I AM MAINE’S FINEST VOL 3

I am Maine’s Finest

 

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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Stay tuned for more of I am Main’es Finest

BeastCoast The Collective

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.

 

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Events: Import Face Off

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WHEN: Sunday, May 17th, 2015

TIME:
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.

EVENT ACTIVITIES:
Car/truck/bike show, 1/4 mile drag racing, Usaci double points stereo crank it up contest, burnout contest (time permitting).

PRICES:
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

Maine’s Finest Facebook Event Here

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I AM MAINE’S FINEST VOL. 2

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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. 

Event Coverage: Club Loose North Drift Event

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Ok, before we even get into anything about the day and how amazing of an experience it was, let me just say this: GO TO A DRIFT EVENT. Honestly if you are even slightly interested in the sport, you have to make it out to one of Club Loose North events this summer, it really is worth it. Starting out the day, and having to wake up at 3:30am to make it to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Club Loose North drift event, was a bit of a task, but boy was it worth it. Arriving about an hour before the event gave me plenty of time to walk around meet some people, and try to get some semblance about what the day ahead would bring.

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I AM MAINE’S FINEST VOL. 1

I am Maine’s Finest.

 

You might be wondering what that is. So are we. That’s why we exist.

We are Maine’s Finest, and we are going to explore who that is, and what that means.
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Maine’s Finest is a collective of people interested in finding the coolest vehicles in Maine, documenting them, and sharing them with the masses. Maine’s Finest is fueled by passion and excitement. We are always looking for that hidden gem, that ongoing build, that unique whatchya macall it. We are looking for the unique vehicles that make the car scene special.
We’re looking for you, and your ride.
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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.

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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.

I know the answer to who is Maine’s Finest… we all are.
We all make this wonderful scene what it is, and we all contribute something amazing. My goal is to spotlight different members, and their cars.
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You have a Pontiac Fiero that you love? I want to know about it. You have a lifted Cherokee with no floor boards and mud on the headliner from that time you forgot to roll up with window? I want to write about 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.

 

Photoshoot: Dakota’s GLI

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.

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Photoshoot: Hampton Beach Cruise

What do you get when you take a beautiful Sunday afternoon, a great group of people, an amazing route, and some beautiful cars? Well what you end up with is results like this on the other side of a couple camera lens’s. Jeramy and I went into this knowing it would be one hell of a day, but we had no idea we would get the sort of results that we did. It started out normal enough. First with the arrival of the Roadrunner, then the brand spanking new Sti, a CTS-V and then the big dogs showed up. Peter and Steve showed up together in the yellow Gallardo and the red Viper, which you’ve all seen before. Then Mike rolled in with his freshly tuned and polished Supra, (look for a full feature on these cars in the near future). We departed shortly thereafter, and that’s when the day went from cool, to absolutely stunning. It was a sensation overload. The sights and sounds were indescribable, especially when we stopped off in Portsmouth to meet up with the other orange Gallardo. Once we got back on the road, we took the scenic Route 1A down to Hampton beach, and arrived at our destination on the coast. We shot some great photos, hung around and chatted with some locals, and caused quite the stir having these cars lined up for some photos on the ocean. We even had a 2009 GTR show up which sadly we weren’t able to get any good shots of, before finally departing home. The noises and a tad of spirited driving on that trip home, would’ve gotten even the most extreme car hater excited to be there in that moment. All in all it was a wonderful day filled with amazing people, and even more amazing cars. See more of these beautiful cars in our gallery.

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Photoshoot: Steve’s Viper

Spending the day with this car was a total treat. Knowing Steve pretty well, he let me drive the car for most of it, and let me just say it was awesome. I’ve ridden in a Viper before, but it was obviously nothing like driving it. The closest thing that I can compare it to is a C6 Corvette, there is torque absolutely everywhere. No matter what gear, no matter what RPM, it pulls and it pulls like a train. Im a fairly big guy, and it fit me like I was in a tailored suit, and like getting out of said suit it was a little tough as well. The one odd thing to get used to was how the pedals were sort of off to the left compared to where you might think they would be, and the pedals themselves are really close together. Closer than any other car I have ever driven. The throttle response is super direct and completely immediate, which is surprising with this giant V-10, you would think it would be a lazy to rev but it just isn’t. Lastly the attention you get while driving this car, or even when its parked is unbelievable. Everywhere we went people where staring and pointing. Brought a whole new level of fun to what would otherwise just be another old photoshoot.

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Feature: Jake’s Bagged S-10

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Anyone who’s ever had a serious full blown project will know the difficulties of staying on track, especially when every last nut and bolt is in a place other than where the factory intended it to be. With Jake’s S-10 that’s pretty much exactly what happened. Throw twin boys into the mix, and anyone could understand why. It all started back when Jake was searching for a project to keep pace with his dad and brothers, who are huge car guys like himself. His dad has a 1932 Pontiac 5 window. His brother Jim swapped an RB25 into a 95 240sx, and his other brother Josh has a custom pre 60’s salt flat car and a 29 Model A Roadster with a flathead. I can’t think of another family that has this kinda car style and culture so deeply woven into it. They are all also a part of the Downeast Street-rod club, so he knew he had to do something cool, but he had to keep it different. So when he picked up a copy Mini-Truckin magazine, realizing how awesome these trucks are and the fact that no one in Maine builds anything like this, it was a simple choice what to do next. Being a Chevy guy it’s not hard to figure out why he went with an S-10, and he knew he wanted a first generation of the body style because of the square body, lack of airbags, and the lack of a third brake light oddly enough.

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