I really didn’t know what all the fuss was about. I mean yeah I like cars. Ok, I really like cars…and bikes…I’m a guy. But what was so big about a compact box shaped four door that twelve men (and some of their families) drove from around the Malay peninsula to share a weekend?
The Malaysia Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution I II III Club gathered in Cherating, a small eastern coastal town on the main peninsula over the last weekend of September. On Michael’s and my first night in Cherating eating a late dinner he noticed a silver “Evo” drive by and pull up by the restaurant along the small main street. “That looks like…that looks just like my Evo!” he exclaimed. Of course we had to take a better look being evening and he started talking with Aidit Nurfan, one of the members of the group. Aidit explained about the club and gathering for the weekend. Then invited us to come out the next day for a showcase of the cars.
Mitsubishi is on the tenth version of its now popular Lancer Evolution. The Malaysia Evo Club and their owners specifically showcase versions I, II and III. It is regarded in many Evo circles that these original versions are the finest of the Mitsubishi lot. Version I (first produced in October of 1992) used the 2.0 L turbocharged DOHC engine and 4WD drivetrain from the original Galant VR-4 in a Lancer chassis, and was sold in GSR and RS models. This engine was also used in the Mitsubishi RVR with the Hyper Sports Gear trim package. It came with Mitsubishi’s 4G63 engine producing 247 PS (182 kW; 244 hp) at 6000 rpm and 309 N·m (228 lb·ft) at 3000 rpm. 5,000 of the first generation Evolutions were sold between 1992 and 1993. Top speed was 228 km/hour (142 mph).
Version II and III in the proceeding lineage saw some minor tweeks in the stock version but basically ran about the same. But the beauty of the Evo is the ability to customize…EVERYTHING.
Late morning after breakfast Nurfan in his gun-metal gray Evo picked us up and brought us to the hotel where the club stayed. As we pulled up eight other Evo’s of various colors lined up. Sharp, razor sharp…lines, curves, metal and tinted glass. I simply had to shoot away because it was too colorful not to. Introductions all around of course and it’s here that we met Nor Hisham Manap and head of the club Onn Ahmad. Hisham drove a black II and Onn a white I with unique green rims. The rest of the guys showed their cars and motors as well. Hisham explaination went into the group a bit further. They utilize facebook and the http://www.gsrforum.net/forum/ to keep in contact and plan events for the Club which has been “official” for about three years now, although they have gathered for a few year before that. They pick different parts of the peninsula when getting together to even out the driving times as the Malay peninsula is nearly 750km long. Hisham stated the importance of the club and of the machines themselves as they are rare and hold their value; but most because, well, they are thrill to drive.
DAY PICTURE GALLERY
So now to lunch and a cruise North Route 3 to around Chukai. Onn invited us to ride with him and his green rims. Great ride on the open road, maybe a bit bumpy with extra weight in the car but still smooth overall. We found the spot and pulled around the parking lot…but Onn had a surprise for us. He pulled through the 500m lot and exited through the other end turn left back onto route 3. He gunned it and the car just jumped pushing me far back in the back seat. Now I knew. I had a feeling like this a few times in my life driving various machines but not like this. It was a rush and I had no idea this car had it till that moment. I was sold…on the car, the drivers and the culture. That is what binds and what binds any other car enthusiast: the thrill their machine gives them.
Michael and I met up with the group again in the evening time for drive south this time to Kuantan and another tasty Malay dinner. More of the group showed up and flashed their rides…yeah if you thought they looked good during the day wait till u seem them under the lights. NIGHT PICTURE GALLERY
The Malaysia Evo I II III club meets throughout the Malaya Peninsula. They can be found on the GSR forum. Credit: Kerul Roy.
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