Monday, September 28, 2009

45th Safari Rally Kenya Team Mitsubishi

The Safari Rally Kenya, one of the most gruelling races in the rally calendar. And this 45th Rally Safari is no exception specially with Team Mitsubishi. Although Richard Burns Mitsubishi Carisma Evo 4 finished in 1st place overall, Tommi Makinen and co driver Risto Mannisenmaki were not so lucky, they had a DNF due to mechanical problems.

This is the 1:43 version of the 1998 Safari Rally Kenya Team Mitsubishi Ralliart Lancer Evolution 4 driven by Tommi Makinen and co driver Risto Mannisenmaki done by Vitesse.

One thing I noticed with Vitesse in this model is that the front suspension is too lowered, it wouldn't last the real Safari race with this set-up.

14 comments:

lorenzo721 said...

A nice model, though the suspension settings make it look a little odd and, as you said, quite unbelievable.

Mervin Diecast Collection said...

Nice photo jdmike and car too.....

Jovet's Garage said...

Very nice evo model but i also noticed the very low suspension...maybe a defect in production? anyway, nice clear shots mike! =)

danielh said...

nice evo 4 rally car, and i missed this one in my all mitsu evo rally car collection!
The front lower suspension could be the same normal street spec casting by vitesse. And maybe they forgot to raised the suspension setting higher during the assemblies.
Anyway i would be happy to get one of this even though it's front are lowered, hehe...

JDMike's Diecast Site said...

thanks for appreciating sir Laurent, Mervin, Jovet and Daniel!! Maybe I could tweek it a bit, wish me luck hehe!

Andrew Cham said...

nice model mike............

but my main concern now is i heard philipines got struck by typhoon...
are you OK?

JDMike's Diecast Site said...

Thanks for the concern Andrew!
Yes, me and my family are ok, we where not affected directly, we are now in the process of helping out the needy, like this morning we will go to where my officemates are and help them out.

interdomin said...

I have been looking for a photo of the Mitshubisi but I couldn´t find it.
I found the list of "46th" rally safari in 1998.

http://www.rallybase.nl/index.php?type=result&rallyid=58

interdomin said...

I found a video of the race.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGdYqACF9Vw

I think that the suspension of the real ar is not lower as the-cast model. But,...I wouldt like have it.

JDMike's Diecast Site said...

thank you very much interdomin for the great link! i enjoyed watching the video, thanks again! :-)

BRIAN VESPA of Diecast Japan! said...

evos are cool!

JDMike's Diecast Site said...

Thanks Brian! :-)

Fleetmaster said...

A lot of details has this car ! very nice models !
And you always do a good shots !

JDMike's Diecast Site said...

thanks for appreciating Fleetmaster! :-)