LeMay museum salutes Saleen with year-long exhibit

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Saleen vehicles are featured in a year-long exhibition that just opened in Tacoma, Washington | LeMay museum photos
Saleen’s Indy racer

“Saleen: A Journey from the Heart of a Racer to America’s Supercar” is a new exhibit at LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, where 17 vehicles help tell the story of racer-turned-manufacturer Stee Saleen.

The exhibit, which opened this week, runs into November 2020. It is the “first year-long lifetime retrospective dedicated to a single automotive personality” in the museum’s history.

“The exhibit… offers visitors a unique display of Steve Saleen’s rich automotive history, spanning over four decades,” the museum said.
Visitors can enjoy a variety of historic vehicles on display, including Steve Saleen’s personal racing machines, early Saleen Mustangs, the Saleen S7 (considered America’s first supercar), and examples of the company’s new Saleen 1 mid-engine turbocharged sports car and recently unveiled Saleen 1 GT4 concept race car. 

“The exhibit initially features 17 Saleen vehicles, with additional cars rotating into the exhibit throughout the year-long display.”    

Saleen and an S7 supercar

Cars displayed as the exhibit opened included:

Saleen Mustangs

“This is more than a chance for the community to get up close to some of the most extraordinary cars in the world,” Jennifer Maher, museum chief executive, was quoted in the news release. “This is also an opportunity for young people to see that there’s a clear career path in automotive technology and people like Steve Saleen are the role models.”

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Saleen Automotive Inc. is based in Corona, California. Saleen produced his first Saleen Mustang in 1984 and his S7 supercar in 2000. 

Steve Saleen won the 1987 World Challenge and 1992 SCCA Truck series championships. He also raced in Super Vee, Formula Atlantic, American Le Mans and Indy car events.

A Saleen car show was part of the exhibit opening
Exhibit opening draws a crowd

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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