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Currently the longest running editor of Saleen Alley. The official publication of SOEC. Have owned five generations of Saleen Mustangs through 20 years of active SOEC participation.


Schenley Park Race Weekend – July 19 & 20, 2014

2014 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.

2014 Schedule
Saturday, July 19

  • 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 20

  • 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

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The Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club has again successfully scheduled Steve Saleen’s appearance at the 2014 All Ford Nationals, Carlisle, Pennsylvania on Friday, June 6 & Saturday, June 7, 2014. We have posted that we obtained a maybe response last fall. On April 19, Steve’s attendance was upgraded to a “probably”. On April 20 Steve and Liz Saleen went to Beijing, China for an International Auto Show. On May 10 we got the final YES to Steve’s attendance at the event! I read comments that some forum members were disappointed that they can’t make plans to attend. Please understand how fortunate we are to have Steve Saleen attend the event 2 years in a row. The awesome attendance of around 130 Saleen vehicles at the 2013 Carlisle All Ford Nationals helped us as we negotiated for his attendance at this year’s event!

The whole show runs from Friday – Sunday, but Steve will only attend Friday & Saturday. We expect to have a very busy day for Steve Saleen on Saturday. We will have a “Saleen Owners Only” autograph session on Friday to sign Saleen vehicles and other Saleen memorabilia. We want you to get your autographs done on Friday. If you are able to get your items autographed on Friday, we will ask that you don’t go through the autograph line again on Saturday to allow time for others. Because of the 50th Anniversary Celebration, we expect an overwhelming turn out of Mustangs. Let’s top last year’s total of around 130 Saleen vehicles on the show field.

Try to attend on Friday. We have reservations for Friday dinner at a restaurant in a plaza around the corner from the fairgrounds’ back gate. We will leave the show field at 4:15 on Friday, June 6, 2014. We are scheduled to arrive for dinner at 4:30. Although the show runs until 5:00, Friday isn’t the big busy day, so we will leave at 4:15. Please stay at the show until 4:15. The restaurant we are going to is Marcello’s Ristorante, 900 Cavalry Rd., Carlisle, PA. From the main entrance gate, turn right, go a short distance to a light at Cavalry Rd. and turn right on to Cavalry Rd. The restaurant is in the plaza on the right.

Buffet dinner will include salad, Italian dishes (containing beef, chicken, and fish), beverage, tax, and tip for a total of $20 per person. For children under 10 years old the price is $7. The dinner cost per person will be paid at the restaurant the day of the dinner. No orders from the regular menu.

Because we are limited to 90 people, this is for Saleen Owners and immediate families. Single reservations may bring 1 guest. To notify the restaurant with a preliminary quantity, we need reservations by Saturday, May 31. All reservations will be accepted on an as available basis. After Saturday, May 31 reservation requests will be honored, if space is available. When we reach a total of 90, names will be kept on a waiting list. If space allows, friends of Saleen Owners can attend. Stop by the Saleen tent on Friday, June 6.

Send name, Saleen vehicle type & number, and quantity for dinner to Betsy Beyer at

Please check in at the SOEC tent by 2:00 on Friday, June 6 to confirm your reservation. If you can’t make it to the show field by 2:00 on Friday, but you will be at the dinner, please send me an e-mail message on Thursday, June 5th or Friday morning, June 6th to confirm your reservation. If your plans change, please cancel your reservation as soon as possible to make room for others.

When you resister for the show, please list the Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club for your club affiliation:

Carlisle Events Registration page:…lts.asp?Cat=24

Goody bags to those who pre-register under Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club — this helps support SOEC.

On Saturday, June 7, Steve will have autograph sessions, and he will have Q&A time to be scheduled by Carlisle Events. On Saturday, Steve Saleen will sign Saleen vehicles that weren’t done on Friday. Steve will also participate in the Saturday parade. Steve & Liz Saleen will drive 2013 Saleen 351 #001. All vehicles in the parade must be preregistered and have a ticket for the parade.

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Join the Beach Cities Mustang Club as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, with a very special evening with Steve Saleen on Tuesday, April 8.

BCMC Monthly Meetings take place the 2nd Tuesday of every month at FUDDRUCKERS. 5229 Clark Ave in Lakewood, CA.

Meetings are open to all members, guests and fans of the Ford Mustang.


Social Hour starts at 6pm, with a chance to eat (ask for your 10% club discount!), chat and watch videos. Meetings start at 9 and go for about 2 hours.

Guest speakers, event reports, games and fun are on the agenda. We end the meeting with a great raffle and $100s in prizes. We also have a Membership Attendance Lottery, where the current amount is over $400 cash!

Dessert is always provided free by Hansen’s Cakes!

For more details on BCMC meetings, visit our website at


The Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club is bringing Steve Saleen to the 2013 Carlisle Ford Nationals, June 7-9 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. He’ll be involved in autograph sessions, seminars and more. Meet him for free at Carlisle in 2013.

PRLog – May 18, 2013 – CARLISLE, Pa. — Many great guests have made special appearances at weekends produced by Carlisle Events. Some names have been bigger than others, but no name has been bigger at the Carlisle Ford Nationals in quite some time than the one who will be attending in 2013. Courtesy of the Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club, guests during the June 7-9 event weekend at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds can meet, talk with and get and autograph or photo from the one and only Steve Saleen.

A very popular name within automotive circles, Steve Saleen has been associated with many great milestones in motorsports history. 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.

“Having Steve at Carlisle highlights the importance of our event within the Ford community,” said event manager Ken Appell. “The Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club has been very proactive in making this appearance happen and we’re happy they were able to secure him for the weekend. The brand name of Saleen has been on the side of Mustangs and other vehicles for many years and often times Saleen Mustangs have been on the showfield at Carlisle. Now, not only will a Saleen car be at Carlisle, so will the man himself.”

Anyone interested in meeting Saleen can do so for free with an admission to the event itself. There will be autograph sessions and seminars involving him and those too are free. The autograph sessions take place at the Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club tent, plus the Q&A time will be part of his seminars held in the seminar tent. Complete tent locations will be available within the free event directory, offered as part of the Goody Bags, at Guest Services and handed out at each point of entry on grounds.


By: DREW PHILLIPS on April 23, 2012 at 7:49 AM

It was only a few weeks ago that Steve Saleen announced he would once again be taking control of the Saleen brand, and already the company is making use of the familiar logo and branding. At the Fabulous Fords at Knott’s Berry Farm event this past weekend Saleen displayed their current 2012 Mustang lineup in their booth with new banners and badges to reflect the recent name change. The SMS name could still be seen on various places on the cars, although we fully expect the company will update their tooling for all future vehicles.

Currently Saleen offers three Mustang variants, starting with the base White Label ($35,540) that features basic modifications, the Yellow Label (45,540) that adds a supercharger system and 19-inch wheels and tires, and finally the Black Label ($48,000 naturally aspirated, $58,000 supercharged)) that gets a full body kit and interior upgrade.

For the future Saleen plans to revise their lineup with four new models based on the 2013 Mustang including the 302 4V, 302 SC, 302 SSC and 302 X.



From our friend Drew Phillips.

More photos of the Lizstick Red 302 Mustang Convertible that was unveiled at the SMS car show.

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[Source: Drew Phillips]



I had been in San Diego, CA from 1998-2001 while I was in the Navy. During this time I was part of a local Mustang club, with my 1997 Cobra convertible. During the Fall of 2000, the president of our car club set up a cruise to the Annual Saleen Car Show in Irvine, CA. So we headed up there and got registered for the show.

I knew of the Saleen Mustang due to being in the club, but never saw one up-close and I never thought I would be able to afford one on a E-4 paycheck. As I walked around, I was amazed at the beauty of each Saleen that was lined up for the show (and being a hater, I’m not going to lie – lol) I heard a roar of an engine and as I looked up at the main street, I saw Steve and Liz pull up in the first Saleen S7 (the color was silver). He was followed by a Saleen Explorer and as he reversed into a location in the center of the show, a group of guys jumped out of the Saleen Explorer and surrounded the S7 with velvet ropes. I was in awe of the S7, the show, the other Saleens, the Mystic SR (no engine) in the showroom, etc!!! I was HOOKED!!! At that show I took a pic of me and Steve together. Looking back it kinda seems creepy, since I didn’t know I would be a owner of one of his vehicles in the future.

Fast forward 9 years later (two more kids and a paid off Suburban and living in Austin, TX) – I was Finally able to pounce on my prey. Low and behold was a Ultra Rare Legend Lime Saleen S281 Speedster. Not only was that PURE AWESOME, but it had already had tons of mods done to it. An Extreme upgrade to it give it 550 horses, intake upgrade, and full exhaust upgrade w/ long tube headers and only 6k miles on the beast!!! It happened to be tucked away in a garage with its first owner never driving it because he worked out of state. I snatched it up and have enjoyed it ever since – She is nicknamed the 2nd wife!!!

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[Source: Chris Yannuzzi]


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By: BRANDON HUGHES on November 22, 2010
Pictures Courtesy of PHILIPPE CYR and LEE REESE

Over the weekend my local car club ( took a trip to Adamson Ford located in Birmingham, Alabama. The event has been advertised all around for a long time and many were looking forward to a fun cruise. The weather was perfect and everyone was ready for a fun event. Steve Saleen was at the dealership signing anything and everything you could imagine as well as having pictures taken with everyone. The Saleen Club Of America ( put together the Saleens and SMS Superclub and Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club ( assisted Steve Saleen with his autograph sessions. Magic City Mustangs ( helped with the event also. In total, there were Saleens from 7 states, including Indiana, Kentucky and even one passing through on their way home to Pennsylvania. Saleen was represented very well as there were plenty to be seen by all.

Many came in from all around for this event and they filled up the front part of the parking lot with no trouble. Many non Saleen vehicles were also at the event to and had a great time as well. The show was from 1pm until 5pm and the new 2011 SMS Mustang was on hand for all to see as well as many other amazing Saleen Vehicles. I hope everyone that attended had a great time. Thanks to Adamson Ford for a great event. If you missed out you really missed out, make sure to get in touch with your local car clubs and find out all thats going on. Even as the weather starts to cool there are always events and fun activities going on. Thanks to the Saleen Club of America, Magic City Mustangs, Adamson Ford and all the others that helped at the event.


Text & Photos: REDMOSESSC

Hello fellow Saleen enthusiasts, I’ve been lurking on the site for a bit, I’ve made a few posts and a thread trying to brush up on my Saleen details because I was making a deal on a 2006 Saleen S281, I bought it!

It’s a long story, I tried to buy this car about two years ago before I bought my current 2007 Mustang GT convertible. The dealer had it in the used lot, over time and several visits they finally came down to a price we could both agree on. The car has 5k miles on it, it has some little things to fix here and there, but its clean. The car was built in 2006 purchased in ’07, the dealer was the second owner, I still have the warranty until May!

I like the color, but yellow is not really my thing, I would never buy a yellow car. The Scenic Roof was really the hook for me, i love convertibles, but this Scenic Roof is the ultimate compromise. The seats are so much more comfortable and better looking than my GT, it has a blower, suspension work, large brakes, it just has a lot of stuff I’ve already done to my GT, but with a tons of icing on the cake. I had to have this car, its the best worst decision I’ve ever made.

Its been snowing, so I haven’t been able to drive much, but so far its fun! Great low end torque, its sunny in the car, even in the winter!

It’s an Irvine, CA car, its also an early Glass Roof, its also Supercharged, its also YELLOW. I get that feeling that the build #’s of this combo are small.

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