Month: May 2011

Victor Wheeler from Ontario Picks-Up New Mk4

Canadian Kit Import Procedures Continue to Go Well Factory Five Racing President with Victor Wheeler from Ottawa, Ontario We've had very smooth sailing with Canadian import procedures for quite a while now and the Canadian dollar is strong resulting in a good number of sales to customers in Canada. Victor…Read More

Final Version of Factory Five-Koni GTM

Murray Pfaff Designs SEMA GTM for Koni Shocks Left front quarter view. Hey guys, I thought I would share the latest renderings of the Factory Five-Koni GTM being built by customer Gary Cheney for the 2011 SEMA Show. The car is being built for NASA time trials and will debut…Read More

Gary Trudeau Builds a Beautiful Mk4

FFR 4806K Prowls the Streets of Mt. Vernon, IN Dave Smith (left) with customer Gary Trudeau and Dan and Rick from FFR Tech Support. Factory Five customer Gary Trudeau stopped by today to show off his newly built Factory Five Mk4. It's nice to see a good number of Mk4s…Read More

Dan Masterson Shows Off His Patriot Roadster

FFR 4806K Prowls the Streets of Mt. Vernon, IN I received this nice photo and kind letter from Dan Masterson of Mt. Vernon, Indiana today. He purchased his Factory Five Roadster towards the end of 2003. Recently, he had these cool Factory Five decals made for the doors and the…Read More

2011 Carlisle Show Report

Customers Take Center Stage at this Year's Show The Ohio C-Car Club displayed their 2011 give-a-way car which is a replica of one of the most famous 427s of all time, Dick Smith's #198. Photo Courtesy of the Ohio C-Car Club. The annual Carlisle Import and Replica Nationals was a…Read More

Huge Thanks to Very Cool Parts

Wayne Presley Surprises Us with a Free Subway Lunch Wayne Presley and I go back a long way, back to 1996 in fact. There isn't a Factory Five model that he hasn't built and his company, Very Cool Parts, is a vendor and supporter of Factory Five Racing. Wayne texted…Read More

Project 818 Design Contest Awards

Awards and Categories for the Next Factory Five Announced In addition to the awards previously announced, we have added a number of special categories and judges personal picks to the 818 design contest. Here are the awards and descriptions: Trophy for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Design Winners Trophy for…Read More

Name That Caption Contest

Win About $50 Worth of Factory Five Swag Factory Five President Dave Smith (right) with Rick Skeley (far left) and the crew from SKJ Customs. We are hosting a fun "Name That Caption" contest. The winner will receive about $50 worth of Factory Five gear including a t-shirt, hat, travel…Read More

Project 818 Weekly Design Winners and Gallery

Grassroots Motorsports-Factory Five Racing Design Competition The guys at Grassroots Motorsport select a "Pick of the Week" from the design submissions received each week until June 1st. Being selected as a weekly winner does not mean that the design will win overall, just a fun way to show off the…Read More

Sneak Peek at Carlisle 2011 Set-up

FFR Crew is Joined by Customer Cars at this Year's Replica Nationals The Factory Five crew and cars are set-up at 2011 Carlisle Import and Replica Nationals. This year, we are displaying a Mk4 Roadster base kit (as shipped) along side the LCS Dick Smith Replica #198 Raffle Car. We…Read More

New Wilwood Performance Brakes News

Demo Parts Arrive a Week Ahead of Regular Shipments We are upgrading the Mk4 Roadster to use the new Wilwood performance brakes (below). These parts will all be on display at our open house. Click here to view the Wilwood brake packages on the Factory Five Parts Catalog. We're excited…Read More

Crew from SKJ Customs Visits Factory Five

SEMA Show Car Builders Planning Big Unveil at SEMA 2011 Dave Smith with Rick Sheley (R) and the crew from SKJ Customs Rick Sheley and his guys stopped by Factory Five the other day for a quick visit. They were on the east coast visiting one of their customers who…Read More

25 Hour Endurance Racer at Factory Five

Team Boothman's Car Arrives at Factory Five for Upgrades Factory Five's favorite son Mark Dougherty delivered old #85 yesterday and turned around and made a b-line for Pennsylvania so he could attend the Carlisle Import and Replicas show. Ed Boothman's dark green Challenge Car arrived here the other day for…Read More

Meet the 818 Design Competition Judges

Panel of Experts to Review Submissions and Select Winners We have assembled a diverse group of industry experts who have volunteered to serve as judges for the Factory Five Racing-Grassroots Motorsports Design Competition. In addition to selecting the overall winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd), each judge will be allowed to…Read More

Factory Five Customer Gunter Calzaferri's Mk4

Red Factory Five Mk4 Hits the Streets in PA Gunter and Jeri Calzaferri sent us these nice pictures of their completed Mk4 Roadster. It's cool to see Mk4 version Factory Fives getting finished and hitting the streets. Factory Five tech leader Jason Lavigne met Gunter and Jeri at last year's…Read More

Father-Son Update Mk2 Roadster with New Engine

Photos from The Witt's New 363 Dart Engine Install Factory Five customer Andy Witt is a photographer along with being a car enthusiast. Recently, Andy and his father put a new heart into their Mk2 Roadster, a 363 Dart. Here are a couple of great photos Andy forwarded to us…Read More

Congratulations to Nate and Jen Johnson!

Factory Five Operations Manager Welcomes New Baby Girl Nate Johnson, Factory Five's Operations Manager, and his wife Jen gave birth to a beautiful baby girl last night around 11:00 PM. Kathrine Rose Johnson was born May 12th and is a healthy 6.15 pounds and 19" long. Please join us in…Read More

Remember When… Open House 10 Years Ago

Here are Some Photos from the 2001 Factory Five Open House Ten years ago, we celebrated our first Open House in our new (under construction) facility. We have some special surprises planned for this year's event and hope you can join us on June 11th. Here are some pictures from…Read More