6 05, 2018

MN C&C – May 2018

By | 2018-05-06T17:33:34+00:00 May 6th, 2018|Events|0 Comments

Beautiful weather, stunning cars, and smiling faces all added up to make this one of the best MN Cars & Coffee events ever. Not only was it a great turnout of cars, but we saw everything from the debut of a brand-new Ford GT and a McLaren 720S to a London Taxi and some vintage military trucks. There was truly something for everyone with such a diverse group of vehicles, a new coffee vendor, and loads of food trucks spread throughout the Canterbury Park grounds. Here’s hoping for a similarly great show next month! […]

30 04, 2018

What’s Going On – Week of 4/30/18

By | 2018-04-30T14:42:42+00:00 April 30th, 2018|What's Going On?|0 Comments

Supercars Exposed – Saturday, May 5th Calling all aspiring automotive photographers! Morrie’s is hosting a unique event where we’ll have some truly special cars on display for the sole purpose of showcasing your skills! Cars will be prepped and ready to be your muse following the May 5th MN Cars & Coffee event. Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personal with some awesome automobiles. […]

30 04, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 30th, 2018

By | 2018-05-01T08:23:58+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|1 Comment

Rotary engines are just insane little things, aren’t they? Even as someone who has dedicated my entire life to learning every possible thing I can about cars and the auto industry, I still find myself slightly mystified by those tiny, little brap factories. In normal, everyday applications like your average RX7, where they make anywhere from about a 100-hp up to 255-hp when they went out of production in the US, the rotary engine starts to resemble something made on this planet, but then you consider that all throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, Mazda raced wild Prototype-class cars at Le Mans and elsewhere with over 700 hp (and up to 900 hp for qualifying) from a relatively minuscule 2.6 liters. The secret, well one of them anyway, was the innovative variable-length intake runners that could extend out like a trombone to help the engine create more torque at lower RPMs while then shorten up to improve top-end power. This design even led to Mazda’s incredible Le Mans win in 1991. To learn more about these insane race engines and the cars that utilized them, head on over to Jalopnik. […]

26 04, 2018

You Auto Know – Tires

By | 2018-04-26T08:45:31+00:00 April 26th, 2018|You Auto Know|0 Comments

While there are many important components to your vehicle, tires are one of the most important. They’re your only contact with the ground, the 4 (or 3 if you're driving a Reliant Robin) things that keep you going the direction you want to go! That means it’s important to know when to replace or maintain them, and how to check for signs of wear and tear. When should I replace my tires? How long your tires will last depends on many things, such as: type of tires, your driving style, and where you’re driving. As you’re driving, the treads on the tires get worn down, reducing their ability to channel rain or snow through the grooves. The easiest way to check your tire tread depth? A penny! Stick a penny upside down into the groove in your tires. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head over your tread, your tires and worn and will need to be replaced. How do I check tire pressure? Since how to videos are much easier to follow than a blog, we put together a useful video segment for you to learn how to check your vehicle’s tire pressure! You can find it here. Do I need a wheel alignment? A wheel alignment adjusts the angle at which your wheels and tires make contact with the road. It’s important to have a wheel alignment performed on a regular basis, but there are some warning signs which mean it’s time to schedule an alignment [...]

25 04, 2018

It Smells Like Spring – MNillest Spring Opener

By | 2018-04-25T07:59:45+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Events|0 Comments

After a tortuously long winter, I awoke this past weekend to feel warm rays of sunshine on my skin. I heard birds chirping in the nearby trees. It appeared as if the snow was finally receding instead of accumulating for the first time in more than six months. That's when I knew it was safe to leave the house and attend a car show, so I went to the MNillest Spring Opener in White Bear Lake this past Sunday. Having never attended before, I wasn't sure what to expect but there was a solid turnout of fun and interesting cars to peruse for a few hours on a beautiful afternoon. Hard to beat that!

24 04, 2018

A British infused adventure on road, on track and offroad in Portugal

By | 2018-04-24T19:35:44+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Looking back, I've never spent much time behind the wheel of Jaguar or Land Rover vehicles, nor have I kept up to speed on the brand heritage or current models. This changed when we learned that Morrie’s was adding a Jaguar and Land Rover store in Richfield. Soon thereafter I found myself on the hunt for a Jaguar E-type and successfully found one in our 1966 XKE. A mild case of Rover fever also set in and I also found myself spending more time in the MHCC Defender 90. Hell, I even came to enjoy the 2001 MHCC Range Rover, despite it being a bit too new to be classic cool and ten years too old to be everyday driver friendly. Little did I know my introduction to these brands was not complete. That all changed last week when I attended a JLR Global Dealer Expo. Just as Minnesota was getting dumped on with 15 plus inches of snow I jetted out of town and headed to Portugal. What followed was three and a half days learning all about the heritage of each respective brand, getting to know the respective vehicle lineups for Jaguar and Land Rover, spending time behind the wheel on and off-road in each and learning a lot about the future of both brands. In one word you could say it was electrifying --- due in part to a big push towards electric vehicles including the all new Jaguar I-Pace, one of the stars of the show. [...]

23 04, 2018

What’s Going On – Week of 4/23/18

By | 2018-04-23T12:35:32+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|What's Going On?|0 Comments

Summer Flower Show Opening Weekend – Saturday, April 28th-Sunday, April 29th “The Summer Flower Show displays the greatest array of warm season blooming plants over the longest schedule of the five Sunken Garden Flower Shows. Pink will be the main color with hints of white in the 2018 Summer Flower Show.” […]

23 04, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 23rd, 2018

By | 2018-04-24T10:55:14+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The big news over this past weekend was Luftgekühlt 5 – an intense celebration of air-cooled Porsches – that was hosted in a giant lumber yard in LA and organized by a veritable who’s who of Porsche fanatics including Patrick Long and Howie Idelson with help from Jeff Zwart, Rod Emery and many others. The show drew tons of gorgeous old Porsche street and race cars, and features some significant public debuts of high-profile cars such as a super rare (1 of 6), street-legal Porche Schuppan 962CR, Bruce Canepa’s new 959SC, and a new super lightweight Singer reimagined 911 called the MLHLND. It looked like an incredible event and as a Porschephile, I spent most of Sunday scrolling through various social media feeds and crying because I was missing out. Luckily, Petrolicious has a great album of photos from the event if you, like me, weren’t able to attend. […]

17 04, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 16th, 2018

By | 2018-04-17T10:02:27+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Hot on the heels of Ben’s ringing endorsement of the movie “Hitting The Apex” about motorcycle racing, I felt it was only appropriate that I start this week’s Lap with this wild, custom Yamaha GTS 1000, dubbed “Project Rhodium Omega”. While the bike’s architecture may be 25 years old, you could tell me this bike was sent back in time from 2068 and I’d believe you. There’s a really cool mix of super futuristic styling with some old-school touches that I can dig, and that wild light pod on the front makes it look a little like an angry Transformer. If you scroll to the bottom of the article, you’ll see some interesting build photos that show just how much work went into making this bike look the way it does today. […]

16 04, 2018

What’s Going On – Week of 4/16/18

By | 2018-04-16T13:47:08+00:00 April 16th, 2018|What's Going On?|0 Comments

Drive to Decide – Saturday, April 21st Experience nine different midsize crossovers in every way imaginable—from technology, to cargo capacity, to driving dynamics—all in one place! It’s the perfect way to avoid the hassle of loading up the whole family and hopping between dealerships for an entire day of test drives, plus you’ll have the additional benefit of being able to get out of one vehicle, and directly into another, competing brand. No frustration, no bias towards your most recent drive, and most importantly, no time wasted. […]

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