[ originally published 10/19/09 | updated 01/01/18]
Everyone you meet in Gearbox Magazine is cool. We don’t interview choads. We’ll interview assholes, but only those assholes who mean well and legitimately make the world a better place.
Even cooler than non-choads and well-meaning assholes, though, we like to introduce you to people like Greg, here. Greg is GBXM FAMILY.
I’ve known Greg since 2002 or so. I’ve been fall-down drunk with this guy at least half a dozen times since. (HAMMARS.) He sat on my side of the chapel in Vegas when V and I were married in 2007. And his birthday is exactly 10 years and three days before mine.
We’ve all got our own gearhead stories. You know the story I’m talking about. The one that starts with your first automotive memory of being “into
cars” and continues to this very day, with whatever drive you’ve made, will make, or won’t (because your Montero has shit the bed again, too).
When this piece was originally written, I’d known Greg about seven years. (And publishing GBXM about seven weeks.) Today we’re pushing 15. (And 10 years.) Over the years, I’ve learned more about Greg’s story and it’s one of my favorite—especially as a gearhead who tends to struggle with follow-through.
We got into this more in The Gearhead Project podcast, but here’s an excerpt from Greg’s timeline:
- He raced sport bikes competitively. Until he began to scare himself.
- He spotted a black, 1999 Eclipse at the dealership.
- He turned that into one of the cleanest, turbocharged 2GNT DSMs we’ve seen.
- He bailed out of the DSM scene to get an Evo VIII.
- It was a daily driven, 10-second ET, road course record setting, track weapon
- He bailed out, bought a GVR4 project.
- He moved on to a 1G DSM project.
- And then he got an M3.
- And then he got another M3.
- And he’ll be getting another M3.
What follows is a slightly touched-up version of my original interview with Greg back in 2009. As he was one of the earliest supporters of Gearbox Magazine—and has solid, semi-professional motorsport chops—I wanted to re-introduce this one with a bit of context so you’d see it more as a snapshot into a fellow gearhead’s past.
Greg Wallace has been getting the most out of Mitsubishis for over a decade. Our first Evo owner interview here at Gearbox Magazine, Greg’s 2003 Evo VIII has ripped up road courses all over the midwest. Here is a true wolf in sheep’s clothing.
How long have you had your Mitsubishi?
I picked up my OZ Edition Eclipse GS brand new in the fall of 1999. Haven’t been without one since.
What got you into Mitsubishi?
Seeing a certain 2Gb Eclipse every morning on the commute to work and thinking “My God, that’s a sexy car!”
Got a favorite story to tell about your Mitsubishi?
There are so many, it’s hard to pick one. These cars have been at the center of my life for 10 years now, from epic lows (grenading my 3rd transmission in as many months in the Eclipse) to soaring highs (setting the NASA TTA track record at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in the Evo in the spring of 2007).
The Mitsubishi fever will soon be passed on to my oldest son, who has requested a 2g Eclipse as his first car! [ Editor’s Note: This would go on to become one of our favorite stories, by the way. ]
What are your goals for the car and how close are you to achieving them?
The Evo has run its course with mods and competition at this point. The final talley is:
- ’04 Regional SCCA Auto-x 2nd place
- ’05 Regional SCCA Auto-x championship
- ’04 DSM Shootout Stock Appearing class championship
- ‘07 NASA Great Lakes Region TTA 2nd place.
The car has never left me stranded despite constant abuse that started the day I drove it off the lot.
What was your favorite modification? Why?
My current car actually has very few mods on it, all focused on reliable power. Turbocharging my Eclipse GS was way up there on the fun scale though, and I learned a ton doing it.
What’s next for your Mitsubishi? Why?
The Evo is now a fun part-time daily driver. I just can’t part with it, so a little post race-career rehab is in order.
Who has helped you the most along the way?
2gnt.com is where I got started, and to this day is the homepage on my browser.
Back when I was modifying my Eclipse, unbeknownst to us, we were creating the path for future owners to follow. There was no roadmap—only our ingenuity and determination to do something different.
Who do you look up to in the Mitsubishi community?
There are a lot of people that have made significant contributions that shaped this community, from Todd Day (Club DSM) and Dave Buschur (Buschur Racing), to Juan and Dino (2gnt.com), to Martin Musial (AMS Performance) and Keith Franklin (Pure Tuning).
I’m lucky to have met and shared thoughts with most of these people—and call several of them friends—but there are many, many more people that make the Mitsubishi Community one of the best there is.