It’s a small world. While governments struggle for power, Mitsubishi enthusiasts see a different world. A world where the struggle for power is all about horsepower, and one in which national borders dissolve through a brotherhood of automotive passion. Vahid’s story is at once inspiring and enraging. Read on and think about it.
What’s your real name? (What’s your screen name?)
My name is “Vahid Ghaffari” and my Galant VR4 board id is “Veypor”.
Where do you live?
I live in Tehran, Iran (Persia).
What do you do for a living?
Currently I am working in largest Automotive parts supplier in Iran named SAPCO as a business development consultant.
What Mitsubishi(s) do you drive?
I drive a 1992 Black Mitsubishi Galant VR4 and I love it.
How long have you had your Mitsubishi?
I bought the car back in 2006 when I was 25 years old. More than 3 years now.
What got you into Mitsubishi?
Motorsport was one of my greatest hobbies and, to be honest, I was looking for the fastest car with most potential that I could afford so that I could drag race it.
A bold choice was Mitsu VR4! I tracked a few VR4s and finally found a clean black one (you know black is always the fastest!) and I bought it for nearly 16k USD stock. I know this sounds pricy for you guys in US but here you cannot find a clean one [for a lower price].
Got a favorite story to tell about your Mitsubishi?
Well, here is an interesting one. Back in 2006 when I found my Mitsu, it was not so wise for a “normal” guy with my financial conditions to spend more than 16k for a nearly stock old car. I knew I loved to do so, but I liked my girlfriend (my wife now) also accept it so that I could feel a little more confident before spending that much money.
I called her and start the story with: “Honey, I guess I found my favorite car. You know it is dreamy, I could imagine sitting behind its wheel.” She said, “Fantastic, what is it? How much? How old?” I told myself she may not know it so let me start with a more popular name like “It is a Mitsubishi, 1992, and about 16k in price.”
She said, “Mmmm, Vahid, are you really [sure you] want to spend that much money for a 1992 Mitsu?” I said, “You know I always loved Galant VR4s.” She gasped and said “Is it a Galant? Great lets buy it! I always loved Galants since my childhood and if it is black that would be awesome!”
That was really fun knowing your girlfriend loves your car out of nowhere!
What are your goals for the car and how close are you to achieving them?
My goal is to be fastest import car in Iran. Last year I was in second place in an unofficial event, so I should say I was pretty close. I came for a championship this year in an official event but unfortunately with a clutch failure we came back home empty handed.
What was your favorite modification? Why?
My favorite modification was adjustable ECUs. First I bought a DSMLink Chip and now I have AEM EMS on my car. It feels really good when you have control over everything in your engine. I do the ECU modifications myself and I should say it is fun.
What’s next for your Mitsubishi? Why?
My next step will be a twin disk clutch, definitely.
Who has helped you the most along the way?
My friend and my mechanic, Mr. Abolfazl Moradi. He has helped me all the way, with all the modifications and he was also the first one in Iran who imported a [Mitsubishi Lancer] Evolution 3 and convert it into a left side steering wheel car to be able to drive it legally in Iran.
Who do you look up to in the Mitsubishi community?
I look up to know more about these fantastic cars, to be able to find problems and diagnose them and of course to know people in all of the world with something in common in the cars.
Maybe it would be good to let you know that the US government does not like us to do so. The Galant board is blocked to our geographical IP addresses and I use VPN services to access the Mitsu community.
Like you mentioned: “If car guys ruled the world, there might be more peace.”
Is there a particular shop you’d like to recommend?
You asked a good question. It is really not easy for us to buy performance parts. Only a few performance parts are available locally and we should buy nearly all of our aftermarket parts from other countries, most of the times, US. Now here is another problem, most of the performance shops in US do not ship to Iran and if you find a good one that would ship to Iran, how do you want to pay for it? Our credit cards are not valid in the US. The only way is to wire transfer the funds and that is also risky, because the US government does not like wire transfers from Iran and may block it. Let me go to the last part, when you passed all of these steps you should cross your fingers and hope that your package come safe and sound from overseas by mighty USPS without any insurance!
That’s why motorsport (especially for Japanese import cars) is not grown up here.
Let me here thank great a company Road Race Engineering (RRE) for being so helpful with our condition and I would highly recommend them. My friend Jesse from Revolution Motorsport also helped us a lot last year.
Do you spend time on any Mitsubishi sites? Which ones?
Yes, I spend time on greatest Galant board GalantVR4.org, also I learned a lot from DSMLink forums. I am also a moderator in greatest Persian automotive forum, tuningtalk.com.
Are you on Twitter? Facebook? Have your own website?
Yes, I am on Face book. (It is also good to know that our government blocked it. Good world yeh?) You can find me there by name “Vahid Ghaffari.”
Recently we have started a tuning/performance shop in Tehran – Compact Motorsport – with my friend and the website address is compactms.com.
Thank you for supporting Mitsubishi Gearbox Magazine, Vahid. We only matter because YOU matter!
I also thank you for your efforts.
Ported & Polished stage 3 Head
FP2 Cams 272 In. and Ex.
3rd Generation Lifters
Eagle H-Beam Rods
Wiseco 9:1 Pistons/Rings
ARP head studs
Built trans with E3 Gears
Fidanza Aluminum Flywheel
ClutchNet Clutch kit
4 bolt LSD Rear Differential
Short Shift Kit
JMF Race Intake Manifold
ETS FMIC and Pipes
SnowPerformance Boost cooler kit
Bosch 1600cc Injectors
Walbro Fuel Pump
Aeromotive Fuel Regulator
Evo8 modified Coils and shock absorbers
Double rear swaybar
Frond and Rear Roll bars
Fullrace style Headers
50 mm HKS Waste Gate
3inch downpipe and free to air WG pipe
Metallic Blackest Black
JDM customized Gvr4 Front End
Carbon Fiber custom Hood
OMP 5-Point Harness
OMP Racing Seats