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 [...]

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. […]

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