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Ev­ery­one knows my hus­band Alan and I love Mit­sis, es­pe­cially Evos,” says Down­time En­ter­tain­ment’s Pare To­gia. “Hamp­ton Downs was avail­able, and, with sup­port from Ing­ham Mit­subishi Hamil­ton, Red Bull, and fel­low Mitsi nut War­ren Cur­rie, we put plans in place to run an event for cars that we are truly pas­sion­ate about.” Thus, on 3 June 2018, Mit­subishi Own­ers Day, (MOD NZ), was born. The idea be­hind the event was sim­ple — get as many Mit­subishis as you can in one place at one time, and have a cel­e­bra­tion of all that is great about them.

Few ve­hi­cles have been em­braced by the New Zealand mod­i­fied car scene quite like the Mit­subishi Evo­lu­tion. The two-litre tur­bocharged four-wheel drive rock­ets are right at home on our twisty roads, and re­spond well to mod­i­fi­ca­tion for street, strip, and cir­cuit du­ties, with no real lim­i­ta­tions to how far you can go other than your will­ing­ness to spend. In fact, we’d say that you’d be hard­pressed to find a car per­son who hasn’t at some point thought or dreamed about own­ing some­thing with di­a­monds on its grille. A quick look back through NZ Per­for­mance Car is­sues shows just how much im­pact these cars have had over the years.

The weather gods clearly de­cided that it would be ap­pro­pri­ate to throw in some weather that would make full use of the rally­bred four-wheel drive sys­tem housed in each Evo, and, as Sun­day morn­ing dawned, it was clear that ‘ wet’ was go­ing to be an un­der­state­ment. Track con­di­tions would be, at best, tricky, and at times just plain scary. Many driv­ers elected to take to the skid­pad in­stead, with the lure of re­duced grip and a wide space in which to ‘heli’ en­tic­ing a good por­tion of the en­trants to test their skills.

It was by no means an all-Evo af­fair, though, with Colt, GTO, FTO, Lancer, Galant, Mi­rage, Tri­ton, and Sigma all found in at­ten­dance, the re­lent­less rain bead­ing off them thanks to a heavy wax. From the in­ten­tion­ally stock stan­dard through to a num­ber of cars that have graced the cover of this mag­a­zine, it didn’t mat­ter if your pre­ferred style was street, cir­cuit, drag, show, or stock, there was some­thing to ap­peal to the tastes of all. Some­how, the show ’n’ shine judges man­aged to sep­a­rate the high-qual­ity field and find award win­ners among the en­trants — a job which would have been nigh-on im­pos­si­ble with the likes of ‘N80EVO’, ‘EGOETA’, and ‘ADKTVE’ all present, along with the large fleets of Mit­sis from Auck­land and Tau­ranga Evo­lu­tion, NZ Fi­jian Cars, Un­tamed Mo­tor­sport, and many pri­vately owned rare mo­tor­sport edi­tions that were un­touched by choice. Brett Smith and Sarah Her­man ended the day be­ing crowned King and Queen of Di­a­monds, re­spec­tively, for par­tic­i­pat­ing in ev­ery­thing — an amazing ef­fort from Brett, in par­tic­u­lar, who had driven up from Welling­ton, done the pre­vi­ous day’s ClubFest, and at­tacked the skid­pad with vigour to the de­light of the crowd.

The best thing about sin­gle-mar­que events, in our opin­ion, is the vibe that you get from a gath­er­ing of peo­ple with a sin­gle shared

pas­sion, re­moved from all friendly ri­valry and ban­ter and sim­ply be­ing among peers and like-minded en­thu­si­asts en­joy­ing see­ing, hear­ing, and shar­ing all-things Evo­lu­tion. It might have been wet, but spir­its re­mained high, and one of the real stand­out as­pects of the event was sim­ply see­ing smil­ing own­ers swap­ping sto­ries.

So, of course, you’ll want to know — did the event set a record as or­ga­niz­ers had hoped? Yes, is the an­swer, with an Aus­tralasian record of 160 Evos taking to the track for the pa­rade laps, and the po­ten­tial for 200-plus clearly, had the weather played ball. Or­ga­niz­ers are al­ready work­ing on next year’s event with big goals in mind.

If there is one thing that al­ready has peo­ple talk­ing about next year’s event, it’s just which of the 500-plus-kilo­watt not-sor­ough di­a­monds present would have ended up as the roll-rac­ing king, had the weather not put the picks on it. We’ll just have to wait and see, but there is one thing for cer­tain: MOD NZ is here to stay.

‘ADKTVE’ is truly the white ele­phant in the room ... you just can’t help but stare Rain couldn’t dampen the spir­its of the hardy souls out to en­joy their love of all-things Mitsi

Tony Hills’ meth baby took to the track for the first time for a shake down

‘WKDNIS’ just de­manded at­ten­tion, no mat­ter if it was parked or rolling

Ai­den and Kylie Reidy’s nine-sec­ond ‘E4TDST’ Evo is al­ways a stand­out Not just Evos but a strong show­ing of GTOS

Like di­a­mond candy, the pa­rade cars sparkled in the rain

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