All posts by Betsy Beyer

Currently the longest running editor of Saleen Alley. The official publication of SOEC. Have owned five generations of Saleen Mustangs through 20 years of active SOEC participation.


Saleen Automotive Inc. (OTCQB: SLNN) Corona, CA – (September 4, 2014)

Driving an electric car is uniquely different than their piston-powered brethren. Experiencing a performance-electric car reinvigorates the thrill of driving. However, the adrenaline rush you get from hearing the engine go to full throttle is a typically overlooked aspect of electric vehicles. Saleen Automotive has solved this problem in their all-electric FOURSIXTEEN performance sedan. Among the many aerodynamic and styling enhancements, the Model S-based vehicle also provides Saleen specific performance giving it better handling, efficient cooling, and quicker acceleration along with a distinct, naturally-occurring sound.

Inspired by the sound of a Formula One car and derived from Saleen’s racing heritage, the acceleration and deceleration tones give the new drivetrain note a dynamic range. “This is what the future sounds like,” explains Steve Saleen, CEO of Saleen Automotive. “Anytime you watch a movie or TV show about the future, vehicles make a distinctive sound. That is what we achieved with our FOURSIXTEEN. I think George Jetson would approve.”

Saleen has always been known for creating distinctive automotive sounds in their performance vehicles. Historically, their exhaust and supercharger notes are as thrilling to hear as they are to experience. The all new FOURSIXTEEN is no different, and thanks to their engineering team, will be known for being the first production electric car with a naturally produced sensory stimulating sound.

Saleen is currently taking orders for the Saleen Tesla FOURSIXTEEN. More information can be found by visiting or calling (714) 400-2121. Check out the video!

Editor’s note: I had a ride in the Saleen FOURSIXTEEN. It really does sound like the video! Below are my photos taken at Saleen Headquarters in Corona, California.

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A previous posted press release had the details about the debut if the all-electric Tesla Model S based vehicle “The FOURSIXTEEN” at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

From the Saleen staff: Photos of some celebrities that stopped to see Steve Saleen and the Saleen FOURSIXTEEN.


Steve Saleen is scheduled to attend the 2014 Sturgis Mustang Rally and be a guest speaker at the Awards Banquet.

August 27-31, 2014
Sturgis Mustang Rally
Sturgis, South Dakota

Roll the dice for your chance to win a new Saleen Mustang! Sturgis Mustang Rally Edition #8 Sponsored by Saleen.

Mark your calendar and see details at

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Schenley Park Race Weekend – July 19 & 20, 2014

2014 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

Schenley Park is the scene of our nation’s largest vintage race event. 150 vintage racers gather here each July to test their skills and entertain the crowd. The PVGP races through Schenley Park are considered by many drivers to be the most challenging race course worldwide. The 2.33 mile circuit has 23 turns not to mention haybales, manhole covers, phone poles and stone walls. The Grand Prix in Schenley Park is the only vintage race event that is run on actual city streets – made possible by our Pit Crew of 1,000 volunteers.

The best place to watch the races is from the 456 acre Bob O’Connor Golf Course where the Grand Prix stages an International Car Show with over 2,000 vehicles on display. These car shows are mainly supported by local car clubs but are also open to the public for only $30 for the weekend. In addition to the car shows there are dozens of sponsor tents, a village full of vendors and plenty of food and refreshment vendors. 200,000 spectators are expected to come out and watch the races – there is no cost for spectators to enter, but we do encourage donations. Proceeds from the event benefit charity.

There is so much that happens on the Race Weekend in Schenley Park that we can’t fit it all on one page – so here are some quick links to individual events that occur over the weekend.

There are practice/warm-up sessions each morning. Qualifying races take place on Saturday with the Featured Races on Sunday. Both afternoons feature exciting racing as groups are separated by engine size and year of manufacture. There is little difference to spectators between Saturday’s and Sunday’s track action as over 175 cars will compete.

2014 Schedule
Saturday, July 19

  • Vintage Practice Sessions    8:15 – noon
  • Vintage Track Rides    noon – 1:00
  • Vintage Qualifying Races    1:00 – 5:00
  • British Car Day    9:30 – 5:00
  • International Car Show    9:30 – 5:00

Sunday, July 20

  • Vintage Warm-up Sessions    8:15 – 11:00
  • Parades and Opening Ceremony    11:00- 11:50
  • Vintage Races    noon – 5:00
  • International Car Show    9:30 – 5:00

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The Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club has again successfully scheduled Steve Saleen’s appearance at the 2014 All Ford Nationals, Carlisle, Pennsylvania on Friday, June 6 & Saturday, June 7, 2014. We have posted that we obtained a maybe response last fall. On April 19, Steve’s attendance was upgraded to a “probably”. On April 20 Steve and Liz Saleen went to Beijing, China for an International Auto Show. On May 10 we got the final YES to Steve’s attendance at the event! I read comments that some forum members were disappointed that they can’t make plans to attend. Please understand how fortunate we are to have Steve Saleen attend the event 2 years in a row. The awesome attendance of around 130 Saleen vehicles at the 2013 Carlisle All Ford Nationals helped us as we negotiated for his attendance at this year’s event!

The whole show runs from Friday – Sunday, but Steve will only attend Friday & Saturday. We expect to have a very busy day for Steve Saleen on Saturday. We will have a “Saleen Owners Only” autograph session on Friday to sign Saleen vehicles and other Saleen memorabilia. We want you to get your autographs done on Friday. If you are able to get your items autographed on Friday, we will ask that you don’t go through the autograph line again on Saturday to allow time for others. Because of the 50th Anniversary Celebration, we expect an overwhelming turn out of Mustangs. Let’s top last year’s total of around 130 Saleen vehicles on the show field.

Try to attend on Friday. We have reservations for Friday dinner at a restaurant in a plaza around the corner from the fairgrounds’ back gate. We will leave the show field at 4:15 on Friday, June 6, 2014. We are scheduled to arrive for dinner at 4:30. Although the show runs until 5:00, Friday isn’t the big busy day, so we will leave at 4:15. Please stay at the show until 4:15. The restaurant we are going to is Marcello’s Ristorante, 900 Cavalry Rd., Carlisle, PA. From the main entrance gate, turn right, go a short distance to a light at Cavalry Rd. and turn right on to Cavalry Rd. The restaurant is in the plaza on the right.

Buffet dinner will include salad, Italian dishes (containing beef, chicken, and fish), beverage, tax, and tip for a total of $20 per person. For children under 10 years old the price is $7. The dinner cost per person will be paid at the restaurant the day of the dinner. No orders from the regular menu.

Because we are limited to 90 people, this is for Saleen Owners and immediate families. Single reservations may bring 1 guest. To notify the restaurant with a preliminary quantity, we need reservations by Saturday, May 31. All reservations will be accepted on an as available basis. After Saturday, May 31 reservation requests will be honored, if space is available. When we reach a total of 90, names will be kept on a waiting list. If space allows, friends of Saleen Owners can attend. Stop by the Saleen tent on Friday, June 6.

Send name, Saleen vehicle type & number, and quantity for dinner to Betsy Beyer at

Please check in at the SOEC tent by 2:00 on Friday, June 6 to confirm your reservation. If you can’t make it to the show field by 2:00 on Friday, but you will be at the dinner, please send me an e-mail message on Thursday, June 5th or Friday morning, June 6th to confirm your reservation. If your plans change, please cancel your reservation as soon as possible to make room for others.

When you resister for the show, please list the Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club for your club affiliation:

Carlisle Events Registration page:…lts.asp?Cat=24

Goody bags to those who pre-register under Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club — this helps support SOEC.

On Saturday, June 7, Steve will have autograph sessions, and he will have Q&A time to be scheduled by Carlisle Events. On Saturday, Steve Saleen will sign Saleen vehicles that weren’t done on Friday. Steve will also participate in the Saturday parade. Steve & Liz Saleen will drive 2013 Saleen 351 #001. All vehicles in the parade must be preregistered and have a ticket for the parade.

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Join the Beach Cities Mustang Club as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, with a very special evening with Steve Saleen on Tuesday, April 8.

BCMC Monthly Meetings take place the 2nd Tuesday of every month at FUDDRUCKERS. 5229 Clark Ave in Lakewood, CA.

Meetings are open to all members, guests and fans of the Ford Mustang.


Social Hour starts at 6pm, with a chance to eat (ask for your 10% club discount!), chat and watch videos. Meetings start at 9 and go for about 2 hours.

Guest speakers, event reports, games and fun are on the agenda. We end the meeting with a great raffle and $100s in prizes. We also have a Membership Attendance Lottery, where the current amount is over $400 cash!

Dessert is always provided free by Hansen’s Cakes!

For more details on BCMC meetings, visit our website at


The Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club is bringing Steve Saleen to the 2013 Carlisle Ford Nationals, June 7-9 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. He’ll be involved in autograph sessions, seminars and more. Meet him for free at Carlisle in 2013.

PRLog – May 18, 2013 – CARLISLE, Pa. — Many great guests have made special appearances at weekends produced by Carlisle Events. Some names have been bigger than others, but no name has been bigger at the Carlisle Ford Nationals in quite some time than the one who will be attending in 2013. Courtesy of the Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club, guests during the June 7-9 event weekend at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds can meet, talk with and get and autograph or photo from the one and only Steve Saleen.

A very popular name within automotive circles, Steve Saleen has been associated with many great milestones in motorsports history. Saleen was born in California and attended USC, earning a degree in business. He parlayed his education into a booming career that saw him work with the Porsche Owners Club before becoming a competitive racer. In 1980, he entered the Formula Atlantic series and was third in the final series standings. After that, he advanced to the SCCA Trans-Am series in ’82, driving a Ford Mustang. From there, his passion for the Mustang grew immensely, culminating with the founding of Saleen Autosport in 1983 and subsequent building of the first Saleen Mustang.

In 1984, the car was completed, tested and raced against some of the world’s top cars, finishing first in its class at the Mosport 24 hour endurance race. Years later, Saleen formed a race team with comedian Tim Allen and driver Bob Bondurant. The three raced Saleen Mustangs in the SCAA World Challenge. Inducted into the Mustang Hall of Fame in 1996 along side Carroll Shelby, Saleen remains active today, primarily with his namesake company, Saleen Inc.

“Having Steve at Carlisle highlights the importance of our event within the Ford community,” said event manager Ken Appell. “The Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club has been very proactive in making this appearance happen and we’re happy they were able to secure him for the weekend. The brand name of Saleen has been on the side of Mustangs and other vehicles for many years and often times Saleen Mustangs have been on the showfield at Carlisle. Now, not only will a Saleen car be at Carlisle, so will the man himself.”

Anyone interested in meeting Saleen can do so for free with an admission to the event itself. There will be autograph sessions and seminars involving him and those too are free. The autograph sessions take place at the Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club tent, plus the Q&A time will be part of his seminars held in the seminar tent. Complete tent locations will be available within the free event directory, offered as part of the Goody Bags, at Guest Services and handed out at each point of entry on grounds.


Molly Saleen
Racer, Retail, Designer Molly Pop Pink!

Original Article: HERHIGHWAY.COM on May 2012

Molly Saleen

Molly Anne-Kelsea Saleen was born in Sacramento, Ca and soon relocated with her family to Southern California during the early stages of her fathers legacy company Saleen, Inc. Along with her older brothers, Clint and Sean; she grew up in an automotive and racing environment which proved to be a unique and valuable experience for Molly. When she was old enough, she spent a lot of summers at the racetracks around North America and Europe attending her fathers races and learning from the “ground up” about motorsports and marketing.

From cleaning wheels, checking tire pressures and handing out posters, she developed her racing spirit. By the age of 15 she had the opportunity to experience everything from kart racing schools to Bob Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving. The first car she learned to drive was a 510 HP Saleen S351, in which she took her test for her drivers license. Molly knew she wanted to be part of her fathers life as an automotive pioneer.

Who have you mentored with; did someone mentor you in this industry to help you get started?

My Father (Steve Saleen) is a continuous mentor for me; it’s an incredible resource to draw from his 30+ years in the Automotive business. I am also very fortunate in that I‘m surrounded by extremely knowledgeable engineers and designers that can provide input into various aspects of my automotive career.

In regards to racing; I have been trained and advised by many top drivers in the racing world. Starting at a young age I worked with Bondurant to refine my car control and technique. In Karting I trained with Lisa Caceres; Road Racing I trained with Danny McKeever. Most recently, I have been back with Bondurant and Danny Bullock to work on my Oval Track performance.

As a woman what features are your favorites in a car?

I love the aesthetics of a vehicle, the body line, and not to mention a killer paint like my Molly Pop Pink! Overall a car has to be cohesive in styling, everything needs to have a purpose and make sense to create a complete package. There’s also nothing like a well balanced car. It’s truly makes an exciting experience when you have the proper amount of horsepower to match the weight of a vehicle, throw-in some sexy styling and I’m begging to drive it!

Why does the auto industry seem like a difficult environment for females?

Molly Saleen, S7 Supercar
Molly Saleen, S7 Supercar

The biggest hurdle seems to be with the technical aspects of cars. Generally, female input doesn’t have the same impact as when a male delivers technical information. However, women are continuously making strides in many aspects. Many auto manufacturers are now realizing that we provide critical input whether it’s for design, sales techniques, or usability.

Racing is also commonly known as a “good ‘ole boys club”, I think this has to do with so many women don’t like the competition, however I live for it! As a woman driver, all I need to do is setup my equipment to compliment my technique (as with any driver). This is where my style comes in, too often drivers only look at the technical aspects of their cars; I tend to look at my car as a whole package, match it to my style, and use it to my advantage.

Why did you want to work in the auto industry?

I have a passion for it. I consider myself to be “Born of Racing”, I grew up at racetracks around the world watching my dad race, I developed my racing spirit and drive at a very young age. After college, I worked in other fields but found myself continuously coming back to automotive.

First automotive job?

Growing up in an automotive family I had plenty of jobs. When I was young, I traveled with my father while he raced throughout the world. I did everything from checking tire pressure to handing out posters. As an adult, my automotive career began at Saleen Inc. I started out in marketing where I worked the shows and events, basically doing the same things I grew up doing at the races.

Proudest professional achievement?

Opening the Saleen Store, we had an idea that automotive retailing is moving away from a dealership environment and into a more boutique setting. With mass customization on the verge of becoming a standard, we developed a retail store that serviced this. We worked for over a year to fully develop the concept, and the Grand Opening day was definitely an achievement to be proud of; we were even nominated as the best automotive retail store in Maxim Magazine. From my experience at the Saleen store I was able to take away a better understanding of retailing and from this I have been working on a women’s racing-inspired fashion line, hopefully soon to be my next achievement.

Current challenge at work?

Molly Saleen & her race car.
Molly Saleen & her race car.

My work has many challenges, on a day-to-day basis I’m balancing running the retail division at Saleen, developing my clothing line named “Molly Pop”, and progressing with my racing. I think these all have a common challenge, which is progress. I am constantly looking for ways to move the bar forward and stay ahead of the pack. Through technology we are seeing advancements happen faster than ever before, my challenge is to understand how I can better my position as these advancements come into play.

Dream job?

I love media. The best parts of my job are when I get to work with the movie studios and commercial shoots to present our cars.

What sports or activities did you enjoy in school or/and currently?

I love shopping; it’s the other thing that really gets my endorphin’s going other than racing!

What you do to relax?

I enjoy vacationing. Anytime I get to visit a new place and meet new people is always an adventure for me… It also lets me catch up on my sleep!

[Source: HerHighway]


By: DREW PHILLIPS on April 23, 2012 at 7:49 AM

It was only a few weeks ago that Steve Saleen announced he would once again be taking control of the Saleen brand, and already the company is making use of the familiar logo and branding. At the Fabulous Fords at Knott’s Berry Farm event this past weekend Saleen displayed their current 2012 Mustang lineup in their booth with new banners and badges to reflect the recent name change. The SMS name could still be seen on various places on the cars, although we fully expect the company will update their tooling for all future vehicles.

Currently Saleen offers three Mustang variants, starting with the base White Label ($35,540) that features basic modifications, the Yellow Label (45,540) that adds a supercharger system and 19-inch wheels and tires, and finally the Black Label ($48,000 naturally aspirated, $58,000 supercharged)) that gets a full body kit and interior upgrade.

For the future Saleen plans to revise their lineup with four new models based on the 2013 Mustang including the 302 4V, 302 SC, 302 SSC and 302 X.