OhioSpyderman (Bob Stirling)

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May 2001 & April 2010 - Ride of the Month 3000GT/Stealth International

1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 Spyder

3SI Member #1128

I've been a VR4 owner for the past 17 years. It started as an attraction to a new 1991 Galant VR4 in 1993 (it had sat on the lot with ~400 miles for over a year). The day I drove it, I knew I had to own it. From there, my affliction lead me from one turbo to two....I couldnt get enough. In 1997, a Black 1994 3000GT VR4 got under my skin....again a single test drive was all it took. Two weeks later, I was admiring it nightly in my garage.

The problem got worse, when I felt the desire to go topless. All this talk of "Spyders" on the board was too much to ignore. When my wife asked (by email) what I wanted for my 44th birthday, my only response was a picture of a RED SPYDER VR4. Her response rocked my existance....."if you want it...get it...just sell yours first". Words only a junkie could appreciate.

My desire turned into a full fledged search and acquire mission, which lead me to Philadelphia, and my Black Beauty to Missouri. On February 23rd, 2001 I signed the papers for my baby at Conicelli Nissan (strangely enough), under the watchful eyes of my East Coast friends (Hans, Omar, Frank, Kevin and Jesse....thanks again you guys ( and girlie :-) ) . A quick post purchase party at King of Prussia HOOTERS (boy I hate when we go there) and I was back on the road home.

It is without a doubt, THE car of my dreams.

In the years since my May 2001 ROTM and 2001 ROTY wins the following upgrades have been made to the car (in no general order):

  1. Sold the stock 17” 5 spoke chrome wheels and purchased a set of used stock 18” 6 spoke chrome wheels.
  2. Installed a Blitz SBC-iD boost controller
  3. Installed a Borla quad carbon fiber tipped cat back exhaust.
  4. Installed a Greddy type S BOV (which has just recently been replaced by a Tial knockoff.
  5. Installed JimVR4’s alarm/top controller system which allows for remote start and remote top function capability.
  6. Installed a Cianci Viper fiberglass hood (just recently added a set of 3SX low tension hood struts!)
  7. Installed low and fog HID lights (6000K, 35W)
  8. Hours and hours of time spent under the hood and on the body J

The car now has just over 103,000 miles on it and honestly looks better than the day I bought it.

It STILL is the car of my dreams....


April 2010 Gallery[edit]

May 2001 Gallery[edit]