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THE CLASSIC AUTO SHOW: MARCH 16-17, 2019

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Introducing The 2019 Classic Auto Show

Grand Marshal: Adam Carolla
Emcee Of The Celebrity Stage: Mark Greene From The Cars Yeah Podcast

Don’t miss your favorite classic car celebrities in Costa Mesa on March 16th and 17th!
www.theclassicautoshow.com

The Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club is hosting a display area at this event. If you register with the club, you will be guaranteed to be with other club members in our own section. This is a two-day event which requires you to leave your vehicle in place for two days.

Each $25 Vehicle Entry Fee includes:
· (1) 2-Day Weekend Admission Ticket/Badge
· Special Discounts on Merchandise and the VIP Package (Note: Discounted reflected in the product pricing)
· 15% Off all Classic Auto Show Merchandise
· 20% Off the Platinum VIP Package
· Access to the On-Site Car Club/Private Owner Lounge
· Awards Consideration (Watch for more information)
· Half Price Weekend Trailer and Parking (for daily in/out access)

Event Hours:
· Show Day: Saturday, March 16: 10am-8pm
· Show Day: Sunday, March 17: 10am-6pm

Move-in/Move-out:
Watch for more information approximately 1 month out from the show for the location of your spot and the targeted move-in schedule on Friday, March 15. Move-out will begin following the close of the show on Sunday, March 17.

Some Important Information for Vehicles:
· Fuel/gas tanks cannot exceed 1/4 full.
· Please bring an oil pan or a mat to place under the car in case of a leak to protect the venue’s floor.
· Batteries in vehicles must be de-energized (disconnected) once in place.
· Electricity & Power Outlets must be rented from the venue (more info to come)

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FABULOUS FORDS FOREVER! AT ANGELS STADIUM: SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2019

Fabulous Fords Forever 2019
At Los Angeles Angels Stadium in Anaheim

* Registration for the 2019 show will open in January 2019.
* 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 fabulousfordsforever.org

SATURDAY, APRIL 13:
You can help with goody bag stuffing in the morning — more information to come. A complimentary lunch will be served to volunteers.

Club Members: Join us for a members-only dinner event — RSVP Required for each person in your party — Send an email to jimd@soec.org 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.

34th Fabulous Fords Forever
34th Fabulous Fords Forever

SUNDAY, APRIL 14:
We could use some volunteers to help with parking to arrive at 5:30 a.m. Please text Jim D. at 714-580-3572 with your name and who will be coming into the gate with you. You must have your vehicle registered for the event to drive in; otherwise you will have to park in the spectator lot.

We’ll do an early morning cruise to Angels Stadium (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 Angels Stadium, 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 Stadium gate.

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.

After the event, a group of us will have an early dinner (often we dine with Liz and Steve) before hitting the road. Again, text Jim D. to be put in the loop on that.

Los Angeles Angels Stadium in Anaheim

More information on Sunday’s event itself and Facebook links at:
* http://fabulousfordsforever.org
* https://www.facebook.com/FabulousFordsForever

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SALEEN SSC (89-0025SSC)

With humble beginnings of long ago Saleen Autosport, it is easy to forget how momentous their achievement was with bringing the 1989 SSC to market. This high-performance 5-liter Mustang was a juggernaut of excitement to 1980s performance vehicle communities. Evidence of this can be seen with the many period cover stories, feature articles and road reviews for Saleen’s new SSC Mustang.

89-0025SSC - Brad Bowling
89-0025SSC – Brad Bowling

Beyond the infamous 89-0002 (former 01) SSC and Steve’s personal 89-0001 SSC, there were an exclusive number of privately owned Saleen SSC Mustangs running through reviews of supercharger and nitrous kit installations was well as basic performance data collecting for various enthusiast magazines. The Saleen SSC was a media king for 1989.

Many of these print publications would mention or proclaim how Saleen’s SSC was the “unofficial” 25th anniversary edition Ford Mustang. Given how Ford Motor Company lacked offering a special edition of their own. This “media stir” caused superfluous attention from customers towards SSC serial number 25. A new era of modern collector cars was gaining momentum by the late 80s.

Here we are thirty years later. As expected, a few Saleen SSC editions are no longer accounted for and have positively left the earth. Though, 89-0025 SSC still exists. Perhaps the noise of time diluted their fanfare, but this “Super Saleen” broke the obstacles for a continuing stream of exciting product from an intimate Southern California company. -DB

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1989 Ford Mustang
cylinders: 8 cylinders
fuel: gas
odometer: 18000
paint color: white
title status: clean
transmission: manual

Selling my 1989 Mustang Saleen SSC. This is only 1 in 160 SSCs ever created. This is a early production #25 with only 18k original miles. 5.0 engine and manual transmission are quiet and smooth.

Original paint that still has the pinstripe laser etching. No accidents. Interior is near perfect.

Car is in excellent condition, runs and drives great. Near mint interior. Still has the Saleen installed pioneer radio with eq and speaker box in the backseat.

Well documented as well.

Just ready to move onto something. Asking $35,000. Serious people only.

https://miami.craigslist.org/pbc/cto/6760226177.html

FORD NATIONALS, CARLISLE, PENNSYLVANIA MAY 31 – JUNE 2, 2019

Carlisle Ford Nationals, May 31 to June 2, 2019

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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Carlisle Holiday Sale November 23rd – January 2nd

This year the sale returns and kicks off on Black Friday, November 23; running through Wednesday, January 2 at 5 p.m. For more than one month, fans of Carlisle Events and the 10 events produced by the company (plus four auctions backed by Carlisle Auctions) can secure all types of access at a 20% discount. This 20% discount includes season passes and showfield registration; again all at a 20% discount.

https://store.carlisleevents.com/

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SPP RE-RELEASES 2000-07 SALEEN FOCUS BODY KIT

From our friend Spring Hebler.

Saleen Performance Parts Re-releases the 2000-04 Saleen Focus Styling Kit

Breaking News!

Saleen Performance has just announced they are stocking the 2000-2007 Saleen Focus ground effects kits. These parts are available NOW!

Saleen offered their serialized N20 and S121 production cars in 2004 and 2005. These new styling kits are perfect for the restoration of your 2004-05 Saleen Focus or add the aggressive Saleen styling to your standard Ford Focus.

For details and cost information, please contact Spring Hebler at Saleen Performance via email, shebler@saleenperformance.com or call 800-888-8945 with your name and phone number.

You can also join Saleen Performance on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saleenspeedlab/

Be sure to mention you saw it on the Saleen Forums at soec.org!

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SPP PRE-ORDER FOR 1999 THROUGH 2009 WHEELS

From our friend Spring Hebler.

Saleen Performance Parts to Reintroduce Wheels for 1999 through 2009 Saleen Mustangs

Breaking News!

Saleen Performance has just announced they are taking pre-orders for these long-obsolete and much-in-demand Saleen Mustang wheel sets for your 1999-04 and 2005-09 Mustang.

Whether it’s the 1999-04 5-spoke, 18″x9″/10″ wheels, or the 2005-09 7-spoke “Wagon Wheel” style, 20″x9″/10″ wheels, pre-order yours today!

Pre-orders must be prepaid, with a production forecast of 5-6 months. Sold in full sets only. Available in standard silver metallic or chrome.

For details and to provide payment information, please contact Spring Hebler at Saleen Performance via email, shebler@saleenperformance.com or call 800-888-8945 with your name, phone number and desired vehicle fitment.

You can also join Spring’s list on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spring.c.hebler

Be sure to mention you saw it on the Saleen Forums at soec.org!

Remember, you must pre-order and pre-pay to help make this happen and to guarantee you get your wheels!

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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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22nd ANNUAL SALEEN CAR SHOW & OPEN HOUSE

PHOTOS: SOEC MEMEBERSHIP

2018 marked the 22nd year of our annual Saleen Show and Open House. This year, attendees were treated to a special presentation for the 2019 SA-35 Mustang. This 35th anniversary edition will exclusively be available in black paint with yellow and white accents. The SA-35 will be limited to a production run of 10 units.

A number of special Saleen vehicles were on display from past model years. Unique and custom paint vehicles as well as previous anniversary editions.

Our festivities closed with an award presentation recognizing attendees with the “longest distance traveled” and top three vehicles in each show class. A festive Saturday enjoyed by all!

We thank the Saleen community for your continued support. See you next year.

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FMM: SALEEN’S 1988 R-MODEL RACER

MUSTANG BIO
Fox Afire – Saleen’s ’88 R-Model Racer

By: MARK LAMASKIN & KEVIN ADOLF on March 2014
Photos: KEVIN ADOLF
Original Article: FOX MUSTANG MAGAZINE

Collection of General Tire Saleen Mustangs
Collection of General Tire Saleen Mustangs

Race on Sunday; sell on Monday. It’s an old adage that’s been around for decades, and it has worked for car manufactures all over the world, including Saleen.

Most know that Steve Saleen began building custom street cars in the mid-’80s. What many don’t know is that by 1986 Steve was building and racing Saleen R-models. Saleen built 16 factory R-models, fewer even than Shelby’s 26 R-models. Because as few were built, it’s even rarer to see one in person, let alone four under one roof.

The most recognized Saleen race cars are nicknamed the “bumble-bee” cars from 1987 to 1989. Saleen built only eight of these R-models from brand-new cars, and they were destined to be race cars from day one.

1987 Race Team
1987 Race Team

Saleen campaigned these cars from 1986 to 1989 in an endurance race series, constantly testing them at 12- to 24-hour races with multiple drivers. The venue, the SCCA Escort Endurance Race Series, was sponsored by the Escort Radar Detector company. Escort and Saleen had other partnerships throughout the Fox-body ages, since an Escort radar detector was an option when purchasing a Saleen from the dealer. The Escort Endurance Series was intended to showcase the best that all the manufactures had to offer and was better known as Showroom Stock, meaning the cars had to be raced in the same trim as if you purchased the car off the showroom floor. Keeping the cars mostly stock was to deter “ringers” from being custom built by the manufacturers. All cars had to have a production VIN, and only minor modifications were allowed.

88-0020R Saleen Mustang
88-0020R Saleen Mustang

The only allowable engine modification was engine blue-printing and balancing for durability, while for the suspension, shock and spring changes were about it. As for interiors, all cars had to have a SCCA-approved roll cage, fire system, and race seats. Other than those few changes, the cars were stock inside. The passenger seat was a stock Saleen Flofit. The door panels were still stitched with the Saleen logo. The dash was stock. All of the interior panels were truly Showroom Stock. That’s about where “stock” ends with these cars, though.

As with any form of racing, Showroom Stock or not, if you want to be out in front you need to push the boundaries a bit. Saleen went one step further by hiring Dave Dixon, a former F1 engine builder, to head up their engine program. A factory-stock Mustang 5.0 would put down about 200 rwhp on a chassis dyno, but a Dixon-built motor put down 265 rwhp, giving the Saleen team a distinct advantage over its competitors.

Dixon had the task of finding a little more horsepower out of the completely stock power plant while keeping the overall appearance as stock so the SCCA officials would be none the wiser. One way he found extra power was to use a set of preproduction GT-40 cylinder heads with a stock E7 casting equipped with a set of factory-appearing, stamped rocker arms with a larger ratio. During a visual inspection, they looked completely stock. Another trick was a then-new process called Extrude Hone, running an abrasive material through the intake runners under pressure to open them up without creating visible porting marks as with grinding. This increased the flow to match the GT-40-style cylinder heads.

88-0020R Saleen Mustang
88-0020R Saleen Mustang

To help hide the unapproved modifications that Dixon had done to the cylinder heads, he had them shot-peened to look like factory castings. Inside the engine, one last mod was a custom camshaft that Dixon spec’d with stock life values, but with custom overlap and duration which was optimized for the high rpm seen during road racing. Another trick Dixon found was a Lincoln LSC speed-density intake tube, which flows more air than the stock Mustang piece. As well, he took the stock Ford headers and slightly ported them to increase exhaust flow. Behind the headers, all R-models used a Ford Motorsport off-road pipe and 2 ¼-inch DynoMax mufflers.

Another thing you may notice is that ALL of the ’87-’89 Saleen R-models are Speed Density and not Mass-Air. Dixon found that the stock Speed Density computers worked better with these modifications but needed to be upgraded to 24-pound injectors to compensate for the increased airflow. Dixon would actually have Saleen try dozens of ECUs to find the best one for each motor since they had to be factory sealed and never tampered with. This may sound like a lot of work to go Showroom Stock racing, but… well, welcome to racing.

Collection of General Tire Saleen Mustangs
Collection of General Tire Saleen Mustangs

The cars ran stock T-5 transmissions, but they too were blueprinted to ensure reliability under 24-hour abuse. Ratios remained stock, but Saleen would use 3.55:1 and 3.08:1 rear gear ratios, depending on the track. The rear differentials were prototype parts from Auburn. The “Pro” differentials they currently sell was prototyped on the Saleen race cars. This a cone-type differential that gave the Saleen Rs a better launch off the corners.

These completed engine packages also included hidden stamps on all of the parts. Each engine was issued a specific number, so when they were rebuilt none of the parts got mixed up.

The tricks of the bumble-bee cars did not end with just the drivetrain. Saleen also massaged the body to accommodate 8-inch-wide wheels in the front with one inch of added track width. This additional front track kept the cars square with the additional inch of rear track from the Saleen rear disc brakes with 8-inch rear wheels. The ’86-’88 cars ran the stock Saleen brakes on all four corners, but the ’89 cars ran a set of upgraded JFZ front brakes because Ford offered them in the Motorsports catalog. Saleen’s tire sponsor was General Tire, and they provided the team with G-compound race rubber that was much wider than the tire size branded on the side of the tires – another advantage Saleen.

Suspension was also not quite stock. Saleen installed harder bushings in a few of the control arms, and each car had specific springs to account for the driver’s weight and to optimize corner balance and cross weights. The ’88 cars had 750-pound fronts and 300-pound rears, depending on the track, but the later ’89 cars ran 1,000-pount front. With all of these modifications the cars were still close to factory weight due to the addition of the roll cages, but they started lighter than stock due to the lack of A/C and other power options.

The racing history for each car is unique because there could be as many as five drivers at any one race. The list of drivers for these Saleen R-models reads as a “who’s who” of late-80s’ big name drivers, including Tommy and Bobby Archer, Calvin Fish, Rick Titus, Pete Halsmer, George Follmer, Desire Wilson, Lisa Caceras, and of course, Steve Saleen. The tracks they raced are also renowned: Road Atlanta, Mosport, Mid-Ohio, Sebring, Sears Point, Portand, Road America, and Brainerd.

ABOUT OUR FEATURE CAR
Today, its racing days are over, this rare racer resides at Performance Autosport in Richmond, Virginia, part of a set of four General Tire bumble-bee Saleen R-models. Owner Mark LaMaskin and a Performance Autosport customer have carefully preserved this part of Fox Mustang history. But even as pedigreed R-model racers with obvious collectability, these cars still get exercised at the track now and then – keeps ’em happy.
88-0020R Saleen Mustang
88-0020R Saleen Mustang

SPECIFICATIONS:
PRODUCTION
Saleen R-Model 1987-89 8
DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase (inches) 100.5
Overall length (inches) 179.6
Overall width (inches) 69.1
Height, hardtop and hatchback (inches) 52.1
Front track (inches) 57.1
Rear track (inches) 57.0
Curb weight (pounds) 2,890
Base price $21,500 (est) – Street Model
Current est. value depending on race history $60,000-$90,000
ENGINE
Type V-8
Bore and stroke (inches) 302
Displacement (CID/liters) 5.0
Compression ratio 9.2:1
Horsepower, factory rating 225 @ 4200 rpm
Torque, factory rating 300 @ 3200 rpm
Horsepower, actual rwhp on chassis dyno 253 @ 5000 rpm
Torque, actual rw torque on chassis dyno 308 @ 3600 rpm
Induction EFI
Camshaft single, in block
Valve size, intake/exhaust (inches) 1.78/1.46
Exhaust dual pipes/mufflers, off-road H-pipe
SUSPENSION
Front suspension modified MacPherson hydraulic shock struts with coil springs and stabilizer bar
Rear suspension four-bar link and coil spring system, w/anti-sway bar
Steering power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Brakes, front power-assisted 11-inch rotors – single piston calipers
Brakes, rear SVO rear disc – single piston
Tires General XP2000Z – 245/50/16
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission, manual (standard) T-5 five-speed
Axle Ratio 3.55:1
PERFORMANCE
Quarter-mile (seconds) 13.9
0-60 (seconds) 5.8

[Source: Fox Mustang Magazine]