Factory Fives Show Strong at SEMA 2013!

The 2013 SEMA Show was the best ever for Factory Five!  There were 15 Factory Five cars on display in different parts of the show from Featured Vehicles to sponsored companies and our own 5 car booth.    This year we received a TON of help from Factory Five customers.  Here are some photos and video from the awesome 4-day automotive nirvana event.

The Factory Five 818S showed well with the new soft top design.

Factory Five customer and GTM builder extraordinaire John K. signs a GTM model presented by Steve K.

Factory Five customer Karen Salvaggio (middle) is very popular in the Factory Five community and will be heading up an all-women’s build on cable TV soon.

Dave Smith discusses the cable TV show featuring an all-women’s FFR build.

2014 Corvettes were all over the show.  This one in GM’s massive display.

Karen S. brought her endurance racing championship Type 65 Coupe to SEMA.

Wayne Presley’s 818S was effective at making the neighboring Lamborghini disappear.  Here’s Wayne with Power Automedia host Jonathon Buckley in the Toyo Tread Pass Area.

The Ford display featured another great field of truly beautiful street cars and race cars.

Click here to view a full gallery of photos from this year’s SEMA Show.

Factory Five’s Dave Smith and Nate Johnson are interviewed by Jessica Barton and Power Automedia on the ’33 Hot Rod.

Factory Five’s Dave Smith and Jim Schenck are interviewed by Jonathon Buckley and Power Automedia on the 818S and 818R.

Dave Smith talks with Jerry Dixey from Street Rodder Magazine about using Ford Racing motors in the Factory Five Mk4 Roadster. Click here to watch the video.

The crew has had lots of great news to report from this year’s SEMA Show.  Most notably, the 818 won Sony Playstation’s Gran Turismo Award for “Best Domestic Automobile”!  This is the second time we have won this prestigious award and this puts the 818 as one of the five finalists for the competition.

The Factory Five crew with the Gran Turismo “Best Domestic Automobile” Award for the new 818R.

The award was on display in the cockpit of the 818R.

The Factory Five booth was busy the entire four days with show attendees taking a closer look at the demo cars and this GTM chassis.

Kevin Byrd from Two Guys Garage stopped by the Factory Five booth to say hello to FFR President Dave Smith and the crew.  Check your local listings for the upcoming episode filmed at the FFR-Mott Community College Build School later this month.

The 818S was one of 4 completed 818s on the SEMA Show floor.

A few lucky attendees got the opportunity to try the car on for size.

Factory Five’s Colby Whipple and Jim Schenck were part of a 14 person show team.  They fielded a ton of inquiries throughout the show.

All four days of the SEMA Show saw strong booth traffic and media attention.  From Power Automedia and Modified Mustangs and Fast Fords Magazine to famed Daytona Coupe designer Pete Brock and Factory Five customers stopping by the booth, it’s been an exciting show!

Factory Five President Dave Smith with members of the Ohio C-car Club.

Factory Five’s Tony Zullo with Doug Evans, the Executive VP of the Enthusiast Automotive Group and EVP Group Publisher of magazines like Hot Rod, Rod & Customs, and Street Rodder.

The crew from Snap-On Tools had their latest Mk4 Roadster on display in their booth.

Power Automedia’s Jessica Barton interviews Factory Five’s Nate Johnson during the show about the Hot Rod that he built for his father and drove on the 2013 Hot Rod Power Tour.

This new right-hand-drive 818S debuted in Wilwood’s booth to show off their latest brakes.

Jimbo B’s Factory Five ’33, built by H.A.C.K. Shack Inc., stole the show in Featured Vehicles.

The legendary Pete Brock, father of the Daytona Coupe, visited the Factory Five booth early in the show.  Pictured with FFR’s Dave Smith.  Pete will be serving as build consultant on the upcoming all-women’s Factory Five build.

Factory Five customer Ken E.’s ’33 was on display as a Featured Vehicle.  The coupe was a nice compliment to Gary’s roadster that was on the other side of the hall.

Factory Five President Dave Smith with famous Daytona Coupe racer John Morton and Karen Salvaggio.

Factory Five customer Grizzly T.’s newly built ’33 was located near the Ford Motor Company booth.  His creative build drew lots of looks from the more than 300,000 show attendees.

Factory Five customer Wayne Presley’s 818S was in the Toyo Tire Tread Pass Area.  The car sports a Subaru flat 6 under the rear deck.  The customer orange and graphite paint really came alive in the sun.

Factory Five customer John T. and Ira E. caught up with Dave early in the show.

Factory Five customer Gary C.’s latest GTM build was on display in the Toyo’s DUB display.  Show attendees coming in on the monorail got a PERFECT view of this nicely turned out GTM.