Category: Photoshoot

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

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!


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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 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

 

SLC SuperLight Coupe

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We had the pleasure of meeting Peter Vincent on the coast of Maine, and filming his beautifully put together SLC SuperLight Coupe. received_1556886740994916 With it’s mid-engine LS3 and pushrod coil suspension, this car is anything but a slouch.

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Be sure to check out TBL Media for more videos.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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.

For our Full Gallery: Click Here

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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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