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Drift Talk: The growing prices and pressure on RC…

Drift Talk: The growing prices and pressure on RC drifters

The growing prices and pressure on RC drifters is the subject of today’s drift talk. Not many days go by without seeing some new sexy drift part or chassis being announced on social media. The rate of development at the minute is insane. I’m not saying it is a bad thing in fact it is awesome that the boundaries are being pushed so much, but how is that effecting the market.

New products a plenty

Take for example the YD-2, last Christmas I picked up the standard plastic version and was delighted with it’s out the box performance but since the initial release of the YD-2 and the YD-2 Plus we have had the YD-2 EX and now Yokomo have announced the YD-2S Plus, So in less than 12 months my chassis is now 3 models old.  With each new chassis you see the price point increase, obviously each version has new bells and whistles on it which improve the performance.

The latest Overdose Gyro the DAIS comes in at three times the price of my gyro but it does a hell of a lot for the money and has been branded revolutionary by some. With this revolution comes huge prices, upgrade costs are insane as well and some are just purely for a bit of chassis bling (Which most of us are guilty of having).

The second hand market

The rate of improvement and the rising cost of products has all but shafted the chances of you getting good money for your chassis should you want to sell it. I have recently seen MST XXX-D HT VIPs going for as little as 200 quid with upgrades, a chassis that would cost in excess of 500 without any upgrades new. The harsh reality is that even though it is a sensational chassis it is well dated now, I tried to sell mine a few months ago and some of the offers being made were to be fair were insulting, you can’t blame people for trying to bag a bargain though. I decided I would rather keep mine than take a low offer (Proved to be a good decision as I have ended up using it again as my CS chassis)

The pressures

I don’t know if this is the same for everybody but I feel the pressure a little bit with all the new products and advances in tech it is easy to feel left behind. I don’t knock anybody who can keep up with the trends and the latest products but for a guy with a wife and two kids and an average paying job I just can’t afford or justify the very top end of the hobby. This does get me down when you see all the cool stuff around but know you will never be able to afford any of it, The reality is if you save your dosh up for a while to buy something it will have taken that long that by the time you buy it a month later the next best thing will be out. Then you are left with something worth half of what you paid for it.

I am not saying this hampers my enjoyment of drifting or by having the latest stuff makes you a better drifter. It just sucks a little that I can’t afford the cooler end of the hobby anymore and I guess the gap will continue to grow as the improvements continue.

It would be interesting to hear what you guys think and how you feel about drifting, are you drifting on a budget or is money no object and you have the best of everything. If you have the high end stuff are you happy with it do you think it makes a huge difference. If you are on a budget or middle of the road drifter are you happy with that or would you like the high end stuff.




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The future of the magazine

The future of the magazine

Issue 4 was released last week and personally I think it was our best issue yet, so our attention has turned to the future of the magazine. Interest in the magazine is growing steadily with each issue and we have had some great feedback so far however we do feel we are in need of some changes to the format.

We love RC drifting but it has become clear we are catering to a very small audience, when we started out with the mag we always had a goal of getting review content in there but we have had no joy with any manufacturers to this day. In fact we have sent a copy of the mag out on more than one occasion to them and had zero response or feedback (Maybe they just don’t think it’s any good). We always wanted to show the hobby off as a whole so not be solely a review machine but a place that highlighted the good stuff in the hobby from individuals and teams, tracks and venues, talented builders etc. I think we do that with the current format pretty well and people are always submitting content we are already well underway with issue 5.

So how do we change it up a little?

We want to dedicate a section of each issue to none drift related content, we don’t plan on taking content out we will simply make each issue bigger. Hopefully this will give us a broader audience and also it may introduce RC drifting to people who are not familiar with it. The logical step for us would be to include scale/crawler content as it is something we are big fans of and we know many people who drift also scale as well.

We don’t want to stop at just crawling, we would love to cover all aspects of the RC world and maybe even none RC related hobbies which people may find interesting static model builds for example. We don’t know if we want to change to a fully-fledged RC magazine but it can’t hurt to show off some of the other stuff that is out there.

What we need!

We want to keep to a similar format with none drift related content, so we would like to feature great spots to go scaling/crawling for example. Awesome tracks to go buggy racing, tips, advice, information on anything and everything. Let’s just make this magazine about the fun that is had in the hobby regardless of whether it is crawling, racing, flying, bashing or vintage.

If you want to get involved please get in touch with us via Facebook or email us Yokomukirc@hotmail.com


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Drift Talk: MDS event at JAE

Drift Talk: MDS event at JAE

Yokomuki along with the rest of the MDS crew and Asbo-RC will be putting on a 3 day drift event at this year’s Japanese Auto Extravaganza (JAE), our part of the show will run from the 1st till the 3rd of September. This is a great chance for us to show off the hobby to a new audience and also a great chance for the drift community to hang out and have fun at the end of the summer.

We have two types of tickets available for the weekend, single day and full weekend you can find out about pricing on the MDS page buying tickets through us will be discounted compared to buying at the show. All tickets will give you access to our track and the usual MDS style event as well as full access to the show itself.

The full weekend tickets include camping for the duration and unlimited access to our track we can drift till we drop. We can fire up the BBQ’s, have a few beers and show off drifting to the masses, we will also be running raffles and giveaways all weekend as we do at our usual events. We may even run a few fun comps but nothing serious the goal of the weekend is to show off how fun the hobby is. Weather depending we will be running a separate track for members of the public to try their hand at drifting so you won’t have to worry about your cars getting battered by noobs.

As this is a Japanese car show only Japanese bodyshells will be permitted at the request of the organisers, these can be street, stance, race or missile as long as its Japanese.

We are hosting the event along with Kettering Model Car Club who will be running a full race meet in the RC arena on a separate track of course. Adam Burgess from Kettering Model Car Club posted this about the event to give you a little more info!

“Well I thought I’d take a minute just to cover a little more of what goes on at JAE, as after all, all of you who have ordered tickets through me or through MDS have access to it all – not just the RC Arena. Those of you who attending the event for multiple days will have plenty of time to explore while your cars take a break. And even the day visitors will have ample opportunity to experience some of what JAE is all about.

So first up what is JAE? Well JAE is the largest all Japanese car show in Europe, and probably even the biggest outside of Japan now. Well over 3000 Japanese vehicles are expected to be on display, brought along by individuals and car club’s from all round the UK and further afield. Have you ever been a forum or FB group member of a Jap car club? I have, both GT4OC and IMOC actually. There is a very good chance you will see these club’s you have engaged with over the years live and in the flesh at JAE, not just on a computer on phone screen – imagine that!

For these club’s JAE is an end of season celebration, a time to just chill out with their mates and enjoy a fun weekend. There’s no mad track action like you would find at events at the likes of Santa Pod or Silverstone, just enthusiasts parking up the pride and joy, giving it a polish and then breaking out the beer and fire up a BBQ.

In addition to all the car club’s you will also find a large trade area with all kinds of companies, not purely automotive, demonstrating and selling their products. There are food and drink vendors too so if you’ve had enough BBQ food then you have some other options.

Other attractions include a 4×4 display area, drift taxis, a race car paddock, show and shine display and on Saturday night there is a cosplay competition, firework display and live bands. Also the HKS IKO (its a knockout) interclub challenge see’s members of lots of the attending club’s take part in challenges to score points, events including Japanese Food Eating, Tug of War, Car Pull and more take place throughout the Saturday.

So in short, if you thought you were just booking into a race meeting or drift event then you are mistaken. Of course for the majority here the RC part is the major attraction but if you are able to then I’d strongly advise attending for as much of the weekend as you can and enjoying everything that is on offer at JAE. Remember, the chance to camp for up to 3 nights with wash and toilet facilities next to the track, plus use if the mains power supply is all included in your weekend ticket. Speak to the MDS chaps or me about ticket prices and how to order, and for anyone who has booked a 1 day ticket but fancies upgrading to a weekend ticket instead there is still time to change.”

The whole event will be covered in the ONE/TEN Drift E-zine as well as other media platforms so it is a great chance to promote your club, team or brand if you would like to send banners to be displayed round the track please get in touch. Cut off for booking in is the 19th of August but be aware numbers are limited so get in early to avoid disappointment

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We love RC, do you?

We love RC, do you?

As this is not really Drift related I am leaving it out of the usual drift talk blog, I want to talk about RC in general. Saturday me and Daz went down to Burton Dasset for a spot of scaling, it is something we both like to do when we are taking a break from drifting. Scaling always offer a nice change of pace to drifting, you get out in the fresh air and get to walk round instead of being stood trackside for hours in a stuffy hall or unit.


At Yokomuki RC we all have various tastes in RC, some of us just drift but most of us have dabbled a little with various forms of RC over the years. Daz has come from a racing background with 1/5th scale petrol cars being something he was into heavily at one point, he also started scaling before he got in to drifting. Lee is our resident lunatic he has a reputation for making things go fast, drifting opened the hobby up for Lee but it wasn’t long before he found himself racing stuff off-road. Lee has long lived by the code of buying something and sticking a huge brushless motor in it and driving it ti the wheels fall off. Inevitably with Lee’s RC habits he has had his fair share of epic crashes, one incident springs to mind with Lee and a few who know him will be familiar with this story.


Me, Lee and Dave used to work for a model shop a few years ago and Lee was always building ridiculous fast models one he was particularly pleased with was his short course truck (I think it was made by HaBao) needless to say it was rapid. We were mucking around outside the shop one afternoon with a few customers getting big air off ramps and just generally pissing around.

Lee had the idea to push the ramp up next to a kerb and try and jump over the grass verge next to it, sounds harmless enough until you noticed he was taking one hell of a run up. He started his run up the car looked stable enough until just before the ramp. Lee lost control just before hitting the ramp and veered to the one side missing the ramp and smashing into the kerb. What followed can only be described as an explosion of RC bits, wheels, bits of chassis and other parts went flying some of which were never found. Lee was obviously gutted but he took it on the chin and built another monster although he never took that near the ramp again.

There is a video somewhere I think!


For me drifting opened me up to the RC hobby in general, I have had fast off-road stuff, touring cars and 1/14th Tamiya trucks. I love the build, I am a big fan of old Tamiya kits they are just good fun to build. I think it is nice to have a distraction from the drift side of things from time to time and with scaling I really get to let loose I don’t worry when I see my SCX rolling down a hill side. Having said all this I am looking forward to dusting off the drift car for MDS on Saturday.

So what about you guys do you just drift? Or are you in to other forms of the hobby? What does RC mean to you?

RC has always been a nice escape from the day to day crap that life throws at you, there is something very therapeutic about building something from scratch and taking on that first run.

I have always thought about expanding the reach of Yokomuki and the magazine to cover other forms of RC but I wouldn’t want to dilute what we do. Maybe in the future we could create a full blown RC magazine, it is certainly something to think about.

Let us know what you think and what forms of RC you are in to…


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Drift Talk: Let’s get nostalgic for a moment!

Drift Talk: Let’s get nostalgic for a moment!

I have been taking a break from drifting lately due to some family stuff taking priority and the time away has been a blessing in disguise. Taking a break has helped me realise you can take things to seriously in life and forget why you started something in the first place.

I have dedicated a number of years to drifting and spent plenty of dosh in the process. I have been through my fair share of models over the years I currently have knocking around a YD-2, DIB, DIB 275 and a XXX-D HT VIP but I am starting to feel nostalgic.

Many moons ago I started out as a lot of people do with a good old Tamiya TT-01 in a car park and a big part of me wants to buy another one for shits and giggles. I know technology has moved on loads and it won’t be anywhere near as good as what I currently own. I just want to see if you still get that same buzz from back in the day before there was all the awesome chassis’s that are on the market today.

One of my few regrets with RC is selling my first ever model the TT-01D, so owning another one even if I only use it once will be worth it so I can pop it on a shelf and admire it. There is also a tonne of upgrades about now that didn’t exist when I had mine so I may just go bat shit crazy with it and see how far I can take one.

It would be cool to see where you guys started compared to where you are now, what model got you in to the hobby? Do you still own it now?

Here are a couple pics of my original TT-01D from all those years ago!


Let us know how you started, let’s all get nostalgic for a moment.

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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.