We Want You

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Maine’s Finest is looking for Outside Photographers and Writers for a new Series: From Away Friday

What we are Looking for:

  1. Cars, Trucks and Bikes who are Feature Worthy
    • Properly Built
    • Unique
    • Interesting
  2. Small Write-Up of Vehicle
    • Mod List
    • Small Blurb of the Shoot
  3. NOT FROM MAINE

Photographer and Owner will be fully credited, if you have a Website, Instagram, YouTube and/or Facebook Page it will be listed on this website, in your article.

 

Please Contact

Aaron@mainesfinest.org

with your Submission or any questions you may have.

 

Thank You

Maine’s Finest Team

Maine’s Finest Donation Cruise to Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers

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Maine’s Finest has teamed up with Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers for a Donation Cruise.

When: December 10th

Time: Noon

Location:
-Start: Maine Mall: Sports Authority Parking
-End: Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers in Waterville

Details:
We will be leaving the Maine Mall, Sports Authority Side, at Noon on December 10th and Cruising up I295, where we will hand deliver the donations to The Maine’s Children’s Home for Little Wanderers.

Please Donate anything you can
Donations MUST be New and Un-Opened

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For more up to date information please find our event on Facebook, any and all last minute details will be posted in the Event Page.

 

Please Email Aaron with any questions or if you would like to contribute to the event

Aaron@mainesfinest.org

Thank You,

Maine’s Finest Team

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Photos by Dakota English


Every year we make the trek out to the beautiful state of Vermont for Wolfsgart. Wolfsgart is a European auto show in Essex Junction right outside of Burlington. The unique thing about this event is during the entire weekend there is always something going on to make the weekend the best it can be. They even do an 85 mile cruise through the mountains. The photos that were taken inside were apart of the Alpha class which is a where you apply to have your car showcased and judged among some of the craziest builds around. Enjoy the photos and be sure to check us out on Facebook and Instagram!


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This past weekend marked the second year of Vacationland VagFair which is a VW/Audi car show. Vagfair was started by VW geek Cory Sterling in York, PA. Cory plays a huge roll in the VW community, and since he has moved up to this neck of the woods he started a show for us mainers. The show is held at the beautiful Thomas Point Beach and Campground in Brunswick. We were able to capture some of the best well put together cars from all over the New England area and beyond. We took some photos at the show and afterwards we went into the campground for more shots. Enjoy!

Photos By Dakota English and Kyle Poirier

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Maine’s Finest Media Meet hosted by Southern Maine Car Meets

On a lovely Tuesday afternoon, some of us met up in Saco Maine for a small meet and some photos. We cruised to a few different locations, and here’s what we came up with.

Keep an eye out for future meets, and be sure to stop in on the Thursday Night meets, Hosted by Southern Maine Car Meets.

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Import Faceoff May 15 2016 at Epping Speedway

We spent the day at Import Face-off at New England Dragway last weekend, captured some great moments and saw some awesome cars. We spent our time in the lanes with the race cars, had an awesome time. Here’s the coverage , check it out !

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Club Loose’s Russ Barcomb Q+A

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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:

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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 etc11781654_10208054543260753_7089230627431282462_nPhoto 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.

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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 tooSpringFling-909513015178_1331134973570095_5346928058111587826_n

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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Thanks,
Russell Barcomb
www.DangDrifters.com
Parts Sales & Service
13 yrs of Drifting experience
(603) 820-2770 Business Cell

For Full Gallery of Pictures: Click Here

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Three words can sum up my Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Non Stop Drifting.

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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.

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If you are able to make it to any of the events this summer do it, it’s well worth the $15 entry fee and you get more then your money’s worth of sideways action.

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.

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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.

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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.

For our Full Gallery: Click Here

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Photoshoot: SMCM Eastern Prom Meet 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!

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Welcome back everyone. This week is our first community spotlight! Jake Roger’s 2004 Mini Cooper S.

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.

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Jake’s 40th anniversary was nearly the opposite of those things. It went well, it handled like a little go-kart, and it was fun. He’s got it lowered and stiffened with Megan Racing Coilovers. He’s got a 17% reduction pulley strapped to the supercharger. He had a front lip made in his garage, but like most low things, it got eaten by the road. He has an aggressively angled exhaust that gives the car a really awesome growl and bark.
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He replaced the clutch in his driveway without a lift. He replaced crank seals in the corner of his garage. He’s installed all of his mods himself, and coming from a car guy’s perspective, I’m impressed. Sure we know it’s all possible, but here’s the coolest part…
Jake is 17, and goes to school full time still. He’s replacing clutches in the driveway on jacks. That’s difficult as it is, and if you add the fact that it’s a Mini Cooper into the mix, it’s a whole different ball game. Mini Coopers for the most part suck to work on. The entire front clip has to be removed to yank the engine. It’s not easy work by any means.
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I asked Jake why of all things, he bought a Mini Cooper, and his response was super simple. “It’s small, quick and fun to drive” he peeped from the passenger seat as I bombed around the Old Port. It’s not aggressive, it’s perfect. It’s refined and easy to drive. The supercharged 1.6l was responsive and had a great power band as I cruised down the streets.

I asked what he had planned for the car, and he told me he is really looking forward to autocrossing it again. He’d done a little last year, and then he smiled and told me even his dad raced with him. Jake’s dad also has a Cooper S, but as it turns out, he races Jake’s. I laughed and asked why. Jake smiled wide and said “Mines more fun”. He was right.
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Every time I pressed the pedal down, the intake whistled and the supercharger whined. It was a blast. I smiled the whole time I drove it. We parked and took some pictures, and that’s when I discovered Jake had one of a thousand, That was really cool to me. I love limited runs. 804 of a 1000 , and I’ll bet that his is one of the better ones. Then we accidentally drove down the walking path trying to get back to my car. The Old Port is confusing and the parking attendants didn’t appreciate our shenanigans. Really though, I thought it was ironic we drove a mini down the path, it even fit through the barriers at the end easily.

 

Some of you might be wondering why I picked this car for my first feature. Two things. First: I am Maine’s Finest is about the people and the cars, not just the cars. I’ll leave that to Jason and the rest of the goons. Second: If Jake is doing this level of work on the ground, by himself after school, I’m excited to see what he’s doing in ten years. He is the future of our passion, and it makes me feel awesome to know we’ve got kids that are so in love with their cars to fight with it and make it work. He’s not like me who begs and pleads for my mechanic to do the simple stuff, he just does it. I appreciate that at 17, Jake is building and maintaining an amazing car. It’s not overdone. It’s not cheesy or tacky. The craziest thing is his exhaust. It’s tame and built for function mostly. That’s really awesome to see.  Jake is a perfect example of the people that make up Maine’s Finest, and that’s why I chose him for my first feature. He’s the future of our scene, and I can’t wait to see what he does with it.
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