Color: Tan
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 302834126441

1988 Saleen Green Goblin car #04.

88-0004 Saleen Mustang
88-0004 Saleen Mustang

Research and development car. There were only two cars that were used for the 1989 Saleen Mustang SSC car this being one of them the other one being the SA-5 .Both cars were prototypes, also ( RD ) research and development.

Car has many options that were never used in production.

88-0004 Saleen Mustang
88-0004 Saleen Mustang

Recaro seats, drop down radar detector, upgraded Pioneer stereo CD changer, back seat delete, rear window defroster delete, adjustable shocks, alarm system, tinted windows.

Buyer is responsible for picking up and taking possession of the car after payment.

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1986 T-TOP (86-0046) FEATURED ON eBay

Price: BID
VIN: 1FABP28M2GF197922
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1986
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Trim: Saleen
Engine: 5.0L 302 CID
Transmission: Manual
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 110,000
Body Type: Hatchback
Exterior Color: Bright Red
Interior Color: Beige
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 183328412847

86-0046 Saleen Mustang
86-0046 Saleen Mustang

– 1986 Mustang Saleen number 86-0046
– One of only 201 cars in 1986
– Bright red/gold graphics.
– Runs and drives as it should and as it did new
– Car has been about 90% restored

Selling my 1986 Mustang Saleen number 46. This car was originally sold in Massachusetts but spend most of it’s life in California. The car has absolutely zero rust. The body has a hundred and ten thousand miles on it, but the rebuild only has just over a thousand.

The car is one-of-one in two ways, it is the only ’86 Saleen that was red with gold wheels, gold stripes, tan interior and T-tops. It is the one and only one in ’85 or ’86 that was ever ordered with no center console. The car was ordered with no center console, but a center console was received with it when it was new. Which I have, it retains the Saleen plaque on the cigarette ashtray. The car was also ordered with no AC, and it was a no power option group, but it does have power windows.

86-0046 Saleen Mustang
86-0046 Saleen Mustang

The car retains everything that is factory to it. It has the Kenwood radio the Kenwood speaker covers the Momo steering wheel the original center caps and so on. The car has been about 90% restored. It has newer paint which is extremely nice, very nice interior with new seat covers and carpet period and a fresh motor would just over a thousand miles on it that was rebuilt to factory spec.

86-0046 Saleen Mustang
86-0046 Saleen Mustang

One of the only things that is not original are the shorty headers and exhaust. The car also has 3.73:1 gears instead of the original 2.73s. The car runs and drives as it should and as it did new. The car also has Eibach springs for a better ride, but I have the original Racecrafts in a box. In the Saleen book, it states that this car was one of the first three to receive the 1986 front and rear valance for 1986 model year Saleen Mustangs. This car is also one of three t-top Saleens that actually came from Ford as a T-top car and was not converted. Car has brand new tires as well, and the wheels were refinished. Basically all the running gear is new. It does need a speedometer cable.

I really don’t want to sell the car, but it just isn’t the right season for me to own something like this.

Details on this rare car, lots of original paperwork and build sheets, 100% authenticated

1 of 1 that is Red/Gold and Factory T-tops (In the Saleen book, it states that this car was one of the first three to receive the 86 front and rear Valance )
– One of three t-tops from Ford not an aftermarket conversion
– Rare A/C delete
– No power option group
– Power windows
– Gold Riken 16in wheels (new tires, refurb wheels ,correct center caps)
– The car was ordered with no center console, but a center console was received with it when it was new
– Saleen plaque on the cigarette ashtray
– Kenwood radio the Kenwood speaker covers
– Momo steering wheel the original center and horn button
– Needs a speedometer cable
– This car was originally sold in Massachusetts but spend most of it’s life in California. The car has absolutely zero rust
– The car has 110,00 miles but the motor is fresh with about 1,000 brake in miles (factory specs)
– New seat covers and carpet
– Fresh paint,new seat covers and carpet
– 3.73 gears instead of the original 2.73
– Stock springs to improve ride (Stock Saleen springs inc)

Please call or message with any questions 605-553-1527 thanks for looking.

1988 HATCHBACK (88-0329) HITS eBay

Price: BID
VIN: 1FABP41E1JF200797
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1988
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Trim: Saleen
Engine: 5.0L 302 CID
Transmission: Manual
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 58,930
Body Type: Hatchback
Exterior Color: Red
Interior Color: Red
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 202364356019

88-0329 Saleen Mustang
88-0329 Saleen Mustang

Up for Auction is my 1988 Saleen Mustang #329 with 58,930 original miles in excellent condition. Scarlet Red with red interior and gold graphics, 1 of 1 documented from Saleen. I am the 4th owner of this car. All original single stage paint and interior in amazing condition. Very rare car; 708 Saleen Mustangs were made in 1988; 549 were hatchback and only 5 Saleen Mustangs were made with a red interior and this is most likely the only one left. Car is mostly stock condition and has all original Saleen parts as delivered from the Saleen factory including original Racecraft suspension, original Strut Tower brace, Hurst 5 Speed shifter, Saleen Leather Shift knob, Momo Veloce Steering wheel, FloFit seats and specially ordered when new with 3:55 gears. Comes with correct pioneer radio and equalizer. Car is very clean, in beautiful show condition and runs excellent.

88-0329 Saleen Mustang
88-0329 Saleen Mustang

Engine runs smooth, always had Royal Purple Synthetic oil changes. Pictures of the engine show engine is in stock form but there are a few modifications that were done by the original owner including GT40 Heads, Ford Racing Headers, Ford Mass Air Flow sensor (added to all Mustangs in 1989), aluminum drive shaft, DynoMax mufflers, sub-frame connectors and smog pump delete. The catalytic converters are not on the car but I have them to go with the car. Recently, the car has gone through a full tune-up including new coolant, new Ford Motorsport radiator hoses, Ford Motorsport spark plugs, Ford Motorsport ignition wires, Ford Motorsport oil filter, new rear differential oil, and new rear brake pads. There is also new under hood insulation.

88-0329 Saleen Mustang
88-0329 Saleen Mustang

Everything works on this car, there are no problems and no leaks. This car has a clean title and never been hit. Overall, the original paint is smooth and mint condition with only a few minor touch ups on the hood, passenger fender and the A-pillar is showing signs of age with paint discoloration / fading (See picture). The Original Pioneer KEH-6050 Cassette Radio comes with the car but is missing the fast forward button. Overall this car is a true collectible and increasing in value. You will not find another one like this. It is after all documented one of one, grabs a lot of attention and has won awards at local car shows. It comes with the Saleen Owners Packet, Ford Mustang Owners Manual and receipts for recent maintenance over the last few years. Thank you for your interest.

1987 HATCHBACK (87-0102) LANDS ON eBay

Price: BID
VIN: 1FABP41E5HF179592
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1987
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Trim: Saleen
Engine: 5.0L 302 CID
Transmission: Manual
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 6,100
Body Type: Hatchback
Exterior Color: Black
Interior Color: Gray
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 263727978829

87-0102 Saleen Mustang
87-0102 Saleen Mustang

1987 All original Mustang Saleen. In great condition. 6,100 original miles. Car runs and drives like new.

Will not find a nicer one of these anywhere! Car is like brand new!

87-0102 Saleen Mustang
87-0102 Saleen Mustang

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FORD NATIONALS, CARLISLE, PENNSYLVANIA JUNE 1-3, 2018

Carlisle Ford Nationals, June 1-3, 2018

Saleen Automotive weekend hospitality tent

MEET STEVE SALEEN OF SALEEN AUTOMOTIVE
Hall of Famer Comes to Carlisle During Ford Weekend

A very popular name within automotive circles is coming to Carlisle courtesy of Saleen Automotive. Steve Saleen was born in California and attended USC, earning a degree in business. He parlayed his education into a booming career that saw him work with the Porsche Owners Club before becoming a competitive racer. In 1980, he entered the Formula Atlantic series and was third in the final series standings. After that, he advanced to the SCCA Trans-Am series in ’82, driving a Ford Mustang. From there, his passion for the Mustang grew immensely, culminating with the founding of Saleen Autosport in 1983 and subsequent building of the first Saleen Mustang.

In 1984, the car was completed, tested and raced against some of the world’s top cars, finishing first in its class at the Mosport 24 hour endurance race. Years later, Saleen formed a race team with comedian Tim Allen and driver Bob Bondurant. The three raced Saleen Mustangs in the SCAA World Challenge. Inducted into the Mustang Hall of Fame in 1996 along side Carroll Shelby, Saleen remains active today, primarily with his namesake company, Saleen Inc.

Since establishing Saleen Automotive, the company has gone on to build countless Mustangs and Ford products. Saleen cars and trucks are seen as one of the top brands in the Ford market. Saleen also had a hand in the 2005-2006 Ford GT cars. Don’t miss out as Steve Saleen meets and greets with enthusiasts and does an autograph signing or two. Steve Saleen will be located in the Saleen Automotive booth located near the stage. Appearance and Autograph times are still to be announced so follow this page and our Carlisle Ford Nationals Facebook page.

Don’t miss a chance to meet Steve Saleen at Carlisle in 2018!

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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 2018 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 April 30th, 2018 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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S302 SA-30 (14-009) HITS eBay

Price: $84,997.00
VIN: 1ZVBP8CF4E5322070
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 2014
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Trim: Saleen S302 SA-30 Anniversary
Engine: 302 CID Supercharged
Transmission: 6-speed Manual
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 8,096
Body Type: Coupe
Exterior Color: Tire Smoke White
Interior Color: Charcoal
For Sale By: Cosmo Motors
eBay #: 112881996645

14-009 S302 SA-30
14-009 S302 SA-30

Vehicle Overview
SLA2014 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN – 30TH ANNIVERSARY – SIGNATURE SERIES

Ultra rare! Production #09 out of only 10 produced! 30th Anniversary! Saleen signature series! One owner! 6-speed manual! Only a very carefully driven 8k miles! Babied! Steve saleen personally signed authentication dash! $99,845k msrp! Supercharged v8! 625 hp! This car is insane! Finished in the beautiful tire smoke white paint over next to perfect black and white leather interior!

14-009 S302 SA-30
14-009 S302 SA-30

Gorgeous 5-spoke alloy wheels coated in the tire smoke white paint wrapped in cooper tires! Completely smoke free and still smells new! Amazing sounding shaker 500 audio system! Leather wrapped steering wheel! Ice cold a/c! Am/Fm radio! Sirius XM radio!

External temperature display! And so much more! Too much to list!

14-009 S302 SA-30
14-009 S302 SA-30

Under the hood lies the monster 5.0l supercharged v8 engine, linked to that super smooth shifting 6-speed manual transmission! Rear wheel drive! This car is so much fun to drive! Do not miss out on your opportunity to come by and check out this super rare and amazing machine! This car will not last long at all on our showroom floor, so give us a call today for more info, before it is too late! Only at cosmo motors!

Options:
* SALEEN SIGNATURE SERIES POWERTRAIN – SUPERCHARGED V8
* SALEEN SIGNATURE SERIES INTERIOR
* SALEEN SIGNATURE SERIES S4 HIGH PERFORMANCE SUSPENSION
* SALEEN SIGNATURE SERIES AIR MANAGEMENT
* SALEEN SIGNATURE SERIES BRAKES
* SALEEN SIGNATURE SERIES EXTERIOR TRIM
* SALEEN SIGNATURE SERIES WHEELS

* CARFAX CERTIFIED – ONE OWNER
* 5.0L SUPERCHARGED V8 F DOHC 32V – REAR WHEEL DRIVE
* TIRE SMOKE WHITE EXTERIOR PAINT – 5-SPOKE ALLOY WHEELS PAINTED IN TIRE SMOKE WHITE – COOPER TIRES

* BLACK AND WHITE LEATHER INTERIOR – SHAKER AUDIO – LEATHER WRAPPED STEERING WHEEL – ICE COLD A/C – EXTERNAL TEMP DISPLAY – SALEEN DESIGNED DASH – AM/FM RADIO – CD PLAYER – SIRIUS XM RADIO – AND MORE

* NEVER WRECKED OR SMOKED IN
* FULLY DETAILED AND SERVICED

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