The new 2015 Ford F150 has definitely been anticipated in the truck community. Constructed out of a new aluminum alloy and with new engine options, Ford is basically competing against themselves right now.
Over the weekend, a group of employees from our marketing team took part in the Central Crown rally. We set off from Minneapolis and headed out to downtown Chicago with plenty of pit stops, sight seeing and other fun adventures along the way. With over 50 cars taking part in the rally, we had some stiff competition but our vehicle – which we appropriately named the “Banana Bronco” pulled through and we came in 26th place! Check out the highlight video below for a quick rundown of our trip!
The Central Crown rally wasn’t just for fun though, proceeds from the event went to support the Minneasota based non-profit People Serving People. People Serving People is the largest and most comprehensive, family-focused shelter in Minnesota. What distinguishes People Serving People from other emergency shelters is the broad range of on-site programs and services designed to address common barriers facing homeless families. Our ultimate goal is to permanently end a family’s homelessness with one visit to our shelter. We’re proud to be able to assist this great cause here in the Twin Cities.
Check out more from our trip in the photo gallery below!
As you can see, we had a blast driving this 1973 Bronco across three states, five cities/towns and many many many gas stops! We’re looking forward to taking part in the Central Crown rally again next year!
When we started the Buy Happy Backpack Round-Up last month, we here at Morrie’s thought raising just around 1,000 was a pretty lofty goal. Boy were we wrong! Imagine our surprise when the final tally came in at just over 4,000 backpacks for local Twin Cities students. Additionally, we donated $10 for each backpack providing The Salvation Army with over $40,000 to go towards school supplies.
We couldn’t have done it without the generous support of each team member at our store locations, the customers, vendors and everyone else that chose to donate. Both our Brooklyn Park and Cadillac locations tipped the scale, bringing in over 1400 an 1200 backpacks respectively. Please take a look at the video below from our team here at Morrie’s to learn just how important this really is to students across the state.
We made the final drop off to The Salvation Army yesterday and the team couldn’t have been more excited. Additionally, KSTP came out to film a segment during the drop-off which can be viewed HERE by starting the video at the 11:38 mark.
Once again, many thanks to all of you who made the campaign an enormous success! You all are the real reason we succeeded. You donated bags. You helped amplify the message and because of your efforts thousands of kids will be better equipped to succeed this school year!
Thanks to the team over at Motor Authority, we’ve got our first look at Maserati’s new Levante model due to hit production next year and appear in showrooms by 2016. The name Levante comes from Via Emilia Levante in Bologna, Italy, where the Maserati brothers more than a hundred years ago built that company that stills in operation today.
Sources confirm that the vehicle will be sticking to it’s own platform instead of the Jeep Grand Cherokee running gear that was previously reported. The new platform will be a modified version of the real-wheel-underpinning that are present in the Quattroporte and Ghibli. Of course, the vehicle will include the Maserati Q4 all-wheel-drive system as well. The Levante will be similar in length to the midsize Ghibli but with a wider track and will also sit higher due to the fact that it is an SUV.
Maserati looks to target the high-end luxury market like the Porsche Cayenne instead of the typical off-road market dominated by Jeep and Land Rover. Strongest models will be able to hit 60 mph from rest in a little over 5.0 seconds. The engines will be the same turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 and 3.8-liter V-8 gasoline;s found in the Ghibli and Quattroporte models.
Production of the Levante will take place at the Mirafiori plant located in Turin, Italy, which is owned by Maserati’s parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and has the capacity to build up to 300,000 vehicles per year.
Source & Pictures: http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1073662_2016-maserati-levante-spy-shots?fbfanpage
Over the weekend the team here at Morrie’s got the chance to participate in Make A Wish Minnesota’s annual Walk for Wishes event. Powered by wish families, volunteers, donors, and friends, Walk For Wishes® is a spirited 2-mile walk and 5K race. This Make-A-Wish® fundraising event celebrates the thousands of wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds for future wishes. By participating in Walk For Wishes, you can help bring the life-changing impact of a wish to children battling life-threatening medical conditions in our community.
Thanks to the generous donations from our team members, Morrie’s was able to come out on top as the highest fundraising team pulling in just over $4,000 for Make A Wish. Thanks to individual team member Mandy Ewing for raising the most money at over $2,000. The team here at Morrie’s value’s our Buy Happy Giving promise and understand the impact our donation and participation will have on many Make a Wish Families here in the Twin Cities area.
Make a Wish MN grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Make-A-Wish Minnesota founded in 1982 has granted more than 4,000 wishes to children in Minnesota. In fiscal year 2013, we granted close to 300 wishes, and we expect to grant that number this year.
For more information on Make a Wish MN, please visit their website at http://mn.wish.org/
Here in the Conservation Department at the Minnesota Zoo, we love a road trip – especially when it involves field work for our prairie butterfly and moose conservation projects! We were excited to receive a new field research vehicle from Morrie’s Mazda on July 1st to support our work. And we’ve sure put it to good use so far, racking up 3,000 miles in 30 days!
Our inaugural expedition was to northeastern South Dakota in search of the one of the world’s rarest butterflies, the Endangered Dakota skipper. Formerly widespread across the diverse (and now largely gone) tallgrass prairies of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, this orange butterfly disappeared from at least half of its last known populations in the last few decades for unknown reasons. These South Dakota populations are one of the last known, and may be the largest remaining globally. Dakota skippers are home-bodies. Some butterflies such as Monarchs can fly hundreds of miles, but a Dakota skipper will likely not stray more than a few hundred feet. Once Dakota skippers vanish from a site, they are likely gone from there forever.
Happily, Dr. Erik Runquist, coordinator of the Zoo’s Prairie Butterfly Conservation Program, and our partners found robust Dakota skipper populations and many other prairie butterflies like the majestic but imperiled Regal fritillary. Erik also collected eggs with our partners from a limited number of wild Dakota skipper females to help establish the world’s first and only conservation breeding population of Dakota skippers. These eggs were brought back to the Minnesota Zoo where they hatched into tiny green caterpillars. We will be rearing throughout the year and then breeding them next summer.
Next we headed to protected prairies in west-central Minnesota, north of Moorhead. Like the work in South Dakota, Butterfly Conservation Specialist, Cale Nordmeyer, was on a mission to find Dakota skippers here in Minnesota. Previous surveys suggest that a small prairie complex dominated by black-eyed susans, purple coneflowers, and large glacier-deposited boulders may hold our state’s last population of Dakota skippers. We were thrilled to find numerous Dakota skippers, and managed to bring some additional eggs from a handful of females to the Zoo to strengthen the conservation breeding population for this endangered species.
Finally, the field vehicle headed up north along Lake Superior and then west to the picturesque conifer-hardwood forests of Lake County. Dr. Tara Harris, the Zoo’s Vice President for Conservation, went to check in on the Zoo’s wolf-moose project. In collaboration with scientists at the University of Minnesota Duluth, we’re working to understand how wolves and moose move across the landscape and interact with one another. Understanding these types of predator-prey interactions is important for wildlife and forest management. Dr. Brian Kot, a research scientist at the Minnesota Zoo, places GPS tracking collars on wolves and compares their movements with those of collared moose. On this trip, we saw lots of wolf prints and scat, as well as signs of deer and moose. We also saw (and felt) our fair share of mosquitos, black flies, and deer flies, but it was worth it to be out in the beautiful North Woods, studying wildlife.
Keep your eyes out for the field vehicle as we take it across Minnesota on more wildlife adventures!
We had a great day at MNC&C at the AutoMotorPlex in Chanhassen! Check out some of the Cadillac’s that were on display at Saturday’s event. Make sure to make it out to the next MNC&C on September 6th to see a bunch of amazing cars and get some delicious Dogwood Coffee. Here is the photo gallery from the event on Saturday:
The team here at Morrie’s is very excited to announce our upcoming partnership with The Salvation Army and the KS95 radio team – the Buy Happy Backpack Round-Up! Beginning Monday, July 28th drop off a new backpack at any Morrie’s location across the Twin Cities area and we’ll donate $10 in school supplies to The Salvation Army. It’s that simple!
The Salvation Army Northern Division has nearly 800 employees and 81,000 volunteers serving thousands of people in need in every county of Minnesota and North Dakota. With nine Twin Cities store locations, 14 housing locations and 234,00 people served The Salvation Army Twin Cities has been a priceless resource for community members everywhere.
The Buy Happy Backpack Round-Up runs through September 2nd so stop by your local Morrie’s location and do your part to help students start the school year off right!
We made the trip over to Elkhart Lake, WI for a yearly vintage car race. The HAWK with Brian Redman features all different types of vintage race cars (plus current race cars) and events taking place this weekend. There were a few requests for cool and unique race and street cars so we wandered around and took all sorts of pictures. Check back tomorrow for more photos from the event and hopefully some in car GoPro footage to follow!
Here is the link to the schedule and event if you are in the area and want to stop on through:
Whether you see yourself as the kind of person that goes ambling down a rocky, muddy, tree lined road to seek out the perfect camping spot or traverses a sandy beach with a cooler and beach towels in the trunk, this 1987 Land Cruiser is the probably the perfect machine for you. With a beefy 4WD system perfectly set up to handle whatever you can throw at it, and a cavernous cabin that gives you enough room to lie down in the back, the Land Cruiser can get your, your friends, and all your stuff wherever you want to go. Best yet, this thing is built like a tank! It gives you that confidence to take on just about anything.
While the big, 4.2-liter inline-6 engine is merely adequate for getting this behemoth around, it has plenty of torque to spare, whenever you need it to get you into – or out of – trouble. Mated up with a 4-speed manual transmission, there’s a unique sense of masculinity being able to row your own gears in something this big. The extra control will definitely come in handy as you climb up a steep, slippery grade or maneuver over slippery rocks. You’ll barely feel a thing as the big Land Cruiser navigates its way through the urban jungle full of potholes, speed bumps, and angry meter maids.
One big reason the ‘Cruiser is so easy to drive nearly anywhere is because of the huge greenhouse. The cabin is incredibly spacious and airy with lots of window. Despite looking like a juggernaut on the road, the Land Cruiser doesn’t feel like one when you’re driving. The thin pillars and big windows provide excellent sight lines all the way around, something that can’t be said for most modern SUVs. There’s no need to rely on parking sensors and backup cameras with this. With a careful look in the mirrors, parking the big Toyota in nearly any spot is a breeze.
And if you need to park it in the lumber yard at Home Depot or cozy up to one of the loading spots at Ikea, the rear seats fold down completely flat to provide a sizable space to pack in just about anything. Although you can just about fit a couch in the back, you wouldn’t really need it since you can pull down the split tail gate and use it as a perfect picnic bench at the end of a long day. The only thing missing pack there are cup holders!
Despite its age, the FJ60 Land Cruiser provides a surprisingly modern driving experience. The ride is supple, the seats are plush, and there steering and brakes give good, if somewhat isolated feedback. This is truly a vehicle that can meet all the needs of today. It may not have the latest technology like satellite radio or GPS navigation but I can’t think of a better vehicle to get lost far away from civilization in. Find out yourself by borrowing it from Morrie’s Heritage Rental Program.