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By: STEVE SPINKS on November 3, 2008

A touch of Hollywood will help ‘transform’ Parklands Showgrounds at the weekend for the 14th Street Torque spectacular.

A replica police patrol car from the 2007 box office smash movie Transformers will be on show as the official Nikon Indy 300 off-track event kickstarts a month of motoring.

The car is owned by Victorian Craig Dean, the Australian importer of Ford Mustangs.

He transformed a Mustang Saleen S281 Extreme into a replica of the bad Decepticon robot Barricade from the hit movie.

After racing the Saleen at the Targa Tasmania, Mr Dean lent the car to Street Torque event director Ian Badock.

“It’s a fuel-injected V8 with 411kw of power,” said Mr Badock. “It will be on display at Street Torque and will be at Indy as well.”

The replica will be one of hundreds of cars on show at the event, expected to draw 8000 people.

The event includes motocross, kart and Harley chopper displays and the toughest burnout cars ever to enter Street Torque.

The Stadium Drift Pro Show is expected to be the highlight event.

“The drift series gets the most unbelievable response and is very popular, especially with 15 to 18-year-olds,” said Mr Badock.

Another highlight will be a run by the Northern Territory’s Mad Ron in his jet truck.


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. July 28, 2008 — The 2008/2009 Racecraft 420S Mustang, unveiled by Saleen Inc. on Saturday, July 26 during Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach, S.C., is equipped with Bridgestone-brand Potenza tires.

The first model in Saleen’s new Racecraft performance vehicle brand lineup, the 420S comes with Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position™ tires in size 275/40R18 99W.

The tire was designed to give sports car owners a solid all-season performer that can keep pace when the weather switches gears. With exclusive UNI-T™ AQII™ technology, the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position delivers in the wet and dry, even as the tire wears, and contains silica – in a specially formulated and processed compound that improves traction – and a leading edge sipe for enhanced adaptability in wet or dry conditions.

“We are excited about offering the premium performance technology of the Bridgestone brand on the ultra sporty and highly acclaimed Racecraft 420S,” said Michael Martini, President, Consumer OE Tire Division, Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC (BFNT). “The union of Bridgestone and Saleen is a match 420S Mustang owners will appreciate from the street to the track.”

Racecraft is Saleen’s value-oriented performance brand. The 420S, priced below $40,000, represents for many enthusiasts their first opportunity to own a Saleen-manufactured vehicle.

“The Racecraft moniker has been synonymous with Saleen performance since the first Saleen Mustang. The Bridgestone-brand Potenza tires are a perfect fit with our Racecraft performance line of vehicles. We anticipate long term success with this brand and are looking forward to partnering with Bridgestone,” said Marques McCammon, General Manager, Saleen Automotive.

Armed with a 4.6L supercharged V8 engine, the Racecraft 420S produces 420 horsepower and 400 lbs.-ft. torque. The car is also highly customizable with an array of offerings from the company’s SpeedLab division.

About Saleen:

Since the company’s inception in 1984, Saleen has produced over 12,000 complete and EPA certified, specialty vehicles, more than any other specialty automobile manufacturer. In addition, Saleen has equipped more than 600,000 vehicles worldwide, further emphasizing their capabilities and commitment to excellence. A nine-time Manufacturers’ Champion in GT sports car racing, Saleen manufactured the American super car — the Saleen S7, as well as the S281 Mustang, S331 Sport Truck and the Saleen/Parnelli Jones Limited Edition Mustang. Saleen’s manufacturing facilities are located in Troy, Michigan. The Michigan facility has also just completed all paint and assembly of the Ford GT as a special project for Ford Motor Company and currently is providing paint and subassembly for the Dodge Viper SRT-10.


Update from Bob.


I have managed to get to two Saleen events at dealerships; one in Niles, MI where they had the S7 and S5 on display as well as the New Hudson, MI event. The only car show I have managed to get the vehicle in was the Carnival of Cars at the Packard Proving Grounds in Shelby Township, MI. I received an award/placard for “most outstanding vehicle” in my class.

I have attached some photo’s taken just before and most recent (two of which are at a classic show at Coyote Joe’s Friday event). I also included a “spy” photo of my car while in Troy. You can see the corporate Parnelli car next to mine. On the other side was a red S7 under a plastic cover.

I know it’s late, I will still send you two or three “quality” photo’s in a nice spot with proper lighting. I was hoping to have the Nitto’s with stretched Heritage rims on for them as well. This is due to be complete on Wednesday.

Ps. Since I have also met three additional Saleen enthusiasts with vehicles and hope to attend an event with all present (2 SN95 bodies both SC’s and one 2005 S281SC)

Bob McQueen


I was cleaning house and found a little video I took of 07-0171 when it was at The Saleen Store on display last year…

It’s not the best video, but thought I’d surprise the owner with it!

(I miss The Saleen Store.)

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