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Drift Talk: Wheel Addiction

Drift Talk: Wheel Addiction

Today is a bit of a change from our usual top quality blogs, Matt is running himself ragged as always trying to do everything so I figured we could give him a little break from being superman. So here it is, my first blog for you all.

Addictions. We all have at least one and we have touched on this in the past with bodyshell addiction but we seem to have let another addiction slip through. Until now. I’ve not been drifting for that long really, not compared to some of the old timers in the U.k scene. This doesn’t stop me having a healthy supply of wheels, in fact I have over 20 different sets, some I prefer to use and abuse, others are left on the display chassis as I like them so much I refuse to use them. I would say I’m not alone either when I admit that for every new bodyshell I make, I buy at least one more set of wheels.

So, the symptoms of this rather serious affliction:

  • The most serious, as I said above, New body, New wheels. Not happy with those wheels? Yeh, that’s fine, Ill pop them in a box and buy another set.
  • More than one set of the same wheels? But, but, but they look so good in every colour!
  • Hiding them, I know Mr Tim Ansell over at Unit4 is a culprit of this. Let’s face it, the other half doesn’t need to know how many sets you have.
  • That one proper pretty set, the ones that never turn because let’s face it, they’re rare, honest.

With all that said, it’s time to hear what you guys say on this rather distressing subject. How many sets have you got? Don’t forget, pictures or it never happened. Do you suffer from the “New shell, new wheels” problem? Also, let’s see those killer display only wheels.

And finally. “Hello, my name is Ash and I suffer from a wheel addiction.” Ahhh, much better.


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Drift Talk: What is your favourite bodyshell ever?

Drift Talk: What is your favourite bodyshell ever?

Hello, yes we are still alive and today is time for some waffle! I have been off setting up my own website and Facebook page for a personal project and it appears the rest of the team has been busy! I have the Timehop app and not long ago it flagged up a gem from my past which is the reason for today’s blog.

It flagged up this my old Yokomo FC body.

So I am going to talk bodyshells for a minute, I have been drifting for a while and have had my fair share of shells (See the addiction blog) this shell however is my all-time favourite. It was one of my first Yokomo bodies and it was perfect. I loved drifting with this shell, I have never enjoyed drifting with another shell as much as I did with this. I knew exactly where to put it through corners and could get its ass right up the barriers at Radshape (which was brave those things were metal and when you hit them your bodyshell showed the scars).

People have mentioned in the past how certain shells drift differently to others and there is definitely some truth in it. You get used to certain reference points on your shell when drifting which help you judge things, how close you are to wall for example. I am sure after a few laps most people will get used to a shell but I do think some suit you better than others.

I have fancied an E30 shell for a while, when I finally got one I hated it tried running it for a while but just couldn’t get to grips with it. The FC clicked straight away for me and I had this shell for a long time sadly I don’t think Yokomo make it anymore and the one in the photo has long gone. These days I tend to stick with S chassis bodies and get on okay with them.

So what shells do you prefer to drift with and what is your favourite shell?

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Hopefully we will bang out a few more blogs in the near future, I have been busy writing about nostalgic rubbish over on my own page Eight84 (Shameless plug)

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Drift Talk: Team shells Ratrap style.

Drift Talk: Team shells Ratrap style.

Team shells, there are many of them about these days but one team has taken things to another level with their latest creations. The guys from Ratrap RC have always had a unique style but their new team shells are insane. I was up at NRD when they were prepping and painting them earlier this month.

A lot of thought clearly went in to these shells and a lot of money, more Yokomo bodies than most shops stock as well as Yokomo light buckets, wings not to mention the tonne of SRC goodies picked up from Asbo-RC. As well as all the shells and accessories there was enough Tamiya paint kicking around to paint a full size car.

The new team shells are not a straight forward one or two colour paint scheme either, the guys from Ratrap have used translucent, metallic and many more to achieve the look they were after. They complement the epic paint work with a complete custom livery designed and cut in house at NRD. Achieving the end result clearly took a lot of time, hours of prep work went in to each shell with more masking involved than I have ever seen.

Like I eat my Cadburys Cream Eggs shells were being painted two at a time all through the day, with a mad rush on to get them ready for Ratrap’s European road trip (More to come on that in issue 5). We were honoured that our logo featured on the shells as well as the One/Ten Ezine getting on the back window, so enough waffle check out the shells and see this epic work for yourself.



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Drift Talk: Whats coming in issue 4

Drift Talk: Whats coming in issue 4

Last night the first draft of issue 4 was completed, after a few mistakes crept in to the last issue it has gone out to several people to proof read to avoid any further mistakes making the final draft. Once everything has come back and any edits are made it will have the final spit and polish and then be put live on our website.

What is in issue 4?

This issue has taken a while to put together due to people being focussed on the worlds (totally understandable) some content was late arriving and some have been pushed back to the next issue. That said there is some great stuff in issue 4.

Team Run – We find out about Craig McGurk’s new project.

MDS – One year on – We take a look at MDS and their first year of events and their birthday event.

Vivian Grobler – We catch up with the man behind SRC and find out how he does what he does.

Manny Dori Neto – Manny talks us through his journey in to RC drifting and competing at the worlds.

Interviewing Bagi San – Presta Zmarsa chats to the legend of RC drifting.

Bad Ass Bodyshells – We have another selection of epic shells.

These mags although short take a lot of putting together I have never really sat and worked out how many hours go in to each one but it is a lot, so as much as we try to avoid mistakes if the odd one gets through we apologise. Perhaps we could take on a few more proof readers for the next issue.



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Drift Talk Guest Blog: E46 BMW RC Replica bodyshell…

Drift Talk Guest Blog: E46 BMW RC Replica bodyshell for Brendan Puren

So as a beginner in the RC Drift scene I was asked by super drift series driver Brendan Puren if I could do a replica bodyshell build of his BMW, as beginner builder I quickly agreed and was really excited to start with the build.

The very next week I went to the local hobby store and purchased a HPI-Racing BMW M5 and bought two cans of (PS5) black. Cut the body and shaped the body to my liking, masked the windows so I could have the clear windows.

Unfortunately the HPI bodyshell did not come with a light kit so I was forced to use the sticker kit that was provided. I also got a HSP boot spoiler to go with it did a test fit then bolted it on to the body, which fitted awesome on this body.

After all that being done I was left with the problem of sticker and the task of finding someone who would be able to get the stickers done according to scale and the only person I was going to trust
With that was the person who did the real car so I contacted him and personally sat with him measuring the body and cutting the stickers so it would be done perfect. The outcome speaks for itself as you see the stickers are 100% on scale which made me happy.

Lastly to make the body look identical, I had to search for the replica rims which I found at one of my team mates RC garage. Also I was left to build a roll cage which I used styrene to build
it out of. The most fun part was adding on all the accessories which were all 3D printed and then bolted on.

I would like to send a shout out to Brendan for allowing me to build this replica bodyshell of his real drift machine , Katana Racing Group for the great parts they provide.

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Instagram : @jaredgov

To see my future builds plenty more to come, Watch the space.

Jared Govender

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Drift Talk: Midlands Drift Society best street shell

Drift Talk: Midlands Drift Society best street shell

Yesterday was a very interesting day on social media opinions were shared and tempers were flared but ultimately positivity ruled the day, thankfully for as many fan boys this hobby has there are just as many rational thinking people who helped people see sense. I would like to say I am a rational thinker but sadly I am not.

Anyway let’s not dwell on things, yesterday I spoke about bodyshells and styling which a lot of people responded to so here is the thing MDS has decided that at their 29th of April event they are doing a best shell comp, there are a few rules to this comp however so here they are.

RULE 1: You have to attend the event on the 29th of April to enter the comp, this will obviously rule out some of our readers (but stay tuned to the Facebook page later in the week for a comp from Yokomuki RC.)

RULE 2: We are looking at street style bodies, nice and clean with plenty of attitude, we will be judging on stance & fitment as well as detail.

As far as rules go that is about it, so what is in it for you well here is a list of what you get in return for entering should you win.

  • Your winning shell will be featured in issue 3 of the One/Ten Drift E-zine
  • Yokomuki RC & One/Ten Sticker Pack
  • Team Lowlife Stickers
  • MDS stickers
  • Various Detailing items (To be confirmed)
  • Free entry to an MDS event
  • We will even throw in a free cup of tea or coffee 😉

The competition will be judge by members of MDS, Yokomuki, team lowlife and Trampdrift, there will be some stickers going for 2nd and 3rd place to.

So get over to MDS on the 29th take part and enjoy an epic day of drifting.