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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 2 – Ordynski’s favourite still a winner

There’s something about the history of sporting equipment that stirs the imagination of purists and gives each item that bit of extra significance.

A cricket bat used by Don Bradman, a football jumper worn by Buddy Franklin or a tennis racquet used by Roger Federer will be much more highly sought after, for example, than one used by a lesser player.

So it is with rally cars, although the very nature of the sport suggests that a car used with great success by, say, Colin McRae, may not be in original condition. The body shell (among other things!) may have been changed, although the registration might still be the same……

That’s not the case with one of the most successful cars in Australian Rally Championship history though, having been run under the Les Walkden Rallying banner in the 1994 and 1995 season.

Driven by Ed Ordynski, with Mark Stacey in the co-driver’s seat, this particular Lancer Evo 2 won six times from six starts and holds a place dear to Ordynski’s heart.

“I remember the car well because we debuted it in my home ARC round in SA, and it was very quick – remember these were pre-turbo restrictor days,” Ordynski remembers.

“The Evo of that era was small and light - the perfect size for a rally car.  We had only recently gotten out of the Galant VR4 which was too big and heavy, and the Evos 1 and 2 were a revelation. 

“Incidentally,” Ordynski said at the time, “Evos 7 and 8 are as big and actually heavier than the old VR4 RS!  If only we could have Evo 8 mechanicals in an Evo 2 body nowadays!”

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Peter Whitten

Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media. In 2020 he received a Motorsport Australia 'Media Service Award'.
Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media. In 2020 he received a Motorsport Australia 'Media Service Award'.