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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.

Cheers for reading

Matt

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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: 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: 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

#driftfam

Some extra images from the weekend from Anything Goes Photography

 

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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: 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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