Category: What’s New

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

West Coast FFRs Race at Leguna Seca

Five Challenge Cars and a Type 65 Coupe Run in Historics Race This past weekend, five Factory Five cars raced in the SCCA Historics Race at the famous Leguna Seca Raceway. FFR Challenge Series drivers Jeff Awender (who worked hard to get the group of cars into the race), Mike…Read More

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Super Cool Trip to the National Mall in D.C. This is a bit off topic here, but I figured some of you might get a kick out of seeing what our family did for spring vacation. Denise and I took the kids to Washington D.C. on the train (out of…Read More

Hollywood New England Style

Factory Five Profiled in Regional Eastern Bank Commercial It's gratifying when your bank asks to include you in one of their commercials. Truth is, the great people at Eastern Bank stood by us through a tough economy and the investments in the new Mk4, 2nd Gen GTM, and 2nd Gen…Read More

Flame Painting Tech on Factory Five '33

Street Rodder Magazine Publishes Nice How-To on '33 Paint You might remember the Factory Five '33 Hot Rod that was built in four issues of Street Rodder Magazine last year. The car was built by chopper builder Dave Perewitz and tested by Brian Brennan on the mean streets of L.A.…Read More