SMCM Season Opener 2017

Article by: Ben Getchell

Some may say that it’s just a “bunch of cars in a parking lot” or that it’s a “waste of money” to invest so much time, money, and effort into building a the vehicle of your dreams. Well, that may be so…but to a community of 4,000+ enthusiasts, this passion is something completely different. It means building a drag car to run a 10 second quarter mile, because that’s what you have dreamt about since you were a wee young lad. It means slamming your car to the ground, and scraping over speed bumps, because “stance life” is the only life for you. It’s restoring a classic car in your garage at home with the old man, because it’s bonding time over something you have such a strong connection over, the beer is usually cold.

All of this, was put on great display at Southern Maine Car Meet’s Kick-Off event on a chilly day in April in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. It is a seemingly quiet neighborhood, and a tourist attraction of all ages. But, as soon as you rounded the corner onto Pillsbury Ave, it was something much different. The smell of fuel, the sound of blow off valve’s, and the baby blue Lamborghini Huracan that sat at the entrance was a sight rarely seen or heard in the area.

But, Lamborghini’s were not the only cool car attending (although, maybe the most expensive). Everything from old school Volkswagon vans, stanced out Infinity’s, exotics, built muscle cars, and street dominating Evo’s showed out to this event and were proudly put on display. Here is our look into our coverage throughout the entire meet. This show/event season is looking very, very promising and we cant wait to see what the summer has in store for SMCM, and all of us here at Maine’s Finest! Enjoy!

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Photos By: Matt Snell

Photos By: Ben Getchell

From Away Friday: Esteban Vasquez’s ’07 Silverado

For a daily driver, most people want something that will be reliable and can take them anywhere they need to go without any issues. Esteban Vasquez chose a different path. He decided that his everyday driver was going to make a statement; nobody in their right mind drives a vehicle with billet wheels every day. He also dropped the truck 7 inches up front and 10 inches in the rear. This kind of drop requires some serious modification to the frame and the bed of the truck. In order to get the truck to sit that low, the rear part of the frame needed to be C-notched to let it to “slide” over the rear axle. The bed also needed to be tubbed to allow for the massive wheels out back. The 24×20” Intro Artics tuck nicely under the bed once those modifications were made.


Esteban didn’t stop there. He continued to improve the look of his truck but replacing the worn factory headlights by means of a nice set with black housings. He also ditched the chrome and had the front of the truck sprayed white to match. This might seem like a lot of work for a vehicle that is supposed to get you where you are going reliably but for a true enthusiast, this is the only way to go!


“MYNHBR”
Vehicle: 2007 Chevrolet Silverado
Owner: Esteban Vasquez
Location: Wichita, Kansas
Wheels and Tires: 22×8.5” / 24×20” (6” lip in the rear) Intro Artics.
Suspension: 7/10” drop, frame C-notched, bed tubbed.
Drivetrain: Stock
Other Doodads: Color matched frontend, black housing headlights.

Thank you Michael for the great article and Photos. Make sure to Follow MJT Photography on Instagram and Facebook

 

Club Loose North: Snow Drift

 

A rally school, drift cars, and a dirt course covered in snow, this is where we found ourselves this past Saturday. ClubLoose North and Team O’Neil Rally School partnered up for Snow Drift; where the Drifters from ClubLoose could unleash their drift missles on a snowy rally course.

 

The normal parking lot at New Hampshire Motor Speedway had been cast aside for a winding dirt road, tucked in the backwoods of New Hampshire. The course, where the student drivers at Team O’Neil normally learn car control on their way into the rally world, was handed over to the fun loving drift group and a different style of racing was unleashed. The Rally drivers didn’t miss out on all the action either, with several Rally cars hitting the course, forgetting about racing lines and only trying to get as sideways as possible and match the drift cars.

 

Despite the cold, everyone was in great spirits and looking forward to hitting the road. The day was filled with the sound of roaring engines and cheers from the specators set a great atmosphere for the days racing. It was a great day with fans of both sports enjoying the exposé of skills and bravery. If you missed it, sadly you are going to have to wait until next years event, and we hope to see you out there.

 

With a big thank you to ClubLoose and Team O’Neil for putting on a great event, please be sure to check out ClubLoose North and Team O’Neil on Facebook, making sure to catch as many of their events this season.

Article by: Aaron Perry

Photos by: Kevin Nguyen

 

Wasp Racing: High Performance Suspension

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Maine’s Finest is proud to announce that we are now a Dealer for Wasp Racing: High Performance Suspensions

Check out the Store for more information.

 

SLC SuperLight Coupe

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We had the pleasure of meeting Peter Vincent on the coast of Maine, and filming his beautifully put together SLC SuperLight Coupe. received_1556886740994916 With it’s mid-engine LS3 and pushrod coil suspension, this car is anything but a slouch.

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Enjoy!

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Be sure to check out TBL Media for more videos.

 

Drift the Streets – Lewiston: Live Q+A with Don’t Panic Consulting

Last Friday (12/2/16) We had the chance to sit in and participate during a Live Q+A for Drift the Streets-Lewiston, an event coming next year that is going to feature one of the biggest car shows in the state and competition drift cars, battling it out in downtown Lewiston.

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There are still some details that need to be worked out for the event to go off without any issues and to get a feel for the questions and any concerns that the public and community may have, Don’t Panic Consulting hosted the Live Q+A. It was a chance for people to fire off any questions they may have about the drifting, the parking, the car show, ticket prices, anything and everything.2016-12-09_08-18-51

During the Q+A we got a chance to walk the actual drift course, a technical style course with plenty of great viewing spots for spectators to catch all the action. It’s a Sprint style course, Point A to Point B, which brings the drivers through some tight corners, a fast slalom, and in the bottom and out of the top of a parking garage. The 64 drivers this course is designed for are pro-caliber drivers, the racing will be side to side, tandem duels. It looks like it is going to be a great time with local food, nice cars and plenty of tire smoke.

2016-12-09_08-19-18We have had the opportunity to attend a couple meetings with Don’t Panic about Drift the Streets, and honestly it is in the right hands. This is a group that wants to bring an amazing event to our area and understands how much something like this means to the local community and car culture. They aren’t afraid to ask questions and reach out for help from others in the area, if they have a question they ask it. With an event that is this big, that is exactly what you want to see from the people running it.

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If you would like to see the Live Track Walkthrough and Q+A please follow the links:

– Walkthrough with Q+A

– Wrap Up Q+A

For More Details on Drift the Streets-Lewstion and for up to date New and Information, head on over to the Facebook Event Page.

Tickets are on Sale Now: Here

And for more information on Don’t Panic Consulting please check them out: Here

We know that we are excited for Drift the Streets-Lewiston and are hoping that it’s an event that you are too.

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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

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

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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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