Posted by mainesfinest On November 4th, 2014
When choosing a spot for a photoshoot it’s usually a fairly simple task. Find a quiet decent road for some rollers, and succeed it with a couple different locals with an exciting or scenic back drop. Following up our last feature however, needed a bit more doing. After shooting the strip in OOB, we thought the next one needed a bit more of a statement. What better than the single most iconic spot in this entire state? The Portland Headlight. No place has been photographed more or so simply sums up what this beautiful state is all about. With a postcard backdrop, and the droves of people there the day of the shoot, only adding to the spectacle that is Ft. Williams State Park.
Before making our way to the shoot location, we met Frank at his dealership. Bay City Motors has been in business for half a decade now, and going strong. Frank, being a VW guy to the core, has reflected this in his lot by filling it to the brim with V.A.G. cars. Everywhere you look. In his garage and out back, in every nook and cranny, you can find every generation of water cooled VW’s. From a MK2 Jetta coupe and a MK1 GTI sitting out back, to his MK5 sitting out front, all with plans to go under the knife.
Some may think that Frank’s GTI simply gets lost in the vast sea of bagged and stanced VW’s that make up today’s current scene. But even by the standards of yesteryear, this GTI is a prime, proper, and quality example of the mk5 Golf chassis. Everything was done with a specific purpose. Everything has a reason for being where it is, and every part compliments the other in a way that I only used to see when Maine VW Scene was at its peak.
The power matches the stance to start with, without being some wildly out of control street car. Sporting a Borg-Warner K04, S3 injectors, CTS front mount, 3” Miltek turbo back, and United Motorsports stage 2 software to keep them all in sync and on the same page. The most recent upgrade in wheels makes the biggest impact on the car, as any wheel change would, but there’s just something next level about CCW’s. The Polished Classic 5’s, at 18×8.5 et38 out front and 18×9.5 et32 out back. With the gold ARP hardware, they are by a long long way, the flashiest, boldest statement the car has to make.
When you compare those wheels with the interior, you’ll really get what I’m on about. Almost completely stock, with only the air pressure gauges, P3cars digital vent gauge, and a classy shift knob to round it all out.
With the Airlift Performance Series and V2 digital management, providing the ride and the Porsche Brembo’s providing the stopping power, the car is right at home carving up any back road you could throw at it. And with the recent journey down to New Jersey for Canibeat’s First Class Fitment, all the components showed their merits seamlessly, and Frank was rewarded with a slot in the V.I.P. section upon arriving at the gate.
We aren’t sure what’s in store next for the GTI, but we are sure there’s plenty more to follow in the MKV’s footsteps. With talks of a 20th anniversary build, we can’t wait to see what next year holds for Frank and his stable of VW’s. The rest of the album can be seen in the gallery.
Posted by mainesfinest On October 24th, 2014
DATE: Sunday, Oct. 26th 2014
WHERE: Windham Hannaford (797 Roosevelt Trl, N. Windham, ME 04062)
Posted by mainesfinest On October 21st, 2014
The biggest disappointment of the whole day was not having a blue R to complete the quartet of the MK4 R32 color spectrum. However I quickly got over that fact the instant I got home and popped the SD card into my computer. I mean really, the results speak for themselves with this photoshoot. The way Ben’s red R popped out against the foliage. The way Colby’s black R looked against the cold and windy swells of Harpswell cove. And the way Levi’s simple and understated silver static R stood out against its two bagged counterparts, lent themselves incredibly well to the lighting of the day and each other. Stay tuned, there’s some big big things in the works for one of these cars, keep your eyes peeled to find out just which one it is. See the full album in our gallery.
Posted by mainesfinest On October 19th, 2014
DATE: Sunday, Oct. 26th 2014
TIME: 9am – whenever
WHERE: Maine Motorsport Service (408 Bath Road, Brunswick, ME 04011)
COST: $40 for 3 pulls
“2wd or haldex cars only. Slight adjustments OK. We also have a wideband and remember that it’s in doors so no huge lifted trucks.”
Posted by mainesfinest On October 18th, 2014
DATE: Saturday, November 1st, 2014
TIME: 3pm (NOT 6pm!)
WHERE: Sabattus Machine Works (62 Greene St. Sabattus, ME 04280)
“There will be a hose out if you want to bring a bucket and wash your ride (photo shoot). There will also be an out house, and a 50/50 raffle (1 for $2 or 3 for $5) to try and pay for the out house; any extra money raised will go to local food bank in Sabattus.”
Posted by mainesfinest On October 18th, 2014
DATE: Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
TIME: 5pm – 10pm
WHERE: New England Dragway (280 Exeter Rd, Epping, NH 03042)
COST: $15 Spectators, $25 Racers
“Let’s get the street night live !
Open pot Races, old rivalries, test and tune Call outs let’s settle the city beefs at the track
Also Come hang out with admins and fellow JDMASS members”
Posted by mainesfinest On October 17th, 2014
Groups from all over the state met up early on a Sunday morning at the Kennebunk rest stop to cruise to Import Face Off at New England Dragway in Epping, NH. Import Face Off happens twice a year, and tends to be some of the biggest shows of the season. They hold a car show, drag racing, and even a burnout contest with tons of vendors on site. Our coverage of this event can be seen in our gallery.
Posted by mainesfinest On October 8th, 2014
DATE: Sunday, October 19th, 2014
TIME: 10am – leaving at 10:15am
WHERE: Windham Hannaford (Windham Mall – RT. 302)Across from Walmart
“Meet at windham mall on the hannaford side of the lot at 10am, leaving at 10:15-10:20am. we will cruise up 302 into fryeburg and over to conway and do a loop through the white mountains including the kanc and bear notch road. we will be stopping to let people caught in traffic catch up to the group as we go, so dont worry about being left behind. 2 way radios are a great idea if you have them. Hope to see you all out there!
Make sure you show up at the morning meet up spot with a full tank of gas and a lunch/drinks. theres not many places up there to stop for food with a bunch of vehicles!”
Posted by mainesfinest On October 6th, 2014
Colby Haley’s ’04 Bagged R32 on v2 digital air lift kit slam series. Sitting on BBS rsii / 18×8.5 18X10 et 20 front et25 rear.
Filmed by Dylan Michaud -MrDMFilms
Posted by mainesfinest On October 1st, 2014
WHEN: Sunday, October 12th, 2014
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
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