11 07, 2017

Mount Washington Hillclimb – A Climb To The Clouds

By | 2017-07-11T15:48:22+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Driving Experience|0 Comments

As a photographer, I’m fortunate enough to be able to see and do some pretty amazing things sometimes. Most recently, I packed up and headed to Gorham, New Hampshire which is nestled in the foothills of White Mountain National Forest, and more specifically, just a stone’s throw away from Mount Washington. It’s a beautiful part of the country, littered with pristine golf courses, thrilling ski resorts, and the reason why I was there: the Mt Washington Auto Road. This special road would play home to the Subaru Mount Washington Climb to the Clouds Hillclimb, an all-out, maximum attack time trial to the top of the mountain. While plenty of smaller hillclimb events happen all over the country, this particular event only takes place once every three years. The tight, bumpy, and often treacherous road may not draw as much attention as the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, but it’s often considered the more harrowing of the two, with rough, lumpy pavement and a number of deceptive, blind corners that can easily catch a driver out. […]

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! […]

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 [...]

30 03, 2017

#MorriesRoadTrip Goes Off-Road

By | 2017-04-19T13:40:31+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Community, Driving Experience, MHCC Excursions|0 Comments

Currently, my newest, most reliable vehicle is an 18-year old Toyota 4Runner. Being my daily driver, it spends 95% of its time on pavement, stuck in traffic, or running boring errands. But it’s that other 5% that is responsible for me sinking thousands upon thousands of dollars into maintenance and modifications. While my 4Runner is plenty comfortable to gobble up mile after mile of highway, it’s really happy as soon as the pavement ends. Like a pig in mud, my 4Runner is happiest in… err… mud. And rocks. And climbing up and down hills. And going over logs and ruts. The less of a “road” it’s on, the better. Which is exactly why I spent a day putting my 4Runner through its paces on the Spider Lake Trails in the Foot Hills State Forest up near Pine River, MN a couple weeks back with some other Toyota enthusiasts. Plus, it was a good excuse to take a #MorriesRoadtrip! […]

13 12, 2016

A Tale of Two Teammates: A Driver’s Take on the 2016 25 Hours of Thunderhill

By | 2016-12-14T12:29:25+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Driving Experience|0 Comments

This past weekend I made my third consecutive pilgrimage to Willows, California, for the longest automotive endurance race in North America, the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. They say the third time is the charm, but would this year be the one? This time around things were a bit different going into the race. I was no longer an apprehensive rookie going into the event, one that draws sixty some entries encompassing pro-level teams and highly credentialed drivers. With two previous trips to the 25 under my belt I had a good idea of what to expect. I knew the track and knew the car, having raced #56 the year prior and having recently rendezvoused with it a few weeks prior in Texas. The event would not be a success wtihout the hard work and dedication of every member on the Mazda/RDR team […]

13 10, 2016

“Out West Fall Cruise” A Chilly Night Sharing Fun & Laughs

By | 2016-10-13T13:53:52+00:00 October 13th, 2016|Driving Experience, Events|0 Comments

We decided that we needed to get out before all the leaves had fallen and that dreaded four letter word makes us put away our lovely cars for the season. So we invited people to come and rent some vehicles from our fleet, or even bring a car of their own to join us on a nice cruise through the western suburbs and beyond. Our cruise was only about an hour long, but these nights sunset falls around 7:30 so it was the perfect distance to stretch the legs of our fleet one last time and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Our destination was Lord Fletcher’s on the lake where we were treated to a private dinner room that capped our wonderful evening off nicely. We want to thank everyone who made it out and we can’t wait until spring so we can get the fleet back up and running once again. Though there still is time if you want to rent one of our MHCC vehicles, as the program will close the doors on Oct. 31st and reopen again in May 2017. Check out our gallery of all the cars that came along for the tour! […]

20 09, 2016

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph – Small Car, Big Dude

By | 2016-09-20T14:16:42+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Driving Experience, MHCC Excursions|0 Comments

We’ll be taking full credit for Kyle Rudolph’s touchdown this past Sunday against the Packers. When you arrive at the brand new U.S. Bank stadium with your seven way massaging seats going in a Bentley Bentayga SUV, you’re sure to be relaxed and ready to play. It seemed like it paid off for Kyle as he nabbed the first touchdown as a Viking in the brand new billion dollar stadium on Sunday night. SKOL VIKES! […]

30 08, 2016

Insert Clever Title About Iceland Roadtrip Here

By | 2016-08-30T15:50:21+00:00 August 30th, 2016|Driving Experience|1 Comment

Some of you might be aware that Morrie’s Auto Group has been running a road trip contest for the last couple of months that comes to an end in September. Not that the length of the road trip has any bearing on how likely someone will be to win one of the prizes, but I like to think I’m an overachiever so I packed up, hopped on a plane, and landed six hours later in Reykjanesbaer, Iceland. The plan was to tackle Iceland’s ring road and see as much of the country as we could in just over a week, so we rented a car (in this case, a 2016 Hyundai Tucson diesel with AWD) and hit the road. […]

19 08, 2016

Defending the Boundary

By | 2016-08-19T10:51:24+00:00 August 19th, 2016|Driving Experience, MHCC Excursions|0 Comments

Every year a group of friends and I make plans to do something special. Two of their birthdays fall just a day apart in early August. This year it was decided that we would venture up to the Boundary Waters. Morries has been a sponsor and supporter of my MNC&C event since its inception in 2008.  I reached out to our friends at Morries Heritage Connection. They have a pretty broad and eclectic collection of cars for rent. They’ve had the D90 at the event before, so I already knew exactly what I wanted for the weekend. As luck would have it, the D90 was available that weekend and after getting the rental paperwork in order I was on the road with my “dream truck”. […]

10 08, 2016

Arthritis Foundation Mini Grand Prix: A First Timer’s Guide to Go-Kart Racing

By | 2016-08-10T08:56:13+00:00 August 10th, 2016|Community, Driving Experience, Events|0 Comments

Sunday morning started out with a slightly too early alarm followed by a drive out to the middle of nowhere (I can only assume that sentence could be used to describe literally any race day). It wasn’t too bad though, and I was pretty excited at the prospect of finally being in a place where having a lead foot is a good thing. We checked in, signed our waivers, made it down the very steep hill to the pit area with no incidents (can’t say the same for another team who lost all the contents of their cooler in the trek), and set up our tents. So began a day full of waiting and anticipation, which on one hand was great due to the perfect weather, but on the other hand was horrible for my nerves. I’m one of those people who is super nervous about trying something new right up until I’m actually doing it. […]

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