Yesterday, a friend of mine called to let me know that Factory Five customer Wade Chamberlain (above on left with customer Bob Lennon in 2002) passed away suddenly of a heart attack at only 47 years old! Wade leaves his wife Beth, their children, and the entire Factory Five community in shock. Wade was one of the original Capitol Area Cobra guys and a long time member of the Factory Five community. Wade was one of those guys that you were happy to call your friend, and he had many in the Factory Five community. He was always one of the fastest, if not the fastest, autocross racers with his Factory Five Roadster. He was as helpful to everyone as he was selfless.
On behalf of everyone at Factory Five Racing, I send out my deepest sympathies to the Chamberlin family.
I looked on our Factory Five server and found these pictures of Wade from back at Carlisle in 2002 and the first picture is from customer Al Adkins.
Wade and Beth Chamberlin and their Factory Five. Photo courtesy Al Adkins.
Wade and some brave customers endured rain storms during the 2002 Carlisle Show.
Wade wanted to take me out in his Factory Five with his custom rain gear. Very funny guy!
In such a sad and serious post, I hesitated to put these pictures up, but knowing Wade, I think he’d get a good laugh. During some torrential rain storms at Carlisle, Wade showed off his driving goggles.
We will all miss you very much.