Minnesota has a large number of strange statues hanging out on the sides of its roads. I don’t remember how I found out about them, but it has become my life’s mission to see every single one of them. So when I looked at the June destinations for the Morrie’s Road Trip contest, I was delighted to see Rocky Taconite on it. Sidenote: I am possibly literally the only person in the state of Minnesota who knows what Rocky Taconite is—which is really sad since I’ve only lived here for three years. Come on guys. But anyway, this finally gave me the perfect excuse to go on a weekend road trip. […]
We are always up for a road trip, so when we had the chance to go and pick up our newest Heritage car in Washington and drive it back instead of shipping it, we said, “Why not?” We fly out Wednesday to pick up our 1977 Mazda pickup and start the 2800-mile journey back to Minnesota. While we could just drive straight back via Interstate 90, we thought we should take the long way back and check out what this country has to offer. […]
Italian sports car fantasy … for rent This might sound kinda geeky, but one of the coolest things about the 1987 Alfa Romeo Spider that I drove from Morrie’s Heritage Car Connection was the dashboard. Full instrumentation! I can’t tell you the last time I drove a car that had more than the ubiquitous speedometer and tachometer. As my wife and I drove around town, with the top down and wind in our hair, I appreciated watching the meters. It was reassuring to see the steady oil pressure and cool engine temp, and knowing that the purring engine was running the way it’s supposed to. We picked up the car at Morrie’s garage in Golden Valley on a late summer day. We were looking for the fun and exhilaration of driving a sports car with a time-honored nameplate without worrying about fussy maintenance or making room in our garage. […]
Unless you haven’t been outside lately, you might have noticed it is officially fall. The temperatures are dropping, the leaves are changing, and the driving season is unfortunately coming to an end. We decided taking a fall color tour was in order, and invited some friends along for the ride. We started from the new Morrie’s Luxury Auto Campus in Golden Valley and made our way to Stillwater. Shortly after entering the overcrowded town, we stopped for lunch at the delicious Smalley’s Caribbean BBQ. After lunch, we headed out on our route, which began by heading north through Minnesota along the St. Croix River. Crossing over to the Wisconsin side just after Taylors Falls, we then backtracked down some county roads finding all sorts of lovely trees changing colors—not to mention the curvy and exciting roads we had planned for our trip—this day was shaping up to be an amazing one. We made sure to plan out a couple of stops so we could stretch our legs and regroup. There was a great mix of cars, from a beautiful 427 Corvette to our very own Banana Bronco. Interested in going on a fall color tour, but don’t know where to go? Here’s the route we took. […]
Famed Porsche collector and dreadlocks enthusiast Magnus Walker is in town this week and yesterday, we had the chance to cruise with him on a rally organized by Porsche. Of course, when we found out Magnus was coming town, we figured the rally would be a great excuse to stretch the legs on the '87 Porsche 911 Carrera we recently added to the MHCC fleet. With the sun shining and the temperature hovering around a crisp 60*F, we all headed out en masse with some 50-60 Porsches taking part. The route snaked us around the various little bays and coves on Lake Minnetonka and out into the country before stopping for coffee at B's On The River in Watertown for a quick coffee break. From there, the rally participants headed East before ending up at COV in Wayzata for lunch and another meet-and-greet with Magnus. It turned out to be a great morning and our '87 Carrera drove like a dream, keeping excellent pace and on the rally and eliciting nonstop smiles from driver and co-driver alike.
During our recent trip to Road America to watch the Pirelli World Challenge races, we made sure to soak up the history and lore of Elkhart Lake, WI by mapping out and driving the original street course route from 1951 before the track that we know today was built. Armed with a map we pulled from a quick Google search, we followed the route and noted all of the track markers for the various famous corners along the way. While the original course was conceived by the Chicago Region SCCA in 1950, it was only used for one season before it was lengthened from 3.35 miles to 6.5 miles in 1951. Knowing the road conditions today are likely far better than they were in the early 1950s, it’s hard not to find a newfound respect for the drivers that blasted down these roads at full speed. With a mix of towns, farmland, and tricky, tree-lined forest roads, there were perils at every corner. Follow along below for a guided tour of the historic Elkhart Lake street course. Starting in the heart of Elkhart Lake, the Start/Finish line is just outside of the Feed Mill Market. […]