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DAN GURNEY SIGNATURE EVENT AT GALPIN FORD: JUNE 13, 2008

Saleen / Dan Gurney Edition
Saleen / Dan Gurney Edition

Saleen cordially invites SOEC members and Saleen owners to attend — if you can bring your Saleen to show off, that would be great!

Hosted at Galpin Ford, Dan Gurney will be present for autographs and to show off his Dan Gurney Signature Edition Saleen. Also present will be Saleen executives.

Public hours from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Galpin Ford.

Saleen owners are encouraged to attend — please RSVP if possible to jimd@soec.org or 714-369-8621.

Galpin Ford
15505 Roscoe Blvd
North Hills, CA 91343
Driving Directions
Tel: 800-256-7137

For more information on the Dan Gurney Signature Edition, please visit http://www.saleen.com/gurney/

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A LOOK AT 07-0022H SPEEDLAB 302

A note from Bob McQueen regarding his recently delivered Speedlab modified 2007 Heritage Edition.

Dave,

I just got the car back and have not had an opportunity to take any “quality” photos; but I do have some. The car is a 2007 Heritage bumper #22. It was purchased from Russ Milne Ford with the side window delete, rear window sport louver, 373 rear gear, and the 475hp supercharger was added before I took delivery. After driving the car it did not take long for me to realize that I was into the rev limiter extremely fast and although the car was extremely nimble I missed the higher torque range I had been accustomed to with vehicles previously owned. After reviewing information with Keith Batko the General Manager of Russ Milne Ford (I call him Mr. Mustang as he not only has vast knowledge of Mustangs and Saleen products but has one of the larger collections in Michigan) I decided to have the car sent back to Saleen for the engine to be pulled and stroked to the H302 specifications with forged internals, increased intercooling capacity, additional fuel delivery, and performance clutch. Saleen recommended that I upgrade to the 6 speed Tremec transmission but I was already beyond my budget so I chose not to opt for that this year (I had also added the front brake system, Watts Linkage at the rear, Rockford Fossgate sound system and painted valve covers with Saleen logo for the shows, H302 hood for added cooling, and Saleen gas door). For this reason the motor is not tuned to capacity as Saleen did not feel comfortable with the stock transmission.

With the changes made all I can say is that this car is wicked. It handles better than I could have imagined and the power is phenomenal. Next year I will certainly add the Tremec, tune, and some tires that will handle the power and suspension! This car offers the best of two worlds; style and handling; Muscle and power!

Bob McQueen

SHORT TORQUE

By: JAMES BRESNEHAN on April 15, 2008
Original Article: MERCURY, THE (HOBART)

BY the time Targa finishes on Sunday, its competitors and officials will be running on empty thanks to long days, numerous social occasions and 2000km of competition.

But even before Targa kicked off with the prologue in George Town today, event director Mark Perry was out of gas — thanks to his work car.

Perry did not even make it out of the driveway of his hotel when his car conked out yesterday. He was sprung pushing it to the side of the road and trying to hitch a ride.

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AN incredible $8.5 million worth of automotive ambrosia turned up at Symmons Plains yesterday to take Targa sponsors and VIPs for a spin.

The showcase included the $1.5 million Pagani Zonda supercar, a $500,000 Porsche GT2, two $400,000 Lamborghini Gallardos, a $200,000 Nissan GT-R, and two $190,000 Mustang Saleens from the US.

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Surely a motoring writer fresh to our shores would want to drink in all that is Targa Tasmania on arrival.

Not Peter Hall of the UK’s The Daily Telegraph.

He went straight to Aurora Stadium on Sunday to see the battle between Hawthorn and Adelaide — his first live taste of AFL footy, having been an avid viewer of Aussie Rules on TV back home in England.

THE FRIENDLY GIANT

By: PETE LYONS on April 14, 2008
Original Article: AUTOWEEK, VOL. 58 ISSUE 16

He’s a firm giant, too, and Dan Gurney is making sure more than his name
goes into Saleen’s new Mustang

“If my name’s on it, I want a very user-friendly automobile. It should be able to withstand a certain amount of abuse and still not work up a lot of perspiration. It’s an elusive thing, but it’s well worth reaching for.”

Dan Gurney’s name is indeed on this car, and it sure is a name worth protecting.

That’s why one of the great drivers of American auto-racing history-who is also a longtime manufacturer of race cars (Eagle) and motorcycles (Alligator), though he’s never produced a street car-has been personally involved in developing Saleen Automotive’s new Gurney Signature Edition Mustang.

In particular, Gurney has been insistent that its ride and handling meet his exacting, distinctive standards, never mind that only 300 will be made and selling the entire run probably would require no more than his name.

Not that Saleen CEO Paul Wilbur had any such plot in mind when he approached Gurney about five months ago. A fellow race driver with keen appreciation for the sport’s history, Wilbur certainly knew that Mr. All-American Racer has never been able to keep his hands off his cars-cars that have won in Formula One, IndyCar, GTP and so many other spheres.

So, although this project is a direct follow-up to Saleen’s successful 2007 venture with Parnelli Jones and his own version of the Mustang, Wilbur fully expected Gurney to call for something different.

How different is it? For one thing, the Parnelli edition’s V8 was “honed and bored” to the historic Trans-Am displacement of 302 cubic inches and was rated at 400 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. Gurney’s retains the standard 281 cid (4.6 liters) of Ford’s sohc, three-valve engine, but Saleen adds its supercharger package, wherein the belt-driven, twin-screw blower with intercooler nestles neatly in the engine’s V. Power is 465 hp at 5800 rpm, with torque of 425 lb-ft at 4000 rpm.

“It’s a doggone nice engine. It feels good,” is Gurney’s verdict. “And it still feels light.”

The cars differ in style, too. Gurney’s celebrates the two times he raced a Mustang for Shelby American in 1969, before the cars grew separate rear wings. That suits Gurney just fine. “If you have a choice between gaudy and stealth, give me stealth every time.”

True, “stealth” isn’t quite the word for the car’s graphics package, but at least owners will be able to peel off their magnetic number roundels. (The first production car, pictured here, which will become Gurney’s own, had decals applied amid the inevitable rush to make its world premiere at the recent New York auto show.)

There are other unique elements-hood, fascia, interior trim, five-spoke wheels, new Pirelli Corsa tires-but what makes this edition special is Gurney’s personal touch on the suspension. He’s been flogging a mule car on roads and tracks around Southern California, working with Saleen engineers Derk Hartland and Steve Stafford to capture that elusive user-friendliness.

He explains what that means: “Usually, you’re driving below what you consider to be the margins of the particular road. Now, if you have mis-calculated and you find yourself approaching a turn too rapidly, or maybe getting close to driving over the double line, a user-friendly car says, ‘Aw, don’t worry. I’ll just help you turn some more. I still have some margin left.’ That’s a great feeling to have!”

In contrast to many Saleen buyers, who Wilbur says are track-focused and willing to accept a harsher street ride, Gurney wants his signature car to blend high performance with highway comfort. “You’ve got a spectrum,” he says; he wants a full-spectrum car.

Above all, he wants one that doesn’t demand “a high-strung, kind of razor-sharp driver in order to cope with it. If you’re unfamiliar with the road and the conditions, and you find yourself going slightly too fast, if you’re in a car that’s razor-sharp in terms of its reaction to your input, then it can be a serious problem.”

He demonstrated to AutoWeek on an autocross course how close he is to reaching his goals. In his hands, his 001 car is magic, of course, but even in ours, it feels marvelously responsive and quick, predictable and stable, flat and taut but not tight. Yes, it’s very user-friendly, very forgiving. In half a lap, we started throwing it into moves we knew would provoke many others to bark or bite, but this car just seemed to be laughing.

As Gurney quipped through his timeless grin, “Even though you’ve got the tail out, it’s controllable, it doesn’t give up. It gives you confidence that you shouldn’t have!”

Last-minute tuning was ongoing at the time of our test, dialing in the final ride heights and spring and damper rates and differential lockers. And Gurney still had to put his stamp on his car’s open-road, rough-road behavior. What a ride-along that would be …

“This is kind of funny,” he commented. “Here I am approaching 77, wanting to do a signature car. It’s probably something they don’t want to broadcast, how old this old fogy is, but it doesn’t change the sportiness and the user-friendliness and the ‘I’ll work with you’ kind of attitude that the car exhibits, once you get it right, and I think that’s an ageless situation.”

We could not resist asking, does Gurney have any notion of a race-off between his Mustang and that of his old racing rival and enduring good friend Jones? That famous face crinkled again.

“You know, as a joke, when they asked me if I’d do it, I said, ‘Yes, if you can make mine handle better and be a little faster than Parnelli’s.’

“I’m sure Parnelli’s is a very good car. But, we’ll have to see.”

POST-SALEEN SALEEN

By: BOB GRITZINGER on January 28, 2008
Original Article: AUTOWEEK, VOL. 58 ISSUE 4,

$100,000 Mustang Honors Company’s Silver Anniversary

Saleen will offer a commemorative 25th-anniversary Mustang as its first product of the post-Steve Saleen era. The 25th Anniversary Sterling Edition Ford Mustang S302E has a supercharged, 5.0-liter, 620-hp, 600-lb-ft V8, plus custom 20-inch wheels, special suspension and brakes, 25th-anniversary interior and exterior badging and a parts catalog’s worth of extras.

It costs $100,000- if you can get one. Only 25 will be built, with deliveries beginning in March. Owners get a first-class trip to Troy, Michigan, for an executive-guided tour of the plant (where Dodge Vipers are painted and Ford GTs were built), a Saleen leather jacket, a custom car cover and a photo album documenting the car’s build.

Company founder Steve Saleen resigned last year (“Saleen Minus Saleen,” AW, May 28, 2007). Investment firm Hancock Park Associates bought it in 2003. HPA added Michigan-based American Specialty Cars to its stable in 2007 and merged the two specialty manufacturers.

MUSTANG APPROVAL

By: N.A. on September 22, 2007
Original Article: DAILY TELEGRAPH, THE (SYDNEY)

Right-hand-drive converted models of the latest Ford Mustang GT have been approved for sale in Australia.

Performax International this week announced it would import coupes and convertibles from the US for conversion for Australian roads following ADR approval.

A company spokesman says the 4.6-litre V8s will be available at $115,000 ready for registration throughout Australia, with a four-year 120,000km warranty.

Ford Australia does not import the cars and the company is not liable for warranty claims or servicing.

The hot Mustang Shelby GT500 Coupe, with a supercharged 5.4-litre engine, will be available at $179,990. The high-performance Saleen Mustang is also on their agenda.

CHASE ENDS IN EXPLOSION: DRIVER SAYS HIS FAST MUSTANG HELPED HIM GET AWAY FROM SHOOTERS

By: JASON TRAHAN on August 19, 2007
Original Article: DALLAS MORNING NEWS, THE (TX)

Aug. 19–Chris Wilks’ car probably got him in trouble early Saturday morning. But it also got him out.

About 2:20 a.m., he was driving his black 1999 Saleen Mustang home in Cedar Hill after a night out with friends. At Clark and Wheatland roads, a Chevy Avalanche pulled alongside. A man inside tried to get his attention, but Mr. Wilks, 25, is used to that.

“I get looks every single day I drive that car,” he said.

But this time, offering a compliment isn’t what the other motorist had in mind.

“The light turned green, and he pointed a gun straight at me and pulled the trigger,” Mr. Wilks said. The shot missed both him and the car.

Mr. Wilks floored it, and the muscle car’s 425-horsepower engine enabled him to quickly leave the Avalanche behind.

It eventually caught up, however, and the gunman fired twice more, missing each time, according to a police report.

Mr. Wilks, who has worked as a stunt driver, lost his pursuers again, dialed 911 and eventually turned around and began chasing them to get a license plate number.

After nearly three miles at speeds above 100 mph, the pickup lost control, crashing through a fence and striking a backyard shed at Trees Drive and Middleton Road.

As neighbors began congregating, a propane tank inside the shed exploded, setting the house on fire. No one was injured, and part of the house near the garage was damaged.

Police recovered a .45-caliber pistol. They arrested Arturo Avila, 18, of Grand Prairie and Christopher Nevarez, 19, of Arlington on charges of aggravated assault. Each was being held at Lew Sterrett Justice Center in lieu of $25,000 bail late Saturday.

Mr. Wilks said police told him that if he hadn’t had such a quick car, he might not be alive.

So, will he keep it?

“To be honest with you,” Mr. Wilks said, “I really don’t think so.”

THE RAZZ: KIERON ELLIOTT

By: BEVERLEY LYONS and LAURA SUTHERLAND on July 26, 2007
Original Article: DAILY RECORD, THE

ROCK Radio DJ Kieron Elliott is revving up his engine for the famed Cannonball Run.

In the race across the USA, daredevil Kieron and his co-pilot, Real Radio MD Billy Anderson, will travel in a 600bhp Saleen Mustang for the race from New York to LA on July 29.,

Kieron said: “Getting the opportunity to do this is a dream. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel and complete the race.”