Bodyshells & Builders

Drift Talk: Bodyshells, what do you like and why?

Drift Talk: Bodyshells, what do you like and why?

Been a few days since we talked rubbish and I thought you might be missing us, so let’s talk bodyshells what style do you like Jap, German, American Muscle? What’s your favourite brand?
Or what brand are you made to think is the best?

First off what shells do I like?

I have been around a while and I am by no means the best when it comes to bodyshells I paint them destroy them and move on. I have tried most brands over the years, Yokomo was always my brand of choice great detail lots of accessories and stickers with each shell for around £40 to £50 depending where you got it from. However they have changed all that and have become far too expensive when you factor in everything is now sold separately. My last Yokomo body wasn’t even that great when it came to quality.

Over the last few years I have found Matrixline stuff to be okay for the money and for a quick basher you can’t go wrong with HPI they’re not perfect but they are cheap. Tamiya have always been fantastic in my opinion great detail and who doesn’t love Tamiya. I have had a few Pandora bodies and they offer some quite quirky shells and they have got better over the years, their decals could be better.

One brand that has impressed me though is Killer Body, their shells are very well priced and you get tonnes with each kit and the detail is fantastic our very own slideshow has their crown and it is fantastic. They have some cool shells out and are bringing new stuff to market all the time.

Style?

I don’t really have a favourite style personally if it is done right any shell can look cool, I was at Ratrap the weekend and naturally you see some epic bodies up there from clean street shells to epic drift missiles. Our very own Dud the stud has picked up an epic Chevy shell which looks the nuts going round the track.

I think shells are just a cool way to express yourself so I don’t stick to a certain style with mine although you can guarantee 9 out of 10 shells will be black…..

So let us know what floats your boat, do you agree with me or do you have different opinions on the above.

We will be featuring some awesome shells in issue 3 that have been sent in so keep an eye out for that.

#GETMUKI

 

Matt

One Ten Drift Ezine

#NFG Issue 5: Midlands Drift Society

Sunday marked the first full day of testing at the new venue for Midlands Drift Society and what a day it was but first a little info on how we got to this point.

Last year as LARC drift was winding up a group of drifters from around Birmingham clubbed together to buy their carpet and take over their venue in Little Aston forming Yujin RC sadly due to restrictions with the size and times the venue was available, Yujin never realised its potential.  At the start of 2016 after 6 months of drift nights it became clear that Yujin was coming to the end, the decision was taken that the carpet would be sold.

Not wanting the carpet to be lost a few of the original group (myself included) decided to buy the carpet after figuring out all the details we finally got the carpet. A group of 6 people were left out of the original 13 (Bullhead, Darren Dudley, Me, Garf, Lee Hughes & Jack Leach) Bullhead was quick to find us a new venue. After checking out the new venue and a visit to the local pub it was clear we were all on the same page with the carpet and future events.

We all agreed we wanted to put our own stamp on things and not continue with the Yujin RC name, Midlands Drift Society was quickly decided upon. So that brings us to Sunday and our first day of testing at the new venue. We arrived nice and early on Sunday morning buzzing for the day ahead. Over in Little Aston we were never able to unroll the carpet fully due to the size of the hall that is not a problem in the new venue we were shocked at just how much bigger the carpet was when it was rolled out.

By around 10:30 after a good hoover and some hard graft we had the track down after a few hours of sliding it became clear we still need to sort a few details out on the track but only minor ones. We had a visit from Gary Richard James who was impressed and had a slide with us for a few hours, Dale Clements of Usukani UK (& one of the main driving forces behind Yujin) dropped in to check out the place and show some support. On the whole it was a good day with plenty of things to think about.

So here are some details we can reveal about upcoming events first of all the new venue, Fazeley Town Hall Tamworth Road, Fazeley, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3RH, our events will be held on Saturdays from 11:00 AM till 10:00 PM these will be held monthly we are still working out pricing etc.

Stay tuned to the Midlands Drift Society & Yokomuki RC pages for more details and dates for events.

Stay safe, stay sideways….

Matt

Yokomuki RC

One Ten Drift Ezine

#NFG Issue 3: Our trip to Ratrap RC/N.R.D

Our first Yokomuki road trip of the year saw us travel up north to Wakefield, to check out Ratrap RC/N.R.D. We assembled at my place at 7:30 before heading over to pick up fellow drifter Jon. I won’t bore you with the details of the journey, but going 4-up in the world’s lowest BMW meant a lot of scraping and scuffing for the duration. When we arrived at Ratrap we met up with the lads from Yujin RC and The Outsliders.

I was blown away by the place, the guys had placed banners around the track with Yokomuki Skulls and Yujin RC logos which was a nice touch and made us feel really welcome. We were lucky enough to get a look around the whole place including the awesome race track hiding upstairs, they also have the best indoor scaling course I have seen, it made me incredibly sad that I sold my SCX10. It was then on to the drift track, which is an absolute credit to the guys there. It opens with a beautifully detailed little section which offers many perfect photo opportunities, then that leads into the huge drift track which, again, has some really nice details and finishing touches.

One thing me and Garf commented on was the fact that there was nowhere to get stuck, more often than not when you head to various drift tracks there are tonnes of places to get stuck, meaning your shoes are on and off all day as you run to rescue your car. The track is nice & wide and forgiving for beginners but technical and entertaining enough for the more seasoned drifters. The pit area has plenty of room to accommodate everybody, and there’s plenty of table surface with space underneath for the hauler, which is always appreciated.

The atmosphere was fantastic, really relaxed and friendly, but the big plus point for us was the two lovely ladies who were on hand all day to keep us fed and watered. Great food, reasonable prices and A BREW IN A MUG! I cannot tell you how nice it is to sit and work on your car while having a brew in a mug.

As always, Garf was a drift machine, going through battery after battery getting as much track-time as possible, Lee Lee started the day with a RWD DIB but ended up reverting back to 4WD and I got plenty of track-time in and had a good natter with some great people. I also got my hands on some new stickers, which is always a bonus.

On the journey home we were all buzzing from a truly brilliant day and we are already looking forward to our next visit. If you are planning a trip to Ratrap you won’t be disappointed and if you are not planning a trip, sort yourself out and get planning one.

Big thanks to everybody at Ratrap for their hospitality, the place is a credit to your hard work and dedication.

Stay safe, stay sideways

Matt

 

One Ten Drift Ezine

#NFG Issue 1

Welcome to issue one of the #NFG Blog, our new format blog which focuses on what is happening in the Yokomuki camp and the drift world in general. This issue covers the last weekends drift action from the BDC, King of Europe & Formula D, plus a little info about the third drift night at our home circuit, Yujin RC. We also want to give one lucky RC drifter the chance to become part of our team with our first ever sponsorship offer.

 

Sponsorship opportunity

We are looking to sponsor an up and coming Radio-Controlled drifter already involved in RC drifting at a competitive level. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate and Yokomuki RC will ensure you are included in our blogs, social media updates and other promotional activities, including involvement in our full-sized drifting outfit, Team Yokomuki UK.

We will provide Official Yokomuki RC decals for your body shells and exclusive Team Yokomuki RC apparel, including t-shirt, hoodie & lanyard, to be worn trackside to show our support. In return all we require is a short report on competitions and events you are involved in, we will use these to create our blogs, social media posts and promotional items, ensuring you get the maximum exposure. If this sound like something that would interest you then please get in touch with us via our Facebook page. We can’t wait to hear from you and we will pick a driver at the end of September.

 

BDC Round 4 Lydden Hill

Saturday and Sunday saw the British Drift Championship roll into Lydden Hill for round 4 of the Championship. Lydden Hill is a favourite amongst the drivers and always delivers some exciting drifting and close battles, round 4 did not disappoint.

In typical British fashion the weather provided some challenging conditions, top qualifiers were Nick Brady in Pro-Am and Micheal Marshall in the Pro-class. In changing conditions on Sunday, Fraser Stark took first in the Pro-Am class followed by Adam Simmons in second and Ryan Pothecary in third. Jack Shanahan took top spot in the Pro-class with Matt Carter in second and Micheal Marshall in third.

The standings after round 4 make things interesting, going into the last round of the Championship in the Pro-Am class Adam Simmons tops the group with 74pts, just 9pts ahead of Fraser Stark on 65, with Louis Geldart just 2pts behind on 63. Jack Shanahan furthered his grip on the Pro-class taking his points total to 100, 18pts ahead of Micheal Marshall on 82 with Mark Luney in third with 64pts. Driftworks continues to dominate the team standings with a haul of 38pts from the weekend, taking their overall tally to 166pts, Nankang Tyre Drift Team sit in second with 148 after picking up 30pts and Slide Motorsport are in third after a massive 40 point score, leaving them on 134pts.

Round 5 is at Anglesey, there is still everything to play for in the final round so it’s shaping up to be a classic.

 

Formula D and King Of Europe

The weekend was a packed with drifting all over the place, the Texas Motor Speedway hosted round 6: showdown of the Formula D championship. Japanese rookie Masashi Yokoi in the D-MAX Nissan S15 scored his first Formula D victory with Ken Gushi second and Chris Forsberg in third. Yokomuki favourite Daigo Saito came fourth in the Achilles Radial Nissan GT-R. Vaughn Gittin Jr was involved in a heavy shunt with the wall, showing the dangers that these guys face and highlighting why such strict safety regulations are in place. Thankfully, due to his well built Mustang, he walked away unharmed. Formula D heads to Montreal, Canada on 6th & 7th of September for the World Event.

The King Of Europe series headed to Budapest for round 5, Adam Kerenyi took the win with Amerigo Monteverde finishing second, with Alex Graff in third. Sadly, Yokomuki favourite Steve ‘Baggsy’ Biagioni had throttle position sensor problems during qualifying causing him to straighten slightly and miss out on the main event, hopefully he will fair better in the next event. King Of Europe is off to Valencia, Spain for rounds 6 & 7 on the 19th & 20th September.

 

Yujin RC 

Yujin RC hosted the third night at our Little Aston home circuit this Friday. Sadly, due to scheduling issues Yokomuki RC were not in attendance but according to all the guys who made it, it was a great a night and thankfully there is not long to wait until the next meet on the 28th of August. There were some new faces to the event and the track scenery is progressing well. There were some awesome bodyshells on show and the obligatory group shot was taken. Yujin RC really is going from strength to strength, we have all chipped in but a big shout out has to go to Dale Clements who pulled it all together and continues to liaise with halls owners to sort dates out and what not. Check out the Yujin RC Facebook page to keep up to date with whats going on.

 

 

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Photo credits: British Drift Championship, King Of Europe, Formula Drift, No Limits & Yujin RC