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Drift Talk: MDS and a Monday morning moan about…

Drift Talk: MDS and a Monday morning moan about stuff.

It’s Monday, it’s time to moan but it’s not all moaning there is some MDS news in here amongst the moaning and general observations.

MDS @ JAE

MDS @ JAE, myself and the rest of the MDS crew have been invited to put on a drift event at the UK’s biggest Japanese car show in September. Naturally we are honoured to have such an epic opportunity to put RC drifting in front of a whole new potential audience. The event takes place between the 31st of August and the 3rd of September our event will run from the 1st till the 3rd, over at MDS we are busy making plans and putting things in place to make this event special.

The event will be open to all our regulars and the wider drift community with full weekend tickets and Saturday only tickets also available. We will be running two tracks and demo cars for the public to try, originally we were going to run a full weekend comp but we feel that won’t show off drifting in the best light due to the stop start nature of competitions. We have decided instead to run the weekend as we run every other MDS event, you show up you drift and you have fun. I think if people can see a huge group together having a laugh and getting those drift trains going it will do far more for the hobby than a structured comp.

For me RC drifting is a social thing to do, the social aspect is just as important as the drifting itself. If we can show that off to people it will attract a lot more people to the hobby. So hopefully you can join us to show off what we do and try and get some more interest generated in our hobby.

CONCERNS

I love drifting, I love promoting and pushing the hobby and I do feel over 3 years Yokomuki has established itself as a fairly recognised name in the UK at least, not because we are fantastic drifters but because we care about what we do and want to see it progress as a hobby. Over the last 3 or 4 years I have watched drifting go from strength to strength in the UK, while shops have tried and failed the community has stuck together and created its own venues to drift at NRD, WRCC, MDS Unit 4 and many more.

I do have two concerns at the minute which I am sure I am not the only one who has them, one is not so major the other one I think is I will let you decide which one is which.

1, Venues you can’t have too many is the attitude I think most will have on this, however the more choice you have the harder it gets to keep all these venues going. People like to sample the delights of as many venues as they can which is natural, this year I have been to DRC (Before it got boomed to death), WRCC, NRD, Unit 4 and of course MDS.

I have a limited amount of drift tokens to cash each month due to being married with two kids and need to find that balance between drifting and family time. Every month I will cash in tokens to help run the event at MDS this then leaves 1 maybe 2 weekends where I can drift elsewhere that’s when the hard choices come because of the amount of venues available now. I have a massive amount of respect for anybody who tries to run a venue whether it’s a pop up track or a permanent venue it takes a lot of hard work to make them successful.

Loyalty will be a big part of making tracks work you need a good core of regulars to keep you going, we have built up a good group of regulars at MDS as I am sure WRCC and NRD have and no doubt Tim will at Unit 4. When you are fond of the people involved with running other tracks it makes those decisions all the more difficult as you want all of them to work out, because if there are no tracks we are all stuck with cars we can’t use.

I think it will be down to the community organising itself better to make these venues work because if the whole community is at one venue the others are losing money. You don’t want it to get to a stage where venues are closing all the time. We have been very lucky at MDS that when new tracks like Unit 4 have opened they have always tried to work with us and our dates so we don’t clash, the community was brought together in large at NRD on Saturday who have had a few slow weeks due to supporting the opening of Unit 4 and the MDS birthday, this type of support will help each track keep going in my opinion. We all need to work together, those that integrate will prevail those that don’t will fail.

2, when I got in to drifting it was easy, you chucked some drift tyres on a touring chassis job done you had a drift car. Well you had something you could take to a car park and have fun with at least. As the hobby has grown, dedicated drift chassis’ and technology have advanced massively, which don’t get me wrong is a good thing for the hobby. However with these advances the cost of drifting is sky rocketing, while you can still throw some drift tyres on a touring chassis and go to a car park the next step is becoming more and more expensive.

Yes there are “budget” options in the D4 and YD2 but when you put electrics, radio gear, bodyshell and batteries on top of them drifting on a budget is now a £350 – £400 outlay. If I was just getting in to the hobby now I would be very put off by the prices being banded around, I picked up my xxx-d HT VIP from Soul RC a couple of years ago it cost £550 for just the chassis staggering price really but now that same chassis will set you back £645 almost an extra hundred quid. When drifting completely loses its accessibility to people the hobby will die.

I don’t care who gets offended by this next statement but the truth is the hobby is full of snobs! People have forgot where they started and forgot why they got in to drifting in the first place. I don’t care if you have an Overdose chassis with a billion quid’s worth of electrics you are no more or less important to the hobby than the new guy with the 100 quid TT-01. When I chuck my drift chassis on track which owes me at least a grand I don’t get pissy that the kid with a sprint 2 has just hit me if he is trying to learn (I totally understand people getting angry when someone consistently smashes in to them and has no intention of trying to improve themselves that is very annoying).

I think sometimes though we all need to step back and evaluate what we are doing we are a bunch of grown me (In the most part) playing with toy cars. It doesn’t matter that you have just got the latest super doper chassis conversion that will make your car the best thing in the world until next week when something better comes out it is still just a toy car.

Anyway I am off to buy a TT-02 see you trackside

Matt “the grumpy” drifter

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Drift Talk: Awesome drift weekend

Drift Talk: Awesome drift weekend

Blogs have been a bit slow lately and for good reason, mainly I have ran out of stuff to write about but I felt I needed to write about our weekend because it was freaking awesome. Saturday morning a much reduced Yokomuki team headed to the grand opening of Unit 4’s new drift track, Saturdays team was low on numbers with Slideshow out in Holland and Lee getting ready to head to France with work, Dave was due to come but has been under the weather (get well soon brother) so that left just me, Daz and Ash.

Unit 4 & Ratrap

Apart from it being insanely hot on the day so the vast majority of people were melting all day, Unit 4 was awesome the carpet was a little grippy but with a secret magic ingredient that was soon rectified and allowed for an epic days drifting. The layout was tidy and kept everyone at nice consistent speeds and the barriers were very well thought out and cushioned your car when you found yourself running in to them. It was a fantastic turnout with people heading there from all over the country, Ratrap RC and MDS were also in attendance to show their support.

Dale from Asbo-RC was on hand with his store to tempt the people in attendance to dust off their wallets, he ran some great raffles throughout the day. It is great to see how far Dale has come when I first met him he had just started selling Usukani bits from a little tin now he has a massive range of products.

Saturday took an unexpected turn when me and Daz decided to head back up the M1 with the guys from Ratrap for an evening at the epic NRD. Two tracks in one day I was definitely cashing in all my drift tokens with the wife. After getting back up to Ratrap we had a little drift but mainly sat and had a laugh people were dropping like fly’s due to the heat. By half 11 we were done the concentration had gone, we packed up and headed home after an awesome day.

I was pretty happy with how the YD-2 was handling still not quite where I want it but it was much better than its last outing, I am really starting to see the benefits of the Usukani upgrades, the change of servo also really helped as my gyro wasn’t cutting out. We had our new sticker designs with us which seemed to go down really well lots of people were rocking them by the end of the day. I spent a lot of time talking with Dan (Ratrap) we have some pretty cool ideas for content for the magazine and website, having Ratrap on-board is going to be priceless, they have always had the communities best interests at heart rather than lining their pockets like some people.

We also got our first care package from our sponsor Sideways RC (SRC) and we were blown away there was tonnes of stuff, we have some pretty good plans for what we are going to with it all stay tuned for more info.

The community 

I don’t want to sour a good weekend with negativity but the weekend ended with negativity, in the UK we are blessed with a great community of drifters who support each other this was on show at Unit 4 with other track owners being in attendance. Sadly it seems that there are small pockets within the hobby who seem to rub against this idea and take a rather billy big bollox approach to it. Thankfully they don’t undo all the hard work that people have put in to the hobby and the UK is thriving with great tracks and people who travel and support each other.

It is our birthday drift at MDS Saturday and we are not hammering people if they have never been to come and check us out we are happy to just go with the flow, you will find all members of MDS drifting at places like WRCC, Ratrap, Stockport drifters or Unit 4 because that is where this community is forming and hopefully more and more venues will become part of it because when we all drift together it is such a good laugh.

Finally a big well done to the guys returning from the worlds, it was awesome to see you all out there supporting each other and having fun you did the UK proud. We even spotted a few Yokomuki stickers which was awesome, thank you to everybody who agreed to have one.

Cheers for reading

Matt

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Drift Talk: You know him as Bullhead

Drift Talk: You know him as Bullhead

John Ronald Futrill you probably know him as Bullhead that guy with a huge beard, Bull is one of the founding members of MDS as it is 12 months since MDS started we thought we would give our insight on one of its driving forces.

Bull is a very unique guy you wont find anyone else like him in the pits of any drift event, when it comes to drifting he is a very passionate guy who wears his heart on his sleeve. I only met Bull through Yujin RC a couple of years ago but since starting MDS have really got to know him well, his passion and commitment is a big reason for the success of MDS. Through his work with his own team Team Lowlife and his involvement with Team Trampdrift he has developed a very unique style of bodyshell Bull has become a king of the drift missile style.

Chances are you have probably seen his work track side or on social media, you can pretty much guarantee if he gets a new shell it will find itself being butchered and turned in to something epic. Bull is pretty handy round the track too and can hold his own with anybody he drifts with in both CS and RWD classes.

Back to his involvement with MDS while it is very much a team effort and everyone adds something to the group Bull is a pivotal member of the group and not just because he brings everything to the track in his trusty van! Bull has a great eye for detail and spends countless hours making sure MDS looks like more than just another taped down track, he spends time figuring out layouts and is very much the mouthpiece of the group at events with the raffles and comps. He works hard behind the scenes spreading the word about MDS and has helped put the group in touch with some very important people.

Bull is now the main man at Team Trampdrift and has big plans for taking that team forward and continuing its good name in the hobby.

Check out Bullheads work at the following pages and groups Team Lowlife #Parkbenchdrifters and Team Trampdrift 

Catch up with Bullhead at next weeks MDS event.

 

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Drift Talk: Ratrap RC, Yokomuki, MDS and Unit 4

Drift Talk: Ratrap RC, Yokomuki, MDS and Unit 4

It has been a bit full on here lately and we haven’t really had chance to come up for air, it has been a hugely positive period for Yokomuki of late. Most of last couple of weeks have been spent getting slideshow ready for Holland cutting stickers and adding Usukani parts to his D4. I have been working closely with Zac to create a few killer new sticker designs that we will be launching soon as well as getting our new store #GETMUKI ready to launch.

Shit Just Got Real

The craziest thing to happen this week came in the shape of Ratrap RC a real bolt out of the blue, Dan contacted me on Monday night to make me an offer I couldn’t refuse. As announced yesterday on their Facebook group we are now sponsored by Ratrap RC. In our opinion they are the creators of one of the best drift tracks in the world and they have changed the hobby in the UK for the better.

Ratrap will help us promote Yokomuki and the magazine across the UK and will also be hosting a couple of dedicated Yokomuki events at NRD. They will also be sharing their wealth of knowledge with us and you to help support the drift community and putting the spotlight on those people who really make a difference to our hobby. We are mega excited about this deal and it further highlights the progress we are making, we will share more info about Ratrap/Yokomuki events when they become available.

This Weekend

Saturday sees another track open its doors in the UK, Tim at Unit 4 has taken the plunge and is opening a track and if it is half as cool as his bodyshell builds then it will be epic. Me, Daz, Dave and Ash are heading up to Leicester to check it out and judging by the response on Facebook so are the rest of the drifters in the UK that haven’t gone to Holland. Info for the event can be found here

Next Weekend

Saturday the 24th of June is the birthday event of MDS the track we co-run with Team Lowlife and Team Trampdrift. It has been one hell of a year at MDS and the future is bright, I will be covering the event for a big MDS feature in issue 4 of the magazine. On the Sunday we are all heading to catch the BDC at the NEC.

Cheers for reading

Matt

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Drift Talk: Usukani YD-2 upgrades part 1

Drift Talk: Usukani YD-2 upgrades part 1

We were lucky enough to pick up a team sponsorship from Usukani last month and the first of our parts arrived recently and I will admit to being a little selfish with our first order as it mainly consisted of YD parts. After getting back from my honeymoon I set about stripping the YD ready for some Usukani upgrades.

So let me run you through what I have changed and give you the Yokomuki opinion on each of the upgrades.

YD-2 steering rack

The aluminium steering rack from Usukani is a huge step up from my standard plastic rack, very easy to assemble. It’s worth noting you will need to dissemble you existing rack first as some of the parts will need to be reused that came with the original kit.

I made massive changes to my YD all at once so most of my first run was trying to dial in the chassis but you could feel the difference the new rack made, all the slop in the steering was taken away and the steering input felt much more direct.

Carbon Chassis and top decks

Another big change for the YD was the addition of the carbon chassis, the Usukani carbon feels very good quality and is perfectly machined I was very impressed with the finish. One thing I was worried about when I upgraded to the carbon deck was losing the chassis flex the plastic chassis offers but Usukani has this covered with the choice of two top decks.

High traction which creates a little more flex and the low traction option which stiffens the whole chassis up. I have had short runs with both options fitted. One thing I have found using the low traction option is it allows my suspension to have more impact on the handling as the chassis flex is taken out of the equation. In low traction mode all the weight shift in the chassis flows through the suspension and the YD felt more agile as a result (Worth pointing out I am no setup guru and this is how it felt for me)

If you are currently running the entry level YD I would recommend giving the Usukani carbon conversion a whirl.

The new YD-2 adjustable rear lower arms

I believe I have the first set of these in the UK, they are visually stunning and look like they belong on the Bat mobile. They offer toe adjustment direct from the rear arm in the same way the original Usukani adjustable rear arms did, big bonus with the YD arms is they are the exact same length as the standard rear arms so you want need a new set of drive shafts.

Unlike the other Usukani arms there is no hub integrated in to these you do however get two different ways of mounting the shock to the lower arm at the moment I have only used them with the shock mounted directly to the arm itself, provided in the packaging are the parts to attach the shock to the standard hub (I will try this next time and report back)

Toe adjustment again is very simple but due to limited running time I have yet to fully experiment with these arms so I will have some more in depth info very soon. I would recommend picking up some spacers though as there is a little play compared to the standard arms Usukani have you covered here as they have just released a range of black spacers.

In conclusion

All the above upgrades are fantastic and are definitely a step up from standard although I would recommend changing one thing at a time so your chassis doesn’t completely change its behaviour but after some help from Dan at NRD my YD was going round beautifully a big step up in terms of handling from where it was. We will be taking a look at the new version 2 mag mounts and the D4 carbon conversion soon.

As always you can get all your Usukani upgrades in the UK from Asbo-RC, if you are not in the UK contact Usukani to find your local stockist.

Cheers for reading

Matt

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Drift Talk: RC drift speed

Drift Talk: RC drift speed

I am always looking for a subject that sparks debate, gets people involved and talking today a suggestion was made to discuss drift speed, Just a little Facebook post to say a blog was coming sparked debate amongst people so who knows what the blog will cause.

From my point of view there are two schools of thought on the speed from the Ricky Bobby I wanna go fast drifters and the I go slow its more realistic brigade. Me personally I can see the fun in both sometimes I just wanna throw my chassis in to bends as fast as I can for shits and giggles with big backwards entries and other days some slow steady drifting aiming for the line and clip boxes and focusing on the technique and getting door to door (Or just spinning in to a wall). A lot of how I drift depends on the other cars on track if it is a track full of people in a train at low speeds then that is what I will try and achieve on the other hand if it is a bunch of dudes hooning around then that is what I am going to do. I don’t see the point in getting pissy with people if they are not drifting how I would like, I just join in and try and have fun.

I think there can be a balance between the two to be honest I think a certain amount of speed and aggression should always be used but you have to factor in a few things when you pick your side of the argument.

Scale speed

People talk about going slow looks more realistic and I think  a lot of people get lost in that statement and will say well real cars enter bends at up 100 MPH so how does a slow RC car look more realistic. Well you have to take in to account the scale speed of your chassis if your RC car is entering a bend at 10 MPH then that’s your 100 MPH scale entry right there but when your 120A ESC is screaming its tits off in to a bend flat out then you are probably rocking a scale speed of 350 MPH and that’s not so realistic. However I do understand where the speed freaks are coming from because visually it can sometimes look a little dull and if you were not necessarily in to drifting and the slow steady stuff is what you were first exposed to then you may not think it is a very exciting hobby.

I think if you are a skilled enough at drifting and drift regularly then you should be able to adapt to the different speeds at each venue and adapt your style to suit. I have been around RC drifting for a while and have been lucky enough to see people twining at pretty decent speeds and it looks visually stunning, so is it a case that going slower is easier and it makes twinning more achievable? Personally I don’t think so.

Full size stuff

Full size drifting when you sit back and watch it is very much the same as RC you watch old YouTube clips of the D1 championships in Japan and you you see big entry speeds but the speed is bled through the corner and it becomes very much about proximity where Formula D is very much big power lots of tyre smoke and there seems to be more focus on speed. So I guess really RC drifting falls in to those who want to emulate D1 and those who want to recreate formula D, I don’t think either way is right or wrong because as long as you are having fun that is all that matters.

D1 Example, although this still pretty fast you can see the proximity I was talking about.

Formula D example shows the power through the corners

I think both are cool but some people like D1 some like Formula D and the same goes for RC drifting, some people however are like Daigo Saito and he is fucking mental and defies all explanation so lets take a second break to appreciate his lunacy.

 

Lets all be like him and just have fun and not waste our time being pissy about things.

 

Cheers for reading let the debate commence.

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