Category: Events

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!


Photos By: Matt Snell

Photos By: Ben Getchell

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


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.


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.


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.




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



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

When: December 10th

Time: Noon

-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

Thank You,

Maine’s Finest Team

We Want You


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


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

with your Submission or any questions you may have.

Thank You

Maine’s Finest Team











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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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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Events: Import Face Off


WHEN: Sunday, May 17th, 2015

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.

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

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

Import Face Off Facebook Event Here



Events: Ultimate Furious 7 Meet




Maine’s Finest will be hosting an event for the upcoming hit Furious 7. The meet will start at 3pm. There’s an IMAX ($15) showing at 7PM and a non-IMAX ($10) showing at 6:50PM. Think about reserving your tickets ahead of time.

Lets be courteous and have no loud music, burnouts, or high revving please. We are hoping for a good turnout with nice weather. If for some reason the weather turns for the worse on that Saturday, we will be postponing the event until Sunday.

Thanks guys, hope to see you all there!


Events: Red Bull Frozen Rush 2015

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“The snowy mountains of Maine will once again echo with the roar of 900-horsepower off-road Pro 4 trucks as Red Bull Frozen Rush returns to the slopes of Sunday River Ski Resort. The raw power of these machines will be put to the test by harsh winter conditions, as the trucks race head-to-head over jumps, around gates and down ski slopes. The unique race will air on NBC as part of the year-long Red Bull Signature Series.Last year, Red Bull Frozen Rush created a new chapter in the history book of off-road racing. This winter, it will return with defending champ, Ricky Johnson – and eight more eager drivers – to push the progression of the sport even further. Stay tuned to this page for more info and stories as the event approaches.

Thursday 8 January
10:00 AM – 02:00 PM
Red Bull Frozen Rush Fan Day

10am-11:30am: Qualifying
12:00pm-2:00pm: Open Pits — checkout the trucks and meet the drivers

Friday 9 January
11:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Red Bull Frozen Rush Race Day

11am-12pm: Pre Show
12pm-2:30pm: Races
2:30pm: Awards
3:30pm-4:30pm: Driver signing at South Ridge Lodge

Red Bull Frozen Rush

January 8-9, 2015
Sunday River Resort, Newry, Maine

Spectator Information:

• Red Bull Frozen Rush is a FREE event to attend, with secure walk-up viewing areas at South Ridge Lodge on Thursday and Friday.

• Standing room only in viewing areas with bathrooms and concessions available at South Ridge Lodge.

• Jumbotrons will be provided in viewing areas to watch the race as not all areas of course are visible from secure viewing areas.

• Lift tickets are required to access the designated on-hill ski/snowboard viewing areas. Lift tickets can be purchased at South Ridge Lodge.

• Free parking and shuttles will be provided on a first come first serve basis from Sunday River parking lots and designated overflow locations.

• There will be an open pit walk at the Barker Lot from 12pm-2pm on Thursday. Fans will be required to use the free shuttles from South Ridge Lodge, as no on-site parking is available at the Barker Lot.

• Can’t make the event? Red Bull Frozen Rush Live Stream will be available at starting at 12:30pm EST on Jan. 9.”