Motor-racing star declares L200 a winner

Motor-racing star declares L200 a winner


A STAR of the motor-racing circuit has just taken delivery of an all-new Mitsubishi L200 Series 5 pick-up and declared it an all-round winner.

Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams, who won the International Welsh Rally in 1964 and still races now at 77, will be using the L200 Warrior for towing his classic racing vehicles.

He bought it from Milton Keynes Mitsubishi and said of the dealership: ‘When I went in there I was made to feel important, which is half the battle when you’re looking to buy a vehicle.’

Talking about the L200, he said: ‘I tried one and I was very, very impressed. I looked around at all the pick-ups because I wanted something that would tow a minimum of three tonnes, and went for the L200 because that one seemed to offer me the most and the best in every way. It was smaller, so it wasn’t so in-your-face, and the Warrior has all the bells and whistles that I need.

‘The cover on the back means it doesn’t look so pick-upish, so commercial, and I wanted a towbar. It seems to be the nicest car with the new engine, too. It’s an in-line engine as opposed to a transverse engine, which means it’s cheaper and easier to service, and all round basically it seems the nicer truck.’

Barrie has a long association with Mitsubishi. He witnessed the birth of the company in the UK at its Cirencester headquarters in 1974, used to take part in track-day events for it, and raced in the British Touring Car Championship with various models for the company as well.

He highlighted the comfort and quietness of the all-new L200. ‘I do like the new engine – it’s much quieter, it feels strong and it’s nice in high gear, which means it’s a good cruiser on the motorway. We like to cruise at low revs because that means you get good fuel consumption, and it’s a good clean engine – that’s the main thing.’

Milton Keynes Mitsubishi General Manager Andy Brooks said: ‘We always strive to make sure our customers are completely satisfied with the service that we give them, so I’m delighted that Barrie was so pleased with us and, indeed, the L200. He’s certainly made a great choice because it’s a magnificent vehicle that is perfect for his needs, and we all wish him many happy motoring miles in it.’ 

Barrie, who lives near the world-famous Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, has been a member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club since 1971 and was a main board director there for 15 years. Also among his many career highlights he took home the Goodwood Trophy at 2003’s Goodwood Revival, the Glover Trophy at the 2007 Revival, and was named Driver of the Day at the 2002 event.

The ultimate pick-up that is the Mitsubishi L200 has a fantastic all-terrain driving capability matched with superb power and performance – it really is a four-wheeled workmate like no other. The all-new Series 5 model was launched in July 2015 to great acclaim. It was named Best Pick-Up 2015 by judges at Auto Express – the UK’s top automobile weekly – ahead of its UK launch, where it received widespread praise from the motoring press. It was also named Light Commercial Vehicle of the Year and Pick-up of the Year at the 2015 What Van? Awards.
Inheriting the DNA of its predecessors and taking the pick-up concept even further, it’s an entirely new vehicle from the ground up, with significant improvements in 330 areas. The Series 5 is more fuel-efficient than before, with a combined 42.9mpg, and emits just 169g/km of CO2. It has a turning radius of 5.9m and can carry and tow a combined 4.1 tonnes, outshining similar vehicles from other manufacturers. What’s more, it’s also the only pick-up that can be driven permanently in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive on tarmac and off road.

To find out more about the L200 as well as all the other vehicles in the Mitsubishi range and to arrange a test drive, visit Milton Keynes Mitsubishi in Stratford Road, Wolverton, Milton Keynes, MK12 5RS or phone 01908 224234.