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Old 11-14-2003, 08:23 AM   #1
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Default Finially I get to meet the champ himself... "Masami"

Hello...

I was at Yatabe today (Yokomo's track) and I saw this little dood with a Yokomo jacket then I realised it was Masami! Maybe to others, meeting someone like him isn't such a big deal but to me anyone in any form of sport who is well known is like a hero to me. Maybe it was the fact that I've got an SD!

Anyways, he was there with some other Yokomo dudes testing out cars, maybe factory team drivers but Masami is the only one I know.

I asked him for his autograph but I didn't know what to give him so he could sign on. So he signed my tool box! lol

He's a pretty funny guy, along with the other Yokomo dudes. They were setting up their SD's for drifting! So they helped me do the same to my car! was pretty funny watching Masami driving my car...

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Old 11-14-2003, 09:04 AM   #2
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dam thats kool wish we got celebritys at our track like that show us all how crap we really are
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Most of the Pro drivers are really cool. I've gotten a chance to meet a lot of the Pros over the last few years, and what I realized is they are just racers like I am (well, they hit stuff a lot less then I do ). Most of them are really approachable too, just as long as they are not thrashing on their stuff.
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Old 11-14-2003, 09:16 AM   #4
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They were cool!

A friend of mine took out his Mini-Z 4WD and was messing around on the Off-Road track which they also have @ Yatabe, one of the Yokomo drivers quickly ran over to his bag to pull out his Mini-Z. 2 Mini-Z's racing each other on a 1/10th scale track! lol

They were actually testing out new products.

Looks like Yokomo will have a drift kit for all you drift freaks this December!

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Ahhh, that's cool. I met a lot of pro drivers over the years. Only one bad one that was not cool.

Tosolini(sp)from YOKOMO USA. It was at a big race and I asked if he would take a picture and he said, "what for"?. Then I said nevermind and went to Barry Baker. Barry was cool. Along with other drivers like Hara, David Jun, Jimmy Jacobson, Mike Swager, etc...
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They were cool!

A friend of mine took out his Mini-Z 4WD and was messing around on the Off-Road track which they also have @ Yatabe, one of the Yokomo drivers quickly ran over to his bag to pull out his Mini-Z. 2 Mini-Z's racing each other on a 1/10th scale track! lol

They were actually testing out new products.

Looks like Yokomo will have a drift kit for all you drift freaks this December!

Hi asimo
I have been reading for some time that Yokomo is doing a line of drift products, drift tires, drifter shells (ae86, FC, FD, S15) etc. Any release dates yet? I dun need a drift kit , just those plastic-ringed tires, got a 86 shell (takumi-replica) already hehehehe

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Old 11-14-2003, 10:46 AM   #7
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i read in a jap magazine before, you would make your own drify tires, they are made out of regular PVC pipes. take some old rubber tires, cut off the flat part of the tire but leave the side wall. then glue the pvc pipe on them.
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from my understanding there is plastic mixed with rubber
compound so you can still have some forward bite but
still slippery enough for drifting. the bigest plus is that
it comes with wheels that looks scale to the drift cars
wheels.
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i read in a jap magazine before, you would make your own drify tires, they are made out of regular PVC pipes. take some old rubber tires, cut off the flat part of the tire but leave the side wall. then glue the pvc pipe on them.
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I read the same article too, but the drift tires made this way looks "funny". What yokomo was working on looks abit like grooved F1 tires, plastic rings can fit into teh grooves for drifting, can take the rings out for more traction. The bodyshells they are planning looks very good, with GT wings, clip on fat GT exhaust pipes and chrome rims

I plan to get the FC3S shell once it is launched (Fan of Takahashi Ryouske )

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from my understanding there is plastic mixed with rubber
compound so you can still have some forward bite but
still slippery enough for drifting. the bigest plus is that
it comes with wheels that looks scale to the drift cars
wheels.
RIGHT ON....
Plus the yummy scale-looking GT wings

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Asimo, great to hear that! So, next time remember to bring something along for Masami to sign on!
Hara is also a nice guy, he did sign for me on my RC magazine a few years ago...

Hope everyone can have their 'Asimo' at home in the next few 10 years...
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Hope everyone can have their 'Asimo' at home in the next few 10 years...
Nay, I dun want Honda's Asimo sweeping my floor, i want Asimo to do crappy RC stuff like glueing tires and cleaning the car etc hehehehehe

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Hi there
I read the same article too, but the drift tires made this way looks "funny". What yokomo was working on looks abit like grooved F1 tires, plastic rings can fit into teh grooves for drifting, can take the rings out for more traction. The bodyshells they are planning looks very good, with GT wings, clip on fat GT exhaust pipes and chrome rims

I plan to get the FC3S shell once it is launched (Fan of Takahashi Ryouske )

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Masami is a great guy. After the Japaneese Championship he showed us how to drive with his feets!
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ryosuke the white comet
Another Initial D fan

Too bad Ryousuke retired from racing after forming Project D.....

I am a fan of drifting, tried it on all my RC cars including my Wild Willy (yes, its possible hehehehe).

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