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 [...]

17 10, 2017

The MHCC Fall Color Tour – 2017

By | 2017-10-17T11:23:19+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Driving Experience, MHCC Excursions|0 Comments

Last week we decided that the fall colors had almost hit their peak, so we hit the open road and cruised to Lord Fletcher’s on Lake Minnetonka for an evening of food and fun. We had around 10 cars on this year’s cruise, and we made a little noise, took in all the best Minnesota fall colors, and grabbed an excellent dinner on the lake. We’ll let the pictures do the talking for now, but don’t fret if you missed out – we’re already planning our Spring Fun Run for next year! Again, thank you to those who joined and we hope to see you again next year! […]

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 [...]

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! […]

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