The Saleen Club of America was founded in 2003. This is a national organization that is geared towards everything Saleen. The annual cookout event is held at a private location in Clevland, AL. Club members from all over the country made the trip to attend the 10th annual gathering. After the car show and food festivities, the group organized a scenic cruise to the Mustang Musem of America. We had a fantastic experience and enjoyed making new friends while being around world-class vehicles on display.
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The 2015 Shelby Terlingua Racing Team Mustang was one of the most exceptional cars at the event. There were only 50 Terlingua cars built for the U.S. market. This car was built as a tribute to the legendary Terlingua Racing Team and their 1967 Trans AM racing series championship. This particular Terlingua was the only one that was built in this specialty blue color. The 2015-2016 Terlingua started off at $65,999 and that did not include the price of the Mustang GT.
Other 2015-2016 Shelby Terlingua Specs
- Carbon fiber Shelby GT hood with Terlingua vents
- Carbon fiber front splitter and rear diffuser
- Carbon fiber brake cooling intakes
- Short-throw shifter
- Terlingua badging
- Autograph plaque of Carroll Shelby and other team members
- The engine makes 750+ horsepower with a Whipple supercharger
- Brembo brakes
- 20″ Weld Racing Wheels
- Shelby/Eibach adjustable suspension
The 2000 SVT Cobra R is definitely a Mustang milestone. To shed as much weight as possible the car didn’t come with stock features such as air-condition and radio equipment etc. It is powered by a 5.4L V8 that produces 385hp and 385ft-lbs of torque. The Cobra R was the first production Mustang to come with a six-speed transmission. The only color available with the ‘R’ was Performance Red.
Only ‘300’ of the 2000 Cobra R was ever produced.
Performance Stats From Motor Trend
- 0-60 mph: 4.4 seconds
- 1/4 mile: 12.9 seconds @110.8 mph
- 60-0 mph braking: 109 feet
Terry Wideman is the owner of this beautiful 1995 Saleen S351 Mustang. The car was recently restored and showcases brilliant Saleen styling form the era. In the mid-1990s, the 5.0 Mustang GT had difficulties competing with the LT1 powered GM F-Body cars. Saleen changed the game when the S351 hit the streets.
Saleen pulled out all the stops and installed a tuned version of the 5.8L engine from the SVT Lightning. Along with the signature styling cues, Saleen also beefed the chassis. The S351 made an estimated 371hp and 422ft-lbs of torque. The power output numbers are impressive for a naturally aspirated car during that time.
This Shelby GT500 looks badass and has an interesting history as well. This used to be Kenne Bell’s personal car. Just Imagine opening the hood of your car and seeing your name on the supercharger built by the company you own.
Chris Romanoff is the owner of this cool 2007 Saleen/Parnelli Jones Mustang(also known as the PJ). Jones, a true legend in the racing world, is mostly known for his iconic 1970 Trans-Am racing series championship season. The Boss 302 that Jones drove became a monument among Ford enthusiast. Parnelli Jones went to Steve Saleen and requested that his company build him a modern version of the race car. Saleen then decided to make the “PJ” a production model and built 500 of them.
When Saleen received the 500 Mustang GTs from Ford they basically stripped them down to a shell. They engineered a new chassis exclusively for this car. The engine was overhauled with all new valve train, rotating mass, fuel system, and ignition, etc. The engine displacement was increased from 281 to 302 cubic inches. The PJ makes 400hp and 390ft-lbs of torque. The interior got the full Saleen custom touches as well.
*Chris Romanoff founded a national Saleen/PJ registry.
Sonya Jones is the owner of this clean 2006 S281. Some may argue that the rear on this body style is the best feature of the car. Sonya added some additional custom features to the car as well. They drove down from Tennessee to make this year’s event.
There was an amazing display of Saleen Foxbody Mustangs at the event.
This is a 2004 SVT Terminator Cobra convertible “MystiChrome”. The unique MystiChrome paint changes colors when looked at from different angles. Technically, there is no touching up with this type of paint and the entire car has to be repainted if you want to rid it of any scratches. The Terminator Cobra is powered by a supercharged 4.6L 32V V8 that is factory rated at 390hp. The car came with forged internals and is known to handle up to 800+ horsepower on the stock bottom end.
2004 MystiChrome Production Numbers
- Convertible: 495
- Coupe: 515
This is a 2004 Saleen N20 Focus. This was the first OEM vehicle that came ready for nitrous oxide. The N20 Focus came with a 75 shot and a 10lb bottle mounted in the rear. When the bottle is open the car makes over 220hp and runs the 1/4 mile in 14.0 seconds.
The Saleen S331 F-150 went for sale to the public in 2007. Saleen offered a naturally aspirated version that produced 325hp along with an optional model that featured a Saleen supercharger that made 450hp. In 2008, the S331 was only offered in the supercharged platform while introducing a 4 door crew cab option. The truck is built off the Ford 5.4L SOHC 3V engine. Saleen hit a home run with this truck because it packs high-performance goodness along with heavy-duty towing.
Debbie Lynn of Westmont, Pennsylvania is the owner of this 2016 Shelby GT350 Track Pack. The triple yellow exterior along with the black roof was a special order package. Debbie thinks only ‘211’ Shelby GT 350s with this color combo was produced. The custom rear louvers are what makes this car unique from the rest. The custom piece was built by the Flordia based company GlassSkinz. As far as Debbie knows only two of these exact louvers were built, one for her car and the other for SEMA.
We featured this 2018 Mustang GT Convertible last year. It has a set of 20″ Rohana RF1 wheels along with a few other mods.
The 1985 Mustang GT convertible was the sleeper at the event. Under the hood lies a swapped Terminator Cobra motor with a twin-screw Whipple Supercharger making around 700hp at the wheels.
Prior to the dinner, the club president and the event host shared some words and prayers with the group.
The food spread was epic.
Proceeds from the event went to the Ronald McDonald House Charity.
Special thanks to the Saleen Club of America President “Lee Reese” for all the accommodations!