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.

VIDEO: DRINK BRAVELY WITH MARK OLDMAN

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“Brawn and fun combined in one,” is how Mark Oldman describes both his orange muscle car (“El Tigre”) and the high-horsepower wine Petite Sirah, both bucking with intensity and usually of Californian origin. Mark explains why Petite Sirah is perfect for winter months or whenever you “want a lot from your wine,” even if it’s a little John Mellencamp-style pain with your pleasure.

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STEVE SALEEN VISITS ADAMSON FORD IN AL

By: BRANDON HUGHES on November 22, 2010
Pictures Courtesy of PHILIPPE CYR and LEE REESE
Original Article: MUSTANGEVOLUTION.COM

Over the weekend my local car club (SouthernStang.com) took a trip to Adamson Ford located in Birmingham, Alabama. The event has been advertised all around for a long time and many were looking forward to a fun cruise. The weather was perfect and everyone was ready for a fun event. Steve Saleen was at the dealership signing anything and everything you could imagine as well as having pictures taken with everyone. The Saleen Club Of America (saleenclubofamerica.com) put together the Saleens and SMS Superclub and Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club (soec.org) assisted Steve Saleen with his autograph sessions. Magic City Mustangs (magiccitymustangs.com) helped with the event also. In total, there were Saleens from 7 states, including Indiana, Kentucky and even one passing through on their way home to Pennsylvania. Saleen was represented very well as there were plenty to be seen by all.

Many came in from all around for this event and they filled up the front part of the parking lot with no trouble. Many non Saleen vehicles were also at the event to and had a great time as well. The show was from 1pm until 5pm and the new 2011 SMS Mustang was on hand for all to see as well as many other amazing Saleen Vehicles. I hope everyone that attended had a great time. Thanks to Adamson Ford for a great event. If you missed out you really missed out, make sure to get in touch with your local car clubs and find out all thats going on. Even as the weather starts to cool there are always events and fun activities going on. Thanks to the Saleen Club of America, Magic City Mustangs, Adamson Ford and all the others that helped at the event.

NEW OWNER SADDLES UP: S281 SC SCENIC ROOF (06-1247)

Text & Photos: REDMOSESSC

Hello fellow Saleen enthusiasts, I’ve been lurking on the site for a bit, I’ve made a few posts and a thread trying to brush up on my Saleen details because I was making a deal on a 2006 Saleen S281, I bought it!

It’s a long story, I tried to buy this car about two years ago before I bought my current 2007 Mustang GT convertible. The dealer had it in the used lot, over time and several visits they finally came down to a price we could both agree on. The car has 5k miles on it, it has some little things to fix here and there, but its clean. The car was built in 2006 purchased in ’07, the dealer was the second owner, I still have the warranty until May!

I like the color, but yellow is not really my thing, I would never buy a yellow car. The Scenic Roof was really the hook for me, i love convertibles, but this Scenic Roof is the ultimate compromise. The seats are so much more comfortable and better looking than my GT, it has a blower, suspension work, large brakes, it just has a lot of stuff I’ve already done to my GT, but with a tons of icing on the cake. I had to have this car, its the best worst decision I’ve ever made.

Its been snowing, so I haven’t been able to drive much, but so far its fun! Great low end torque, its sunny in the car, even in the winter!

It’s an Irvine, CA car, its also an early Glass Roof, its also Supercharged, its also YELLOW. I get that feeling that the build #’s of this combo are small.

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[Source: SOEC.org]

SALEEN MADNESS

By: JUSTIN KAEHLER on September 11, 2006
Original Article: IGN.COM

High performance Mustangs take over Orange County

Ford tuner/supercar builder Saleen shut down a few Orange County streets and opened the doors to its headquarters for its 10th annual open house/car show.

Saleen (the company) let the Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club (SOEC) take over its manufacturing headquarters so that everyone could celebrate all things Saleen (the car). Though this car show was technically open to any and all cars, this event was pretty much dominated by all things Ford-powered and Saleen-tuned.

Though a few S7s and Saleen-tuned F150s were on hand, the car of the day was the Saleen Mustang. All generations of Saleen-tuned ‘Stangs were on hand, which is great for the Saleen Mustang fan, not-so-great for those looking for a bit of variety. Don’t get us wrong, we love Saleen Mustangs as much as the next certified gear-head. It just seems as if most of these cars are picked up by the type of guy that spends one too many hours watching the Barrett-Jackson auctions on TV and not-so-secretly hopes that his Saleen Mustang will be the next million-dollar car. Most of these Saleen Mustangs look as if they rarely come out of the garage, let alone see any sort of track time. Whatever happened to buying a race-ready car and taking it racing?

2006 Saleen Open House
2006 Saleen Open House

Of course, we have to admit that it was a treat to see some very clean mid-80’s Saleen Mustangs. We loved these cars ever since we were kids, and finally seeing one in real-life was almost as cool as seeing an actual DeLorean. Yes, we are using this paragraph to admit that we seriously loved tuned American muscle back in the day, so perhaps you guys will give the “import bias”-thing a bit of a rest…

2006 Saleen Open House
2006 Saleen Open House

As we mentioned in the opening sentence, Saleen also opened the doors to its factory. It wasn’t “operating” at this time, but show-goers could still see how Saleen is able to turn ordinary factory Fords into high-performance Saleens.

2006 Saleen Open House
2006 Saleen Open House

In fact, Saleen even had a separate section showing the frames and naked carbon fiber bodies of its S7 supercar. It’s amazing to think that this little cage is the basis for the S7…

2006 Saleen Open House
2006 Saleen Open House

Did you know that Saleen tunes more than just the Ford Mustang? Check out this Saleen-tuned Focus. This was the only one at the show… We sure would have liked to see more of ’em, though.

2006 Saleen Open House
2006 Saleen Open House

While we had a great time at Saleen’s open house, we left wishing for more. Saleen’s Mustangs were well represented, but we only saw the one Saleen Focus and zero Saleen Contours. We know that Saleen has them – we saw them at the Los Angeles car show a few years back. Here’s hoping that Saleen will dig those cars out for next year’s show…

While we wait for the triumphant return of the Saleen-tuned Focus and Contour, why don’t you check out our Media Page for our massive gallery of all things Saleen. Enjoy!

2006 Saleen Open House
2006 Saleen Open House