15 05, 2017

Lap Around the Web – May 15th

By | 2017-05-16T09:03:54+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

We all know Steve McQueen was a cool dude. He was a handsome movie star turned race car driver whose one dream was to make a box office hit that captured the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Unfortunately, the movie envisioned ended up being a flop, destroyed his marriage, bankrupted a production company, and put a huge black mark on McQueen's acting career. Now, Don Nunley, the man in charge of providing props for McQueen's film "Le Mans" has written a tell-all book about the filming of that ill-fated movie. Given all of the calamities involved in filming one of the best vintage racing movies of all time, I can't wait to read the book, titled "Steve McQueen: Life in the Rearview Mirror".   On the rare occasion you tend to see a Mercedes 300SL, it's usually either in a museum or crossing the auction block. These rare and highly valuable cars are almost always kept 100% stock and painstakingly restored, but every once in awhile, someone bucks the trend and decides to actually enjoy driving one of these gorgeous machines. In the case of this particular 300SL, this lucky owner decided to customize the car precisely to his tastes and driving style, with custom-fitted rallye lights in the front grille, a Zagato-esque double-bubble roof to accommodate taller drivers, and an interior retrimmed in gorgeous ostrich leather. While purists may scoff, I've got to admit that it really works well in this situation. The end result is no less beautiful than any of [...]

15 05, 2017

What’s Going On – Week of 05/15/17

By | 2017-05-16T13:32:11+00:00 May 15th, 2017|What's Going On?|0 Comments

Spring Fun Run – Wednesday, May 24th We want to invite everyone out Wednesday May 24th to drive one of our Level 1 – 4 vehicles for only $75 and we’ll supply the appetizers before dinner. You can meet us at our Morrie’s Heritage “Dojo” on Wednesday, May 24th at 5:00pm and we’ll start our cruise. We can’t wait to see everyone for dinner at Lord Fletcher’s on the lake. Email us at MHCC@morries.com to let us know you’re coming out! We’ll make sure to get your reservation in for the rental you select and you can even drop the car off the following morning. […]

9 05, 2017

Track Day, Bro!

By | 2017-05-09T16:00:00+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Driving Experience, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Morrie’s Automotive Group hosted its first track day of the year last Friday at Brainerd International Raceway and although the weather in early May can always be a little unpredictable, we got lucky with blue skies and perfect 70-degree temps all day. It was under those perfect conditions that our friends and customers had a chance to get out on track in their cars (as well as a couple of Aston Martins borrowed from Morrie’s Luxury Auto). With the help of the trained drivers from the BIR Performance Driving School, it’s safe to say that everyone not only had a blast, but learned a lot and will hopefully be able to transfer those skills to driving safely on the street as well. If you weren’t able to make it to the track with us this time, we’ll be headed back up to BIR on Friday, September 29th. We hope to see you there! […]

8 05, 2017

Lap Around the Web – May 8th

By | 2017-05-09T14:15:41+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

We’ve long been pining for a nice Datsun 240Z driver to add to the MHCC fleet. And although we don’t have one yet, sometimes while day-dreaming about that gorgeous teardrop shape and luscious straight-6, I stumble across something really interesting that I can’t stop focusing on. In this case, I came across an incredible (albeit horribly impractical for MHCC purposes) carbon fiber-bodied, Nissan VQ35-powered 240Z. Not only did this guy create his own carbon body panels from scratch, but he went on to design and machine his own set of wheels! The end result is a car with well over 500 hp from a modern engine with only about 1700 lbs to motivate. While I have a hard time wrapping my head around all the hours and hours of work that went into this build, I can’t help but wish I could take a spin in the finished car. If you’ve got a few hours to kill, it’s definitely worth paging through the build thread. […]

2 05, 2017

Spring Fun Run – Dinner at Lord Fletcher’s

By | 2017-05-16T13:28:48+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We want to invite everyone out Wednesday May 24th to drive one of our Tier 1 - 4 level vehicles for only $75 and we'll supply the appetizers before dinner. You can meet us at our Morrie's Heritage "Dojo" Wednesday on May 24th at 5:00pm and we'll start our cruise. We can't wait to see everyone for dinner at Lord Fletcher's on the lake. Email us at MHCC@morries.com to let us know you're coming out! We'll make sure to get your reservation in for the rental you select and you can even drop the car off the following morning.

1 05, 2017

Lap Around the Web – May 1st

By | 2017-05-09T13:49:12+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Having done a bunch of amateur racing in formerly street-legal production cars, I think it’s always a little tempting to take them out on the road for shakedown runs, or even just the thrill of running errands #becauseracecar. And for rich folks, it gets a little easier to scratch that itch with most prestigious automakers building track day specials of their already sporty models, like the Ferrari 458 Speciale, the McLaren 675LT, and the Porsche GT3RS. Heck, if that’s not enough, those companies will gladly fleece you for a few million dollars and give you track-only models like the Ferrari FXX K, McLaren P1 GTR or Aston Martin Vulcan. But none of those cars are capable of being driven directly to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and winning outright. Luckily, Porsche was willing to bend some rules for one of their best customers, and took one of their Martini-liveried 917’s, shaved the fins off the rear bodywork, fitted antilock brakes and mufflers, and lined the interior in leather before selling it to Count Rossi to drive on the street. Unfortunately, after being turned down for registration throughout most of civilized Europe, the only place Rossi was able to legally drive it on the street ended up being Alabama, where the car has spent most of its post-racing life. For more info and photos on this incredible car, head on over to Drive Tribe. […]

1 05, 2017

What’s Going On – Week of 05/01/17

By | 2017-05-01T08:58:10+00:00 May 1st, 2017|What's Going On?|0 Comments

Morrie's Private Track Day – Friday, May 5th Please join us May 5th for a private track day brought to you by Morrie’s Heritage Car Connection (MHCC) and Morrie’s Automotive Group. At this exclusive track day you’ll have the unique opportunity to spend the day on the track in your vehicle and receive personalized coaching from a dedicated performance driving instructor. The day will begin at Brainerd International Raceway at 7:30am and end at 5:00pm. Breakfast & lunch will be provided in addition to an instructor to ensure you get the most out of your time behind the wheel. Walk for Animals - Saturday, May 6th "Get your wag on with thousands of other animals lovers at Animal Humane Society's Walk for Animals on Saturday, May 6! Featuring a scenic 2.5 mile walk through Theodore Wirth Park, pet activities, food trucks, Summit Brewing Company beer, live music from the Brass Messengers, and more!"   Cinco de Mayo Celebration – Friday, May 5th "It's that time of year again, Lago Tacos in Uptown is throwing a Cinco de Mayo bash, all day long. Our patio will be opened up to the parking lot, giving everyone a huge space to eat, drink and party."   May The Fourth Be With You – Thursday, May 4th "Come celebrate the dark side with Surly Brewing Company and Pizza Lucé! Darkness will be tapped at 8PM and Barrel-Aged Darkness at 9PM. Star Wars themed Trivia Mafia starting at 9PM with Surly merchandise as prizes! Costumes encouraged."   Betty Danger's Kentucky [...]

26 04, 2017

Heritage Shakedown Street Vol. 1

By | 2017-04-26T08:04:33+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Driving Experience, MHCC Excursions|0 Comments

After sitting in a warehouse for 5 months, the cars of Heritage were ready to get out and stretch their legs again! While some cars woke up happier than others, the Morrie's marketing team picked out a few favorites to bring home over the weekend to work the kinks out. It's a rough job, but someone has to do it. Check out what each one of us drove and why we love these cars so much: Lauren - 1986 Jeep Grand Wagoneer I have a thing for station wagons, and while the Grand Wagoneer is definitely more SUV than station wagon, it still satisfied my craving. Do I need enough cargo space to haul at least 3 full sized dogs? No, because I have a cat. But I enjoy having virtually zero blind spots and knowing I could go adopt 3 full sized dogs. And while the leaf springs lend a certain bounciness that's hard to ignore, the plush leather seats provide a very comfortable seat. This thing seems so classic to me, from the *almost* shag carpeting to the tan leather interior to the "wood" side panels. I've yet to drive a Heritage car that doesn't attract attention, and the Jeep is no exception. There is something very regal about this Jeep; some might even call it...Grand! Laura – 1989 Mercedes 560SL Being a newbie to the world of classic cars, I was a little nervous upon being handed the keys to this Mercedes – would I feel like a novice [...]

25 04, 2017

Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – April 2017 Edition

By | 2017-04-25T10:43:45+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Cars We'd Like to Own|0 Comments

We searched the deepest, darkest bowels of online car listings and found plenty of weird stuff for this edition of “Oddities”. First up, we found a bit of a Franken-Ferrari. At first glance, this might look like your run-of-the-mill 308 GTS, but I assure you, my good sir, that it is not. That’s because, at some point, someone came up with the brilliant, mad-scientist idea of cramming the 4.8-liter V12 out of a Ferrari 400i into the back of this 308, where the 3.0-liter V8 normally resides. The result is frightening intriguing. It’s sure to be fast, but that’s a pretty hefty lump of an engine to shoehorn behind the cockpit which makes us suspect that the handling might be slightly perilous. Either way, it’s going to auction in the UK next month where it’s expected to fetch a healthy premium over a normal 308. […]

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