Evasive Motorsports (EVS) specializes in aftermarket parts sales, race prep, and tuning for motorsports clients. Over the past years, Evasive Motorsports has built and campaigned numerous vehicles in everything from the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), to Time Attack, Drifting, and Rally racing. Slated as a one-stop-shop that can cater to a customer’s needs. Need an alignment, custom roll cage, or an engine rebuilt and tuned all in one fell swoop? The guys at EVS can make it happen with the convenience of transforming your mild street car into a performance breathing machine under one roof.
With plenty of in-house projects and special builds, EVS has amassed a number of new and used high performance parts over the years to the point where their 12,000 square foot facility was quickly filling up. Rather than throwing away all the spare parts, the team decided to liquidate many of the parts and throw the company’s first annual garage sale. Word of mouth spread quickly and onto the Internet that EVS was offering specialized and high-performance automotive parts, memorabilia, and even complete long block engines to their customers at bargain prices.
As an experienced garage sale attendee I was able to resist buying into all the great deals that surrounded me with every step I took. I even compiled a few rules to follow, which will help you successfully achieve the best deals, and survive without emptying your bank account.
Top 5 Tips on Maximizing Your Garage Sale Experience
- Put a checklist together and mark off exactly what parts you need or want to get prior to attending a garage sale.
- Resist temptation: With so many parts offered for cheap, many will impulse buy parts they don’t necessarily want or need. Try to keep your purchases to a minimum.
- If the prices are too good to be true, they often are. From whom and where you purchase the item from can determine if they are genuine or fake. The best plan is to recognize a fake versus a genuine part before stepping foot into any store or garage sale. If it’s an electronics item, be sure to ask to test out the item before purchasing and check if it is backed by a warranty.
- Know the condition of the item before purchasing. Carefully inspect the items to ensure you’re getting exactly what you’re paying for. Most garage sale items are slightly damaged or have cosmetic flaws which shouldn’t scare you off. A legitimate seller will note if there are any issues with the parts for sale. If the damage is beyond repair, we recommend you keep clear of purchasing them.
- The most overlooked of all: Use common sense when bargaining. Most, if not all items have been marked down in price considerably. Coming into any sale as a penny pincher will get you kicked out quicker than a transient stealing silverware from a White House banquet. Keep in mind most shops want to unload their parts. The more parts sold, the less time it will take for the unsold items to be reloaded back into the garage. Now is the time to use your haggling skills to barter, but don’t lowball on the part to a point where you offend the seller or shop. Common sense should tell you, a Toda titanium exhaust system and header won’t be going home with you for $50 dollars!
Before EVS could officially open their gates to the public at 11am, the lines at the entrance had already begun to expand, eventually wrapping around the entire building. Once they were admitted inside, the patiently awaiting customers wasted no time in grabbing wheels and tires which were the first to sell out.
Evasive is one of the largest Rays wheels distributors on the West Coast so it wasn’t surprising to see a flood of brand new wheels for sale at the event. Among the surplus of Volk Racing wheels were also a mixture of Enkei Wheels, Buddy Club Racing, and Work Wheels also being blown out.
Smoking deals? It all comes down to knowing exactly what you’re looking for and finding those killer bargains. It’s a fair bet to say these Mugen short shifters were quickly snatched off the racks for the low price of $100 although they were for right-hand-drive Civics. These same shifters retail for $265 on the King Motorsports website. Who doesn’t appreciate 60 percent off?
Another great find was this Toyota Racing Development (TRD) rear diffuser set for the Scion FRS/ Subaru BRZ, which normally retails for over $300 dollars.
When the EVS crew aren’t wrenching on customer cars, they can be found testing their cars on the track. Road racers and weekend track warriors know a thing or two about tire consumption when running on the track.
“Our spare tire situation has gotten out of control, to a point where we built large Costco-type metal racks lining the walls to keep them from piling up” said Mike Chang, co-owner of Evasive Motorsports.
EVS offered a variety of tires ranging in brands and sizes. Everything from brand new race slicks, to slightly used Toyo R888 tires, and even rally tires were available.
Performance parts were being offered up by the pallet, as were these Brembo GT Big Brake Kit six-piston Lexus RC-F calipers and two-piece slotted rotors.
Here’s a chance to own a piece of history. In past years, EVS offered their assistance to Kontrabrands to develop and maintain the 2013 Rally America National Championship Scion xD, which competed in the two-wheel-drive class. Piloted by Andrew Comrie-Picard, the team finished 2nd in the two-wheel-drive championship in both 2012 and 2013 seasons. All that remained of the vehicle was a front radiator core support along with its radiator; Greddy oil cooler, and front mount intercooler. It was a bittersweet reminder of the demise of not only the rally program but also the Scion brand itself.
This FA20 long block powered the Mackin 86 PPHIC racecar up the mountain in 2015. The FA20 was pulled from the car following the event and was eventually replaced by a 2JZ-GTE power plant for the following year. Although the FA20 engine suffered some internal damage, it serves as a good core replacement for any FRS/86/ BRZ owner interested in a spare engine. Boxer owners know spare engines are always a good thing.
It took every ounce in my body to resist buying this rare Top Secret Personal steering wheel in good condition.
Evasive Motorsports has built their company name and reputation on building record-breaking track cars from production models including the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Honda S2000 platforms. It was no surprise to see their customer’s Evolution sitting front and center at their inaugural garage sale. Outfitted with a full Voltex wide body kit, this Evolution has gone through a series of modifications including the more recent complete engine rebuild. Stay tuned to see this bad boy tearing up the track in a few months.
A slew of body kit components were scattered across the parking lot. Random parts from the EVS race car, R35-chassis GT-R, Lexus RC F and S2000 track cars were all on hand for purchase for a few lucky buyers.
EVS staff mentioned that near the end of the garage sale, a local shop eagerly snatched up all of the body kit pieces.
On display next to the EVS R35-chassis was a customized Lexus LC500. This yellow machine was part of a build project involving Lexus and Gordon Ting of Beyond Marketing. The LC500’s aggressive stance was achieved using a KW Suspensions Hydraulic Cup Kit coilover system, which rests behind 22-inch HRE wheels. The interior was also improved with custom bucket seats and a roll bar.
Also up for sale was a brand new Lexus RC F engine. This engine was the perfect setup for those looking to customize their rides for drifting or road racing with some V8 power.
Unfortunately for this owner, Toyota Cressida bumpers weren’t available at the garage sale, but taking into account the oversized FMIC, the owner couldn’t have picked a better sale to find some high performance parts for his/her car.
Upon evaluating the condition of this suspension package, these custom EVS-spec Eibach Multi-Pro R2 external reservoir coilovers looked to have only been exposed to a few laps on the race track.
Planning for a custom shaved and tucked engine bay in the near future for your ride? This universal Chase Bay radiator was selling for a mere fraction of its retail price.
Is there any car or truck that doesn’t look good on a set of Volk TE37 wheels? This Toyota Land Cruiser was equipped with nothing more than simple modifications of Volk wheels and Toyo A/T Open Country tires but the end result looked awesome!
Titan 7 Wheels offered the garage sale attendees a glimpse into their newest lineup of wheels. Titan 7 wheels are fully forged and currently offered in two unique designs. The T-R10 forged 10 spoke wheel and T-S5 split five spoke wheel are both offered in various sizes and offsets. With every wheel designed and made in-house, Titan 7 Wheels offers exceptional quality and strength without the cost usually associated with forged wheels.
Titan 7 founder and President Eddie Lee mentioned to us that the company plans to continue releasing new wheels in the near future with early next year as the target date.
“These are quality forged wheels. Our soon to be released wheels will be a game changer and we are looking forward to offering our customers quality wheels”, said Lee.
Upon leaving the event, we couldn’t help but to notice the parking lot looking a lot like your typical car meet.
One vehicle that caught our immediate attention was this gold AE86 owned by Allen Lugue. The car was nostalgic to me because I wrote a feature on this car back in 2005 when I worked for Import Tuner magazine. Besides the wheels and a few minor changes, the car has remained the same.
The Run Free body kit, 4AG red-top engine with a slew of Toda, TRD, and HKS components delivers a well-balanced car that delivers both visual appeal as well as performance.
With the success of this year’s event, you can be sure that next year’s garage sale will be bigger and better with more parts and accessories at reasonable prices. Whether you’re looking for a custom part or simply need a set of tires, this is one garage sale that you won’t want to miss next time!