After attending our umpteenth Mitsubishi Owners Day (MOD) recently, we’ve finally figured out the starter pack for any late model Lancer Evolution owner, which goes a little something like this: first you need wheels, so go with the tried and true – Volk TE37s, though offerings from Work or SSR will do in a pinch. Don’t forget to put some tire stickers on those bad boys, and then it’s time to lower the old girl and throw on a body kit. For this, you’re either gonna rock Voltex for your EVO VIII or IX, or Chargespeed for your EVO X.
So yeah, we noticed some patterns at the 11th annual MOD West. There were tons of EVO, to be sure (although not all 8, 9, or 10; there was actually a pair of EVO III in the crowd), including Kelvin Hsiu’s EVO 9 MR cover car and Narvaez Racing’s Pikes Peak-shredded EVO 8. And a lot of those AWD performance machines went with the same rims and same aero – which is not necessarily a bad thing; the look works. But we have to think after several years (all years?) of Evolution domination, some might be getting a bit tired of the lack of diversity.
Admittedly it did seem like car numbers were down for MOD this year. We’ve seen the headquarters for Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) in Cypress, Calif., more full in previous years, and wondered if maybe people are just over the EVO-Fest. The OEM does, after all, make cars beside the EVO (which incidentally is now out of production, with no replacement in sight) and has a rich history of vehicles, which were represented at the meet, albeit in some pretty small numbers.
There was a fairly big Eclipse section and tucked elsewhere were small collections of Starion, Galant, and others. One of the true gems of the show, however, came from host MMNA, which dug into its vault and dusted off a 1973 Colt Galant GTO GS-R. The car was developed as a street version of a homologated race car for the Japanese Grand Prix, but the program was cancelled before ever getting off the ground. Equipped with a 2.0L mill, rear-wheel drive, and 15-inch RS Watanabe rims shod in Yokohama A048 rubber, the Galant GTO is one of only two in the U.S. and 12 worldwide.
We welcome you to peruse the image gallery to see what else went on at MOD West 2016, and if you have a few minutes check out our Facebook Live video of the vendor village at the show. For those of you on the Right Coast, Mitsubishi Owners Day East is set for September 10 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pa.