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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:


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 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.


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.


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.




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.

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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: 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.

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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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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.

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