Mitsubishi Motors’ heritage fleet goes global
WORLDWIDE enthusiasts of classic Japanese cars are set to enjoy an insight into the Mitsubishi Motors’ heritage fleet with the publication of a seven-page feature in Retro Japanese magazine.
The quarterly magazine, which has readers as far afield as the USA, Canada, South Africa and Australia, has covered five vehicles from the heritage fleet in its latest issue, which is on the shelves from June 16th.
Taking place at Kemble Airfield, Wiltshire, a handful of miles from Mitsubishi Motors’ Cirencester HQ, the photoshoot featured the collection’s 1974 Lancer, 1997 Tommi Makinen EVO 6, 1992 3000GT and 1981 Jeep, together with the 1981 Lancer Turbo of Mitsubishi Special Vehicle Operations’ Manager, Darren Hughes.
The resulting seven-page feature is one of the biggest that Retro Japanese has ever included and it marked the first time that the magazine had ever undertaken a detailed multi-car shoot of a manufacturer’s heritage fleet.
The day was a great demonstration of the usability and reliability of the Mitsubishi Motors’ heritage fleet, in particular that of the performance-orientated models that were put through their paces for high-speed cornering shots.
Ian Seabrook, Editor of Retro Japanese magazine, said: “What struck me about the fleet is the wondrous variety. From early Lancer, right through to the EVO 6, every one of the five vehicles we featured had something very different to offer. The Jeep in particular was a pleasant surprise, and it was very pleasing to learn of just how long Mitsubishi Motors has maintained a heritage fleet.
“It’s always great to see a manufacturer embrace its history, and all the more so when it doesn’t just include the performance models.”