We love our sales people at Morrie’s. They’re the reason we can say in business and thrive. Every year, as a group, we like to thank our sales people with a bit party that includes games, food trucks, Heritage car test drives, and prizes to let them know we appreciate their hard work. This year, as a special treat, the top-reviewed sales person from each store got to pick a manager or corporate employee of their choice to hit with a pie in the face! So thanks, sales staff of Morrie’s Auto Group! You’re all the best in the business!
Minneapolis Aquatennial – July 20th through July 23rd
This week the Aquatennial descends on Minneapolis to celebrate the city’s lakes, rivers and streams via 70 plus scheduled activities. I could list them all off here, but it would most definitely mirror that scene in Forrest Gump where Bubba rattles off all the different shrimp dishes. Just take my word for it that there is a multitude of fun events including the Torchlight Parade, waterskiing shows, sand castle contests, fireworks and more.
Bike Night at MIA – Thursday, July 21
There are most definitely two camps when it comes to bikers. There are people who love them and people who loathe them. If you’re one of the latter you may as well stop reading. If you fancy a good bike and an evening dose of art MIA invites you to bike night, an evening affording the opportunity to ride through the museum (literally), revel with other bike enthusiasts, network with bike groups, indulge in the finest food truck fare and indulge in local brew.
Porsche Club Race at Brainerd International Raceway – Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24
If you’re looking to beat the heat this weekend (at least a little bit) why not head up north this weekend to check out some heart pumping Porsche racing? The Nord Stern Porsche club heads to Brainerd this week for its annual club race. The event will draw dozens of race prepped Porsche from all eras to the legendary Brainerd 3-mile circuit. When you’re done watching cars tackle the fastest turn in America be sure to swing by the charity auction packed with a multitude of enthusiast friendly items up for bid.
Minneapolis Art Car Parade – Saturday, July 23rd
I’d argue that your vehicle is an extension of your values, beliefs and personality. I’d also argue that few cars have more personality than those hitting the streets surrounding the Lyndale Park Rose Garden this Saturday for the Minneapolis Art Car Parade. If you attend you’re bound to see an astro-turf adorned Toyota Previa, action figure bedazzled econoboxes and cars adorned with more acrylic paint than Bob Ross’ entire painting portfolio. If you’re more of a fine art type Morrie’s Luxury Auto has the perfect art car for you. Beware it’s not for the faint of heart.
Hungarian Grand Prix – Sunday, July 24th
If you’re hungry for some Formula 1 racing from Hungary we invite you to stop by Morrie’s Luxury Auto this Sunday for our Formula 1 viewing party. We can’t promise tasty Hungarian treats, but we can promise good company. How can you not be in good company when Maseratis, Aston Martins and Bentleys surround you?
Victoria Car Show – Wednesday, July 6th
Victoria Classic Car Night is quite possibly the best classic car gathering that very few people know about. This event occurs semi-monthly during the summer months and regularly draws hundreds of cars. The event returns tonight at 5pm and runs until 8pm. Read Josh’s recap from a past visit to get a glimpse of what Victoria Classic Car Night has to offer.
Hamel Rodeo – Friday, July 7th through Sunday, July 10th
You don’t need to rent the MHCC Bronco to enjoy the excitement of a little pent up horsepower. Nope – simply slip on your boots, put on your ten gallon hat and head west for the Hamel Rodeo and Bull Ridin’ Bonanza this weekend. When you’re ready for an automotive rodeo mosey on over to the MHCC dojo to see the horses in our stable.
Basilica Block Party – Friday, July 8th and Saturday, July 9th
The Basilica Block Party returns this weekend for it’s 22nd year. The event brings an amplified musical mélange to the grounds of the Basilica of St. Mary and if you’ve not heard of it you’ve probably been under a rock for a while. Performers this time around include Ryan Adams, Gary Clark Jr., Death Cab for Cutie, American Authors, X Ambassadors, the Fray, Milky Chance, Cold War Kids, Andra Day, Craig Finn, Phillip Phillips, and Matt Nathanson.
Play Nintendo Tour –Friday, July 8th through Sunday, July 10th
Have you always had a hankering to hang out with Mario and Luigi? Simply want to spend a weekend afternoon gaming somewhere other than your mother’s basement? If so we recommend you head out to the Mall of America this weekend to experience the Play Nintendo Tour.
British Grand Prix – Sunday, July 10th
All the talk of the Brexit getting’ you down? Well, there one thing British going on this weekend that has us excited and that’s the British Grand Prix. The political arena isn’t the only place where people are butting heads and we can’t wait to see what unfolds between Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg after their shenanigans last week in Austria. We’ll open the doors at 6:30 at Morrie’s Luxury Auto for the 7am race start.
The July MN C&C event is usually hit or miss in terms of attendance depending on when the 4th of July falls during the week. Last year was pretty quiet with lots of people heading to their cabins or being preoccupied with other holiday festivities. This year however, MN C&C had a MASSIVE turnout with over 1,000 cars and roughly 7,000 spectators that showed up! It was simply amazing to see so many cars and people all within the confines of the Auto MotorPlex in Chanhassen. FOX9 news even came out to broadcast live from the show and did a segment with our very own Ben Robertaccio.
We’d like to thank everyone for coming out to MN C&C and making it such a great event this month and we hope you enjoy your 4th of July weekend safely!
Eurowerks Wednesday Night GTG – Wednesday, June 29th
Looking for any excuse to get the car out of the garage, celebrate getting through half of the work week and simply hang out with a great group of European car enthusiasts? Then look no further than the Eurowerks Wednesday Night GTG. Consider it the appetizer to the can’t miss Eurowerks ’16 on July 17th.
MNC&C – Saturday, July 2nd
Didn’t get an invite up to the cabin for the fourth of July? Not to worry. The Midwest’s premiere monthly car event, MNC&C, is this weekend and will include more cool cars than you’d ever see up at the lake. We’ll be out there representing MHCC, handing out Morrie’s shades and soaking up the sun.
Austrian Grand Prix Viewing Party – Sunday, July 3rd
We were never big fans of the Sound Music, but the sound of Formula 1 cars ripping through the Austrian Alps is music to our ears. This weekend the hills are indeed alive with the sounds of music 1.6 liter V6 turbos spinning at 15k rpms. Join us this Sunday at Morrie’s Luxury Auto as we watch the race live. Doors open at 6:30am for the 7am race start.
4th of July Festivities – Monday, July 4th
News Flash – the fourth of July is right around the corner. If you’ve not yet planned your fireworks festivities we’ve got you covered. We put together a handy dandy list of fireworks shows across the Twin Cities. If you don’t see any of interest you can always head over to Uncle Bob’s for his annual backyard fireworks bonanza.
Morrie’s Road Trip – Now through September 6th
It’s time to pack up the car and hit the road for Morrie’s Road Trip. All summer long we encourage you to share photos of all the adventures your car takes you on for a chance to win dozens of cool prizes. We’re giving away twelve $100 gas cards, tents, barbeques, travel bags and even a two-year lease. Simply tag your favorite photo of you and your car this summer the hashtag #MorriesRoadTrip for a chance to win.
Are you trying to decide where to get your fireworks fix this July 4th? Here’s your guide to shows happening around the Twin Cities.
Apple Valley: 10:00 PM at the Freedom Days celebration (Johnny Cake Ridge Park East – 5800 140th St. W.)
Eagan: 10:00 PM at the July 4th Funfest (Eagan Community Center festival grounds – 1501 Central Parkway)
Forest Lake: 10:00 PM (Forest Lake American Legion - 355 W. Broadway)
Lakeville: 10:00 PM at the Pan-O-Prog summer festival (Lakeville North High School – 19600 Ipava Ave)
Maplewood: Dusk at Light It Up Maplewood (Hazelwood Park - 1663 County Road C)
Mendota Heights: Dusk (Mendakota Country Club – 2075 Mendakota Drive)
Minneapolis: 10:00 PM (find a viewing location)
Mystic Lake (Prior Lake): 10:00 PM at the Rock and Rockets Fourth of July Celebration (Mystic Lake Casino – 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd NW)
Roseville: 10:00 PM at the Party in the Park (Central Park - 2540 Lexington Avenue North)
St. Paul: At the conclusion of the St. Paul Saints game at CHS Field
Stillwater: 10:00 PM (Lowell Park)
White Bear Lake: 10:00 PM at Manitou Days (Memorial Beach - 4980 Lake Ave)
Woodbury: 10:00 PM (Bielenberg Sports Center – 4125 Radio Drive)
Get more information from Pioneer Press.
Twin Cities Jazz Fest – June 23 through June 25
Get jazzed up this weekend in St. Paul at the 17th annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival. This free event features over 100 Jazz groups from across the country. 2016 Headliners include the Ellis MarsalaTrio, 13 year old piano phenom Joey Alexander, the John Pizzarelli Quartet, Michael Franti and Spearhead and many other nationally acclaimed musicians.
Twin Cities Pride Festival – Saturday June 24th and Sunday June 25th
Pride week is underway in the Twin Cities and the Twin Cities Pride Festival is expected to draw upwards of 500,000 attendees this weekend. Celebrating it’s 44th year the weekend is full of activities including a parade, art shows, comedy from Kathy Griffin live music from the Pointer Sisters and much more.
Wayzata Art Experience – Saturday June 25th and Sunday June 26th
Head down to Wayzata this weekend for a two-day celebration of art, music, food, and fun for all ages all on the beautiful shores of Lake Minnetonka. I personally am looking forward to the inaugural classic and antique boat show. I’ve always been a fan of boats, particularly because boat ownership might just be the one thing more expensive than a classic car hobby. You know the expression — bring out another thousand (B.O.A.T.).
Northern Thunder Motorcycle Rally – Sunday, June 26
Get your motor running for a good cause this weekend at the Northern Thunder Motorcycle Rally. This charity ride benefits the Minnesota Military Family Foundation and brings together hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts. Hey and if you don’t have a motorcycle to participate with I know a guy on the MHCC team who probably has two or three for sale…
Twin Cities Caffeine Crawl – Saturday June 24th and Sunday June 25th
There’s a lot going on this weekend so it’s best to start it off with a little pick me up. I’m a big fan of a good jolt of caffeine and the Twin Cities Caffeine Crawl appears to be bringing some of the best coffee bean brew together.
Free Bike Helmet Giveaway – Saturday, June 24th
If you or your children don’t wear a bike helmet what’s stopping you? I can tell you that after taking a colossal spill and knocking out my front teeth years ago that a bike helmet is a good idea. This weekend it can’t be easier to get one – and for free at that. Simply stop down to the Mill City Farmer’s Market this Saturday from 8am to 1pm to pick up one of the 1,000 helmets that are being given away.
The Ford Mustang was the original pony car back when it debuted in 1964. Designed to carry four passengers in a sporty, comfortable car that was just as stylish as it was fast. Amazingly, it’s survived the test of time, remaining one of the longest continuously produced models of any automaker in the world.
While sales have always been strong in the US, Ford made the decision to make the Mustang a global vehicle, requiring them to step up their game significantly with the 6th generation model in order to take on the best sport coupes from Europe and Japan.
In order to shine on the world stage, Ford took a clean sheet design approach to the 2015 Mustang and fitted things like independent rear suspension, a dramatically improved interior, and new engine options – including an optional turbocharged 4-cylinder for the first time since 1986 – to make this the best Mustang yet.
Stone Arch Bridge Festival – June 17th through June 19th
You certainly have a great number of reasons to skip out of work early this Friday and the Stone Arch Bridge Festival is just one of them. If you’re not the deviant type you could always stop by on Saturday or Sunday as well to check out this event that features over 250 artists, four performance stages, a car show and motorcycle exhibition all with one of Minneapolis’ most picturesque view as a backdrop.
Back to the Fifties – June 17th through June 19th
If you’re looking for a good excuse to look at thousands of cool old cars from the fifties and sixties you should add the Back to the Fifties to your list of things to do this weekend. It’s the nation’s largest gathering of cars from the era with plenty of cars to cater to every interest.
Rock the Garden – Saturday, June 18th
This year marks the 15th year for Rock the Garden and the first time it will go garden-less. Since the Walker Art Center lawn is currently in disarray, the concert put on by the folks at 89.3 The Current heads to Boom Island Park. Last we checked tickets are still available for this concert that features the Flaming Lips, Chance the Rapper, Polica, M. Ward, Hippocampus, Nathaniel Ratliff and the Night Sweats and more.
Psycho Suzi’s Father’s Day Car Show – Sunday, June 19th
Swing by Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge for the 1st Annual Father’s Day Car Show. We’ll be down there with a selection of MHCC and Morrie’s Luxury Auto Vehicles.
Euro Grand Prix Viewing Party – Sunday, June 19th
We’ll be the first to tell you that we don’t know much about Azerbaijan, but we do know it hosts round eight of the Formula One World Championship. Join us at Morrie’s Luxury Auto to watch the race from flag to flag. Who knows, you might event learn a thing or two about Azerbaijan too. Doors will open at 7:30am for the 8am race start.
After a lengthy but much-needed renovation, Morrie’s Minnetonka Subaru has re-opened its show floor with one of the biggest Subaru dealerships in the midwest. To celebrate the occasion, they threw a big party with food trucks, games, a climbing wall, a garden center, and live music! To cap off the grand re-opening, Morrie’s Minnetonka Subaru donated over $31,000 to Pause 4 Paws, a local organization that provides assistance to animal shelters and rescue agencies. We’d like to thank everyone that came out to see our new show floor and enjoy the festivities with us!