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CARLISLE FORD NATIONALS 2017 COVERAGE

It came. It went. For east-coasters and for those around the Great Lakes region, our celebration of blue oval power kickoffs summer each year with the Carlisle Ford Nationals. Held during the first weekend of June in Carlisle Pennsylvania, the Ford Nationals IS the place to view 82 acres of FoMoCo products.

There were an estimated 47 Saleen manufactured vehicles in attendance for Saturday’s Fun Field Participant Ballot Car Show. With a small collection of Saleen Mustangs in the Carlisle Car Corral anticipating new enthusiastic owners. Our collection of Saleen vehicles ranged from the debut model year 1985 editions to the latest 2017 S302 Yellow Label. With a sprinkle of an S331 Sport Truck and two Saleen Foci.

Event support appreciation to Rudy & Betsy Beyer for their effort operating the SOEC tent and appreciation to all participants, enthusiasts and owners that makes this event so exceptional.


Video: SOEC Staff

89-0024 Saleen SSC
89-0024 Saleen SSC
17-0032 S302 Yellow Label
17-0032 S302 Yellow Label
02-0019 S281 Extreme
02-0019 S281 Extreme
97-0042S S351 Speedster
97-0042S S351 Speedster

2017 Carlisle Ford Nationals award winners
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B327 – 1984 – 1993 SALEEN
89 – ANDY BENTINCK-SMITH — 1989 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — FIRST PLACE
90 – THOMAS TOCCO — 1988 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — SECOND PLACE
91 – MATTHEW BROZOVICH — 1986 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — THIRD PLACE
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B328 – 1994 – 2004 SALEEN
92 – JOHNATHAN ELIAS — 2002 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — FIRST PLACE
93 – ROSEANN DEBELLA — 2002 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — SECOND PLACE
94 – EDWARD LYNCH JR — 1998 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — THIRD PLACE
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B330 – 2005 – 2014 SALEEN
98 – RUDY & BETSY BEYER — 2013 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — FIRST PLACE
99 – REGINALD SINGLETON — 2008 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — SECOND PLACE
100 – ERIC SEAMAN — 2006 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — THIRD PLACE
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B332 – SALEEN POWERED
103 – MICHAEL SEELEY — 2007 FORD SALEEN S331 — FIRST PLACE
104 – KIM AYWAS — 2005 FORD SALEEN S121 — SECOND PLACE
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B310 – 1969 – 1970 COUGAR ELIMINATOR
37 – THOMAS WILDS — 1970 MERCURY COUGAR — *SPECIAL AWARD*
* Celebrity Pick Chosen By: David Bruno, Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club

Award winning Thomas Wilds' 1970 Mercury Cougar Boss 302 Eliminator[
Award winning Thomas Wilds’ 1970 Mercury Cougar Boss 302 Eliminator
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SALEEN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION MUSTANGS – SALEEN AND GENERAL TIRE REUNITE

Saleen Championship Edition Mustangs – Saleen and General Tire Reunite

1987 Saleen Autosport / General Tire Saleen Mustang
1987 Saleen Autosport / General Tire Saleen Mustang

CORONA, CA – June 1, 2017 – Steve Saleen, CEO of Saleen Automotive, Inc. (OTCQB:SLNN) announces the 30-Year Championship Commemorative Edition with both a street and race version, featuring a renewed partnership with General Tire. These Black Label special editions celebrate the 1987 Driver, Manufacturer, Team, and Tire SCCA ESCORT Endurance Championships won by Saleen’s race team.

General Tire, which was essential to the success of Saleen Automotive race teams in the 1980s, will once again join forces with Saleen as a sponsor of these vehicles. These special Mustangs will sport Saleen’s signature white wheels with new General Tire ultra-high performance G-MAX-RS. “We are extremely proud to introduce the first summer tire for General with such a legendary brand as Saleen,” stated Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire. “The new ultra-high performance G-MAX RS is a tire that we have been anticipating for a several years. Our dealers have asked for it and we know the market is ready for it. This new Saleen Mustang is a perfect match for the G-MAX RS.”

The special edition Mustangs will be equipped with a 3.2L Liquid Cooled supercharger, producing 730HP in the street version and a whopping 750HP in the track car. Saleen will be introducing a brand new exhaust system engineered for the Saleen Black Labels along with a competition shifter. The race version also will be equipped with rear-seat delete, a 4-point roll cage, 4-point harness, upgraded radiator, and much more.

Continuing with Saleen’s historic racecar designs, also included will be the Saleen trademark white wheels with custom yellow, black, and white Saleen graphics, along with special badging. Saleen will also be bringing back their Racecraft Suspension, including special camber caster plates.

1986 Saleen Autosport Race Team
1986 Saleen Autosport Race Team

The Commemorative Saleen Mustangs will be introduced to the press within the next month. Plans for the media event include the presence of the 1987 Championship Team drivers. Production of the Commemorative Edition begins in September of 2017.

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SALEEN AUTOMOTIVE DELIVERS 730HP POLICE VEHICLE

Saleen Automotive Delivers 730HP Saleen Mustang Police Vehicle

2017 S302 Saleen Mustang - Riverside PD
2017 S302 Saleen Mustang – Riverside PD

CORONA, CA–(Marketwired – May 10, 2017) – Steve Saleen, CEO of Saleen Automotive, Inc. (OTCQB: SLNN), delivered a Special Edition Saleen Mustang Police Car to the Riverside Police Officers’ Association in Riverside, California, which represents the Riverside Police Department’s frontline Officers, Detectives, and Sergeants. This specially built Saleen Mustang will be used to bring awareness and attention to their fallen officers and promotion and avocation of the Police Officers’ Assistance Fund, which provides financial assistance to officers’ families in Riverside and surrounding communities. It will also be a tool in recruiting new officers, engaging the community, and generating a cohesive camaraderie with Riverside Residents.

The Saleen Mustang boasts the latest in technology starting with a whopping 730HP, powered by a twin-screw supercharger with a unique exhaust. It sports a fully revised suspension for extreme cornering, and wears Saleen big brakes, giving it ultimate stopping. The interior is fitted with Saleen gauges and necessary police equipment with full police lighting built into the cockpit for sports a revised front end, Saleen rear wing, and is equipped with the necessary siren and external speakers. Steve Saleen stated, “This is one of the fastest police vehicles ever built. It is one of the most exciting projects Saleen Automotive has been involved in. If you are attempting to elude the police in the Riverside Department’s jurisdiction, beware; your chances of getting away are quite slim.”

Detective Aurelio Melendrez, who also serves as vice president of the Riverside Police Officers’ Association, said, “We are excited and pleased to receive delivery of this Special Edition Saleen Mustang. It brought incredible smiles to those in the department who were on hand to take delivery. We are honored and thrilled that Saleen Automotive has shown their support of the Riverside Police Officers’ Association/Riverside Police Department in this way.” Melendrez stated that the majority of police officers’ deaths across the country are attributed to automobile accidents; after driving the Saleen Mustang he felt the vehicle was the best accelerating, handling, and stopping (police) vehicle he has ever driven. The technology that led to this vehicle’s extreme performance is something he hoped to see become used in a more widespread format, to improve officer safety and vehicle response. The Riverside PD employs roughly 350 men and women. Drivers of this particular Saleen Mustang have been specially trained to handle the speed, cornering, and overall handling. As with any tools assigned to department employees, only those qualified will handle the car. To date, Steve Saleen has trained a handful of department employees. Melendrez feels Saleen’s continued work building police vehicles and training officers with this exceptional technology would keep officers safe. He is hopeful to continue a collaborative effort between Saleen and Riverside PD.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Additional information at www.saleen.com

Media contact:
pr@saleen.com
Saleen Automotive, Inc.
2735 Wardlow Road
Corona, CA 92882
714.400.2121

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REAR VIEW: 86-0068 & GRASSROOTS RACING

PHOTOS & TEXT EXCERPTS: GEORGE CHABAL

“Original owner with 10,000 miles, original paint and interior. 86-0068 was special ordered as a stripped down Mustang from Ford and drop shipped to Saleen Autosport for the Saleen conversion. Car was purchased to compete in SCCA Solo II.”

86-0068 Saleen Mustang
86-0068 Saleen Mustang, competition debut

The ’80s were a relaunch of factory-backed racing efforts from Ford Motor Company. Earlier in the decade, with the birth of Special Vehicle Operations, FMC became a global juggernaut in all forms of vehicle racing through their Ford Motorsport program lead by Michael Kranefuss. While Detroit was busy forming Goliath; a little-known Californian upstart run by Steve Saleen approached the Motorsport operation with his plan to remanufacture 5-Liter Mustangs into an uncompromised, signature series, street-legal, niche performance vehicle. With SVOs blessing, the Saleen Mustang concept became a welcomed addition to FMCs Motorsport agenda and their “Racing into the Future” marketing vision.

“Saleen had said this car was what they would have done if they were to sell a R-version to the public. At the time they were out of the Hurst shifters for the street cars, but since they knew I would be racing this one; Saleen took a backup shifter from their race team to install into 86-0068.”

86-0068 Saleen Mustang
86-0068 Saleen Mustang

1986 was Saleen Autosport’s debut year into SCCA road racing. Their ’86 model year signature package was approved for SCCA Showroom Stock Endurance Series in class SS/GT. Saleen would compete with SCCA’s entire calendar of events; winning the prestigious 24 Hours of Mosport race late in the season. While the factory racing team was busy scraping paint with Porsche and Corvette on a national stage, effort was also made to endorse Saleen Mustang sales to regional racers seeking a value added, sanction approved performance package, for their dreams of clinching the checkered flag. Through Saleen Autosport’s grassroots support program; experienced racers could special order a new vehicle and qualify for competition incentives throughout their competition season.

“86-0068 was the first Saleen Mustang shipped to Pennsylvania. After I took delivery Steve Saleen called me and asked if I was willing to take my car to New York for a Koni advertising photo shoot. I mentioned to Steve I had to make sure could take time away from work. When I called back the following day Saleen had made other arrangements because of their short lead time.”

George Chabal, of western Pennsylvania, was one of Saleen Autosport’s earliest competition customers. With an eye on the SCCA Solo II Series, George contacted Steve Saleen on how best to order a new Mustang for club racing. With Steve’s assistance they ordered a Bright Red 5-Liter LX hatchback with tinted glass, light group, power lock group and Ford radio delete. Other equipment would include Saleen’s standard Kenwood sound system, Ford Mustang GT seating and Hurst short-throw shifter; George would arrive to PA SCCA events in style.

86-0068 SCCA SOLO RECORDS

DRIVER: GEORGE CHABAL
I. Regional
A. Class Champion 1987-2001 ESP, 1999 Driver of the Year; Steel Cities Region SCCA
B. Year End Points Champion North Hills Sports Car Club
1. Most number of total & consecutive starts for Driver since 1958
1984, 1987-1990, 1993-1994

86-0068 Saleen Mustang
86-0068 Saleen Mustang

II. SCCA NEDIV Divisional
A. 2nd, Best Finish
B. 1st, 1995

III. SCCA CENDIV Divisional
A. 1st, 1998

IV. SCCA National Tours
A. Evansville, IN 1993: 3rd
B. Norfolk, VA, 1994: 2nd
C. Evansville, IN, 1994: 3rd
D. Pittsburgh, PA, 1996: 1st
V. PA State Championships
A. 1st, 1992
B. 2nd, 1993
C. 2nd, 1994
D. 1st, 1995

VI. SCCA SOLO II Nationals, Salina, KS
A. Middle of group, 1990-1992,1994
B. 8th 1996
C. 7th 1997

CO-DRIVER: LADIES CLASS
I. Regional
A. Class Champion 1983-1997 ESPL, Steel Cities Region SCCA
B. 2nd year end points North Hills Sports Car Club 1995

86-0068 Saleen Mustang
86-0068 Saleen Mustang

II. SCCA NEDIV Divisional
A. 1st 1983-1986, 1991-1997
B. 2nd 1987-1990, 1999

III. SCCA National Tour
A. Evansville, IN: 2nd 1993
B. Evansville, IN: 1st 1994
C. Norfolk, VA: 1st 1994

IV. PA State Championships
A. 1st 1992-1995
B. 2nd 1999

V. SCCA SOLO II Nationals, Salina, KS
A. 4th 1989
B. 3rd 1991
C. 2nd 1992
D. 3rd 1994
E. 5th 1995 (Topeka)
F. 2nd 1996
G. 1st 1997

86-0068 Saleen Mustang
86-0068 Saleen Mustang

Produced by Saleen Autosport using their facility at Burch Ford in La Habra California and shipped to Bures Ford in early May; 86-0068 was an unusual Saleen Mustang conversion given the lack of air conditioning, power windows and featuring a light grey Momo steering wheel.

For the 1986 model year Saleen produced 201 serialized Mustangs, 198 were street models with three competition prepared vehicles. The body style breakdown of those street models are, 187 hatchbacks and 11 convertibles.

Of the 187 street prepared hatchbacks, it is known that 47 were painted Bright Red (paint code 2R). Of those, 44 featured Charcoal interiors. All 44 were equipped with 5-speed manual transmissions, while 43 were built from the LX 5-Liter platform.

Closer examination of these 44 Bright Red with Charcoal interior conversions reveal, 35 were equipped with Saleen’s Kenwood Stereo. Of the 187 street prepared hatchbacks 86-0068 is one of three with delete features and one of three known with a light grey Momo steering wheel.

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[Source: George Chabal]

20th ANNUAL SALEEN CAR SHOW & OPEN HOUSE

PHOTOS: JOHN ROCKSVOLD

2016 marked the 20th year for our annual Saleen Show and Open House. With a recorded 150 Saleen vehicles on display to help celebrate “Power in the Hands of a Few.” This year our celebration included a special presentation of four new vehicle deliveries. Each of theses four new owners took delivery of an S302 Yellow Label. We also had the occasion to once again view Casper, actor/comedian Tim Allen’s special order 1993 Saleen Mustang RRR hatchback. Our festivities closed with a presentation that Saleen Automotive re-purchased their S7 vehicle program and plan to offer seven S7 LM models to conclude series production of their road-going, competition, supercar.

20th Annual Saleen Show & Open House

20th Annual Saleen Show & Open House

20th Annual Saleen Show & Open House

20th Annual Saleen Show & Open House

20th Annual Saleen Show & Open House

20th Annual Saleen Show & Open House

20th Annual Saleen Show & Open House

20th Annual Saleen Show & Open House

20th Annual Saleen Show & Open House

20th Annual Saleen Show & Open House

20th Annual Saleen Show & Open House

20th Annual Saleen Show & Open House

20th Annual Saleen Show & Open House

20th Annual Saleen Show & Open House

20th Annual Saleen Show & Open House

20th Annual Saleen Show & Open House

20th Annual Saleen Show & Open House

20th Annual Saleen Show & Open House

20th Annual Saleen Show & Open House

20th Annual Saleen Show & Open House

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[Source: John Rocksvold]

2017 SALEEN CLUB OF AMERICA NATIONALS: AUG 3-6, 2017

14th Annual Saleen Club of America Nationals2017 Saleen Club of America Nationals
* Featuring the Saleen Mustang Extreme model from 2002-2009.
* The 2017 Saleen Club of America Nationals will be held at Vehicle Vault in Parker, Colorado August 3-6, 2017.
* Host hotel information here.
* Meet Steve Saleen

 

THE SCHEDULE
THURSDAY
* Morning detail clinic and breakfast at Adam’s Polishes adamspolishes.com
* Afternoon Budweiser Brewery Tour and Lunch in the Budwesier Biergarten

THURSDAY EVENING
* Evening group dinner at the Tap Room in the Omni Hotel

FRIDAY
* Morning visit and tour of the Shelby American Museum shelbyamericancollection.org
* Afternoon scenic drive to, and lunch in, Estes Park, CO

FRIDAY EVENING
* Evening Pizza Dinner at Colorado Keg House with Proto’s Pizza thecoloradokeghouse.com

SATURDAY
* Car Show at the Vehicle Vault vehiclevaultco.com

SATURDAY EVENING
* Dinner at Omni Hotel

SUNDAY
* See Ya Breakfast… Or…
* Morning Pikes Peak Hill Climb ppihc.com
* Afternoon Garden of the Gods tour and lunch

Vehicle Vault
18301 Lincoln Meadows Pkwy
Parker, Colorado 80134
Map

Hosted By
Saleen Club of America
PO Box 274
Odenville AL 35120

Event Website
www.saleenclubofamerica.com

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SALEEN ANNOUNCES SEVEN NEW LIMITED EDITION S7’s

TEXT: DANIEL WEBSTER

Saleen S7 LM
Saleen S7 LM

Saleen Automotive Inc. (OTCQB: SLNN) Corona, CA – (September 17, 2016)
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the beginning of a 7-year consecutive run of racing championships for Saleen. Sequentially from 1996 through 2002 Saleen clinched more than a dozen racing championships across the globe, with every test, race, and win contributing to the DNA makeup of the Saleen S7.

To commemorate these historic motorsport victories, Saleen has announced a new limited edition model, the Saleen S7 LM. Only 7 examples of this limited edition S7 will be produced and all will incorporate a unique livery, wheel, interior, and functional performance enhancements.

“True to our form, we are bringing back America’s only true supercar,” said Steve Saleen, President and CEO of Saleen Automotive, “We are celebrating our winning heritage and advancing the performance DNA that Saleen was built around.”

The Saleen S7 was initially unveiled in Monterey, CA. Labeled as America’s Supercar, it is the most successful supercar model ever. The S7R race version has won at every major racetrack in the world, including Daytona, Sebring, Nurburgring, and the prestigious 24 Hours of LeMans. The street version has starred in several Hollywood blockbusters, including being driven by “God” in Bruce Almighty.

The new S7 LM supercar will be powered by a 7.0L twin-turbo engine rated at 1,000 horsepower and each one will be hand built at Saleen’s Corona, CA headquarters.

For more information on how to purchase a Saleen, contact sales@saleen.com. For investor questions, please email ir@saleen.com.

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