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Jim’s ’64 Chevelle Malibu SS

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.

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Chad’s Euro-Spec Honda Accord

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.

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Video by Ben Getchell

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Photos by Ben Getchell

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

 

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.

 

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

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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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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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