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SALEEN SSC (89-0036) ATTACKS THE NÜRBURGRING

By: DALE LOMAS on May 28, 2015
Original Article: BRIDGETOGANTRY.COM

Spotted: Time Machine at the Nürburgring

As a guy who drives all the latest sportscars as his job, you might think I don’t care about the older cars in the carpark. But nothing could be further from the truth.

But when I saw this perfectly-preserved Time Machine in the carpark at the recent GranTurismo Events trackday, I just had to share it…

89-0036SSC
89-0036SSC
89-0036SSC
89-0036SSC

Because in a car park full of amazing machines, this old ’80s Ford really stood out. It’s unconventional, it’s old and at only one known example in Europe, it’s also pretty damn rare!

It’s a Saleen SSC, a track-ready, Fox-body Mustang with a 330hp V8. At first glance, you might be forgiven for thinking there’s nothing simpler than this American iron. But there’s some cool stuff here… check out the ‘high-tech’ suspension:

Built by Monroe, the damping rates can be controlled from inside the button. Three settings, Firm, Normal and Soft. It might not be much compared to todays active dampers, but I found it interesting!

Fitted as standard with a basic rear rollcage, and trimmed in matching white/black/yellow leather, it’s like sitting in time machine. Albeit one powered by a Ford V8.

“The original leather seats are no good on track though,” admits owner and professional Mustang fan Goran. “That’s why I’ve fitted the period Recaros for this event.”

89-0036SSC
89-0036SSC

I also suspect that rubber isn’t period either, but let’s not get pedantic over such a curious and interesting car! From the snake’s head key-ring, to the graphic equaliser, this is a car with history.

As Goran went out for another lap, I have to admit I was a little jealous. This is a Time Machine I’d love to take a lap in.

89-0036SSC
89-0036SSC

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[Source: BridgeToGantry]

THE RESTORATION OF 89-0218

PHOTOS & TEXT: RONALD AASTED

89-0218 Saleen Mustang
89-0218 Saleen Mustang

I got the need for speed bug in 2009 when I took my 2006 GT Mustang in March to Portland International Raceway for a High Performance Driving School. What a blast that was and for $200.00 I thought it was a pretty good deal. Problem was now I liked racing so much how can I do this affordability. That’s where I found Auto Cross Racing. While it doesn’t compare to taking your car on track and going all out it was in itself a very competitive type of racing and met my first goal of affordable.

After a few events with the 2006 Mustang, learning its capabilities and taking a few hits literally on the chin with some cones I decided I wanted to buy a car specifically for Auto Crossing. Due to the screws coming from the back side forward on the Roush front chin spoiler I ended up with a few star cracks in the paint, so the decision was made.

89-0218 Saleen Mustang
89-0218 Saleen Mustang

I found my Saleen on Craiglist in Bend OR. I contacted the seller and discussed the photos as the car had some damage on it. I decided to make the purchase and two hours later we picked up the car. Not to bore you with all the details but once I started looking a little closer I could see I had a little more work cut out for me then originally intended before I could race it so I’ll just start posting a few pictures of my journey and thanks for all the people that helped me along the way with questions and Saleen parts I needed. I have never done anything like this before, so everything I did I learned from watching shows on how to’s and asking questions.

The first set of pictures are when I brought it home.

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