One of my favorite things about being in an online business is being able to meet and talk to people from all over the world. I met Jason about a month or so ago when he purchased some Cusco camber plates from us for his Starion – all the way from Australia. I can tell Jason has “the sickness” and lives, eats and breathes cars like we do! He was good enough to send me some pictures of a race prepped Starion owned by his friend Ron Masing the other day. Jason is building his Starion for track use as well and we can’t wait to see how it turns out. Onto the pics – this thing is awesome!
I have a fondness for the Starion, as Mike, one of the founders of the company, had one when I first met him in the early 90’s. While it wasn’t blessed with a real sports car engine out of the box, it did have a wonderful chassis IMHO. A very neutral car that with some well planned mods, turned it into a screamer. It was Mitsubishi’s answer to the 944. In the late 80’s the car really started to look the part with the giant fender flares, and low front lip spoiler. It’s rare to see a clean one today but man, what a neat car they are. Dodge also jumped on the bandwagon in the late 80’s and came out with their version, the Conquest. I don’t know the technical differences, if any, except for colors. I remember seeing bright blue Starions (looked similar to the WR Blue of the Subaru), and a nice yellow, that reminds me of the hue later found on 300ZX Twin Turbos. I’ll see if I can dig up any other differences though. These collaborations eventually lead to the 3000GT/Stealth, Mirage/Colt, Montero/Raider, and a bunch of others. We’ll have to get our resident Mitsubishi expert Mike Ko to chime in with more. He is a encylopedia of all things Mitsubishi!
I did a little searching and found this awesome old school Japanese commerical for the Starion. I love these old car commercials…they are so cheesy, but it’s history, so it’s cool in my book! And of course the tagline “Super Potential” is just genius.
Jason – not sure if you’ve seen this, but this video is for you! Plus it’s got a neat Rammstein song, and while I don’t understand a single word, and it almost makes me think a German invasion is near, it’s great music to drive to (or toture small furry animals to – whatever your scene is)