Posted by mainesfinest On May 20th, 2015
Anyone who knows me knows a few things; I love food, I love making people smile, and I love cars. It doesn’t matter what it is, it doesn’t matter what drive train it has. I love the idea of the car and I love how personal they are. I simply love cars.
I love this Mini Cooper. I’ve driven minis before. I test drove a 2015 Cooper S recently. I hated it. The dash reminded me of a Fischer Price toy, it was sluggish, and I just expected more out of it to be honest. They look so cool and you expect a little zip to the zap, but it was just puttering along down the road.
Posted by mainesfinest On May 17th, 2015
I’ve been to Boston a couple times before but it was never down town, it was always a Red Sox game here, aquarium there, but never had I gotten to experience Boston besides those places. We got a bit turned around before we got the meet, but I could not of been happier breaking my neck looking at what was laid out before me. Boston truly is a beautiful city, and I can’t wait to take a trip down there and just walk around for an entire night with my camera. When we finally did find the meet, it was exactly what I had pictured. Amazing location, and an absolutely top notch selection of cars. The Collective is an invite only meet due to the fact of the location and keeping the quality next level. I barely looked at any of the cars with my own eyes, it was always through the view finder on my camera. It was non stop from the time we arrived, until the moment we left. I cannot wait to make it down to another one of these meets, the guys from BeastCoast really killed it with this one.
Posted by mainesfinest On May 15th, 2015
WHEN: Sunday, May 17th, 2015
9am to 5pm. Car show registration from 9am to 12pm, judging begins at 11, awards ceremony around 4:30. Race registration starts at 8am, heads up qualifying at 11:00 and 12:00. Eliminations around 1.
Car/truck/bike show, 1/4 mile drag racing, Usaci double points stereo crank it up contest, burnout contest (time permitting).
Spectator $20 ($17 with flier at gate)
Children 10 and under FREE
Car Show Entry $30 (does not include free passenger pass).
Test and Tune Drag Racer $30 (open to any make/model)
Competition Drag Racer $30 (imports and sport compacts only)
Burnout Contest FREE
PRINT OFF THE FOLLOWING FLYER TO RECEIVE $3.00 OFF SPECTATOR TICKET
Posted by mainesfinest On May 13th, 2015
I am Maine’s Finest.
I’m Jeramy, your guide through the Maine car scene. We’ve established what Maine’s Finest is, now we are going to talk about who. Its a team made up of ten locals who have a passion for cars and photography. Our goal is to bring you stellar content on our favorite cars, and people that make up the scene.
Let’s start with me. For those of you who don’t know me, Hello! I’m the newest member of Maine’s Finest. I’ve been photographing cars for about a year now, but I’ve had a camera in my hand for over a decade. I decided at a young age I didn’t like playing music and I couldn’t draw to save my life, so I found a camera. Over the years I’ve shot a plethora of things, people, objects and even a few things I’m still not sure of what they were. For those wondering, I shoot Canon and always will. Some of you have seen me hanging out of windows at high speeds, accidentally bouncing my camera off the ground. Don’t worry, I am an amateur professional, don’t try it at home.
I found myself entering the car scene with a 2004 Hyundai Tiburon GT. There wasn’t much GT about it. It was a six cylinder front wheel drive car and roared to life with less than 200 horsepower. It was neither fast nor furious. It was a great first car though, I beat that car to death. I had to prop the HVAC controls out of the dash with a sandal to get the wires to the perfect angle for it to work. It had an exhaust leak that made it actually sound cooler if you can imagine a cool Hyundai, but don’t strain yourself.
Then my life changed forever and I bought my first financial burden, a 2011 WRX. Boy was that a mistake. I redlined it less than a minute into the test drive and knew I had to have it. Didn’t mean to redline it, it just happened and that’s what made me want it. I thought it was fast, it was visceral, it was aggressive. I put it into a very tall curb five months later, destroyed almost the whole front passenger side of the car. I replaced it with a 2006 WRX. That was a bigger mistake. Three months into owning it, I’d blown first gear out of it while drifting with the Maine Snow Drift Syndicate. With luck, the selector gear decided to stop being a pain and it worked fine. Well then I found a tree I wanted to get personal with, I thought making out with it was a great idea. Who knew hitting a tree at 50 head first would push the motor through the firewall? Also, you get a ticket when the cops show up and find you unconscious still in the car. That was cool.
So after that I decided not to buy any more fast cars. I was going to buy the slowest, safest, most economical car I could find. So I bought a built 2004 STI. Its probably one of the most exciting cars I’ve ever driven. People get in it and laugh and giggle as it slams you into the seat, it throws fireballs and makes your heart skip from the shockwave. It’s not the fastest car in the world, its not the best handling one either, but it makes me smile every time I drive it and that’s all that matters. It fuels my passion and makes me genuinely happy. I own a great car, and I couldn’t be happier. That’s what its all about at the end of the day right?
I love what I do, and I’ll do it as long as I can. I’ll volunteer my time to be a part of this community for as long as I can, and I’ll be a part of it until it either goes away or I do. I enjoy the Maine car scene, the people and their cars that make it what it is. I’m proud to say I’m part of it. Being able to witness a guy with a $70,000 car talk with a guy that has a $500 bucket full of promise makes me excited to comeback. It’s filled with unique things, expensive things, things that make you scratch your head and laugh, but at the end of the day we all love what we have and that’s all that matters.
I am proud to be a part of Maine’s Finest, and Maine’s car scene. I look forward to the future and what opportunities it may bring. I’ll see you out there!
Stay tuned for more of I am Maine’s Finest.
Posted by mainesfinest On May 10th, 2015
Posted by mainesfinest On May 7th, 2015
You might be wondering what that is. So are we. That’s why we exist.
My name is Jeramy, and this is I am Maine’s Finest. I will be photographing and exploring the local car world to find anything that brings a smile, drives the passion, creates a goal, and ultimately what brings us all together - cool cars.
So who is Maine’s Finest? That’s what I’m going to find out. Within the coming time, I’m going to talk about who makes up our team, what drives us, and why we do it.
So follow me through the crazy and amazing scene that brings us all together, I’ll do my best to bring the best content forward that I can.
Stay tuned for more of I am Maine’s Finest.
Posted by mainesfinest On April 27th, 2015
Maine’s Finest isn’t all just about Maine cars. Although our features will always stay relegated to Maine, it’s also about the people and shows we attend. So sometimes we get a few cars here and there that bleed over the state line, who have strong ties to Maine, Like Dakota and his MK4 GLI. He’s always attending Maine events, and he’s been in the scene for years. So don’t be surprised if you see some NH plates on Maine’s Finest from time to time. Also, keep an eye on Mr. Poirier, considering these pictures are only his second shoot, I’d say he’s got some serious potential.
Posted by mainesfinest On April 21st, 2015
What do you get when you take a beautiful Sunday afternoon, a great group of people, an amazing route, and some beautiful cars? Well what you end up with is results like this on the other side of a couple camera lens’s. Jeramy and I went into this knowing it would be one hell of a day, but we had no idea we would get the sort of results that we did. It started out normal enough. First with the arrival of the Roadrunner, then the brand spanking new Sti, a CTS-V and then the big dogs showed up. Peter and Steve showed up together in the yellow Gallardo and the red Viper, which you’ve all seen before. Then Mike rolled in with his freshly tuned and polished Supra, (look for a full feature on these cars in the near future). We departed shortly thereafter, and that’s when the day went from cool, to absolutely stunning. It was a sensation overload. The sights and sounds were indescribable, especially when we stopped off in Portsmouth to meet up with the other orange Gallardo. Once we got back on the road, we took the scenic Route 1A down to Hampton beach, and arrived at our destination on the coast. We shot some great photos, hung around and chatted with some locals, and caused quite the stir having these cars lined up for some photos on the ocean. We even had a 2009 GTR show up which sadly we weren’t able to get any good shots of, before finally departing home. The noises and a tad of spirited driving on that trip home, would’ve gotten even the most extreme car hater excited to be there in that moment. All in all it was a wonderful day filled with amazing people, and even more amazing cars. See more of these beautiful cars in our gallery.
Posted by mainesfinest On April 17th, 2015
Spending the day with this car was a total treat. Knowing Steve pretty well, he let me drive the car for most of it, and let me just say it was awesome. I’ve ridden in a Viper before, but it was obviously nothing like driving it. The closest thing that I can compare it to is a C6 Corvette, there is torque absolutely everywhere. No matter what gear, no matter what RPM, it pulls and it pulls like a train. Im a fairly big guy, and it fit me like I was in a tailored suit, and like getting out of said suit it was a little tough as well. The one odd thing to get used to was how the pedals were sort of off to the left compared to where you might think they would be, and the pedals themselves are really close together. Closer than any other car I have ever driven. The throttle response is super direct and completely immediate, which is surprising with this giant V-10, you would think it would be a lazy to rev but it just isn’t. Lastly the attention you get while driving this car, or even when its parked is unbelievable. Everywhere we went people where staring and pointing. Brought a whole new level of fun to what would otherwise just be another old photoshoot.
Posted by mainesfinest On April 12th, 2015
Anyone who’s ever had a serious full blown project will know the difficulties of staying on track, especially when every last nut and bolt is in a place other than where the factory intended it to be. With Jake’s S-10 that’s pretty much exactly what happened. Throw twin boys into the mix, and anyone could understand why. It all started back when Jake was searching for a project to keep pace with his dad and brothers, who are huge car guys like himself. His dad has a 1932 Pontiac 5 window. His brother Jim swapped an RB25 into a 95 240sx, and his other brother Josh has a custom pre 60’s salt flat car and a 29 Model A Roadster with a flathead. I can’t think of another family that has this kinda car style and culture so deeply woven into it. They are all also a part of the Downeast Street-rod club, so he knew he had to do something cool, but he had to keep it different. So when he picked up a copy Mini-Truckin magazine, realizing how awesome these trucks are and the fact that no one in Maine builds anything like this, it was a simple choice what to do next. Being a Chevy guy it’s not hard to figure out why he went with an S-10, and he knew he wanted a first generation of the body style because of the square body, lack of airbags, and the lack of a third brake light oddly enough.