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Team feature: RWD-Freaks

RWD-Freaks Holland

Team members

Tin Nguyen:
main chassis: OverDose Vacula 2
second chassis OverDose Carbon XeX

Awan Tjiptowardo:
main chassis: YD2/Carb-D
second chassis RMX-D Vip

Joeri Kroes:
main chassis: R31house GRK Global

Pascal:
main chassis: RMX-S 2.0
second chassis RRX-S
backup: DSA DR201, MST RS-01, Capt Chris RMX-S

Martin Lansink:
main chassis: RMX-S 2.0
second chassis RRX 2.0
third: Usukani PDS

Pieter Riedijk:
main chassis: RMX-S 2.0
second chassis RRX-D VIP

History

1. Please tell us how it all started?

First off all we are very honored be featured.
Thank you all for reading our story.

It all started back in early 2013 we were driving CS at the time, not competition, just for fun. We were not really a team back then, 3 guys who starting with rc drifting, we drove together at garage workplace in the weekend. One day Tin came across a Japanese Video, didn’t we all :-P. And he was hooked from that day on. Knowing we were not to reach the level of the CS competition drivers quick. He told the guys “Lets go RWD it’s the hot thing in Japan” He could not convince both at first but after he converted his EA (Eagle Racing – red.) Ta05 and got it running better and better. They tried it and got hooked just like him. It was so natural the way you needed to drive the car.
At the time there was no RTR RWD chassis, so 2 of us decided to convert a DP to a nice sliding RWD roller. From that day, we were converting it to a WUN FRD. Even a current CS chassis had to believe it: the DIB became also a RWD.

We decided: gone with AWD, RWD is the future. So seeing we were to go 100% RWD from that day on. RWD-Freak was a logical choice as a Team Name. To be honest we had it rough at first. Driving amongst the AWD guys. Speed was not all that. Also back then RWD was to be considered cheating. Because hey why would you run with a Gyro?.

But we kept going, knowing it was the future.
We kept improving and found the right tires. And suddenly speed was no longer an issue. We kept getting better and better while AWD was still at its peak in Holland. We tried to promote RWD as much as we could. By organizing RWD-Meetings. And met new members like Joerie and Pieter, Both never left. Also Pascal Joined sometime after and is also a team member that never left. Of course we have our Body builder Martin Lansink which we are very happy to have in our team.

Present

1. Are there any specialities in the team or any team member that focus on?

We have some specialties within the team Martin Lansink off course body shell builder at its finest.
Pascal who is our “Bob the builder” with chassis, Awan, Joerie and Pieter focuses on the D1-10.nl Competition
Leaves Tin, He only got eyes for blinged out chassis .

2. You guys don’t go after publicity much, compare to other teams. why is that?

We no longer need it, RWD is where we wanted it to be today. At the moment RWD is popular than ever.

3. Where do you guys drift, i.e. where can we find you?

Currently after our home base closed, our beloved Streetjam.nl track ran by the guy we all know as Capt Caveman. It is somewhat hard, the local tracks do not have structured opening times where we can plan some weeks in advance so last time the whole team was together was some time ago. So some of us can drive more than others at Drifted or DAG. And now and then at Megadrom (Germany – red.).

4. How do you guys feel about the current state of RWD, some people say that it’s being too aggressive, too much speed, not scale compare to the real deal. what are your thoughts about that subject?

Yes…some of them are really too aggressive and too much speed. This is for the RWD addicts among us just a pain in the ass. You can’t normally make a train for a round because the speed difference are too much. This is why some guys don’t want to drive competition anymore as well.

Future

1. (1 / 2) How do you see RWD to be develop in the future?

At this moment the development keeps rising and there is no ends so far…

2. (2 / 2) What do you like to see further in the RWD scene?

It’s too popular right now…so we need more local tracks

3. Are there any plans for the team for 2018 and/or further, team growth, more focus on certain specialities?

In 2018 we decide to come out with the team bodies that is designed by Martin All lexus RCF’s and we keep doing the RWD things like always. Currently we have a member stop. But who knows 😉

Finally

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Keep drifting fun, it’s just a hobby…damned

Is there anyone you want to give a shout out to?

To all peoples who like RC drifting RWD and supporting us.

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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

The One/Ten Drift Ezine

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Drift Talk: A new championship and the scope for…

Drift Talk: A new championship and the scope for change

Yesterday talk started to circulate about a potential new championship in the UK, one run by the community for the community. No LHS backing just clubs getting together to put on a competition, as always these kind of things will depend heavily on people agreeing to certain things. It is a great talking point really, what would you like to see from a new UK series?

I was thinking about what I would like to see so I thought I would put what I think out there and see how people’s opinions differ from my own.

I would like to see the following:

RWD & CS

Both to be run, the CS revival is in full swing and a lot of people dabble with both. However I would like to see these ran at totally different weekends so if you ran say a 5 round championship it could go over 10 months so for example round 1 of the RWD in august then round 1 of the CS in September, round 2 of the RWD in October and so on. I think this would give people who like to do both the opportunity to get their skills and chassis up to par between rounds rather than doing both disciplines in one weekend.

Judging

Judging is obviously called in to question sometimes when people don’t agree with decisions, so a full set of rules and what will be judged should be agreed by all involved. Then you need fair impartial judging this will help eliminate any arguments (Hopefully).

Media exposure

I would like to see full media coverage, each round to be well publicised with full event write ups and great images. Obviously we would be prepared to help with this aspect of things through our blogs and magazine. I think a lot more could be done to show off the drift scene in the UK if people are prepared to put in the work, in just 3 issue of our magazine we have been downloaded all over the world but without people providing content it makes it difficult for the mag to get anywhere. It sometimes feels like the UK is a closed book that needs to change.

Fun

I am a firm believer that competing isn’t fun it is high pressure, however it seems a lot of people enjoy competing for having a laugh. I have never been one of the “it’s not the winning it’s the taking part that counts” brigade, if I compete I want to win if I lose I get pissed off with myself. Maybe throughout an event some fun comps could be introduced like run the wall, drift parking etc. to break things up a little.

Multiple locations

Each event needs to be hosted at a different venue that way you would only get home track advantage once throughout the competition. With each venue comes a new set of challenges in terms of layouts available some venues will allow for wide more flowing tracks where others will be tighter and more technical due to space available.

Summary

These are just my thoughts on what will work, I can’t wait to see where this potential championship goes and Yokomuki will help wherever we can and support it as much as possible.

Cheers

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: 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

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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

 

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