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Drift Talk: Worlds prep and Muki news.

Drift Talk: Worlds prep and Muki news.

I write this blog with bleary eyes and running on vapours, last night was a late one! Me and Slideshow set about some serious Muki worlds prep our sponsor Usukani shipped us over the complete carbon fibre kit for Bobs D4 which he fitted as well as us getting his 2017 livery ready. We have gone for something totally different to our usual black and pink with his worlds body which we will unveil once he has added all the detail to it but it is shiny very shiny.

If you see Bob over in Holland go and say hi and grab some Yokomuki stickers off him and any stickers you want to send our way please do and we will put them up at HQ.

What we have been up to

It has been a little quiet on our page and site lately but I am back in the swing of things after my wedding and ready to start blogging and designing issue 4. We have all taken a little break after a pretty full on start to the year to recharge our batteries.

Me and Daz have been off getting muddy with the scalers and Ash has been creating beautiful bodyshells. Lee, Vix and Dave went AWOL but they were found safe and well… Bob continues to drift every week to prepare for his trip to Holland and Zac is somewhere making exceptional art as we speak.

What you can expect from us over the next few months

Issue 4 is obviously in the making and we are working on blog content as well. In the next couple of weeks we will be relaunching our print on demand t-shirt service Mukistyle with some fresh designs and some old favourites. One change though is we will be changing the name of it to #GETMUKI to stay in line with our new branding.

Hopefully we will also be adding more guest blogs to the website to give a more diverse range of opinions on the site as we will never claim to be right about everything….but we are rarely wrong (just kidding) so if you are interested get in touch.

We will also be on the lookout for content for future issues of the magazine.

Muki on tour

This weekend Muki heads back out on tour with NRD our destination for a Saturday slide, we love it up there and will be running a Muki on tour feature in issue 5 about our visit. Issue 4 will feature a slightly closer to home Muki on tour at our home circuit MDS as we look at the epic first year this track has had and the plans for the future.

Then we will pick another track and head out again.

But for now I am off to do some work catch you later!

#GETMUKI

Matt

#Usukani #SRC #Asborc

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Drift Talk Guest Blog: Couples who drift together!

Drift Talk Guest Blog: Couples who drift together!

Hi, my name is Jack.

Before we start, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Matt Ellis for letting me write this blog for Yokomuki RC!

I’ve been a great fan of Yokomuki RC for some time now and I am honoured that I am given this chance to do this blog for them!

Now back to the blog.

Today I would like to talk about couples who shares the same hobby with each other.

Like some of our fellow RC drift hobbyists, I have a wife and kids and logically, spare time is scarce, so when it comes to practicing the hobby, It needs a lot of planning, but what if your wife has the same hobby that takes equal amount of time as yours? Or even better she has the same hobby as you? As in my case, my wife and I share the same passion about RC drift!

Initially when I “started” my RC drift hobby, my wife was somewhat interested (because she is a GREAT car fanatic, even bigger than I am!), but not like “Ooooh, let me buy an Overdose and do some tandems together!”. She watched me builed my first chassis (DIB Vers. 2) and after that she got herself a Sakura D3 to “try out” to see if she likes it. Way before I even did 1 corner! BUT…………It took us (me) actually 9 month before we started hitting the track. Yes, shame on us! 😉

 

I remember our first visit @streetJam like it was yesterday. There was a concrete track and a carpet track, we didn’t know what we were doing and we were ALL OVER THE TRACK. My wife was somewhat cautious like she always is, while I recklessly bashed my way around the track like there was no tomorrow. There was not a single boarding on that track that I didn’t hit – HECK – I even manage to do some damage on the wall, yes a serious FULL SCALE REAL LIFE wall, not a RC scale wall! After seeing me doing some (serious) damage to his track and seeing me struggling controlling the car, Michel van den Hoogenband (aka Captain Caveman or as I like to call him: “Baas” – means Boss in Dutch ) came to us and gave us some valuable advice. Since then, we considered StreetJam our go-to track when we want to get some track time.

 

The most difficult part when it comes to practicing the hobby with my wife is planning. Normally, I take one evening off the workdays, and my wife would take one day out of the weekend to find our way to the track, there is actually very little time that we actually can drift together, only once in a while (not more than once a month) we have the opportunity to go out and drift together, but that makes that time that we spend together on the track even more valuable. 🙂

 

When we are not drifting, we like to go through the internet and catch up what’s going on in the RC drift world – and that’s where Yokomuki came in! We also like to exchange ideas on how our next bodyshell will looks like, but most of the time, our “RC drift talk” is about what we can do to improve our car, technically as well as cosmetic.

 

Now, remember when I told you guys that I bashed my way around the StreetJam.nl track? That was 1.5 years ago, today, my wife and I manage to go around on the track without hitting any boarding, without spinning out on every corner and last March, we even dared to step into the Dark side and join the RWD movement. In the last year, we managed to “expand” our fleet. More than 2 years ago we started out with a DIB and a D3, at this moment our “fleet” consists of:

 

1 x TA06 (drift converted)

1 x YD-2

2 x DIB

1 x D3

1 x Eagle Racing TT02 GRT RWD (V1)

1 x MST RMX 2.0 S (L.E.)

 

Sure enough, we are not the only couple that share the same passion about RC drifting. I know there are a lot of couples out there who share the same passion like we do and the most well-known couple are of course Michel van den Hoogenband and Claudia de Baar, aka Captain and Mrs. Caveman the organizer of the D1-10 World Championship!

A textbook example of that you don’t have to drift together to share the same passion!

If you want to see what we are up to in the future, go ahead and visit our Facebook page Project R 

*shamelessly mentioning my own page here* and check out our activities: P

Finally – before I bla-bla-bla for too long – In about 3 weeks, the start of the D1-10 World Championship 2017 will take off and I would like to wish every contestant the best of luck, hope they have the time of their life and I hope to see you there in Emmen, The Netherlands perhaps for a little chat as I will be running Technical Control during the World Championship. 😉

Thank you for your time, and remember, take care of yourself, and each other! Also check out the feature my wife had in another drift mag here

 

Check out issue 3 now by clicking here and get in touch with us via Facebook

 

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Drift Talk: Who are Yokomuki RC

Who are Yokomuki RC

We have talked about all sorts on the site and Facebook recently I would like to take a minute to talk about Yokomuki RC. It has been a wonderful start to the year for us and I wanted to just put a little more out there about this year and this team.

Some history behind Yokomuki RC

I (Matt Ellis) started Yokomuki RC back in December 2014, I wanted to create a page which focussed on sharing information about RC drifting and highlighting the good work people do in the hobby. I never really intended for it to become a team that just sort of happened naturally over time.

Over the last 2 and a bit years we have built a steady following on social media and gained a lot of experience. However up till sort of October last year we still had no real direction about where we were going in terms of our original goal of being a respected source of information. So November last year we discussed the idea of a magazine.

The One/Ten Drift E-zine

By the end of November last year we had started the ball rolling with the magazine what better way to get information across than in a free to download magazine, well at least that’s what we thought anyway. As it turned out not many people wanted to get involved initially and we totally understood that, so we created issue one full of our own content.

The initial response was very good, we had a steady stream of downloads, the response was positive enough that we decided to make a second issue and content for that came a lot easier in fact we had to much so we already knew that we would at least get 3 issues before people got bored. Issue 2 went down well we had more downloads in the first day than issue 1 got in 2 months. Issue 3 is almost ready to launch and issue 4 is already underway with content coming in all the time.

Blogging

I dabbled with blogs a little since the page started but to be honest I think they were pretty rubbish and focussed pretty much on the stuff the team was getting up to so I don’t think many people bothered with them. This year we re-launched the drift talk series and have tried to create blogs that offer advice or opinions on stuff going on in the drift world, they have had a much better response and we are now looking for guest bloggers. We have even been asked to submit future blogs to RC Mart and have been featured on their blog site.

Sponsorship

We have been fortunate to pick up 3 fantastic sponsors this year Usukani, Sideways RC (SRC) and Asbo-RC three great companies and we will work our socks off to help promote them. Usukani are providing the team with their fantastic brand of upgrades and Sideways RC will be keeping our bodyshells looking as scale realistic as possible, we have been working with Asbo for the last few month helping each other with various aspects of promotion and the support Dale gives us is fantastic.

We want to work hard for our sponsors it’s not about how many freebies we can bag, it’s about boosting their profile and exposure which in turn will help improve ours but freebies are nice to don’t get me wrong. It is all about how we can work together and make things mutually beneficial.

Finally the team

As I said earlier in the blog before I started to ramble I never set out to create a team it has developed over time but it is something I am tremendously proud of now, we are more than team mates (this is where I go all Dom from Fast & Furious) we are family, they are a great bunch and you can find out more about them over on the website.

Thank you for all your support keep your eyes open for issue 3 and more blogs coming soon.

#GETMUKI

Matt

#AsboRC #SRC #SidewaysRC #Usukani

 

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Drift Talk: Guest bloggers, we need you!

Guest bloggers, we need you!

We like to blog, we like to share our views on certain things but we know that sometimes people don’t agree or may have a different slant on something. So we are opening up our blog to guest bloggers, we can’t offer financial rewards for this but we can offer a platform for people to share their knowledge and insight in to the hobby.

Guest bloggers are welcome to link back to their own pages and groups (sharing is caring) our goal has always been to be a vital source of information and opinion. We will of course still voice ours but we want to share what other people think as well.

It is important to point out that we still want content for the magazine and if you want to share something massive about your team or track, it may be worth putting that to us for inclusion in to the magazine. The blog is more for people to share their opinions or tips, to spark discussion amongst the community.

So if you fancy a guest blogger spot get in touch with us via Facebook or you can email us at Yokomukirc@hotmail.com it doesn’t need to be regular stuff just as and when you feel like it, we won’t be making demands on timescales, word counts and all that crap.

Alternatively if you want to contribute to the magazine click here to see what we are after.

We would again like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for the tremendous support we have received over the last few years. We love doing what we do and your support makes it all worthwhile.

Many thanks,

Matt (Mr Yokomuki RC)

#GETMUKI

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Drift Talk: Your dream chassis?

Drift Talk: Your dream chassis?

Today I want to talk about your dream chassis, that chassis you always wanted to own. We have written some stuff recently that has divided opinion a little which we like as it gets people talking, today though is about being mushy and sentimental.

For me it wasn’t a specific chassis that I dreamed about originally it was more a brand, anything by that brand would do. Like most people I got in to the hobby watching YouTube videos and one brand always stood out and that was Yokomo. I was a budget drifter using the usual TT-01 followed by a TA-05 and finally a Sprint 2 but I had always wanted a Yokomo chassis. In late 2012 I landed a job in the hobby and it wasn’t long after that I was sent some info on the Yokomo DIB, it was love at first site.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on one a few months later, I remember the day it arrived being like an excited kid at Christmas. I know the DIB is not everyone’s cup of tea but for me personally I love the chassis, I have had it for 4 years now and many other models have come and gone in that time but the DIB will always be my favourite.

It has changed a lot over the years it started life as a humble version one DIB it now has all 3 upgrade packs on it, runs 1.8 CS and drifts beautifully. It doesn’t see much of the track these days as it is semi-retired since I purchased the Yokomo YD-2 late last year and started to focus on RWD. For me Yokomo are still the best brand around, they are easy to set up and do the job straight out the box.

So people, let us know what your dream chassis is or was, do you own it now? Did it live up to your expectations?

As always get in touch via our Facebook page drop us a comment or message, let us know your thoughts.

#GETMUKI

Matt

#Usukani #ASBORC #Yokomukirc

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Drift Talk: Chassis options at great prices

Drift Talk: Chassis options at great prices

I was blown away by the response to the budget buyers guide the other day, however I think a few people overlooked what I said, and I didn’t say the items we suggested were the best on the market. What we actually said was we have used these items and can recommend them on that basis, we also recommended the D4 chassis as it can be purchased in RWD and CS configurations and this is why we overlooked the epic YD-2 as it is only RWD.

So today’s blog is about following up on the recommendations we made, so let’s throw some further options in to the mix.

We won’t go for crazy expensive stuff again, some of the options I have no experience of but they come highly recommended by others. I wont bore you with all the specs and boring bits, if you want to know more about a certain chassis let us know and we will see what we can do.

CS

Street Jam OTA – R31 Gold Edition

Comes ready to run, with a very high spec for the price and is available from StreetJam.NL for just 280 Euros

Recommended by Captain Caveman himself so it can’t be that bad, after all he does organise the world championships

Street Jam Chassis
Street Jam RTR

MST XXX-D S

Shaft driven CS drift chassis with the outstanding HT system available as chassis only for just under 200 Euros or you can go for the RTR for just shy of 400 Euros from RC Boss.

MST Shaft drive chassis

MST MS-01D S

Belt driven chassis, one of the original MST models to come out but still holds its weight today available as a roller for just over 200 Euros from RC Boss.

Belt driven goodness

It is also worth mentioning that the XXX-D and MS-01D can be upgraded massively so they will last you a long time.

RWD

Yokomo YD-2

You can pick up the standard plastic edition which is phenomenal out of the box and has a wealth of upgrades available should you want them from Yokomo and also Usukani you can pick up the YD-2 for £175 from ASBO-RC

The epic YD-2

 MST RMX 2.0 S

The new kid on the block from MST which promises to offer stiff competition for the YD with huge flexibility when it comes to set-up again a steal at just under 200 Euros from RC Boss.

The new kid on the block

So there you go a few more options to look at and sink your teeth in to, take care have a good weekend and stay sideways

Matt

#GETMUKI

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