Julio Martinez - 2000 Ford/Saleen S281 SC
So I am sitting in my car, one of the few places where I tend to find peace. I ponder on and soon I discover it is a wonderful feeling to pull the reins on this mystical creature. I saddle up, take-off down the road, as the wheels strike the pavement leaving the dust in the wind.
I open the hatch climb into her control center. Comfort the seating and its components to my liking; seat set back in an incline, mirrors angled accordingly, controls within reach. I step on the clutch pedal, turn the ignition key clockwise, it’s as if an inner soul sparks pure power, then all of a sudden, VRRRRRM!!! The beast comes alive; pistons pumping, oil pressure building up, mufflers roaring, engine on, and my inner speed demon awakens. Lift off is always a thrill, it has to be done precisely in an exact sequence or else it wont fly. You got to pop-in the clutch, throw in the gear, and put the foot to the pedal! This of course I only do when I want to really run and unleash all the horses. Otherwise I do it in a calmer yet well organized manner.
The road is a vast and mysterious place you never know what you will encounter. Every time I set forth on its black top pavement, she awakens with a will to conquer any new adventure. Thus I take on whatever the road throws our way.
This power house which I pilot stands strong at some 400 horses & perhaps a bit more, she has yet to set foot on a dyno but boy she is a fast one. In the car world, she is the 561st born in the year 2000, Saleen modified, with the mustang emblem at the front. Highly admired and favored by many. She was bread for the road, picks-up quick, and for running at high speeds. She drinks premium fuel and takes in highly synthetic motor oil for her to work at her highest output. One of the few of it's kind built with such modifications as a supercharged engine, with an inter-cooler. The chip has been modified for added horsepower. The suspension is of a racing type which handles well at high speeds and at quick, sharp turns. Her exterior body has been customized with a rather eye catching appeal, all put together with a snow white paint job with matching powder coated wheels. Over all it is a high performance vehicle with such furiosity.
You must have full control over this animal, respect her for it’s fearsome power else she turns on you if her power is misused. This madness of a muscle car has had added alterations. The recent modifications include: a fiber glass hood which is lighter on her, custom exhaust, bigger forged pistons, forged crank shaft. Most of which are all internal upgrades; cobra oil pump, bigger fuel injectors, racing high heat capacity clutch, chip has been re-altered again. In a way it has been reborn with more power than before, you can actually hear the pistons pumping when she wakes. Why I care to mention all this? Well to have a passion for something one has got to know its heart and soul, its insides and outs.
Top speed fun is nothing but a roaring blur with enough engine power for over kill. It’s a risky hobby yet extremely fun to me which I always greet with a mighty big grin. Life by the wheel has to be put to the best of it’s enjoyment onto the open road. At times I can feel the road so well beneath her tiers that it is as if I become one with this machine. I absolutely love cruising on the high way on; a mild, cloudy, summer day. One hand on the wheel, one on the clutch, windows down, and a touch of music makes this picture complete. There is nothing like organic air-conditioning where a freshly cool breeze comes in rushing through the windows. Feeling the wind’s fingers brushing through my hair like a vibrant massage is blissful. Pacific Coast highway’s beach weather always has that cool calm atmosphere. Moments like these are where I could be listening to California Dreaming and just be at peace with myself. It takes me away from the ordinary & pushes away the daily stresses to oblivion.
On other days I can be driving at moderate speeds to a catchy melody as the sun sets. The sun's final rays strike an orange glow which light up the vast and luscious mountains that are a sight to behold. At that instant where time stands still as I make my way around the curving roads of a canyon. Cruising at night is more enjoyable; no traffic, no stress, just bliss. Music enhances the drive a bit more, making me feel as if I am in trace at times when techno is on. As if I am in a movie when a good rock song or rap song comes up or a song that adds on suspense. Something as soothing as some smooth jazz to even the traffic flow when time rolls too slow. I like the feeling of just driving and getting away that often gets me in a positive mood regardless of the destination.
I wish to run the road on full throttle, that is if there were ever no limit, just speed. She hungers for this speed and only then does she purr ever so nicely. Nothing else compares to this thrill, it is pure joy to her and I. This level of driving is a full shot of adrenaline pumping action, I can almost feel it in my dreams, what a craze. Sometimes when the speed gets to you everything else becomes a blur and all I see is the road ahead of me. A road like the nights sky with endless stars. There has been times when I have been bummed out or had a really bad day. I find the only thing that keeps me sane is a good drive. If I could I would drive for ever go on for miles down this winding yellow brick road we call life. I love driving, feeling free, it’s my happy zone, and my passion. The S281 SC is my vessel of joy and thus her name is Libertad aka Crazy Horse. I love this machine.