All posts by Jim Dvorak

Managing Director of SOEC since 2005. Veteran of the Southern California automotive scene. Involvement with Saleen dates back to the mid 1990s.


Fabulous Fords Forever at Knott’s Weekend 2018

* Registration for the 2018 show will open in January 2018.
* Bring your Saleen — no matter its condition — to the largest non-judged show of its kind in the world!
* Pre-Register — you can do so online or download a form at

Club Members: Join us for a members-only dinner event — RSVP Required for each person in your party — Send an email to or call 714-369-8621 for more info. Casual attire, pay-your-own meal and expect to pay $12-20-plus for your meal per person. Space is limited, and spouses (or significant others) and family are welcome. We expect a group of about 50 people. More info to be announced.

We’ll do an early morning cruise to Knott’s (see lower map below) — Steve and Molly are expected to attend — unsure if they’ll do the cruise, but if you want to cruise to Knott’s, meet at Saleen at 7:45 a.m.; planned departure by 8:00 a.m. Everyone’s invited. You must be pre-registered for the show and have your confirmation card hanging from your rear view mirror as you enter the Knott’s gate.

We will need some volunteers to help parking from 5:30 – 10:00 a.m. and you get a free VIP lunch with journalists and celebrities plus preferential parking, but we need a commitment by April 4. You must also have your car registered for the show, or get a ride with someone (let Jim D. know if you need a ride).

We might need additional helpers starting at 7:00 a.m., so if you arrive early, please let Jim D. know you can help and we’ll give you a vest or a task to help with.

Cruise to Knott’s from Saleen Sunday morning…

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CORONA, CA—January 11, 2018, Saleen Automotive will reveal its latest Saleen-designed performance vehicle, the 2018 Saleen Sportruck, on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, AZ, at 11:00 A.M. and live on Facebook (

Steve Saleen’s extensive history in truck racing includes the most wins in the SCCA Truck Series and well as a national championship. Saleen, no stranger to the truck market, began its heritage with Sportrucks in the 1980s with Ranger pickup trucks, S331 Pickup trucks, and the limited-edition Supercharged Harley Davidson for Ford. Saleen’s level of performance and design makes the new 2018 Sportruck a must-have for the enthusiast.

“This addition to the product lineup demonstrates the Saleen Company’s commitment to its Brand and continued growth in the sport car and truck markets, returning Saleen back to its position of dominance,” stated Saleen Automotive President Amy Boylan. “The return to our heritage with the Saleen Sportruck is a perfect fit for our program. We now have a full line of high-performance vehicles carrying the Saleen Brand,” said Saleen CEO Steve Saleen.

The Sportruck will be offered as a 700 HP V8 Supercharged edition with a full flow Saleen designed exhaust system, and other power options. It will also be offered in RegularCab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew. All design elements hold true to Saleen’s exceptional aerodynamic designs. The Truck will feature Signature Saleen fender vents, a minimum-drag, high-downforce front facia, side skirts, and a unique functional rear facia while still maintaining the utility of the truck. It is also equipped with Saleen Racecraft Suspension with Racecraft specific-rate front coil springs, front performance shocks, specific-rate rear leaf springs, rear performance shocks, and front sway bar and bushings. Equipped with Saleen Alloy 22×10-inch front and rear wheels, the Sportruck will ride on General Tire Grabber 305/40/22 front and rear rubber.

The Performance interior includes Saleen signature two-tone leather sport seats with Saleen embroidered headrests, front and rear floor mats with Saleen embroidery, Saleen Race-inspired pedals, Saleen White Face gauges, Saleen race-inspired center-stripe leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a serialized Saleen plaque.

The Sportruck is offered in the exclusive 13 Saleen Colorlab exterior paint colors. In addition, Saleen includes its Signature Series Warranty (3 years/36,000 mile limited).

Saleen Automotive Inc., based in Corona, CA, offers three main product lines, which consist of its Saleen Super Cars, Saleen Signature Series, and Saleen Performance Vehicles. All are designed and engineered at Saleen Headquarters in Corona, CA. Contact Saleen Automotive to place your order.

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2735 Wardlow Road
Corona, CA 92882

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Adam and Matt begin the show talking about Matt modifying the steering column of his Mustang. The guys then invite Steve Saleen into the studio to talk about the S7, the upcoming S1, and racing. Steve even shares a Paul Newman story!

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Hosts: Adam Carolla and Matt D’Andria
Producer: Chris Laxamana
Engineer: Caelan Biehn

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S7 LM Commemorates Rich S7 Racing Victories

CORONA, CA—December 18, 2017, Saleen Automotive, Inc. has re-asserted its dominance in the supercar market with the unveiling of the 1300-horsepower Saleen S7 Le Mans (LM) Edition at the recent LA Auto Show.

The S7R race version has won at every major racetrack in the world, including Daytona, Sebring, Nurburgring, and the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. The S7 LM Edition commemorates that seven-year run of consecutive racing victories of its Saleen S7 Supercar. The S7 street version has also starred in several Hollywood blockbusters, including being driven by “God” in Bruce Almighty.

Steve Saleen previously announced the planned build of this extraordinary supercar. The car unveiled at the recent LA Auto Show is the fulfillment of the first of the special edition S7 LMs. “True to our form, we are bringing back America’s only true supercar,” said Steve Saleen, CEO of Saleen Automotive. “We are celebrating our winning heritage and advancing the performance DNA that Saleen was built around.”

A 7.0L twin-turbo engine, rated at 1300 horsepower, will power the new S7 LM supercar. Each one is being hand built at Saleen’s Corona, CA, headquarters. The S7 LM’s transmission is a longitudinal, 6-speed all synchromesh with limited-slip differential. It also has a metallic clutch with 8.0-inch twin-disc hydraulic actuation bow-through uprights.

The S7 LM has an all-new, exclusive Black/Silver paint scheme with clear-coated carbon fiber. It will ride on Saleen forged, five-spoke, Le Mans-style wheel design equipped with center locking wheel nuts with automatic safety locks. Fronts are sized at 19 X 9.5-inches with rears at 20 X 12.0-inches. These sleek, stylish wheels will be shod with high-performance tires: 275/30/ZR19 front and 335/30/ZR20 rears.

The chassis is comprised of 4130 Lightweight Steel Space frame with Honeycomb Composite panels. The S7 LM has advanced wind tunnel developed aerodynamics including integrated split-channel airflow throughout the car, full underside aerodynamics, advanced-design front tray and side skirts, full-body-width rear spoiler, and heat-rejecting tinted glass.

The S7 LM is well equipped with safety features including, but not limited to, integrated roll protection, aluminum honeycomb impact-absorbing panels, 3-point seat belts with automatic pre-tensioner, and aluminum honeycomb front crush structure with integrated rear crumple zones.

Interior convenience and comfort treatments feature a high-volume flow-through ventilation system, A/C, rear view video camera with interior LCD display, 240 MPH speedometer, race-inspired central-mounted digital tachometer with S7R-style shift lights, fully adjustable tilt and telescoping steering column, power windows and door locks, keyless remote for doors and rear trunk, variable intermittent windshield wipers, electric heated front windshield, remote engine hatch and fuel filler door releases, and the latest in sound systems. Standard interior trim includes black Alcantera with multi-tone leather and suede. The S7 LM is also equipped with performance sport seating, aluminum and color accents, custom-fitted driver seating position, and a dual leather and Alcantera suede steering wheel. Also included is the special LM-edition trim.

The Saleen S7 LM is priced at $1,000,000.00; with a mere seven in production, this is the ultimate collector supercar.

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Saleen Automotive, Inc.
2735 Wardlow Road
Corona, CA 92882

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Text By: JAKE HOLMES on November 30, 2017
Original Article: MOTOR1.COM

2018 Saleen S1 Is A 180 MPH, $100K Carbon Fiber Supercar Debut at los angeles auto show 2017.

The two-seater, mid-engine car packs a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four engine that was developed by Saleen. With 450 horsepower (336 kilowatts) and 350 pound-feet (474 Newton-meters) of torque, it’ll get to 60 miles per hour in a claimed 3.5 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 11.3 seconds. The top speed is claimed at 180 mph, and Saleen says the S1 pulls 1.2 g of cornering grip on a skidpad, thanks in part to its Continental ExtremeContact Sport tires.

The launch transmission is a six-speed manual, but Saleen says that the company will launch a paddle-shifter dual-clutch option “at some point.”

Inside the car, the simple dashboard consists of a digital instrument cluster behind the small, three-spoke steering wheel, with a secondary infotainment system on the center stack.

On the sidelines of the car’s debut, Steve Saleen said that the reason he wanted to make a more affordable supercar was that it will allow for greater sales and production volumes. He expects to build 1,500-2,000 S1s per year for the U.S., with a similar number for Europe and a “substantial” number for China. Interested customers can place a $1,000 deposit starting today.

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Exceptional Vehicle Adds To Steve Saleen’s Legacy

CORONA, CA—November 27, 2017, Saleen Automotive, Inc. headed by CEO Steve Saleen, a leader, innovator, designer, manufacturer, racer, and trendsetter in mass customization has been producing vehicles more than 34 years with six generations of Saleen Mustangs, Trucks, and America’s Supercar—the Saleen S7. Steve announces the upcoming launch of the Saleen 1, which has been affectionately referred to as the S1. This newest Saleen vehicle, which will debut at the 2017 LA Auto Show, has been 100-percent designed and engineered by Steve Saleen and his team at their base of operations in California. Saleen Automotive will commence manufacturing of the Saleen 1 immediately.

We invite all media to our Press Conference at the LA Auto Show at the Saleen Display in the West Hall Atrium on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 10:35am for a first look at this new vehicle, and to garner complete and accurate details on this build. For those unable to attend in person, the Press Conference will also be live on our Facebook Page. The LA Auto Show opens to the public on Friday, December 1.

Saleen Automotive Inc. is a US-based corporation headed by CEO Steve Saleen and located in Corona, CA.

Jiangsu Saleen Automotive Technologies Group (JSAT) is a new, separately owned automotive company based in China. JSAT is building a billion dollar, modern manufacturing facility to produce Saleen vehicles in China for worldwide distribution.

The genesis of the Saleen 1 began with JSAT purchasing the tooling and remnants of the Artega GT. JSAT asked Steve Saleen to assist in modernizing the Artega GT for today’s sophisticated consumer. In reality, such an “update” was not feasible, which resulted in a new vehicle being designed and built from scratch.

Initially, all Saleen 1 vehicles will be built in North America. Eventually, at an appropriate time in the future, the JSAT factory will assume responsibility for an entirely new line of Saleen vehicles, including the Saleen 1. Additionally sales, marketing, distribution, service, and warranty-related activities relating to the Saleen 1 in the United States will be handled domestically.

Saleen Automotive, Inc.
2735 Wardlow Road
Corona, CA 92882
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From our friends at Saleen Automotive.

2017 S302 Black Label convertible on its way to Brad in Kentucky. Ordered through Greenwood Ford.

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CORONA, CA — 08/24/17 — Saleen Automotive (OTCQB: SLNN) announces that Steve Saleen will appear at Mustang Week in in Myrtle Beach, NC. The event will take place Tuesday until Saturday, September 5-9, 2017. Saleen will participate in various Mustang Week events, displaying their newest Saleen Mustangs. As an additional bonus, on Friday, Steve and his team will be located at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center where Steve will be signing autographs. On Friday evening, Steve will award the special Saleen awards.

If you haven’t joined Team Saleen, now would be a great time to do so, as Team Saleen will be hosting a meet and greet FOR TEAM SALEEN MEMBERS ONLY on Friday night.

Although pre-registration for Mustang Week is already closed, spectators are always welcome. The only fee for spectators is parking, which is a minimal $5 per car. For those pre-registered, check-in will be held 8:30-11:00a.m. Judging begins immediately after 11a.m.

Come on out and meet Steve Saleen and the Saleen gang, get an autograph from Steve, and view Saleen Automotive’s latest introduction of spectacular Mustangs.


On Saturday, September 9, 2017, Steve Saleen will be at Tasca Ford in Cranston, Rhode Island. Tasca Ford, the newest Authorized Saleen Dealer, will be hosting its 20th Annual Tasca Ford Mustang Show. The show hours are 10a.m. until 3p.m. and will feature live music, Carl Tasca Sr.’s world’s fastest Cobra Jet, Bob Tasca III will start up his Nitro Funny Car, and a giant BBQ.

Always the highlight at the Tasca Show is the autograph session. This year, Steve Saleen will join Bob Tasca III, Carl Tasca Sr., and Roy Hill at the autograph table.

Donation for admission is two canned goods to support the RI Community Food Bank (additional $20.00 if you participate in the car show). To register a vehicle for the show, please call 401-681-1236.

Don’t miss out on meeting Steve Saleen as he welcomes Tasca Ford as the newest Saleen Authorized Dealer.

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

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Corona, CA 92882

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The 21st Annual Saleen Car Show and Open House will be held at Saleen Headquarters, 2735 Wardlow Rd., Corona, California on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT).

21st Annual Saleen Show
21st Annual Saleen Show

Event Details
SALEEN and SOEC present the World’s Largest Saleen Show!

Celebrating the community, culture and company of automotive enthusiasts

Join Steve Saleen, the Saleen family and the team at “Saleen Headquarters” as we welcome the Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club and all Saleen owners and enthusiasts at their annual open house and car show. This is the world’s largest gathering of Saleens in the world!

Saturday: Car Show and Open House
* More than 25 Saleen classes!
* Classes for other Mustangs and Fords, plus Chevrolet, Camaro, Dodge and Challenger, and more!
* Special Display Only category for those who don’t want their Saleen judged — bring your daily driver or fixer-upper!
* Special SOEC awards for Saleen entries: Longest Distance Driven, Longest Distance Traveled, Best Non-Judged (nomination required)
* Saleen worldwide headquarters factory tours
* Entertainment for the kids!
* Poster signing and autograph session with Steve!
* Steve Saleen will autograph Saleen vehicles after the show — please be by your Saleen vehicle to have it signed.

Sunday: SOEC Breakfast Open to all – meet at the main lobby of the Ayres Suites in Corona at 9:30 for a cruise to breakfast.

*** Saleen Show Registration ***

Saleen Worldwide Headquarters
2735 Wardlow Road
Corona, CA 92882

91 Freeway, Exit 47
Serfas Club / Auto Center Drive
Left at In-N-Out Burger onto Wardlow Road

SOEC Hotel: Ayres Suites Corona West

Comfortable accommodations at a special event price, it’s only 1.4 miles away on the other side of the 91 freeway and up Frontage Road.

Special Saleen rate includes breakfast. All rooms have microwave, fridge and coffeemakers (with coffee) and free wireless. Double occupancy rooms with double-doubles or a king. Inquire at the time you make reservations for the best room layout that suits your needs. Free parking. Some room for trailers (inquire at desk). There is a do-it-yourself car wash nearby off 6th Street.

Call Ayres Suites Corona West directly at (951) 738-9113 and ask for the “Saleen” rate. Room block at that rate is limited, and is good for the full weekend from Thursday-Sunday or as they have room, but you should book by Sept 1. Clarify room amenities and layout at time of booking. Room upgrades available. It’s a nice, clean, casual hotel, pool for the kids, and a good mexican restaurant next door.

1900 Frontage Road, Corona

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