I had a number of assembly questions that could easily be answered by seeing a completed 818 in person. So, I decided that I should make my first visit up to Factory Five Racing in Wareham, Massachusetts. As it turns out, the owner of FFR, Dave Smith, hosts an annual Valentine’s Day weekend open house called Moochfest. Of course, it turned out to be the coldest weekend of the year, so this former Yankee had to dig deep into his South of the Mason-Dixon Line winter closet to find my rabbit fur-lined hat for the trip back up north.
I flew up on Friday and met my dad, who drove down from Maine, and we stayed with my brother and new niece for a Three Baker Men and a Baby family bonding weekend. We then visited FFR a day early to see the place without the Moochfest crowds, which worked out because we had the place to ourselves. Craig, the FFR marketing man, let us have our way with (hey now) a black 818 Coupe in the showroom. The coupe is the newest member of the 818 family, which they introduced at SEMA 2015.
On Saturday, we attended Moochfest and mingled with the masses for a few hours of cool cars, hot pizza, and below-freezing temps. It was a great trip and I got a lot of my build questions answered. I’m sure one day I will bring my completed 818 back up for another visit…but I’ll probably shoot for the summer open house next time!