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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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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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Photoshoot: SMCM Eastern Prom Meet 2015

Had a little change of venues for the weekly Thursday meets. Result was a rainy day that turned into a beautiful one, and I was able to capture some great shots with my little 50mm. The meets from here on out will be held at Scarborough Downs, and we cannot wait for the first one this week!

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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

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. 

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.

 

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