20 08, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Aug 20th, 2018

By | 2018-08-21T12:37:23+00:00 August 20th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Italy is well-known for its stunning cities, fabulous food, and rich culture, but for those of us who love cars, it’s known as an automotive mecca, home to some of the most famous sports car brands on earth. Of course, it wouldn’t make sense to build great sports cars if you didn’t have great roads as well, and luckily, Italy is known for having plenty of those too. Add all that together and you end up with a perfect place to host this year’s Vernasca Silver Flag, a vintage road rally type of event that has run through central Italy for the past 23 years, from Vernasca to Castell’Arquato. Now, I have no idea what that route actually looks like on a map, but based on the cars in attendance, it could be a 600 ft jaunt across a Walmart parking lot and I’d still just about consider selling an organ to be there. For more information about this amazing event, check out the full story over on Petrolicious. […]

13 08, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Aug. 13th, 2018

By | 2018-08-14T15:30:08+00:00 August 13th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

What’s better than going to a carnival? How about going to the carnival of vintage motorsports?! It turns out that that’s exactly what Classic Days is, which takes place every summer on the grounds of a German castle, with all manner of vintage race cars for as far as the eye can see. And what a beautiful scene to showcase just about everything from early 1920’s race cars to the famous Mustang and Challenger that were used in the movie Bullitt. The event brought out tons of noteworthy cars, but also plenty of famous racing drivers who piloted these speed machines in anger when they were new. From the photo gallery on Petrolicious, this looks like a future bucket-list event to attend! […]

6 08, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Aug 6th, 2018

By | 2018-08-07T11:17:05+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Just like the saying “the clothes make the man” points out that what a person wears can often be a judge of their character, the same can apply to wheels on a car. One of the most important parts of a car is where the rubber meets the road and the perfect set of wheels can make or break the look of a car. While most modern cars don’t really look right on anything smaller than 18″ wheels, I’m totally enamored with the much more intricate 14-, 15-, and 16-inch wheels of the 1960’s through the 1980’s. That’s why I couldn’t help but bug out when Petrolicious shared this cool throwback look at all the classic wheels that adorned sportscar 30+ years ago. There are just so many creative and quirky designs from the likes of ATS, Compomotive, Campagnolo, and Speed Star. Which vintage wheel design is your favorite? […]

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 [...]

30 05, 2018

You Auto Know – Road Trip Prep

By | 2018-05-30T14:53:50+00:00 May 30th, 2018|You Auto Know|0 Comments

Summer is here, the grass is green, and kids are out of school.  What better way to spend time with your family than with a cross country road trip?  There are so many great national parks and monuments available to visit, it can often be difficult to decide where to go.  However, the most important thing to do is to make sure that your car is ready for whatever road lies ahead.  Here is a quick list of things that should be inspected on your car before you leave. Fluids and Regular Maintenance: Check your vehicle’s engine oil, transmission oil and differential oil to prevent any damage to the key components that makes your vehicle run properly. Also perform any necessary maintenance that may arise during the trip, such as replacing the timing belt and spark plugs.  It is also extremely important to check the amount of brake pad left, only if you plan on stopping during your road trip.  Another thing to check is your headlights and brake lights; checking these will not only help keep you and your family safe, but it will also help you avoid unplanned stops and tickets from the friendly State Patrol. Battery: Be sure to check your battery and clean the battery terminals (the two prongs you connect the wires to) so that your vehicle will consistently start during the trip. Tires and Alignment: One of the most important things to check on your vehicle is the tread left on your tires.  A [...]

29 05, 2018

Lap Around the Web – May 28th, 2018

By | 2018-05-29T15:22:26+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Few people realize that Aston Martin once competed in Formula 1. Despite the checkered success the British sports car manufacturer has had in GT racing throughout the years, their only foray into F1 was largely unsuccessful since they debuted what should’ve been a sleek, world-class, front-engined race car just as Ferrari and others were introducing their first mid-engined cars. As such, only four of these DBR4 F1 racecars were built in 1957. This particular car was actually rebuilt with pieces from a DBR4 F1 that was disassembled and sold off in pieces back in the late 1950s, and since its reconstruction, has been used extensively in vintage races throughout England and the rest of Europe. And isn’t that what a car like this deserves? To be put through its paces instead of sitting in a museum somewhere, collecting dust? I sure think so. To learn more about this beautiful Aston Martin DBR4 F1, head on over to Petrolicious. […]

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 [...]

9 10, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 9th

By | 2017-10-09T15:06:40+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

As most of you reading this might’ve noticed if you weren’t living under a rock for the last couple months, there was a rare total solar eclipse in August. While many people jumped on the bandwagon in the months or weeks leading up to the eclipse, some people (mostly astronomers or nerdy photographers) had been planning to view the event for years. Sam Bendall, for instance, had been looking forward to the eclipse for close to a decade and had been planning his ideal way of viewing the eclipse when the time came. Luckily, as the time approached, his schedule cleared to allow him to make a once in a lifetime journey from California to Oregon on his motorcycle where he enjoyed over 1500 miles of beautiful roads over the course of 4 days. His story is both interesting and awe-inspiring and will make you long for a similar opportunity. […]

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