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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: 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.

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: 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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Some extra images from the weekend from Anything Goes Photography

 

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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: People are what makes this hobby great!

Drift Talk: People are what makes this hobby great!

We have been asking what people want to see more of in our mag and we had a few respond to our question, the one that has stuck out for me though came from Dan up at Ratrap RC. Dan has suggested featuring more people in the mag because after all it’s the people who make the hobby what it is.

So what type of people do we want to feature?

Our magazine is for everyone so everyone should be featured! so don’t think just because you don’t compete in any championships makes you less important to the hobby. If you make the effort to travel every week to different venues then that makes you important because you are keeping tracks open. Do you go drifting for the social side of the hobby because that is important too, I was at Ratrap the weekend and probably spent more time talking and having a laugh than drifting but that is what I love about this hobby the people. You know you have had a good day when you come home and your sides are hurting because you have spent most of the last 12 hours laughing.

That one guy who travels every weekend and has fun doing what he loves is what is important, we have members of our team who have competed at the highest level you can but they are no more important than the other members who don’t compete. I have been asked a few time why I have added certain people to the group when they don’t compete or put themselves out there, what are they going to add to the team if they don’t compete and get the name out there? My answer is a simple one “they are people I like and I enjoy their company and that is all I look for in a team mate”. I would rather have a team full of people I love than a group of superstars I can’t stand.

So if you are that guy who drifts every weekend, has fun and has a laugh we would love to hear from you! Tell us why you love drifting, what it is that makes you want to get up early on one of your days off work and travel for hours to drift because it’s you who are keeping drifting alive.

If you think that someone you drift with deserves a mention or a feature please get in touch we would love to know more. The magazine has always been about showing off the good things people do in this hobby so let’s talk about the unsung heroes of the drift scene. As usual get in touch with us via Facebook or email us yokomukirc@hotmail.com.

Cheers for reading

Matt

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