1987 MITSUBISHI LANCER ESTATE
Once I’d pulled the Lancer out of its winter hibernation, I planned to get it re-MoT’d and start using it again. It rewarded me with a no-advisory pass (although I expected nothing less, of course) but that hopefully was a result of having a great enthusiastic garage keeping on top of what was already a well looked-after car.
Some post-MoT trips out around Carmarthenshire reminded me of just how good the Lancer is in almost every respect. It’s way beyond many other same-era motors when it comes to performance, handling and economy, and it never complains, even on long journeys (it has done 400 miles in a day) – and neither do its passengers.
Recent excursions included a trip out into mid-Wales on Drive-it Day and a run up the valleys for a classic gathering organised by Wales’ Mr Radio, Ian Edwards at Driver’s Seat station, GTFM. Work commitments meant that I couldn’t stay long, but the run across the Beacons included a stop for a late breakfast at Laura’s burger van, just outside Penderyn. The Lancer looked quite at home parked next to her sameera ‘smiley face’ Ford Transit.
A couple of Sundays later, an afternoon drive out west saw the Lancer heading into Cardigan, a town I’d not visited for at least a decade. There used to be a cracking classic show nearby but since its demise, our trips to the west coast tend to centre on Aberystwyth and villages further north. Driving along mile after mile of narrow lanes from Whitland across to Cardigan was an absolute delight and surely what driving’s all about – great roads, a car ideally suited to the circumstances and, most enjoyably of all, almost no other traffic.
Not long after this trip I started to hear a slight click from the front offside wheel – my suspicion that the CV joint was on its way out was confirmed when the garage replaced it.
Maintaining the Lancer isn’t proving to be a chore – long may that continue.
Enjoying a sea view on the West Wales coast.