Category: Features

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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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’s Russ Barcomb Q+A

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Maine’s Finest got the chance to do a short Q+A with the Face of ClubLoose North, Russ Barcomb. If you have made it to a ClubLoose event, chances are you have seen the man with the chest length beard, flying around the track in either a golf cart or a moped, picking up debris and resetting cones and tires. That’s the man we got a chance to talk to, and that man is a HUGE part on why we are still talking about ClubLoose today, and going to events in the near future. Russ Barcomb everyone, the man, the myth, the legend:

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MF: What is Clubloose all about for those who don’t know?
RB: Club Loose is a worldwide club of bad ass men and woman who spit fire and shred tires.

MF: Is Clubloose a nationwide club?
RB: It’s worldwide now. NJ is where it all started 14 yrs ago when Matt Petty and his bros needed a place to drive, then John Wagner started hosting events as CLUBLOOSE II. I then started doing event in NH, now Eric O Sullivan is hosting events in Ireland.

MF: Where did you get your start in drifting?
RB: I started drifting in NH and Mass. parking lots on Sunday mornings at like 6 am, no one was up at 6am EVER on a Sunday, no police. So I’d do runs in warehouse sections and then I started going to Star Speedway in Epping a circle track, traveled all over the east coast to random events,then Clubloose went to NHMS and we have been shredding there for a few years.

MF: What was your first car?
RB: My first car was a Buick Century. lol gramma ride. My 1st drift car was a 1989 Nissan 240sx I got it 100% stock from a family in mass, had skittles in the seats melted crayons etc/ you have seen it I’ve had it for about 14 yrs now. My Maroon S13.5 Sr20det etc etc11781654_10208054543260753_7089230627431282462_nPhoto Credit: Kevin Nguyen

MF: Do you see yourself growing the club and making more events?
RB: 100% yes. I have no interest in doing this once and moving on. When My son Deven, who is now 8 yrs old goes to his 1st event as a driver (8 yrs) and learns to drive and is taught life lesson by his peers within the club, then and only then will I think about moving on AFTER a few years.

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MF: Are there different Classes, and if so what is the difference?
RB: We have 3 diff groups now. C B & A C being 100% new 1st timers. We set them up with a hand out and with a ton of info on it, for car set up and driver tips. After they can show me they can handle the car FULLY in c group they are moved in to B, which allows them to now open up the course a bit and use the back section. I’ve seen a handful of cars get sent to the junk yard when the rear section is not done right, or someone has a failure in brakes. Once B group drivers have shown me they can control the car and themselves, you can see “fear” or lack of confidence in a drivers actions and listening to his throttle control, once I see they are 100% confident in themselves and can shred the course over and over with no spins I’ll send them up. A group is where a cage is needed and they will be running with other cars door to door, growing more skills and showing the newer drivers what to look forward tooSpringFling-909513015178_1331134973570095_5346928058111587826_n

MF: Is it all for fun or is their competitive events?
RB: 100% grassroots drift event no comps. we like to “keep drifting fun” everyone helps each other out and strives to be good drivers and people.

MF: How do new people get involved?
RB: Show up? If you would like info, clubloose-north.com has all the info for drivers and spectators. We hold events all summer long and all are welcome. We even had a few birthdays last event, Logan turned 6, and also had a older woman I’d assume 70, filming from a IPad. It’s a bunch of fun and each drivers personality is shown in his car and driving. It’s for families, dogs, cats, young, and old, as you’ve seen it’s just a bunch of wild boys.

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Thanks,
Russell Barcomb
www.DangDrifters.com
Parts Sales & Service
13 yrs of Drifting experience
(603) 820-2770 Business Cell

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Club Loose North Spring Fling

Three words can sum up my Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Non Stop Drifting.

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The drivers from Club Loose North are an absolute blast to be around, friendly to talk, you get the sense that they appreciate you coming to watch them enjoy what they love doing. It’s drifting, it’s man throwing machine around a track sideways and it’s so much fun to watch.

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If you are able to make it to any of the events this summer do it, it’s well worth the $15 entry fee and you get more then your money’s worth of sideways action.

The drifting is split into 3 Groups:
C Class: Your beginner drifters, cars that are mostly stock and drivers who are just learning the art of the slide.

B Class: Drivers who have advanced through C Class ability wise; it’s also here where the cars start to see more modifications and capable of higher speed drifts.

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A Class: These are the top tier guys of the group. The cars have been heavily modified and purpose built to go sideways as fast and controlled as possible, with a driver who knows how to do it.

Every group puts on their own show, you start to route for the C Class drivers as you watch them progress through the day. The B Class guys put on solid drift after solid drift, when a car spins the crowd is usually rewarded with a good little doughnut and a smoking exit. But the show, is all A Class. I found myself stepping away from a wall or two, as these guys came barreling in and just miss the barriers. It really is impressive to watch.

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Be sure to follow Maine’s Finest on Facebook and Instagram (@maines_finest) year round as we bring you more coverage from the Club Loose and many more events this Summer. Make sure to also check out Club Loose for any additional club information and a list of this year’s events.

Can’t wait to see you guys out there.

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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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Feature: Frank’s First Class GTi

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When choosing a spot for a photoshoot it’s usually a fairly simple task. Find a quiet decent road for some rollers, and succeed it with a couple different locals with an exciting or scenic back drop. Following up our last feature however, needed a bit more doing. After shooting the strip in OOB, we thought the next one needed a bit more of a statement. What better than the single most iconic spot in this entire state? The Portland Headlight. No place has been photographed more or so simply sums up what this beautiful state is all about. With a postcard backdrop, and the droves of people there the day of the shoot, only adding to the spectacle that is Ft. Williams State Park.

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Feature: Ray Lapointe’s FFR GTM

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When I first came across Ray’s car it was after we first made Maine’s Finest official as a page on Facebook. We were just getting started and we put a post out looking for cars for future features. Ray posted his car and it was  not only an instant hit on the page, but for me as well. Nobody knew what it was, and every other comment on his post was that very question. I had seen these cars before, when doing some research for what car my little brother was going to buy next, so I knew it was a kit. I didn’t however do enough research to realize just how in depth this kit really is. The huge benefit is how great of a job Factory Five does at putting this kit together and providing a step by step build guide.

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Feature: Bao Tien’s Lexus IS350

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When I first saw Bao post his car to our wall on Facebook, I knew I had to be the one to shoot it. It just had such presence, even thru a cell phone picture, it had that wow factor that’s rarely seen on cars around here anymore.

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