Big Crowds Fill Factory Five Booth at SEMA 2012

The crowds at the Factory Five Racing booth were huge! The 818 drew a very large crowd eager to see FFR’s newest creation, but there was still plenty of interest in all of FFR’s products.

Many long-time members of the FFR community from all over the US showed up to hang out with the FFR crew and answer questions from interested SEMA attendees, including Ray McEdward, John Tongish, Garry Bopp and TC McNett.

Long-time customer and good friend David Borden was on hand to show Dave and Jim some of the latest technology from Intel related to structural dynamic testing and analysis. It’s great to have friends with cool jobs!

The cars were the stars of SEMA 2012! In addition to the stunning response to the 818S and 818R, Lots of crowds gathered around the total of 11 FFRs staged thruout SEMA. Several cars were staged in the public viewing area and were excellent examples of the quality and unique interpretations that each individual builder brings to a Factory Five build.

Factory Five customer Peter Skoglund’s ’33 Hot Rod is also a featured vehicle at the year’s show. The car features a Ford 4.6L “Terminator” engine, Tremec 6 speed, Dual system exhaust by Ferrita Sweden, and adjustable sway bars by Sellholms Sweden.

Factory Five customer Karen Salvaggio’s Type 65 Coupe is one of the featured vehicles at this year’s SEMA Show displayed right as you enter the north hall. Very cool!

Factory Five customer Bob Bailin’s Gen 2 GTM on display in the Factory Five booth at this year’s SEMA Show. It features a 505 HP LS7 engine, 6-speed gearbox from a Porsche GT2, and graphics by Pfaff Design.

The Summit Racing Mk4 in the Factory Five booth. This car was built for Summit Racing by SKJ Customs in Washington, Utah. All drivetrain components to complete a Factory Five Mk4 build can now be sourced directly from Summit Racing.

The new 818R is being displayed at this year’s SEMA Show in the KONI Shock booth. Awesome!

Factory Five customer Chuck Armstrong’s ’33 Hot Rod is one of this year’s featured vehicles at SEMA. With a paint job from Miller customs and an aviation themed cockpit, this is sure to draw a crowd.

The crew at SKJ Customs has a their newly finished Factory Five Mk4 Roadster on display at this year’s SEMA Show as a featured vehicle. The guys at SKJ installed an LS3 engine and have done a custom interior. The car looks fantastic!

The 818S drew big crowds during the entire week. You can read all the latest details on Project 818 by clicking here.

This Factory Five ’33 Hot Rod was in our booth and was painted by JoAnn Bortles on the TV show MuscleCar.

All Angles Collision had this Gen 2 GTM on display in the featured vehicles area.

There were a LOT of current and future FFR customers at the show! Erik Hansen coordinated a customer dinner gathering on Thursday evening and the event was a huge success!

Dave Smith admitted during an impromptu speech that the 818 at SEMA was already influencing his short term and mid-range plans for FFR. No major insider announcements were leaked during his remarks as all of the pre-SEMA plans were going to have to be rethought in the wake of the tremendous reaction to the 818.

The discussions during dinner were lively and everyone in attendance was excited to discuss the future of Factory Five.

The 2012 SEMA Show was a big success for Factory Five and we’ll have more stories, pictures, and videos coming as the crew returns from Las Vegas.

Big thanks to Factory Five customer and forum admin Dave Hodgkins for all the great photos and sending us the news from the show!