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Engine Work


The Community Garage hosts “open house” style garage and automotive time during any weekend we are not at a track. You are welcome to join us anytime and hang out, roll your sleeves up and wrench on a project car, or just talk cars. At the Open Garage there's always something cool going on here.

This is how we relax! The Open Garage is our most flexible program. You can come anytime during the program hours, stay for as long or as little as you like, and participate as much as you like.

Machine Engine

Photo courtesy of Sam Loyd,

taken for FindByPlate –

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work on a project car

We are currently building a Factory Five 818R as Dr. John's dedicated competition car. This is the deep end of the ins and outs of race car building.

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learn about
3d Printing

The Garage prints custom parts for the 818R. From simple brackets to complicated control panels, we use carbon fiber reinforced nylon.

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fabricate race car parts

The 818R is highly modified, so many custom parts are made. We use many techniques from traditional cut-and-welding to carbon fiber composites.

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drive a racing simulator

Train on the Garage’s simulator and drive in iRacing. Our simulator is equipped with Fanatec gear, Oculus VR, and triple monitors.

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learn about
3d cad

Many custom parts are designed by us in-house using SolidWorks. We also validate designs with FEA and CFD processes.

Changing Tyres


12:00 – 2:00 PM

Please note our 2024 Track Schedule* below.

We will not host the Open Garage on these weekends:


  • March 22-24 (National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park – Bowling Green, KY)

  • April 19-21 (Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – Lexington, OH)

  • May 24-26 (Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – Lexington, OH)

  • June 14-16 (Gingerman Raceway – South Haven, MI)

  • July 19-21 (Pitt Race – Wampum, PA)

  • August 23-25 (Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – Lexington, OH)

  • September 19-23 (Autobahn Country Club – Joliet, IL)

  • October 18-20 (National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park – Bowling Green, KY)


* Please inquire into attending any of these track events if you want to see how we party! Spectators are always welcome!

Mechanic Wrench

Participant Requirements

  • Participants must be registered members of The Community Garage

  • You can sign up here with the General Membership Form:

    • NOTE: Minors must have their parents review and sign the form

  • Participants must be safe and respectful of others



9216 Central Park Ave

Evanston, IL 60203


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