This past Saturday, May 5, we hosted the Legendary Street Rods car club of New Bedford, MA here at Factory Five Racing. The club members brought a nice variety of cars, and spent a few hours touring the shop, checking out the different projects going on at Factory Five, and enjoying the beautiful spring weather. Photos below are from the cruise-in and plant tour.
Mustangs, Camaros, and Mopars got along just fine.
Club members had a chance to check out one of each of the Factory Five cars in the showroom.
Dave Smith conducted the tour and started in R&D/Engineering where the team is building two of the new ’35 Hot Rod Trucks. One truck is destined to be Factory Five’s full-fendered Edelbrock supercharged shop demo truck. The other truck (closest) is being built for Joey Logano. Visable is Logano’s 900 HP NASCAR Roush Yates powered ’35 Hot Rod Truck.
The tour cut through the warehouse (above) and started with welding (below).
Welding lead person Chad G. explained the welding process with Factory Five welder Derek F.
Composite molding is the second manufacturing stop with an explanation of the process from CNC cutting of the cloth to wet layup molding and CNC robotic trimming.
Sally and Tony manned the front desk.
Above & Below: Dave Smith explains how the welded/powdercoated frames come together with the aluminum chassis panels and composite body in the chassis assembly area.
Saturday was Dave’s birthday, and the car club surprised him with a cool cake!
Kit cars started out with humble beginnings like the Meyers Manx and have evolved to become better than most modern sports cars.
It’s cool when your car club has a 7-second car in attendance.
The tour ended in the showroom after a few hours.
New England has suffered through a tough winter, and that means that the summer car shows are going to be that much better attended and even more fun than normal. It was great to kick-off the year with the local members of the Legendary Street Rods Club of New Bedford!
Dave Lindsey, a.k.a. Mad Dog