Technology Behind the New 818

SolidWorks' "Let's Go Design" and More I can't help but crow about the technology behind the development of the 818. A lot of people brag about CAD stuff, but thanks to our very special relationship with Jeremy and the guys at SolidWorks, we have access to software and applications that…Read More

Factory Five Customer Jim L. Completes FFR6614

"The Best Thing I Have Done in Years" Factory Five customer Jim L. from Kalama, WA has recently completed building his Factory Five Mk3 Roadster, FFR6614. "...wish to thank you for the project and the help," wrote Jim. "The best thing I have done in years!" Congratulations on a great…Read More

Casting Call for Car Warriors!

Factory Five Racing Episode Needs Customers   I have some exciting news to announce. We will be working with the Speed Channel Show Car Warriors on a new show where two teams will be building side-by-side Factory Five '33 Hot Rods and YOU are invited to be on the build…Read More

NSRA's StreetScene Magazine Profiles Hot Rod Build School

FFR Customer Jim Stocke Chronicles Build School Experience in September 2011 Issue of StreetScene The National Street Rod Association is the largest street rodding club in the world and their monthly magazine, Street Scene, is one of the oldest news monthlies in the industry. NSRA reporter and now FFR customer…Read More

Factory Five Community Loses a Great Friend

Andy Salvaggio Passed Away Friday, September 16, 2011 Many of you have been fortunate to know Andy Salvaggio. Andy and his wife Karen are pillars of the Factory Five Racing community. Andy's racing background goes back to the '60s and if you visit the Riverside Auto Museum, many of the…Read More

Two Blue and White Visitors – Friday, Sept 16, 2011

Paul Shaw and Charlie Olivier Cruise to the Factory Factory Five customer Charlie Oliver (left), Paul Shaw (center), and Factory Five President Dave Smith (right). Only a week after running into these guys at the Tasca Show, it’s Friday afternoon at FFR and two blue Roadsters come rumbling up. Paul…Read More

Factory Five Roadster: Official Canadian Stamp

Customer Tony G.'s Roadster Photo Used for Official Postal Stamp We met Factory Five customer Tony G. when he stopped by the FFR booth at last year's SEMA Show and recently, sent us a letter with some really exciting news. "This just may be a first for Factory Five. Our…Read More

"One of the Coolest Things I Have Ever Done"

Customer Darcy Cook Sends Photos of His Mk4 Roadster Factory Five customer Darcy Cook from Calgary, Alberta sent us these photos of his Mk4 Roadster nearing completion. "...This was one of the coolest things I have ever done," said Darcy. "Thanks all the way from Calgary, Alberta." Here's some of…Read More

West Philly High School Showcased by Newsweek

"It's Down to Us America!" Features West Philly High's TDI-Powered GTM Talk about real-world technology transfer! Simon Hauger and the team from West Philly High School are showcased by Newsweek with their TDI-powered GTM that earned 1st place at the Green Grand Prix and was a finalist in the X-Prize…Read More

Factory Five Congratulates NASA Challenge Series Champions

Paul Kaiser Wins 2011 NASA National Championship Paul Kaiser from Troutville, VA racing for Kaiser Racing won the 2011 Factory Five-NASA Challenge Series title in an exciting race last weekend at the Mid-Ohio Championships. Veteran Challenge Series Racer Scott McKay was second followed by Nashville's Paul Arnold in third. Championship…Read More

2011 Tasca Ford Car Show

Factory Five Customers Enjoy Big Presence at Annual Tasca Show [caption id="attachment_4866" align="alignnone" width="675" caption="Factory Five President Dave Smith (left), John Force (center), and Bob Tasca III (right)"][/caption] The 2011 Tasca Ford Annual Event was a great success. The weather was perfect, 72 degrees with bright blue skies, and a…Read More

Jeff and Debra O's Almost Finished Mk3

Only a Few Small Details Remain Before Graduation It's always an exciting time when each builder tells us their project is almost complete and ready to hit the road. Our tech guy Dan received an e-mail today from customer Debra O. expressing just that. Debra and her husband Jeff have…Read More

A Cool Roadster Photo from Yosemite

Factory Five Customer Arlin Anderson and Wife Take Roadster on a Road Trip Factory Five customer Arlin Anderson sent us this photo the other day from a cruise through Yosemite that he and his wife Sharolyn took back in June. We thought we'd share his story and photo with you…Read More

Type 65 Coupe Rear Glass Hatch Update

The Third Time is the Charm We were very excited when we got our new glass hatches made for the Gen 2 Coupe some months ago. Our disappointment was just as big when we found that the glass manufacturer didn't temper the glass correctly. We changed suppliers (new guy in…Read More

"My Ride, My Story"

The MetroWest Daily News (New England) Profiles FFR Customer Karl Magnussen In the September 4, 2011 issue of "The Daily News," Factory Five customer Karl Magnussen was interviewed by reporter Rob Haneisen. They discussed everything from when Karl bought the partially completed kit to the shows and events Karl takes…Read More

Thumbs Up for GoodGuys Organization

October Issue of GoodGuys Gazette Features Factory Five [caption id="attachment_4477" align="alignnone" width="675" caption=""Dave Smith's (a different Dave Smith than FFR owner) Factory Five '33 Hot Rod from Des Moines, IA was every bit as lethal as it looked. These are race cars in Hot Rod clothing." - GoodGuys Gazette"][/caption] We've…Read More