Meet Lawrence Short and Jasper White – two loyal Mitsubishi fanatics.
Jasper White could write Mitsubishi before he could write his own name. The Mitsi-mad three-year-old developed a fascination with the three-diamond logo while his parents were scouring Wellington caryards for a new car. They went Peugeot in the end, but Jasper was sold on Mitsubishi. From that time on, Heather White says Jasper would spot a Mitsubishi’s distinctive diamond logo in a supermarket carpark and beg to be allowed to touch the car. “He would shake with excitement. His whole body would shake.”
The first word Jasper ever spelt out loud was our relatively complex 10-letter e brand name – before he’d ever even attempted to spell Jasper. Heather says, by two and a half, Jasper could recite the spelling of “Mitsubishi Motors Electric” (he gets a bit confused
by the different arms of the Mitsubishi family of companies).
For his third birthday, Jasper asked his mother to make him a cake with the three-diamond logo. “We really don’t know why he picked on Mitsubishi in particular. I think it was the diamonds,” Heather says. At 3, Jasper is now starting to write sentences. “He
loves words and it was Mitsubishi that started it.”
Lawrence Short is almost 65 and guess what he’s got lined up as a retirement present: his 25th new Mitsubishi.
The Ashhurst train driver spends his working hours on the rail-lines, ferrying goods and people around the lower North Island. After hours, he follows his beloved Auckland Blues and indulges his long-held Mitsubishi infatuation.
Lawrence has bought 24 new Mitsubishi cars from Feilding’s McVerry Crawford and previous Mitsubishi dealers, starting with a 1975 Galant 1850 2-door coupe.
His latest is an Electric Blue 2011 Lancer SX Hatch. In total, Lawrence has bought 41 vehicles from Mitsubishi and the earlier Todd Motors (which was bought by Mitsubishi in 1987), starting with a Hillman Imp. “I love Mitsubishi like I love the All Blacks – a bit one-eyed,” he says.
“I’ve had all sorts of models over the years. They’ve got lovely seats…their décor is a lot nicer…I feel comfortable in them. So, why change?”