Posted by mainesfinest On September 13, 2017
Article by: Aaron Perry | Photos by: Ben Getchell | Video by: Riley Whitcomb
Thank you to everyone who Donated and Participated in our Fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey. We were able to raise a total of $1760.00 for the American Red Cross, and it would of been impossible without all of your help. Our Grand prize from the Auction was a Full Feature for the website, which included Video, Photos and Article of the winner and their ride. We honestly couldn’t of asked for a better pair to win it.
We aren’t sure what was more fun, hanging out with Jim during the filming and photos or the car itself. The owner and machine are both noticeably unique, and it is clear once you see both of them for the first time. Both standing out from the crowd with some subtle and no so subtle touches, from the tattoos on Jim, to the swivel velour bucket seats, both are full of personality, and both leave you with a smile.
Now the Malibu isn’t all just a pretty face and some tattoos, she has a heart that won’t leave you bored. With the tasteful chrome work and the MSD and Edlebrock parts that help to unleash some of the older work horses, it’s no slouch. The Chevelle is more the capable of roasting the tires, which Jim may have been happy to do a couple times for us, or settling in for a long cruise, she does it all.
Jim purchased the car in the early 80’s but it didn’t really see the road until a couple years ago. Building a car with this much character takes time, and sometimes that time is a long one. As new fans of this car, we can tell you it was time well spent. The passion and love for the Malibu that Jim has is apparent, you can’t help but smile as he tells you about it. It’s something all of us in the car community understand, the love for a machine that you have put countless hours and split knuckles into. It resonates from the exhaust and from Jim’s telling of the process, it’s love for something that few people understand, it’s why we do it.
We can’t thank Jim enough for this experience with him and his car. The day was a blast, cruising around the back roads, setting up the shots for the video and photos. You just couldn’t ask for a better day with a nicer guy. Jim, we hope you love this as much as we do, and thank you for the opportunity to share you and your car.
Posted by mainesfinest On May 19, 2017
We’ve all seen them, they are all over the roads of America; they’re boring, 4 door family sedans that we’ll just say, don’t exactly inspire excitement.
Enter: Chad Russell’s 2002 4 Door Accord.
You are able to tell right off that this is a special car, with its Euro-R exterior, swapped interior, and CCW Wheels, the car just sticks out. It’s reserved and still manages to turn heads and make a statement. Sometimes the simple and clean builds are the ones that end up looking the best, but this car isn’t just looks. Oh, No. Under the hood is where the real party starts.
This isn’t just a stock accord with some nice exterior bits, the stock engine has been swapped for a built H22 Motor. The all motor H22 puts out a respectable 243 wheel horsepower, and 196 ft/lbs of torque. She’s pretty enough to catch your eye, and she’s got the power to leave you behind.
Video by Ben Getchell
Photos by Ben Getchell
Posted by mainesfinest On May 6, 2017
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!
Photos By: Matt Snell
Photos By: Ben Getchell
Posted by mainesfinest On February 10, 2017
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!
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.
Other Doodads: Color matched frontend, black housing headlights.
Posted by Aaron Perry On January 26, 2017
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
Posted by mainesfinest On December 30, 2016
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.
Posted by Ben Getchell On December 9, 2016
We had the pleasure of meeting Peter Vincent on the coast of Maine, and filming his beautifully put together SLC SuperLight Coupe. With it’s mid-engine LS3 and pushrod coil suspension, this car is anything but a slouch.
Be sure to check out TBL Media for more videos.
Posted by Aaron Perry On December 9, 2016
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.
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.
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.
We 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.
If you would like to see the Live Track Walkthrough and Q+A please follow the links:
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.
Posted by mainesfinest On November 22, 2016
Maine’s Finest has teamed up with Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers for a Donation Cruise.
When: December 10th
-Start: Maine Mall: Sports Authority Parking
-End: Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers in Waterville
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
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
Maine’s Finest Team
Posted by mainesfinest On November 10, 2016
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
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.
with your Submission or any questions you may have.
Maine’s Finest Team