The saying goes that collectors don’t purchase performance, but they look for history. It doesn’t have to be the quickest, but on most occasions the product played a significant part in its era.
Sometimes though, the performance creates the history. Case in point is the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution family. Twenty-four years of winning and competing at the pinnacle of WRC says something for the car’s credentials.
Unfortunately as a discontinued model, and the years don’t seem to roll over any slower, clean examples are harder to come by in Australia, even though we’ve benefitted from the ability to import all generations except for the IX and X.
Boutique JDM vehicle and parts importer Go Garage organised a private meet and cruise just under a month ago, and managed to source minters from each generation.
The DNA remains throughout, but seeing an X right next to a I the changing of the times and consumer/safety needs is plain as day.
Evos are usually seen as clinical, no frills machines but it was delightful to see a number of bright, flamboyant colours on the day. We always preach, the world needs more colourful cars, especially performance variants that capture the imagination and creativity of our youth.
The day itself was relatively straightforward, catching up a the shop before a long drive including some tunnel runs for rollers before settling for lunch by the beach (yeah, Sydney life).
We’ve got plans with Go Garage for another private event in December, keep your eyes peeled for more…
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