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Price: $32,500.00
VIN: 1ZVFT82H975216572
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 2007
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Trim: Saleen S281E UBB
Engine: 4.6L supercharged
Number of Cylinders: 8
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Transmission: 6 spd Manual
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 21,065
Body Type: 2-Door
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Power Options: Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats
Exterior Color: Black
Interior Color: Dark Charcoal
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 221816012681

07-0053E UBB Edition
07-0053E UBB Edition

My loss is your gain!! For sale is the first year run of the Ultimate Bad Boy Mustangs. This vehicle was commissioned by Tim Porter and built by Saleen for the promotion of the 2007 Great American Run. a 3,000 mile cross country road race. Originally 25 cars were slated to be built, but the actual production numbers were 9. 8 black cars and 1 red. This vehicle was raced in the event under the name of “Half Evil Racing” car #333. It is featured in the documentary film “The Great American Run”, by National Lampoon. These cars RARELY come up on the market so don’t miss your chance to own a limited production collector’s dream. Car has 22,000 miles, garaged, and driven once a month. The only flaws are small area of scuffing on clear bra from chunk of tire thrown up by vehicle that can be buffed out or bra replaced, small tear in the shift boot, few chips on painted wheels, and new front carbon splitter due to old one being cracked when I purchased the vehicle. Clutch is beginning to slip, but car is fully functional. This vehicle is listed WELL below NADA retail and can be easily researched to verify.

07-0053E UBB Edition
07-0053E UBB Edition

281 CID (4.6L) 3-Valve SOHC V8
600 bhp @ 6100 RPM
525 lb-ft Torque @ 4900 RPM
3.55” x 3.54” Bore & Stroke
39 lb/hr Fuel Injectors
98 mm MAF
Series VI Integrated Twin-Screw Supercharger
Dual-Stage Water-to-Air Intercooler System
Hi-Flow Inlet Tube, Air Box Cover & Filter
Forged Aluminum Pistons
Forged Steel Connecting Rods
Forged Steel Crankshaft
Ported Aluminum Cylinder Heads
Aluminum Dual-Core Radiator
& High-Flow Cooling System
PowerFlash™ Performance Calibration
2.5” Stainless Steel Center Exhaust System

Close-Ratio 6-Speed Manual Transmission
Light-Weight Aluminum Flywheel
High Performance Clutch
Light-Weight Aluminum Driveshaft
MaxGrip™ Speed-Sensitive Limited Slip Differential
with 4.10:1 Final Drive

Linear-Rate, Coil-Over Springs (F/R)
Sway Bars, 1.38″ with HD Bushings (F), 0.79″ (R)
Front Struts (N2), Rear Shocks (N2)
Three Link, Live Rear Axle with Panhard Rod

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Cannonball World Events have staged a world’s first in the United States with the triumphant conclusion of the largest ever stateside coast-to-coast road rally. The inaugural Great American Run book ended a six day, 3000 mile drive through some of America’s most notable cities with a unique two-point start and a $100,000 dollar finale.

Almost two hundred primed performance cars hightailed it out of Central Park, New York and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Florida in tandem on 29th July. Travelling two very different routes along America’s eastern seaboard, the train of elite vehicles made a stylish addition to the flamboyant city of Las Vegas before going all out at a high-speed track day at Willow Springs raceway. A more sedate final leg saw the road-weary competitors head en-masse to Los Angeles for a final night party and the prize-giving ceremony.

Beating off competition from a bevy of international entrants and hundreds of domestic drivers with varying levels of professional driving experience, car number 13, successfully piloted by Steve Games and Don Conley (San Diego) was deemed the overall winner and the first ever recipient of the Great American Run title with an average speed of 60.991 mph. The pair were presented with an exclusive 600 BHP Saleen ‘Bad Boy’ Ultimate Mustang custom designed by Cannonball World Events CEO Tim ‘Maverick’ Porter.

“Steve and Don are worthy winners of the first ever Great American Run,” said event organiser, Tim ‘Maverick’ Porter. “Not only did they walk away with the exclusive Great American Run Saleen Bad Boy Mustang but they have earned the right to defend their title in next year’s $1 million event.”

Games and Conley pipped runner up Des Sellmeijer and Hece Kestila’s GTSpirit.com Corvette by just 0.06 of a second. Rounding out the podium was the BMW trio of Dana Bonik, John Betchell and Chris Cruise. Molly Saleen, daughter of car manufacturer Steve Saleen was granted the accolade of fastest driver in her un-missable candy coloured Molly-Pop Mustang.

Preparations are already underway for next year’s event, a two start single route road rally with a prize fund set to rise to a cool $1 million bounty if all competition births are filled. Before the July 20th start, a winter challenge will be held in February taking in Los Angeles – Lake Tahoe for a seven-day ski-themed adventure.

To be in the driving seat on the 2008 rally, visit www.thegreatamericanrun.com and reserve your entry for an unforgettable journey.

For sales information, to reserve your place for the 2008 event or for sponsorship details, contact the UK Office Tel: +44 1403 276191 or email: info@cannonballworld.com. Alternatively, call toll free in the USA: 800-619-8593

Editors Note:

The Great American Run is organized by Cannonball Run World Events Ltd. Please direct all press queries to Rebecca Appleton. Tel +44 208 123 5178 or email Rebecca@topposition.co.uk.

High resolution images, editorial comment, archived press information and interviews are available on request. These can also be downloaded online from www.thegreatamericanrun.com


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.”


By: DONOHOE GRAEME on July 13, 2007
Original Article: SUN, THE

Hunk in 1m Dollar US road race

DAREDEVIL TV star Kieron Elliott is revving up to win $1million by outrunning US cops in a real-life Cannonball Run dash across America.

Kieron, 33, is one of more than 400 hellraising petrol heads taking part in a wacky race from New York to Los Angeles on July 29.

The flying Scotsman, above, from Airdrie, will take the wheel of a Mustang Saleen for the 2,900-mile coast-to-coast trek.

And the former River City star has a few tricks up his sleeve to foil cops – just like screen hero Burt Reynolds in the classic Cannonball Run flick.

Keiron, now breakfast DJ for Rock Radio 96.3FM, has air support to help him win – drafting in a HELICOPTER to help avoid police. He grinned: “Cannonball Run has to be one of the best films ever and we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves.

“The helicopter will be going ahead to look out for cops so we have a ticket to go as fast as we want.”

Kieron – who played cancer sufferer Duncan Robertson in the BBC soap – will be racing with radio pal Billy Anderson.

The super-rich racers stump up Pounds 5,000 just to take part.

Kieron and Billy hope to be a hit with the ladies at the riotous parties being thrown along the route to LA.

Kieron beamed: “We’ll be wearing our kilts the whole way. I’m really looking forward to the parties.”

Kieron will be phoning in with daily updates for his Rock Radio show – and listeners will have a dream chance to win his super-fast Mustang.


If you see a flash of hot pink whilst traveling the east coast of America later this month, be sure to make room for Molly Saleen and her candy coloured, customized automobile. With 3000 miles of road ahead and America’s premiere car manufacturing dynasty sizzling pink all around her, Molly Saleen and her Molly-Pop Mustang are likely to be in a hurry. After all, Burt Reynolds didn’t hang around as he made Hollywood History with the ever-popular Cannonball Run made during his Hollywood heydays of the 1980s.

Set to be re-enacted on July 29th with the inaugural running of the Great American Run road rally, the Molly-Pop bristles with more attitude than Reynolds could ever muster in the slapstick road trip celluloid. Formerly a modest stock S281-SC, the Mustang has undergone more image changes than Madonna. It now wields 500bhp, 475 lbs-ft of torque and shines with star quality thanks to Saleen engineered Watts Link style suspension and Saleen designed aerodynamics.

“The Molly-Pop is like a sour candy,” says Molly. “It looks sweet and inviting on the outside, but once you get mixed up with it, you’re sorry you ever did.”

Plotting a route across the States, Molly and the rest of the Great American Run challengers will drive for six days in a rolling motorcade to Los Angeles. Thrown off route along the way, a series of unexpected detours, hidden stages and unknown itineraries will test the spirit and staying power of driver and machine.

Passing through the best America has to offer in open roads and awe inspiring scenery, the Great American Run is the only one of its kind and will make history when the first cars leave their tyre marks on the tarmac in the twin starting cities of New York and Miami. It’s a driving adventure, the largest road rally in American history and one million reasons to succeed – automatic entrance to next year’s event, boasting the ultimate prize package and a limited edition Saleen Bad Boy Mustang to drive home in.

The Molly-Pop will stand out thanks to its striking good looks and vibrant livery but there are a handful of other Saleen Mustangs in the field. The American manufacturer of the world’s fastest production car are the official automotive partners of the event and have uniquely modified 25 stock Saleen S281 “Extreme” Mustangs with an additional 50 horsepower and identical black-on-black paint and graphics packages. The Bad Boys bear gold plated chassis numbers and will be a focal point as the entrants swarm through the countryside.

Open to professional drivers and first time racers, the Great American Run is unique in welcoming all comers. “I have been involved with the family business my whole life” says Molly. “I’ve also attended a number of racing schools along the west coast and driven everything from karts to high performance street cars.”

With a clutch of entrants for the Great American Run already confirmed from outside of America, Molly has one advantage over those jetting in specifically for the event. She’s rumoured to have driven practice runs to the penultimate stop, Las Vegas, NV from her home in Orange County, CA.

Organized by the team behind the seven Cannonball Run World Series outings, the Great American Run is built on that same reputation for safe, fast fun. The parties are almost as legendary as the rallying with extravagant get-togethers each night to help drivers unwind after a hard day at the wheel.

For sales information and start dates and times, contact Jo Groome. Tel: +44 1403 276191 or email: info@cannonballworld.com. Alternatively, call toll free in the USA: 800-619-8593

Editors Note:

The Great American Run is organized by Cannonball Run World Events Ltd. Please direct all press queries to Rebecca Appleton. Tel 0800 040 9192 or email Rebecca@topposition.co.uk.

High resolution images, editorial comment, archived press information and interviews are available on request. These can also be downloaded online from www.thegreatamericanrun.com

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Muscle cars, cross country rallying and epic driving adventures. If you think a coast to coast drive, fuelled by a $1 million prize fund and legendary parties are the domain of the male of the species, The Great American Run is about to prove you wrong.

In an entry quota of 200, Ashley and Aimee Perlinger are the sole female entrants for the rally against time which begins along the east coast of America this July. Promising white hot action from start line to chequered flag, The Great American Run breezes through destinations including New Orleans, Indianapolis, San Antonio and Las Vegas.

Petrol heads and driving aficionados, hardcore racing fans and first time rally racers – all will spin their wheels in an attempt to travel the 3000 mile route in the time closest to that set by the event organisers. Entrants can choose to start from the sunshine state of Miami, FL or take in the hustle and bustle of New York City, NY.

The Perlingers may be newcomers to motor sport, but they’re not phased by the thought of taking on 399 men. “The distraction factor is key and I believe we have that in the bag!,” says Ashley. “Unless the male teams are wearing blinders, they will be distracted by the Perlinger gals… And if they are wearing blinders, well then we are sure to have the advantage. We are both extremely competitive by design – so experienced or not, watch out!”

With all entrants competing for a limited edition Saleen Ultimate Bad Boy Mustang, title honours and automatic entrance into next years one million dollar event, the Great American Run is about enthusiasm and spirit. As veteran Cannonball Run entrant and The Great American Run organizer, Tim Porter says, “It doesn’t matter what you drive, a Lamborghini or Lincoln, Ferrari or Ford, Mini or Maybach – it’s not the metal that counts but the spirit you bring with it.”

The all-girl squad will be traversing the 3000 mile route in style. Their Bentley GT sports car with 552 horsepower is being prepared by Matt Crandall at GranPrix Imports, Oregon. As well as the usual assortment of GPS and radar detection systems, the girls are planning a full aural assault with driving tunes selected especially for the adventure. “We’ve spent time over the last year or so cruising around together but haven’t had the chance to take part in any test sessions,” says Aimee. “We figure if we’re going to be sat in a car going across country, we should do it in style and do it in a Bentley.”

Speaking of style, sibling rivalry has been put aside when it comes to agreeing on the best leg of the six day tour. “Vegas Baby!” confirms Aimee. “The leg from Vegas to LA is what we are drooling about. Vegas, enough said – guaranteed great time! Driving from Vegas to LA, the anticipation, the desert, the eventual win… we can’t wait.”

Following in the wheel tracks of the world famous Cannonball Run, the Great American Run is the first event of its kind in the United States and will make history when the lights go green at each starting city on 29 July.

For Ashley and Aimee, the challenge will not be getting to the finish line but keeping their competitive natures under control within the tight confines of their Bentley sportscar. “The right mix of crazy and conservative is the trick,” notes Ashley.

While they haven’t been putting in the hours on the track, the sisters have become familiar sights in their local gyms and think their preparation will give them the edge. For Aimee, her workout sessions will help with her next mission, also being carried out for sponsor Fluge Global

Adventures. “Flugle Global is giving me a spot on their Everest Team,” confirms Aimee. “I will be trekking to Base Camp in October, so working out has become an essential part of each day for me.”

The winner of The Great American Run 2007 will not necessarily be the car first past the flag.

The Saleen Ultimate Bad Boy Mustang and event title will go to the driver or team posting an overall time nearest to that set The Cannonball Run crew. Adding to the excitement, the competitors will be challenged en-route by a series of checkpoints and unexpected detours on their way to Las Vegas, a track day at Willow Springs Raceway and final group run to Los Angeles.

For sales information, to reserve your place or for sponsorship details, contact Jo Groome. Tel: +44 1403 276191 or email: info@cannonballworld.com. Alternatively, call toll free in the USA: 800-619-8593

Editors Note:

The Great American Run is organized by Cannonball Run World Events Ltd. Please direct all press queries to Rebecca Appleton. Tel +44 208 123 5178 or email Rebecca@topposition.co.uk.

High resolution images, editorial comment, archived press information and interviews are available on request. These can also be downloaded online from www.thegreatamericanrun.com


The very first limited edition Ultimate Saleen Bad Boy Mustang to roll off the production line has made its public debut with the initial test session for July’s Cannonball World Events Great American Run.

Participant Nick Fluge and event organiser Tim ‘Maverick’ Porter put the liveried machine through its paces at Willow Springs Raceway. The duo spent the day getting a general feel for the car and its performance capabilities.

“Testing was great,” enthused Fluge. “It was great to see the Saleen that Tim helped design to finally break cover in its full race colours. The day itself was very productive from a performance perspective, it handles extremely well and more than surpassed my expectations.

“The car is almost 100% ready but will receive a little TLC and more testing ahead of the July 29 start. In particular I am planning a few tricks with regard to advanced radar detection and GPS systems.”

Speaking trackside, Tim Porter commented that, “The first session on track was absolutely superb. Running alongside a circuit full of other Mustangs was fantastic. The ‘Bad Boy’ Mustang outperformed all comers and drove without a hitch all day. I think this car will surprise many; it certainly exceeded my expectations and handled extremely well.”

Set to be the largest car event in North America, The Great American Run is a week long epic race across America. Strictly limited to 400 drivers, the participants will set off from four different destinations and ultimately meet in Los Angeles. Based on the European Cannonball Run, each route will span approximately the same distance, converging in Las Vegas before taking in a high-octane track day at Willow Springs Raceway and travelling together to LA for the event finale.

A target time has been set for each stage of the event (achievable without breaking the speed limits), and the winner of the event will be the drivers of the car that get the closest overall time. The victorious team will be announced at the Final Night Gala Dinner in Los Angeles, CA and will take the World Title, the trophy and free entry in to the next event to defend their crown.

To reserve your place for the adventure of a lifetime, visit www.thegreatamericanrun.com

Editors Note: Please direct all press queries to Rebecca Appleton. Tel +44 208 123 5178 or email Rebecca@topposition.co.uk. High resolution images, editorial comment, archived press information and interviews are available on request.


~ Winner Takes Home a New Saleen S281 “Extreme” ~

IRVINE, CALIF. – Saleen Inc., manufacturer of the world’s fastest production car – the Saleen S7 – today announced it will be sponsoring the world’s largest road rally: “The Great AmericanRun.” This event marks the state-side arrival of Europe’s most famous road rally taking place July 29 – August 4, 2007. To celebrate the inaugural U.S. rally, Saleen Inc. has been commissioned by Cannonball Run World Events, Inc. (CRWE) to uniquely modify 25 stock Saleen S281 “Extreme” Mustangs with an additional 50 horsepower (aftermarket upgrade*), and identical black-on-black paint and graphics packages. CRWE has reserved one of the modified 600 horsepower “Extremes” for the winner of the event.

On July 29, 2007, 400 cars will start from four originating cities: Washington D.C., New York, Atlanta and Miami, to embark on a 3000 mile coast-to-coast free-for-all. Each night, entrants will enjoy luxury hotel accommodations at four star hotels and extravagant parties. Each of the cars will ultimately regroup in Las Vegas, where the remaining drivers will gather for the final leg of the rally to Los Angeles for the event’s award ceremony and track day at the historic Willow Springs Raceway.

“Saleen is proud to support an event of this magnitude that brings together all types of enthusiasts and all types of performance cars – foreign and domestic – in a fun and safe environment,” said Steve Saleen, founder of Saleen Inc. “Our mission is not just about building the highest performance cars in the world, but also about building opportunities for car enthusiasts to share great experiences with each other. The Great American Run will be an experience enthusiasts will talk about for years to come.”

CRWE is well known for developing safe and fun events with a track record of seven successful rallies. In fact, the object of the rally is not who can reach the final destination first, but rather who can most closely attain an average speed of 61 mph over the 3000 mile route.

“Safety is paramount to this event, and in the previous five years and seven events held in Europe, we have never had a serious accident,” said Tim Porter, chief executive officer of Cannonball Run World Events. “We believe that this is due to the way we police our events with very strict rules. The object is to complete the course with an average speed at or below the national speed limit, rather than racing to be the first car to arrive.”


The 2007 Saleen S281 “Extreme” is quickly becoming known as the world’s fastest production Mustang. With 550 horsepower, 525 lb-ft of torque, Saleen’s patented Racecraft suspension, close-ratio six-speed transmission, 4:10 rear gearing with a Maxgrip differential, high-flow cooling system, 15” slotted and vented disc brake system, and numerous additional internal and external performance enhancements; the “Extreme” rivals all competitors in the high-performance sports car world, including the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Ferrari 430, Porsche 911 Carrera and the Dodge Viper SRT-10.

For the “Great American Run,” CRWE will be commissioning Saleen, Inc. to modify 25 stock Saleen S281 “Extremes” and having them converted to 600 horsepower, with aftermarket options available soon through the Saleen SpeedLab®. CRWE has named this exclusive collection of cars “The Ultimate Bad Boy Edition” and will only make them available to race entrants.

The 550 horsepower Saleen S281 “Extreme” is currently available for purchase at “The Saleen Store” and Saleen Certified Dealers for those not participating in the event. Visit www.saleen.com for further product and dealer information.

Saleen S281 Extreme “Ultimate Bad Boy Edition” vehicles are all equipped the same:

2007 Black Saleen S281 Extreme
Aftermarket options include:

  • Forged 5-spoke, one-piece wheels (painted black)
  • 50 Horsepower upgrade* – VOIDS WARRANTY (Aftermarket option available mid-year 2007 as a Saleen SpeedLab product)
  • Numbered gold plaque (provided by CRWE) (Buyers may add upgrades – i.e. scenic roof, tires, stereo system, etc.)
  • Official “Great American Run decals (provided by CRWE)

For more information regarding “The Great American Run” or Cannonball Run World Events, please contact 1-800-619-8593 or visit cannonballworld.com.


Since the company’s inception in 1984, Saleen has produced over 12,000 complete and EPAcertified vehicles, more than any other specialty automobile manufacturer. In addition, Saleen has equipped more than 600,000 vehicles worldwide, further emphasizing their commitment to excellence.

A nine-time Manufacturers’ Champion in GT sports car racing, Saleen manufactures 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 Irvine, California and Troy, Michigan. The Michigan facility has just completed all paint and assembly of the Ford GT as a special project for Ford Motor Company.

* Horsepower upgrades are only available on an aftermarket basis and void the manufacturer’s warranty on the vehicle. Customer is responsible for all emission compliance on any aftermarket powertrain modifications. The 550 horsepower Saleen Extreme is fully emissions compliant. Saleen makes no representation as to the emissions compliance of any vehicles modified by CRWE.


The Cannonball World Series has today announced that entrants signing up for July’s Great American Run will have the chance to walk away with the largest prize in road racing – a cool $1 million.

Already set to be one of the greatest car events of the decade, the stateside spectacular will see this year’s winner take home a brand new limited edition Saleen ‘Bad Boy’ Mustang and automatic entrance into next year’s rally. The one million dollar fund will be paid out to the winner of the 2008 epic.

“We still have a few spaces remaining for drivers and teams wishing to take part in this summer’s road rally,” confirms Tim Porter, event organiser. “The victorious pairing will be granted admission to defend their crown next year and earn their shot at our mammoth prize fund.”

The largest ever cash reward offered for non-professional drivers, the Great American Run million dollar bounty is destined for the competitor successfully navigating more than three thousand miles of the American road network in the time closest to the benchmark set by the Cannonball World Series Events crew.

Based on the legendary Hollywood movie, the Great American Run follows the same format as the ultra-successful European Cannonball Run. With four starting cities, four hundred muscle cars and a six day drive, entrants slug it out on a coast to coast cavalcade which takes them through some of the finest scenery in the United States.

“The Great American Run is set to follow in the wheel tracks of some of the most epic car rallies seen on European tarmac,” says Tim Porter. “Larger than life with muscle cars and show cars, entrepreneurs and life-long friends, it’s not the taking part that counts in the Great American Run, it’s the spirit with which you compete!”

The 2007 Great American Run begins on July 29 in Miami, FL; Atlanta, GA; Washington D.C. and New York City, NY. One hundred drivers will set off from each destination before converging in Las Vegas. Following an all-comers high-octane track day at Willow Springs Raceway, the cavalcade of cars will then travel together to Los Angeles for the event finale.

To reserve your place for The Great American Run, visit www.thegreatamericanrun.com

For sales information, to reserve your place or for sponsorship details, contact Jo Groome.

Tel: +44 1403 276191 or email: info@cannonballworld.com. Alternatively, call toll free in the USA: 800-619-8593

Editors Note:

Please direct all press queries to Rebecca Appleton. Tel +44 208 123 5178 or email Rebecca@topposition.co.uk. High resolution images, editorial comment, archived press information and interviews are available on request.