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From our friends at Saleen Automotive

With the release of the fifth generation Mustang “S197” in 2005, Saleen takes his styling to another level.

Dramatic innovations such as HID headlights and a unique new scenic glass roof developed in-house at Saleen, along with new aerodynamics and engine modifications prove popular with the public, setting new sales records.

Steve’s daughter, Molly, had this custom 2007 Saleen Mustang colored candy pink, specifically mixed to her liking. The reaction to this one-off color was so popular, we now offer it as a special order color.

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Life in the Fast Lane!

Molly Saleen is Shifting Gears for Saleen Motor Company

By: ADAM RILEY on July 7, 2016

Pink metallic paint glitters in the sunlight. Underneath the hood, the supercharged Ford V-8 hums along to the pitch of high RPM’s. A blue desert sky hangs overhead as the Mustang blazes across the steaming Nevada asphalt. Running in-line with several high-horsepower muscle cars and exotics, there’s no slowing down. The year was 2007 during “The Great American Run” and for Molly Saleen, it was a way to stretch the legs of her “MollyPop” Mustang; but most importantly, it symbolized a turning point in the history of Saleen Inc. The moment when Molly took the reigns and helped lead Saleen into a new era.

Fast forward to March of 2016, downtown Los Angeles at the Kim Sing Theater. Molly slowly pulls a car cover over and off the anticipated S302 Black Label Mustang, the latest addition to the Saleen muscle car line-up. The yellow-gold “California Sunset” paint glistens as it reflects the camera flashes and club lights. But it’s not like this is Molly’s first time involved in the action.

Growing up trackside, she’s traveled with her father Steve Saleen to race venues over the entire globe and always helped out during events. Though being involved with motorsports at such an early age, she didn’t quite understand why everybody seemed to know her father. “I would see cars with our name on them and ask my parents why?” She says.

Surrounded by the ambiance of motorsports, it didn’t take long for her enthusiasm to kick in and by the age of six, she began racing shifter karts. “My mom was always like… you don’t want to get into cars, it’s greasy, dirty and messy… but I would sit behind the wheel of my dads race car and think — this is awesome!” Over the years, Molly has raced everything from shifter karts, to the Legend series cars, and even into club road racing — all before reaching her sixteenth birthday.


In fact, on that day, her father agreed let Molly drive the 495HP Saleen S351 for her drivers test. Although there was a small problem – she didn’t exactly know how to drive a stick shift. “To teach me, he stopped me on a very steep hill and told me to keep the engine under 1,000 RPM’s while keeping the car completely still… my leg was shaking. I was in tears! I didn’t want to stall or roll… I learned how to drive it, but I accidently tore off the front fascia.” She said while chuckling.

Though Molly continued to race, she also pursued a degree from USC and in 2006; she oversaw the launch the Saleen’s first brick and mortar retail store, as a boutique version of the motor company. “Opening the retail store gave me more passion and drive to push harder in the business. The Saleen Store redefined how vehicles were being sold” She continued. “Not only is the retail location a new channel of opportunity for the motor company, but it’s a way to offer a more personal experience for the buyer.”

Gaining insights from interacting with customers at the retail store gave Molly the traction to step in-line as Director of Retail and help her father launch the SMS Supercars concept, which includes a line-up of American Supercars such as the Saleen 570X Challenger, Saleen 620X Camaro and the new S302 Mustang. All of which are available with a “MollyPop” pink paint option.


A lustrous paint color that originated from her 2007, #001 Saleen Mustang, that she personally commissioned. She and the team at Saleen specifically developed the custom pink color that has now become a brand that’s expanded into a full line of apparel and automotive paint options. “I really began to notice that our retail store catered men, so the ‘MollyPop’ brand allows us to represent the women enthusiasts in our industry.” She said.

But her “MollyPop” Mustang isn’t the only supercar in the corral. Her high-horsepower stable includes a 2001 Saleen S281SC, 2016 Saleen S302 Mustang, and a 1989 Saleen Mustang that’s ravished with bullet holes. “Apparently the car was in some kind of crazy shoot out.” She said. “So I’m currently restoring it, dropping in a new 302ci motor and of course painting it ‘MollyPop’ pink!”

Rehabbing the ’89 is a representation of what she’s now working on at the motor company, which is re-establishing the production of original parts for early model Saleen cars. “So far, it’s been a huge task.” She says. “The largest hurdle is going back and having those parts reproduced for demand, along with focusing on trying to expand our catalog. I literally work day and night making sure we get items out to our customers…

“…But it’s were my passion is; For our customers to have an exceptional experience with Saleen and keep our community building these cars.”


Nowadays, working as the Vice President of Retail for Saleen, you can bet Molly is juggling a hefty agenda, but still there’s slowing down. Although several projects are under lock and key, she says that looking ahead they’re working to open more boutique Saleen retail locations and keeping an eye on the evolution of the Supercar arena. It’s still in the pipeline along with some other cool projects on the way.

All and all, Molly still spends her weekends behind the wheel of a racecar. She’s recently been competing in the NASCAR Super Late Series and working hard to build an all women’s race team. For her, there’s no slowing down at Saleen Automotive. “I think that women are making great strides in the automotive community.” She says. “The industry has generally always been intimidating due to it being a mans marketplace, but as for me — I live for the challenge.”

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Congratulations to Molly Saleen for her recognition as a Corona Chamber of Commerce 40-Under-40 Award winner!

Molly Saleen, 40-Under-40
Molly Saleen, 40-Under-40

From our friends at “The Press Enterprise.”

By: FIELDING BUCK on June 16, 2016 at 6:29 pm
Original Article: PE.COM

CORONA – The Corona Chamber of Commerce introduced “40 under 40” Thursday at its 2016 State of the City luncheon.

It is a group of 40 “entrepreneurs and high achievers” who have yet reach their black balloon birthday. Honorees were nominated by peers and friends and selected by a panel of judges. They share early achievements, passion and a willingness to give back to their communities, according to the chamber.

The group sends the message that “this isn’t your dad’s chamber,” according to chief executive officer and president Bobby Spiegel.

“This is not a junior chamber acknowledgement,” said Mark Peabody, chairman of the board. “These are not like Cub Scouts in training or anything like that. These guys individually and collectively are very impressive at any age.”

Members come from city government, health care, education, finance, real estate, retail and the nonprofit world.

The youngest is Vivianne Silva, 18, who at 12 founded the Food Runners Club, which provides events catering to raise money for charities and jobs skills to youthful volunteers.

Most of the 40 under 40 attended the luncheon in a conference room at Crossroads Christian Church. Several shared their enthusiasms in the first of a series of videos the chamber will show at its events.

Chelsea Dischinger said her children get to see her make her dream and passion a reality. It is a handmade jewelry company called Pacific Daisy.

“Every time we get into a new store I take them in that store and they see Pacific Daisies is in the store,” she said in the video. “They see my display and they’re so proud. It’s a great way to teach my kids you can dream big. You can do anything that you want to do. Go for it. It’s also a way that I’m raising my children, as funny as that sounds.”

After the presentation, Mayor Jason Scott delivered the keynote, in which he outlined progress on the expansion of the 91 Freeway.

[Source: The Press Enterprise]


By: LOREEN on January 20, 2016
Original Article: COUCOUJOLIE.COM

Molly Saleen is the daughter of Steve Saleen, automotive pioneer of Saleen, Inc. Molly is now the Vice President of Retail Operations for Saleen Inc. Molly has helped launch the Saleen Challenger in 2008, the Saleen 302 Mustang in 2010, and the Saleen Camaro in 2012 providing the market with a fresh take on the new muscle car era. She has also received industry recognition with the release of its patented ultra efficient SMS 296 Supercharger system. Molly has also been designing a women’s racing inspired fashion line. Molly doesn’t just do retail in the car industry she also races. She is one of the few known female NASCAR drivers.

I asked Molly what some of her favorite products were and this is what she said.

My favorite 3 products are:

I absolutely love the Osmosis Skincare Gentle Cleanse; It has a great minty feeling to help you feel really clean without drying your skin. After cleansing I moisturize with Bio Peptide Cream by Image Skincare since I have sensitive skin its organic and very hydrating and smells amazing! Lastly, I always have MAC’s Candy Yum-Yum Lipstick and pair it with their Shock Value Lip Liner in my bag as I’m obsessed with this hot pink look plus it matches my car!

I would recommend to regularly receive a facial treatment or peel to give your skin a healthy glow, I frequently visit Katie at Flawless Skin & Body as I am also in and out of my race helmets, getting facial treatments are a key component for fabulous skin. Also, I would totally recommend an organic airbrush tan, it doesn’t leave you orange or have you worrying about streaks!

Follow Molly on Instagram @MollyPopPink.

XO, Loreen

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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]


Thought I’d share some photos with fellow members of today’s trip to SMS…

I brought Molly a cake on behalf of everyone here… she was quite pleased…

Jim D. visits SMS Supercars.

The SR race car in the lobby, and that’s the very sweet Nicolette in the mural…

Jim D. visits SMS Supercars.
Jim D. visits SMS Supercars.

Some shop pics… the story on this Molly Pop 570X will come in a couple of weeks, but the paint job was amazing…

Jim D. visits SMS Supercars.

The complementary pinstripes on the doors and dash of the SMS Supercars are a nice touch…

Jim D. visits SMS Supercars.

She’s almost done… getting ready for a photo shoot tomorrow…

Jim D. visits SMS Supercars.

The “Bruce Almighty” Saleen S7. Steve is very proud of the S7 program. Do you know the secret name for it? “Project Molly,” of course!

Jim D. visits SMS Supercars.
Jim D. visits SMS Supercars.

The SMS 570 and 570X line in the main building of the SMS campus…

Jim D. visits SMS Supercars.
Jim D. visits SMS Supercars.

Some 2010 Mustangs getting ready for transformation…

Jim D. visits SMS Supercars.

More of the 570 and 570X line…

Jim D. visits SMS Supercars.

Some members’ vehicles in for warranty work and upgrades…

Jim D. visits SMS Supercars.

It was a good afternoon, and it was fun seeing Molly, Liz, Steve, Sean and Clint and the rest of the SMS team — especially Spring! A quick shot of the main building before I headed back to the office…

Jim D. visits SMS Supercars.

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