WHEN YOU SPEAK UP, WE LISTEN.
Back in January, I got a message from someone who liked Gearbox Magazine on Facebook. “Interested/looking on more Evos from the 605? LMK? Thanks!” As a dyed-in-the-wool Mitsubishi man, I’m always down to check out a nice Evo, but as a guy who’s been trying to get gearheads to speak up for three-plus years, I would be just as thrilled to talk Wartburg 311 or Toyota Echo, so long as the owner was doing something special with it. I replied, “Mos def. Shoot me an email.” He did.
“How’s it going? My name is Rodrigo G. Pino; friends call me ‘Digo.’ I figured I would share some pics of my Evo with you. Maybe we can work something out. I’m still modifying for time attack. I used to do road course, time attack, and drag racing back home in South America, and I’m getting back to it here in the US. I’ve had the car since late 2008. It makes 500bhp on e85. From car shows to auto cross/track and family vehicles, I’ve always kept the racing spirit. My dad and brother used to race, so it’s in the family.”
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE IN THE LAST DECADE?
Digo graduated from high school in Peru in 2003, moved the States in 2004, and now works with some pretty high tech irrigation systems up in South Dakota. He’s nearly bought an STi (ahem, Subaru Impreza WRX STi, right Christine? – inside joke), and this is actually his second Evolution. That’s ambitious any way you look at it. In the last 15 years, this author moved from Wichita to Phoenix, nearly bought a 72 Alfa Spider, and is on his fourth US$2000-or-less daily driver. Things we have in common. The power in our differences.
Here’s why this story matters. First, Digo is a stand-up guy who takes initiative. He reached out to me. And who could blame him? Not only does his Evo clearly talk the talk – show quality inside and out, with just a splash of stance – it’s also built to walk the walk. 500hp is nothing to sneeze at, though you might, if you’re allergic to winning. He’s a hard working family man who has already made an intercontinental move. And he’s a gearhead like us. (light bulb)
WHAT WE TALK ABOUT
- what brought Digo to the States
- the greatest challenge he’s faced along the way
These previews are supposed to give you a taste of what’s coming in the next issue. We’re not even off the surge line on this one here. The full story will be in GBXM #3, coming the first week of April. Are you subscribed yet? It’s free if you subscribe before the end of March.
SPECIAL THANKS TO Christ Yushta of FOTOmotive for generously providing all the images associated with this story. We’re hoping Chris will let us know when he comes across any other gearheads up that way who deserve a little time in the spotlight. If you’re a photographer specializing in automotive & motorsport and would like to see your work featured in our pages, get in touch.