25 07, 2017

Back in the Saddle at the WeatherTech International Challenge at Road America

By | 2017-07-25T22:36:13+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Events|2 Comments

Every July thousands of auto enthusiasts flock to the small village of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, for what you might consider the Midwest’s vintage motorsports mecca. The event, that draws people from far and wide, currently referred to as the WeatherTech International Challenge (WIC) with Brian Redman presented by Hawk, draws a dazzling assortment of nearly 500 race cars. . While the name has changed over the years based on the highest paying corporate sponsor, the event continues to be a showstopper. I’ve made the trip for 20 some consecutive years and will continue to do so for as long as I am able. It’s that good! After a couple agonizing years attending the event as merely a spectator, this past weekend marked my 16th visit as a participant in my 1971 Porsche 914-6. It also marked my first full race weekend back behind the wheel of this car in two and a half years. This particular event is regularly the highlight of my summer, so needless to say I was very excited. After weeks of planning and preparation I packed up my wife and kids and hit the road for Road America on Wednesday morning. As is always the case, the drive always seems longer when you’re excited to get somewhere. It doesn’t help when the five year old in the back seat repeatedly asks, “are we there yet.” I thought this was only something from the movies, but my son proved it was a practice many kids possess. We did [...]

5 06, 2017

Lap Around the Web – June 5th

By | 2017-06-05T14:48:36+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Vintage racing offers a whole host of advantages for spectators over its modern equivalents, such as better access to the cars, (usually) cheaper tickets to the races, and in some cases, better racing. Looking back at last week's Monaco Grand Prix, there was barely any passing on the tight streets of Monaco during the race because the new cars are wider and more evenly matched than ever before, but with vintage racing, the tiny little race cars of yore, before all the big front wings and steamroller sized tires, were able to dash around each other for position with relative ease. Click the link to Jalopnik for the full video of this race and just watch as the gorgeous, cigar-shaped '58 Maserati 250F picks its way through the grid of equally lovely competition. Speaking of vintage racing, Petrolicious just stocked their marketplace with a number of gorgeous illustrations depicting a number of historically significant race cars from yesteryear created by artist Guy Allen. Petrolicious currently has six different prints in stock, covering all the high points of German and Italian sports and race cars. Although I'm rather partial to the Alfa Romeo GTA and Lamborghini Countach LP400, you can never go wrong with some BMW 3.0 CSLs or Group C race cars either. 1984 Lancia 037 Group B Evo 2 from Girardo & Co. on Vimeo. Continuing with the vintage race car vibe I seem to have accidentally started going with today, I was pretty excited to find this video showcasing all [...]

30 05, 2017

So Many Vintage Cars at the Harvey West Memorial Races

By | 2017-05-30T11:29:35+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Many people consider Memorial Day Weekend the official start to summer. For me it's the official start of the vintage racing season. For as long as I can remember I've headed to Brainerd International Raceway over memorial weekend to see an eclectic mix of  vintage race cars hit the track. While the weather has always been hit or miss (this weekend included), there's always a neat mix of cars racing with Vintage Sports Car Racing, the local vintage racing club. McNama1969 ra Formula Vee For me this my first race back in the saddle of my Porsche 914-6 vintage racer following an unplanned, three year hiatus. If you've followed the MHCC blog for awhile you may have seen the chronicling of my engine (mis)adventure. With that behind me, and also a new engine behind me, I was very excited for the weekend. I'll spare you all the details, but I will tell you the car ran flawlessly and I managed a second place finish, somehow holding off a fast Formula Ford and gaggle of firebreathing Corvettes in the process. #29 1971 Porsche 914-6 Since I was participating in the race weekend it simply wasn't possible to capture any trackside action photos. It's kind of hard to do when you're strapped in a car on track. I did, however, spend some time wandering around the paddock and snapping pictures of the wide variety of vintage race cars. For trackside action shots you can view this gallery of photos shot [...]

10 01, 2017

Duct Tape & Disappointment: A mad dash to build an improved race car dash

By | 2017-01-13T09:19:16+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Projects|2 Comments

Long story short, a couple of years ago I had premature engine failure on my 914-6 track car. If you’re bored you can check out part 1 and part 2 of my engine misadventure. Otherwise, I’ll continue on with the regularly scheduled dash programming. We all know how the slippery slope works and before you knew it I had the car apart in hundreds of pieces tackling various “cheaper” projects while amassing engine parts and waiting for the engine builder. One of the projects I wanted to tackle for years was a dash rebuild. You see this car has been a track car since 1972 and judging by the great number of patches to the existing dash I wouldn’t be surprised if it was original to the track car build. […]

20 09, 2016

Lap Around The Web – September 20th

By | 2016-09-21T08:37:59+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Spa Francorchamps has been a beautiful backdrop for some of the great racing we’ve seen for 95 years. While it’s best known today as one of the most challenging circuits on the F1 calendar, the track also hosts a 6-hour vintage race full of 100s of our favorite racing cars of the past. Everything from Ferrari 250 GTOs and Jag E-Types up to Ford Mustangs and Chevy Corvettes take to the track to duke it out for 6 hours on the track’s undulating, and often unpredictable tarmac. Petrolicious put together a great story on the recent race at Spa that is definitely worth a look. […]

29 04, 2016

Ben’s Unexpected Engine Adventure – Part 1

By | 2016-09-30T09:26:34+00:00 April 29th, 2016|Driving Experience|0 Comments

It seems we all dream about filling our garages with fun cars, but people tend to overlook the fact that when you add more cars to your fleet you add exponentially more projects. I’m blessed to have a couple fun cars tucked away for nice days, but it seems there’s always something I have to do to keep them running. This is a complete understatement when it comes to my Porsche 914-6 vintage racer. Let me bring you up to speed…   Keeping the family tradition alive with my then 2-year old son riding shotgun in the Hawk International Challenge at Road America Race Car Councours parade into town […]

8 03, 2016

And what’s the deal with Jerry Seinfeld selling all of his cars?

By | 2016-03-08T11:57:22+00:00 March 8th, 2016|Cars We'd Like to Own, Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

  Jerry Seinfeld Collection: When Jerry Seinfeld is auctioning off 18 of his Porsche street and race cars (and a few assorted rare Volkswagens), it sure makes you wonder what else he has in his collection if this is the stuff that he doesn’t mind getting rid of. Highlights for us include a ’59 718 RSK race car (one of 34 built and originally raced by Roger Penske), a badass ’73 917/30 Can-Am Spyder (packing over 1,200 hp into a 1,765 lb body), a 1990 962C race car, a stunning blue ’55 550 Spyder, and one of two factory Carrera GT concept cars ever built. Of course, there’s also a handful of concours-worthy street cars in the mix as well that would fit right in in Porsche’s own museum. If auction estimates are anything to go off of, Jerry could be going home with well over $30 million. Peanuts compared to what he makes from Seinfeld re-runs but not bad for a one-day garage sale!      

30 11, 2015

Epic Road Trip or Hair Brained Scheme, Why Not Both?

By | 2015-12-01T10:42:13+00:00 November 30th, 2015|Driving Experience|0 Comments

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. […]

30 11, 2015

New Addition: 1977 Mazda Rotary Engine Pickup (REPU)

By | 2015-12-01T09:28:02+00:00 November 30th, 2015|New Additions|0 Comments

We are excited to introduce the newest addition to our Morrie’s Heritage rental fleet: a 1977 Mazda Rotary Engine Pick Up. This beautiful REPU has just gone through an almost 5-year overhaul and restoration that has made it one of the nicest specimens of this truck we have seen. The most notable feature is the paint job, which is the original Mazda Skyish Blue. When you look at the stance of the truck, you’ll notice it sits a bit lower than stock based on the Bilstein coilovers up front, de-arched springs with 2 leafs removed in the rear, and adjustable air shocks. […]

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