22 09, 2017

Preparing Your Car for a Long Winter Slumber

By | 2017-09-22T16:38:19+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|You Auto Know|0 Comments

Here in Minnesota wintry weather is inevitable and it’s approach triggers the unavoidable – putting your fun car away for winter. Here at MHCC we have to tuck away 30+ cars every year and we've learned a few things about it over the years. It's always hard locking our favorite cars away for a long winter's slumber, but there are a number of steps that can be taken to ensure they are ready to hit the open road when Spring returns. We’ve included a number of storage tips below to make sure your car has a trouble free winter slumber and is in tip-top shape when it comes time to take it out of storage. • Prior to storage bring your car fully up to operating temperature • Find a dry, dark location to store your vehicle. Concrete floors are best. • Lay down plastic sheeting on top of the concrete where your car will be parked • If covering your car, give your car a good wash and wax if possible to prevent any scratching inflicted from covering a dirty car • To prevent excess air in the tank from condensing and causing potential issues, fill the fuel tank with a fresh tank of fuel and add fuel stabilizer. • Arrange an oil change prior to storage to prevent contaminants from working into your engine. An added benefit is that when spring arrives you’ll be ready to hit the road with fresh oil • Inflate your tires to 55 [...]

20 09, 2017

Overland (Mis)Adventures: What’s Better Than Sleeping in a Van by the River?

By | 2017-09-20T11:25:15+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Driving Experience|0 Comments

There are a lot of things that beat sleeping in a van by the river. For instance, sleeping in your bed, at home. Or sleeping in a bed in a hotel room. Or pretty much sleeping on a bed with 4 solid walls and a roof over your head. Just about all of that is more comfortable than sleeping in a van. But as the saying goes: “you can’t drive a house” and that was all I needed in order to find a way to turn my beloved ’99 Toyota 4Runner into an off-road capable RV. […]

19 09, 2017

In order to finish first, you must first finish – tales from the 2017 Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival

By | 2017-09-19T22:37:27+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Driving Experience, Events|1 Comment

For the second time this year, I loaded up the family into my F150 pickup and headed to Road America with trailer in tow. The destination was the Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival (ELVF), the more laid back of the vintage race weekends there. It had been three years since I last ran this event, historically one of my favorites, and heading back was a little bittersweet. During my last outing I grenaded the engine in my car. In the first session. On my birthday. Thousands upon thousands of dollars later I was back in hopes of making it a successful weekend spent on track and with family. Fortunately, a few things were working in my favor. I had a new engine in the car that had run like a champ in July at Road America. The weather appeared to be some 45 degrees warmer than the low-thirties experienced last time at the event. And better yet, the sun was expected to shine all weekend opposed to the frigid rain endured the last time around. Finally to top it off, I had a three and five year old to assist in the pits. What possibly could go wrong? Junior crew chief in training Benjie helps his dad check the tire pressure Friday was a practice day with a 30-minute morning session and a 30-minute afternoon session. Given work is extra busy right now I spent nearly every minute I was out of the car on my computer working, and as [...]

19 09, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Sept. 18th

By | 2017-09-19T08:31:17+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Leave it to the Goodwood Revival to bring everyone back to the heyday of Formula 1. Last weekend, a killer assortment of some of the most beautiful Formula cars ever assembled took to a soggy track to duke it out for bragging rights. Petrolicious was there to capture all the action as these flyweight cars ripped around the circuit. Not only was the racing period correct, but so was the event, with nostalgic costumes and events that harked back to a simpler time. Although famous drivers like Fangio and Brabham are long gone from the racing scene, it’s incredible to see their cars still being driven in anger. […]

11 09, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Sept. 11th

By | 2017-09-12T09:54:12+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The Jaguar D-Type is arguably one of the most beautiful, and certainly one of the most valuable, cars that Great Britain has ever produced. That’s why it was such a treat to see so many of them racing at the Goodwood Revival this past weekend. As a photographer, I’m sure it would be a treat to shoot one of these amazing cars sitting in the paddock but could you imagine how cool and exciting it would be to actually ride along in one around the track, hanging out the side over that glorious side-exit exhaust and snap rolling photos of multiple other D-Types as they follow you around the track?! That’s some serious bucket list level stuff right there, and luckily, someone from Classic Driver had the opportunity to make my dream become their reality this past weekend at the Goodwood Revival. And if for some reason Jaguar D-Types don’t get your heart racing, they’ve got plenty of other coverage from the event here, here, and here. […]

5 09, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Sept 4th

By | 2017-09-05T12:57:24+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

When most people think about modifying trucks, they don’t usually think of commercial trucks or even car haulers. This, however, is simply too cool to ignore. Say hello to the “Baller Hauler”, designed and created by Miles Shinneman. What started off as an Isuzu NPR box truck has now been converted into a pretty badass car hauler with the help of tons of rat-rod-ish bodywork and a custom articulating ramp to accommodate even the lowest of cars. Power is now provided by a Chevy 6.0-liter Vortec V8 and an onboard 9,000-lb winch helps load just about any car in a snap. This is one of those projects that goes beyond just having a certain look and I’d argue that this build is definitely cooler than the sum of its parts might have you believe. Heck, it’s not even done yet! There’s still more body and paint work to be done as well as swapping out those 22″ semi truck wheels to even more ridiculous 24-inchers. This is one build that is definitely worth keeping an eye on! […]

5 09, 2017

What’s Going On – Week of 09/04/17

By | 2017-09-05T09:08:28+00:00 September 5th, 2017|What's Going On?|0 Comments

James J Hill Days – Friday, September 8th-Sunday, September 10th Along the shores of Lake Minnetonka, the Wayzata area community gathers the weekend after Labor Day to celebrate James J. Hill Days. Combining community tradition with fun filled activities and events this festival provides something for the whole family. […]

28 08, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Aug 28th

By | 2017-08-28T12:58:59+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Because I’m still living vicariously through everyone who was in Monterey Car Week a couple weekends ago, it only seemed fair to share a few more galleries and articles that popped up in the past week. One of the best I’ve seen was from Classic Driver with all of their favorite cars from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Road & Track created two awesome photo sets highlighting the most beautiful cars to roll onto the fairway at Pebble Beach while the other photo set shares all of the most interesting cars to be raced in anger over at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Road & Track also took time over Car Week to interview two motor racing legends: Sir Jackie Stewart and Tom Kristensen. Petrolicious also shared a handful of awesome galleries and articles from a few of the events they covered during the week as well. […]

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