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EvolutionM - Mitsubishi Lancer and Lancer Evolution Community

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EvolutionM was founded by enthusiasts of the Mitsubishi Evolution competing in the World Rally Championships, The community was formed in 2001 two years before Mitsubishi first imported the Lancer Evolution 8 to the USA in 2003. The community exploded in 2002 with excitement after Mitsubishi of North America announced the Evo 8 was coming to the US. The discussion dominated by speculation and rumors as to what the final Evo 8 platform would be. After the arrival of the first Evos the discussions turned to performance, performance tuning, and driving tips by owners. In 2007 the Evo IX was available followed by the Evo X in 2008. Today EvolutionM host the largest collection in the world of technical data and discussions centered on all three Evo platforms. (XIII,IX,X)

Meet The Team

Derek Shiekhi

Derek Shiekhi


Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK-Forum.com and Ford-Trucks.com, Derek also contributes to other outlets. He started There Will Be Cars on Instagram and Facebook to get even more automotive content out to fellow enthusiasts.

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