19 09, 2018

Fall Color Tour – Wednesday, Oct. 17th – 5:00pm

By | 2018-09-19T16:36:43+00:00 September 19th, 2018|Driving Experience, Events, MHCC Trips|0 Comments

We want to invite everyone out Wednesday, Oct. 17th to drive one of our Level 1 – 4 vehicles for only $125 – and we’ll supply the dinner (alcohol not included). You can upgrade to a Level 5-6 vehicle for $200. You can also add a second meal to your reservation for $25, just let us know if your email if you’ll have a guest. You can meet us at the Morrie’s Heritage warehouse on Wednesday, Oct. 17th at 5:00 pm and we’ll start our cruise at 5:30 pm. We can’t wait to see everyone for dinner and that will be held at B’s On The River in Watertown! We’ll plan on about an hour and a half drive to the dinner location. Email us at MHCC@morries.com to let us know you’re coming out! Make sure to get your reservation in for the rental on our online booking tool, and use the coupon code “fallcolor” when booking. Leave a PayPal deposit at the end of the reservation and we’ll settle up for the balance if you want to add a guest! We’ll see you all soon!   Reserve Your Spot Now   […]

25 07, 2018

Mercedes Then and Now – 560SL vs SL63

By | 2018-07-25T12:53:48+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Driving Experience|0 Comments

Cars, and the way people use cars, have changed significantly since the introduction of the Mercedes SL-class in 1954.  Between the 1989 560SL and the 2009 Sl63 there has been 20 years of research and development, and a lot has changed.  Obviously, the body style and components completely changed with each iteration, but more importantly, has the way the car drives and feels completely changed as well? 1989 560SL: Weight: 3,704 lbs. Engine: 5.0 liter V8 Power: 227 hp & 279 lbs. ft. of torque RWD Transmission: 4 speed auto 2 Seater 2009 SL63: Weight: 4,274 lbs. Engine: 6.2 liter V8 Power: 518 hp & 465 lbs. ft. of torque RWD Transmission: 7 speed auto 2 Seater Performance wise, the SL63 is a completely different animal than the 560SL.  Both of these cars are powered by V8’s, so neither lack power (especially the SL63).  However, the humongous 6.2 liter V8 rockets the SL63 from 0-60 in 4.4 seconds, compared to the 7.3 seconds it takes in the 560SL.  The SL63 handles significantly better than the 560SL, there is very little body roll and it gives you the illusion that you are gliding around each corner.  However, by no means am I saying that the 560 handles poorly.  It is actually one of the most comfortable classic car I've ever driven and it never felt unstable or floaty while behind its wheel. Although the new SL63 out performs the 560SL in every way, the 560SL's vintage charm makes it equally [...]

25 07, 2018

Tales from the Track – Too much wrenching, not enough racing

By | 2018-07-25T14:54:03+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Driving Experience, Events|0 Comments

The International Challenge at Road America (aka the Hawk, the KIC and the July vintage races at Road America) will always be one of, if not my favorite weekends of the year. I started attending yearly with my family in the early nineties and stepped up as a competitor in my 914-6 in the late-nineties keeping the family tradition alive. Of the 16+ times I've raced at the event I can count the number of times I've had significant mechanical issues on three fingers. This past weekend I added a fourth finger into the mix. Humor me for a few minutes as I set the stage. Snugly loaded into the truck, we hit the road for out six hour drive to Road America Wednesday morning I hit the road with my family pointed towards Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, home of Road America, AKA the best place on earth (at least as far as any car guy/gal is concerned). Five of us packed into my pickup with trailer hitched behind us hauling everything including the kitchen sink. Above and beyond the race cars and associated parts we had more food than an all you can eat buffet, bicycles, scooters, life jackets, party rafts (you read that right) and much more. We left on time, made good time and we arrived at the track arguably the earliest we ever have on the Wednesday prior to the big racing weekend. We got our paddock space all setup, and with our work complete at [...]

24 07, 2018

“The Hawk” at Road America

By | 2018-07-24T14:35:22+00:00 July 24th, 2018|Driving Experience, Events, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Recently, the MHCC team spent some time at Road America for a race weekend to most, simply known as “The Hawk.” It’s a vintage road race that I’ve personally attended almost 25 years in a row now, and I can still say that it’s one I look forward to each year. As more and more vintage vehicles seem to fade into private collections, there’s still a large number of unique and amazing racecars to see – so check out our photo recap of the weekend, from the racing action, to the street car concours, and much more! […]

17 07, 2018

Ralleye de Valleye – Mini Horse Rides Again

By | 2018-07-17T10:27:34+00:00 July 17th, 2018|Driving Experience, MHCC Excursions, MHCC Trips|3 Comments

Last weekend, Adam (our MHCC Program Coordinator) and I threw a couple backpacks into the back of “Mini Horse” a.k.a. the 1977 Mazda Rotary Engine Pick Up and joined 20 other classic cars on the first annual Ralleye de Valleye which took us from Hastings, MN over the river  and into Wisconsin as we snaked our way through the absolutely wonderful “ABC” roads along the Mississippi River with stops along the way in Wabasha and Winona before stopping overnight in La Crosse, WI and heading north again the following day before ending the journey at StoneRidge Golf Club in Stillwater. […]

31 05, 2018

Marketing Interns and Audis: Do They Mix?

By | 2018-05-31T13:19:50+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Driving Experience|0 Comments

School’s out and summer jobs are starting. Our summer marketing interns, Zach and Claire, had a less than typical assignment their first week on the job. They were sent on a road trip to La Crosse, Wisconsin to experience and report on how the 2018 Audi Q7 and 2018 Audi A7 drove. Claire: The A7 is a perfect mix of luxury and sport. Its exterior is sharp and sexy, somewhat resembling a young hatchback with long body and notable cargo capacity. The driver sits low, amplifying its sport car vibe. However, the electric seat positioning allows for incredible adjustability, I was comfortable the entire 3-hour drive. The A7 is a perfect car for those who are looking for a daily car but aren’t willing to sacrifice speed, the quickness of the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine makes for a conservative adrenaline rush. The A7 is a smooth ride with a reliable and impressive turning radius, it was a blast to drive on the curvy, riverside roads to La Crosse. Zach: The A7 can be summed up in the phrase form and function.  The A7 is absolutely gorgeous and it is a functional daily driver as well.  There are plenty of beautiful sports cars/super cars out there, such as the Audi R8, but none are able to double as functional family cars at the same time.  With seating for 5 and a spacious trunk there is plenty of room to put groceries or your kid’s sports equipment, especially with the rear seats [...]

22 05, 2018

Track Day Is The Best Day

By | 2018-05-22T15:56:40+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Driving Experience|0 Comments

Ah, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and a warm breeze blows gently across your face. It’s a beautiful spring day in a beautiful resort town in Minnesota and we couldn’t be happier. But we’re not on a lake or standing around a grill, cooking hot dogs. No, we’re at the race track! Brainerd International Raceway, to be precise, for another one of our fabulous track days! It was a great time with plenty of cool street and race cars taking to the track to be put through their paces. We even had a few vintage German race cars as well as some brand new Mazda6’s being driven around the track by professional race car driver, Aaron Telitz. If this looks like your kind of fun and you’d like to join us next time, we’ll be opening up registration for our September 29th track day soon! […]

17 05, 2018

MHCC Spring Fun Run 2018

By | 2018-05-17T11:30:26+00:00 May 17th, 2018|Driving Experience, MHCC Excursions|1 Comment

You couldn’t have asked for better cruising weather than what we had last night for our annual Spring Fun Run. We left the MHCC warehouse with 9 cars and toured the back roads out west of Lake Minnetonka before arriving at Lord Fletcher’s for a group dinner. With the temperature in the high-70’s, it was beautiful top-down weather and everyone arrived at Fletcher’s in high spirits. We hope you can join us on the next one! […]

15 05, 2018

If a tree falls on track does anyone hear it?

By | 2018-05-15T21:49:38+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Driving Experience, Events|0 Comments

Life moves pretty slowly after returning to normal life following a race weekend. That’s a known fact when you’re involved in some manner of motorsports. I was reminded of that last week. Two weekends ago I kicked off the racing season by heading to Road America for the World Racing League CanAm Endurance Cup. The racing activity comprised of an eight-hour race on Saturday and another eight-hour race on Sunday. That’s 16 hours of wheel to wheel racing on what I consider the best race track in America. In other words, it was heaven. A racer’s dream. To top it off the weather was absolutely perfect and the car ran great. That said, the weekend wasn’t without a few hiccups. We kicked off the weekend running through tech For the race my team of amateur endurance racing veterans brought out our trusty orange steed, a 1989 BMW 325i. It’s hard to believe, but the event marked our 9th year running the car we’ve affectionately named the E30 bomber. The bomber has evolved dramatically since its inaugural event at Brainerd many years ago and has morphed into a super reliable and reasonably quick little race car. This event again proved that meticulous maintenance during the off-season makes the racing a lot more fun (because the car runs as expected) during the racing season. Sometimes, however, human error can screw it all up temporarily. Our Motley Crew of petrolheads. From right we have our crew chief Josh, Ben, Erik, [...]

6 02, 2018

The Rolex 24 At Daytona through the eyes of a six year old

By | 2018-02-06T23:11:27+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Driving Experience, Events|0 Comments

The 2018 Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona wrapped up nearly a week and a half ago and if you follow IMSA racing you’ve likely seen your fair share of media recaps already. That said, I’m not going to post my average at best photos from the 56th running of this Florida endurance classic. Rather, I’m going to recap the race from a different perspective that you surely haven’t seen - that of a six year old attendee. Attending a race like the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona is a bucket list item for most sports car enthusiasts - a race most would like to attend at least once in their lifetime. In the case of my son, he’s already been twice and he’s only six years old! I can’t say he’s hooked on cars just yet, but the fact that I’ve got him to attend the better part of two 24-hours races without too much whining is a good start, right?   Photo op during the pre-race grid walk Last year he was kept entertained by his buddy who attended with us, but this time it was just Benjie, Grandpa and me. It would be a true test of his automotive attention span. Fortunately, it started out on an unexpected good foot. We started our day during the pre-race grid walk. This presented an opportunity to see the cars up close and mingle on the serious banking Daytona International Raceway is known for. Benjie was excited to take pictures [...]

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