The Blacksmith Story

How the Auto Industry Ended Our Family Craft and Resurrected It 100 Years Later I received this nice letter from Eric K. from Hadlyme, CT. Eric was at the 2011 Open House this past weekend and mentioned the story that I told about my great grandfather, so I figured that…Read More

2011 Factory Five Open House Report

Wild Weather Challenges Hardcore Factory Five Faithful The 2011 Factory Five Racing Open House will be remembered for being the first Open House in 14 years to be held in the rain. Despite the drizzle, over 50 Factory Five customers drove their cars to the Saturday event and an estimated…Read More

Factory Five Australia News

Chris Canning from Component Cars Australia Visits FFR Factory Five President Dave Smith and exclusive Australian Distributor Chris Canning Chris Canning from Component Cars Australia, our new exclusive distributor in Australia, visited the facility to check on his shipment of four Factory Fives heading down under. We took the chance…Read More

Karen Salvaggio Receives 2011 Robert Feddersen Award

Award Presented at Open House by Customer Randy Jones and FFR President Dave Smith Factory Five customer and Challenge Series racer Dr. Karen Salvaggio earned this year's Robert Feddersen Award for her contribution to the Factory Five community, her kindness and fellowship, and her huge contributions to FFR customers. Here's…Read More

Back to Work at Factory Five

Factory Five Crew Back to Full Speed After 14th Annual Open House I walked around this morning and was amazed how fast the crew was able to put things back together and get back into full-speed production following our big Open House event. Mad Dog is plowing through over 500…Read More

Project 818 Design Contest Winners

Award Winners for Factory Five-Grassroots Motorsports Contest We are proud to announce the winners of the Factory Five Racing-Grassroots Motorsports 818 Design Competition. We would like to thank all of the entries and the judges were extremely impressed with the quality of all the submissions. We would also like to…Read More

Finishing Touches for Factory Five Open House

Showroom Final Prep, Made in the U.S.A. Showroom is ready for Open House...what's under the cover? We've made some significant upgrades to the building and showroom in preparation for your 14th annual Open House. We saved the best for last, hanging our United States Flag in our showroom. Dave Smith…Read More

Factory Five Customer Charles Roybal's FFR 4372

Stunning Black Mk3 Roadster Details and Photos Factory Five customer Charles Roybal posted photos of his completed Mk3 Roadster on The Factory Five Forum. They were so cool, I asked Mad Dog to post them here. Charles writes: "I received my Mk3 on 10-19-04....that day I regressed to being a…Read More

Factory Five/Tech Support Closed Friday

Crew Prepping for Annual Open House All-Day Friday The warehouse is being cleared for Open House. Factory Five's phones will be turned off on Friday as the entire staff will be helping set-up for the 14th annual Factory Five Racing Open House. We will be open for business (we have…Read More

The Italian Job

Customer Agostino Barazza Builds a Beautiful Red Mk2 in Italy Factory Five customer Agostino Barazza sent us this nice picture of his red Mk2 Roadster parked along Como Lake in Italy. The car started out in Washington state and Agostino completed the build in Italy! Thanks for the cool photo…Read More

Canadian Customer Thierry Mount Graduates 6366

Customer Built Mk3 Roadster Hits the Road in Quebec Factory Five customer Thierry Mount posted these beautiful photos and details of his Factory Five Roadster build on the new Factory Five Racing forum, The car was built with parts from a 2000 Mustang GT and is painted Honda Tidewater…Read More

2011 Factory Five Open House Awards

Trophies Arrived at Factory Five for This Weekend's Show This year's Robert Feddersen Award Trophy Just wanted to give you guys a quick look at the killer trophies we have waiting for Saturday. The trophies include car show awards, the 818 Design Competition trophies, and also the annual Robert Feddersen…Read More

2011 Factory Five Open House Sneak Peek

Big Surprises Planned for 14th Annual Open House We've updated our showroom for Open House and added glass doors, flooring, and some very cool new displays. This year's Open House will have a mix of old traditions and new surprises. The format will be similar to previous years with car…Read More

Big Thanks to SoFast Racing

Cool Sign Added to Open House Planning New Shoes, new haircut, new showroom, and a cool new sign (spelled correctly!)...hmm... Open House must be right around the corner. Just wanted to send out a big thank you to Farra at SoFast Racing for the cool illuminated sign. You may know…Read More

Philadelphia Inquirer Profiles Green Grand Prix Winning GTM

West Philadelphia High School X-Prize Team Featured in News Article Great moments in engineering don't always come from multinational corporations with multizillion-dollar budgets. Sometimes the feats come from hardworking young people - and perhaps a mentor or four. That's just how one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the world…Read More

Factory Five GTM Wins Green Grand Prix

Custom Built FFR Runs Over 100 MPG & Co-Winner with Chevy Volt! You may remember Simon Hauger and his team of high school kids from West Philly High School from last year's Progressive Insurance X-Prize Competition where they were one of only twenty-two finalists. The car didn't win the X-Prize,…Read More

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