25 07, 2017

A Photo Recap of the Road America Weekend

By | 2017-07-25T10:53:39+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

This weekend was all about Camaros, Can-Am Cars, and everything else under the sun that can go fast. Whether it was 80hp Pre-War Specials, or an 800hp Can-Am car, everyone was ready for the WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman. There’s something special about waking up at 7:15am to the spin of the power tools as opposed to a regular alarm clock buzzing in your ear. Camping at the track has been something I’ve been doing for as long as I can remember! I’ve spent over 20 years heading to racetracks all over the country, and I’d have it no other way. That being said, there’s something special about showing up year after year to Road America for “The Hawk.” […]

18 07, 2017

Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – July 2017 Edition

By | 2017-07-18T14:21:22+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

It’s been a little while since we dragged up the weirdest automotive finds from the darkest corners of the internet but we’re kicking things off again with a doozy! If you like boats but don’t want to deal with that pesky truck and trailer, we’ve found the perfect solution for you! Just drive your boat! That’s right, this off-road and off-land ready vehicle can go straight from the highway to the waterway. Sure, it costs more than your average house, but as we always say “you can’t drive your house!”. This 2015 WaterCar Panther is everything a boat lover could ask for with a 3.7-liter Honda V6 and a manual transmission for proven reliability. And don’t mind the painter’s tape designating some of the buttons. Once you’ve made this Panther yours, you won’t need those labels for long… […]

27 06, 2017

Best Firework Displays in the Twin Cities

By | 2017-06-28T10:27:49+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Most everyone loves fireworks (with the exception of most dogs who hide under the bed when they go boom), and that’s why we’re chomping at the bit for the 4th of July firework displays. Not only are these displays going to be on the fourth, but when it falls on a Tuesday like it does this year, it could be the weekend before and after! […]

21 06, 2017

MHCC BBQ Blog: The Heritage Half Slab

By | 2017-06-26T13:32:39+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Barbecue is arguably one of the best summer feel-good foods out there. Whether it’s a fat slab of ribs, a big chunk of chicken, some beautiful brisket, or some perfect pulled pork, if it’s got some barbecue sauce on it, it’s all good in the hood. So with that in mind, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite barbecue joints around the Twin Cities. So if you’re craving some of the most delectable meats in town, we’ve got you covered. […]

21 06, 2017

The 24 Hours of Le Mans: The Quick and Dirty Recap Roundup

By | 2017-06-21T07:15:01+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

It was bound to be an intense 24 hours of racing at Le Mans this year. Between Toyota shattering the lap record in qualifying and Porsche showing up with their new 919 LMP1 cars and their new mid-engined 911 RSR LM GTE cars, it was shaping up to be a great race. Ford sent a bevy of their GT race cars that dominated last year, while Corvette Racing showed up with a few C7.R’s, including a car being campaigned by the Taylor brothers, Ricky and Jordan, two of IMSA’s most dominant drivers this year, proving that the GT class would remain entertaining as well. […]

13 06, 2017

What/Where/When: Your Guide to Watching the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans

By | 2017-06-13T18:06:45+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

This weekend marks one of the biggest, most historic, and grueling races of the year: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This, the 85th running of the race, will be the center stage for some truly epic racing rivalries. Among the prototype cars in LM P1, the teams to watch this year will be Porsche and Toyota, without a doubt. Toyota’s factory-backed Kazoo Racing team was looking dominant last year until a mechanical failure in the closing stages of the race cost them the win, handing over victory to Porsche instead. Meanwhile, the LM GTE class will continue to be a fan favorite as production-based cars like the Ford GT (that took 1st, 2nd, and 4th in last year’s race) go wheel to wheel against other factory-backed efforts like the Ferrari 488 GTE, Corvette C7.R, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, and Aston Martin Vantage GTE. […]

13 06, 2017

2017 Walleye1000 Vintage Rally

By | 2017-06-13T12:24:08+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

This was our second year sponsoring the Walleye 1000 and we cannot say enough about how great of an event this truly is. When we showed up just outside of Prescott, WI to kick off the event, everyone was giddy like a bunch of kids on the last day of school. The vehicles all lined up, we had a few words about where we'd be heading, and we took off through Prescott to enjoy the open road. The weather was a bit steamy at the launch and didn't cool down much throughout the day. Amazingly, all 34 cars were able to take off in the heat and head towards our final destination for the day which was La Crosse, WI. Throughout the day there was plenty of time to stop and take in the scenic byways of Wisconsin, maybe run through an antique store or two, and even stop for a nice iced coffee (which we had to do). We found ourselves swapping places and catching up with different vehicles all throughout the drive, which is one of the best parts of the rally. "Who is stopping for gas there. Which vehicle is that up ahead a ways" were things we found ourselves saying pretty frequently. We ended our day with a lovely dinner at the Freighthouse in La Crosse, which made for a fitting setting to hold our vintage car rally banquet meal. For the second day the goal was to get to Axel's restaurant in Mendota Heights back in Minnesota. We set [...]

6 06, 2017

A Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Trip

By | 2017-06-06T12:12:04+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

This story is basically the tale of a picture being worth a 1,000 words. I don't want to bore everyone with the details of each gas stop, or the specifics of how many bugs my headlight killed. I want to share the experience through photographs and make someone feel like they were along for the ride. I've been on several motorcycle trips in the past, but something about this one just felt right. The cold Colorado mountain air hitting your face, the rain washing away the dust and dirt on the bike from an overpass trail stop...it all just seemed to come together. It was an experience – not just another ride. The freedom of the open road is exhilarating, and when the scenery is this good, it was impossible not to enjoy every second.

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 [...]

9 05, 2017

Track Day, Bro!

By | 2017-05-09T16:00:00+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Driving Experience, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Morrie’s Automotive Group hosted its first track day of the year last Friday at Brainerd International Raceway and although the weather in early May can always be a little unpredictable, we got lucky with blue skies and perfect 70-degree temps all day. It was under those perfect conditions that our friends and customers had a chance to get out on track in their cars (as well as a couple of Aston Martins borrowed from Morrie’s Luxury Auto). With the help of the trained drivers from the BIR Performance Driving School, it’s safe to say that everyone not only had a blast, but learned a lot and will hopefully be able to transfer those skills to driving safely on the street as well. If you weren’t able to make it to the track with us this time, we’ll be headed back up to BIR on Friday, September 29th. We hope to see you there! […]

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