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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: 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: 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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Drift Talk: Brand loyalty

Drift Talk: Brand loyalty

I thought I was done with blogging for a week but Eddy Amira shared this blog with us http://www.thercnetwork.com/rc-cars/rc-brand-loyalty/ by Rich Morgan over on the The RCNetwork about brand loyalty and I thought we could throw our drift take on the subject.

We all have favourite brands it’s no secret that I love Yokomo, I even wrote a blog about my love for my DIB chassis recently. When it comes to drift chassis’s you have a ridiculous amount of choice these days compared to a few years ago. You have major brands like MST, Yokomo and Overdose to name a few that are constantly pushing the boundaries with new models coming out regularly.

As it mentions in the original blog, social media plays a massive part in marketing these new models but a lot of that is driven by people’s opinion rather than the cold hard facts of the company who produce these models. So how much are people’s perceptions of things affected by brand loyalty?

Take for example the new MST RMX 2.0 it is all over Facebook with people raving about how good it is before most of them had even had a slide with it. Now I am not saying it is a bad chassis and it might be the best thing since sliced bread but a lot of the posts are definitely born from brand loyalty. The same thing happened when the YD-2 came out, to be honest the same thing happens when any new chassis is released.

You will never rid the world of brand loyalty it exists in every subject like I would take a Pepsi over a Coke any day of the week, brand loyalty maybe or is it just that Pepsi tastes better who knows.

What I would like to see is more review content in drifting you look at any other genre of RC and you will see review content on everything Buggies, racing, scaling, bashing and flying when did you last open an RC mag and find a review on the latest offering from MST or Yokomo? I think more could be done to get reviews out there and get honest opinions on products after all if they are that good you won’t get a bad review right?

No shop selling an RC chassis is ever going to give you the truth after all they have to sell them and you can’t blame them for that.

So when you buy a chassis what makes you decide that chassis is the right one for you? Is it just a case you fancy a change from your current one and that is the latest one out? Is it because a popular figure in the hobby thinks it’s awesome so you just have to have it?

It is an interesting subject we would love to hear your thoughts on Facebook, I can’t deny being fairly loyal to Yokomo I am always tempted when they release something new, so don’t think I am having a pop at people who are loyal to MST, Overdose or any other brand. Brand loyalty is totally natural and will always be here. I would just like to see more review content out there in magazines etc. it would help expose the hobby to more people.

 

Cheers

Matt

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Drift Talk: Issue 3 & bad ass bodyshells

Drift Talk: Issue 3 & bad ass bodyshells

Issue 3 dropped last night and is going well, content wise we feel this is our most diverse issue yet. One of the sections we did was bad ass bodyshells, we could have filled pages with what was sent in but we couldn’t do that due to the size of the mag. The top 5 were awesome and we have soon great pics of them that didn’t make the mag so we thought we would dedicate a blog to each one.

We will start with the main image Mike Peezee’s Tandem of Die replica S13 with custom double stack intercooler, handmade piping, BOV, and realistic fender/corner light tabs & front bash bar the shell is stunning we will let the pics do the talking.

We had such a good response to this feature we are going to run it in each issue, so if you think you have a cool enough build get in touch maybe you will feature in issue 4. You can send your pics to us via Facebook or email them to yokomukirc@hotmail.com

This will be the last blog from me for a couple of weeks as I am off to get married but if you want to contribute blogs or content for the mag I will be picking up messages when I can and the other guys in the team will be on hand if I’m not.

Let us know what you think of issue 3, we would love to hear some feedback.

You can download issue 3 here

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Matt

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