Posted by mainesfinest On April 23rd, 2016
Maine’s Finest got the chance to do a short Q+A with the Face of ClubLoose North, Russ Barcomb. If you have made it to a ClubLoose event, chances are you have seen the man with the chest length beard, flying around the track in either a golf cart or a moped, picking up debris and resetting cones and tires. That’s the man we got a chance to talk to, and that man is a HUGE part on why we are still talking about ClubLoose today, and going to events in the near future. Russ Barcomb everyone, the man, the myth, the legend:
MF: What is Clubloose all about for those who don’t know?
RB: Club Loose is a worldwide club of bad ass men and woman who spit fire and shred tires.
MF: Is Clubloose a nationwide club?
RB: It’s worldwide now. NJ is where it all started 14 yrs ago when Matt Petty and his bros needed a place to drive, then John Wagner started hosting events as CLUBLOOSE II. I then started doing event in NH, now Eric O Sullivan is hosting events in Ireland.
MF: Where did you get your start in drifting?
RB: I started drifting in NH and Mass. parking lots on Sunday mornings at like 6 am, no one was up at 6am EVER on a Sunday, no police. So I’d do runs in warehouse sections and then I started going to Star Speedway in Epping a circle track, traveled all over the east coast to random events,then Clubloose went to NHMS and we have been shredding there for a few years.
MF: What was your first car?
RB: My first car was a Buick Century. lol gramma ride. My 1st drift car was a 1989 Nissan 240sx I got it 100% stock from a family in mass, had skittles in the seats melted crayons etc/ you have seen it I’ve had it for about 14 yrs now. My Maroon S13.5 Sr20det etc etcPhoto Credit: Kevin Nguyen
MF: Do you see yourself growing the club and making more events?
RB: 100% yes. I have no interest in doing this once and moving on. When My son Deven, who is now 8 yrs old goes to his 1st event as a driver (8 yrs) and learns to drive and is taught life lesson by his peers within the club, then and only then will I think about moving on AFTER a few years.
MF: Are there different Classes, and if so what is the difference?
RB: We have 3 diff groups now. C B & A C being 100% new 1st timers. We set them up with a hand out and with a ton of info on it, for car set up and driver tips. After they can show me they can handle the car FULLY in c group they are moved in to B, which allows them to now open up the course a bit and use the back section. I’ve seen a handful of cars get sent to the junk yard when the rear section is not done right, or someone has a failure in brakes. Once B group drivers have shown me they can control the car and themselves, you can see “fear” or lack of confidence in a drivers actions and listening to his throttle control, once I see they are 100% confident in themselves and can shred the course over and over with no spins I’ll send them up. A group is where a cage is needed and they will be running with other cars door to door, growing more skills and showing the newer drivers what to look forward too
MF: Is it all for fun or is their competitive events?
RB: 100% grassroots drift event no comps. we like to “keep drifting fun” everyone helps each other out and strives to be good drivers and people.
MF: How do new people get involved?
RB: Show up? If you would like info, clubloose-north.com has all the info for drivers and spectators. We hold events all summer long and all are welcome. We even had a few birthdays last event, Logan turned 6, and also had a older woman I’d assume 70, filming from a IPad. It’s a bunch of fun and each drivers personality is shown in his car and driving. It’s for families, dogs, cats, young, and old, as you’ve seen it’s just a bunch of wild boys.
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Posted by mainesfinest On April 21st, 2016
Three words can sum up my Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Non Stop Drifting.
The drivers from Club Loose North are an absolute blast to be around, friendly to talk, you get the sense that they appreciate you coming to watch them enjoy what they love doing. It’s drifting, it’s man throwing machine around a track sideways and it’s so much fun to watch.
The drifting is split into 3 Groups:
C Class: Your beginner drifters, cars that are mostly stock and drivers who are just learning the art of the slide.
B Class: Drivers who have advanced through C Class ability wise; it’s also here where the cars start to see more modifications and capable of higher speed drifts.
A Class: These are the top tier guys of the group. The cars have been heavily modified and purpose built to go sideways as fast and controlled as possible, with a driver who knows how to do it.
Every group puts on their own show, you start to route for the C Class drivers as you watch them progress through the day. The B Class guys put on solid drift after solid drift, when a car spins the crowd is usually rewarded with a good little doughnut and a smoking exit. But the show, is all A Class. I found myself stepping away from a wall or two, as these guys came barreling in and just miss the barriers. It really is impressive to watch.
Be sure to follow Maine’s Finest on Facebook and Instagram (@maines_finest) year round as we bring you more coverage from the Club Loose and many more events this Summer. Make sure to also check out Club Loose for any additional club information and a list of this year’s events.
Can’t wait to see you guys out there.
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Posted by mainesfinest On June 2nd, 2015
Had a little change of venues for the weekly Thursday meets. Result was a rainy day that turned into a beautiful one, and I was able to capture some great shots with my little 50mm. The meets from here on out will be held at Scarborough Downs, and we cannot wait for the first one this week!
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
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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)
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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.