Pro photographer and good friend Christian Rowell from High Octane Image came down the other day and captured some nice shots of a typical day at Factory Five. Here are some of his shots.
The boys from “The Auto Shoppe” in South Burlington, VT came down to show off their newly built ’33 that had just won “Best Ford in a Ford” at the NSRA Northeast Nationals.
Mk4 chassis and body getting prepped for shipping.
An 818R right hand drive being crated for Australia.
Josh operates the new Mitsubishi laser in the welding department.
The CNC laser has added efficiency and accuracy to the welding group.
Steel gives up some future Factory Five parts.
Factory Five Dir. of Engineering Jesper I. drives his ’33 daily to work.
Above & Below: Crating operations are mostly for overseas shipments.
Built, not bought. Respect for labor and craft. Tradition and technology are fused in the welding area.
Mk4 chassis fixture has produced over 1,000 Mk4 frames.
Despite the best CNC tools, welding is still a craft and one man makes each Factory Five frame.
Mark in Composites operates the Eastman Fabric Cutter
Composite molding with the shaping loft above.
John, our master shaper, works on the 818 hard top. Image blacked out to keep Jim happy.
Freddie works on a Mk4 bare chassis with a Coupe, Hot Rod, and 818S chassis behind him.
CNC cut aluminum pieces.
Chris works on crating a Mk4.
Jesper tests some new parts on his own car.
818R prepped and ready for a race at VIR on 10/3/2014.
The showroom at Factory Five.
Christian captured this cool shot of two iconic American cars paying homage.
The 818S outside.
Dave Smith pulls the Coupe out of the showroom for a photo shoot.
Christian captures old #5 and the GTM.
Street Rodder Magazine’s Chuck Vranas stopped by to say hi.
Factory Five Mk4 Roadster.
Street Rodder Magazine editor Brian Brennan’s most recent column quotes Scott Fisher who said, “If I had all of the money I spent on cars… I’d spend it all on cars.” Dave Smith proving the point.
Factory Five Operations Manager pulls out of the showroom with the ’33 Hot Rod that he built for his dad.
The Special Edition ’33 stares down the Coupe.