13 12, 2017

Countryside Car Pickin’ – MHCC Style

By | 2017-12-13T17:55:41+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

If you haven’t noticed yet, the MHCC crew is always looking for an excuse to go on an automotive adventure. When we see one we jump on it. Now, admittedly, I like a good road trip as much as anyone here, but I ‘m not sure I could handle an epic like Adam and Josh’s 3,200 Mazda Rotary Pickup winter road trip. Fortunately the trip I had planned with Adam was just a day trip. Our adventure started with a car, but it was not our car. Rather, it was a car we were scouting for the MHCC fleet. Whereas most of the cars we want to buy are hundreds if not thousands of miles away, this particular car was just a couple hours northwest in Alexandria, Minnesota. Needless to say a plan was hatched quickly to go see the car in person, a truly novel idea given most of our fleet has been purchased online, sight unseen and with a leap of faith. (Spoiler alert – upon seeing the car it was everything we hoped it would be, but we’ll save that story for another day.) This story is about Adam and I bouncing around for 250 miles one chilly afternoon in the MHCC Land Rover Defender. There’s a certain allure to the Land Rover Defender. It’s big, tough looking and conveys more than a bit of that rugged adventurism you’d associate with a trip through the English countryside. Or at least a hipster Instagram post. Joking aside, it’s [...]

11 12, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Dec. 11th

By | 2017-12-12T10:57:05+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

With a killer soundtrack bested only by the incredible cars racing across the screen, Simon Kidston’s latest short film is nothing short of amazing. If you love vintage European sports cars, you’ll love “Wolf of the Autostrada”. In addition to a Countach, a Testarossa, a Ruf CTR, and an old Aston Martin V8 Vantage, there’s even a cameo from famous Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni. It’s also a wonderful showing of some expensive and rare cars being driven hard and used as they should be. […]

11 12, 2017

What’s Going On – Week of 12/11/17

By | 2017-12-11T12:50:58+00:00 December 11th, 2017|What's Going On?|0 Comments

Pups, Pints, & Pictures with Santa – Sunday, December 17th “Your family and pups are cordially invited to join us for our Family Holiday Celebration! The Twin Cities Home Group – RE/MAX Results and Vet Partners Pet Hospitals are hosting a Sunday afternoon of fun as we celebrate our wonderful clients this holiday season!” […]

5 12, 2017

You Auto Know – December Roundup

By | 2017-12-05T10:31:58+00:00 December 5th, 2017|You Auto Know|0 Comments

Winter in the Midwest comes with lots of confusing terms for drivers. ABS, AWD, 4WD, snow/winter tires, all season tires...but what do they all mean, and why does any of this matter to you? In this month’s You Auto Know, we’re rounding up all the best winter driving information for you! All wheel drive and 4 wheel drive may seem like the same thing, but we're here help you understand the difference! Just like you choose the right pair of shoes for the occasion, you have to choose the right tires for the season for your vehicle! This means deciding between snow/winter tires and all season tires. Does “all season” mean the best choice for every month? Why do snow tires do a better job gripping the road in winter? Find these answers and more in our snow tires blog. Once you have the right tires on your vehicle, you need to know how to use them! This helpful article will show you how ABS can actually hurt your stopping distance.  Keeping a safety kit in your car can help in case of an emergency. Here are the items we recommend including in your kit. Now that you’ve learned the difference between AWD and 4WD, why snow tires are your best bet for winter, and how to stop with ABS, find out what else you can do to prepare your vehicle for the upcoming season! 

4 12, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Dec. 4th

By | 2017-12-04T16:23:20+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

In honor of the most recent addition to the Morrie’s Heritage fleet, what better time is there to share this awesome time-lapse video of an old VW Beetle engine getting torn down and rebuilt by the guys at Hagerty? After driving the Beetle 2500 miles from Portland, OR to Traverse City, MI, the teardown began, eventually replacing the aluminum case and exhaust with new items. Although we don’t expect Adam to rebuild the engine in our ’73 Super Beetle anytime soon, it’s really interesting to see all the work that goes into just such a job. […]

4 12, 2017

What’s Going On – Week of 12/04/17

By | 2017-12-04T10:00:30+00:00 December 4th, 2017|What's Going On?|0 Comments

Fix-It Clinic – Saturday, December 9th “Got broken stuff at home? Learn valuable repair skills at an upcoming Fix-It Clinic. Residents bring in small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices and more and receive free guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix their items.” […]

1 12, 2017

The last thing you need is another project: Part 1

By | 2017-12-01T12:59:08+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why are you building that? The last thing you need is another project. That's what I know a certain someone is thinking about my latest garage project. There's probably more than a little truth to the statement, but winters are long in Minnesota and you have to stay busy, right? Besides a gearbox teardown and other automotive excitement on the winter checklist I got the hare brained idea to build a custom pickup camper for my Ford F150 by scratch. You might say it was fueled by many late nights scouring the Expedition Portal Forums with one hand on the keyboard and another holding a delicious IPA. I'd have to agree at least a little bit with that statement. So, why the heck do I want to build a pickup camper? Beyond pure impulse and enjoyment of building things, I see it as a good opportunity to get out and explore with my family. There's nothing wrong awitha  little more quality time with your loved ones, right? It could serve as a great basecamp for race weekends, both those where I'm racing and those where we're simply spectating, and also a good platform to get out and enjoy the multitude of parks within a days drive. Who knows, maybe we event take it on a road trip out west. The rough design I've spent a lot of time thinking about the design. Programs like Sketchup make it easy to put ideas into 3d models and I've worked through several different [...]

27 11, 2017

Morrie’s Road Trip – Back From The Dead(th Valley)

By | 2017-11-27T16:57:37+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Driving Experience|1 Comment

Instead of the usual family time for Thanksgiving this year, my wife and I decided to pack up and head down to Las Vegas where we could binge on huge buffets, avoid awkward conversations with that one weird uncle, and just laze around next to a swimming pool with some friends. Although I missed some aspects of the traditional Thanksgiving feast, sitting down to a buffet that significantly bigger than my entire house and eating half my body weight in shrimp cocktail and prime rib made up for it. The downside to this gluttony, however, meant that I was in no shape to do much physical activity for the next 24 hours. That's why a 3-hour road trip to Death Valley National Park sounded like such a good idea on Black Friday. Death Valley is somewhere that I've always wanted to visit and this was the closest I was going to get anytime soon. So we packed a light lunch, grabbed plenty of water, and hit the road. The plan was to get to the visitor center in time for a late lunch and then explore the park until it got dark. Our first stop was Dante's View, one of the highest points of the park that overlooked the lowest point of the park: Badwater Basin. The drive through the hills to get to Dante's View was a great taste of what was to come later in the day as the serpentine road wound its way between cacti [...]

27 11, 2017

What’s Going On – Week of 11/27/17

By | 2017-11-27T13:36:51+00:00 November 27th, 2017|What's Going On?|0 Comments

Como Zoo Holiday Flower Show Opening Weekend – Saturday, December 2nd-Sunday, December 3rd “The Holiday Flower Show tradition began in 1925 and continues to be the most anticipated and visited flower attraction at the Conservatory today. The Holiday show will feature mostly pink Poinsettias with traces of white throughout the garden.” […]

27 11, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 27th “The Leftovers Edition”

By | 2017-11-27T10:54:40+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Hopefully, you’ve woken up from your Thanksgiving turkey-induced coma, wiped the leftover gravy or cranberry sauce from the corner of your mouth, and it back to work today. To make that post-holiday Monday a little better, I’m going to start by bringing you some Grade-A vintage racing from the historic Daytona International Speedway. Normally, vintage races get chopped down to what is essentially a sprint race of maybe a dozen or so laps to fit in all the different classes or to fill time before more modern series run. Luckily, that isn’t the case for the Classic 24 Hours of Daytona, where all of your favorite race cars from yesteryear come back to one of the most iconic tracks in the world to duke it out for glory yet again. And not only are the cars themselves incredible but because the racing season slows down significantly around this time of year, it brings out some big name drivers as well, including Patrick Long, Jochen Mass, Ron Fellows, and Adrian Newey. Between the sights, the sounds, the cars, and the drivers, there’s simply no other race like it. […]

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