If you didn’t know that our very own Scott Putnam of Minnetonka Subaru was a rally co-driver of a 2013 Subaru WRX STI, maybe Travis Pastrana, David Higgins and Lauchlin O’Sullivan coming to town was a friendly reminder. The Subaru Rally Team USA drivers and crew stopped by our dealership to show off their amazing rally Subaru’s and mingle with some fans. It was a fun filled night that also played host to an all Subaru car show, and plenty of food and snacks for all. The best part, Travis, David & Lauchlin put down some lap times in Dirt 3 and had anyone who dared challenge them see if they could beat their best times! If you want to check out all these cars first hand running full-out in a rally event this weekend, head up to Detroit Lakes, MN for the Ojibwe Forests Rally! Check out the videos below for a recap of the event and an interview with Travis Pastrana!
Since I was old enough to remember the Minnesota State Fair was just something that meant the Summer was about to end, and school was soon to be back in session. Now that I’m a little bit older, and questionably smarter, I’ve continued to go to the State Fair because as a true Minnesotan, it’s my duty. A duty because of what you see, smell, feel, discover, un-discover quickly while it’s stuck to your shoe, and so on. Around 2 million people go to the fair during it’s two week span, so what I wanted to do is put together a guide to make sure you don’t miss anything while you’re there. So sit down, strap in and let’s begin!
Adult Night at the Zoo - Thursday, August 18th
Sure it’s great to take the kids to the Minnesota Zoo and watch them experience all the animals, but half the time they are just running away and you aren’t able to see anything for yourself. Well, now is your chance to see all the animals during adult night at the zoo. You can even grab a drink and some food while you’re there and experience a special keeper talk at 6:30 & 7:30 p.m. at the Lakeside Terrace about different animals.
I’m fairly certain that Morrie’s has written a few blogs about Road America and the surround area and rightfully so. Road America and the surrounding area are filled with motorsports history dating back to the first road race held on the village streets and surrounding roads in 1950. The on track action is golden; just search YouTube for “Road America Finish” and you’ll see what I mean. Recently the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar series showed up along with the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Porsche GT3 Cup series and the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series. Often called “America’s National Park of Speed”, Road America provides of the most scenic views of any racetrack.
It was a fantastic day for the August edition of MN C&C and of course, we had to bring out some really special cars. Hopefully everyone stopped by our booth and grabbed some water or a pair of sunglasses and checked out the gorgeous Bentley Continental GT3-R, the new McLaren 570S, the MHCC VW Thing, and everything else we brought to the show. We’ll be looking forward to MN C&C again in September and hope to see you there!
Have you ever wondered what would happen is cars were allowed to compete at the Olympics instead of just athletes? No? Just us?
Well humor us anyway and keep reading to see which vehicles we’d pick to be apart of #TeamMorries in the 2016 Automotive Olympic games!
Name: Nissan GTR Nismo
Sport: 100M Sprint
Hometown: Kaminokawa, Tochigi, Japan
- Accelerated from 0-60 MPH in 2.9 seconds during Car and Driver testing
- 1/4-Mile in 11.2 seconds
- Held Nurburgring Production Car lap record at 7:08.679
The Nissan GTR Nismo has been on a strict diet, and focusing as much on raw speed as agility. The GTR Nismo is a true rising star in the world of Track and Field and should be a strong contender for multiple gold medals in the 2016 Automotive Olympics.
Victoria Classic Car Night – Wednesday, August 3rd
This Wednesday night hundreds of classic cars will descend on downtown Victoria, Minnesota, for Victoria Classic Car Night. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – this show is a great reason to get out during the middle of the week and see an eclectic mix of cars that you might not see at your typical show. It’s looking like it will be a hot one weather wise, so I recommend bringing a convertible.
Uptown Art Fair – Friday, August 5th through Sunday, August 7th
If you’ve not made it out to an art festival this weekend you’re in luck. The Uptown Art Fair descends upon Minneapolis for three day of arts, crafts and food truck fare. If you’d rather not take your car, long board, bicycle or rollerblades (because these are staples of the adjacent Calhoun area, right?), Metro Transit is offering a free bus pass to the event. You can put your transit savings towards that new piece of art you’ve been lusting after…
Minnesota Fringe Festival – August 4th through August 14th
Every summer performing artists spanning a multitude of disciplines and genres descend upon Minneapolis for 11-days of performances as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival. It’s kind of a big deal too, at least from a stats perspective, attaining the honor of being the largest non-juried festival in the nation. Touting over 895 performance there’s surely a number that tickle your fancy. And probably a few that don’t…
Wayzata Sailing Expo and M32 Match Races – Saturday, August 6th and Sunday August 7th
At MHCC we appreciate all machines that deliver exhilarating, visceral experiences. The M32 match races that descend upon Wayzata Bay this weekend as part of the Wayzata Sailing Expo deliver such an experience. You can catch the action all weekend long from the shores of Lake Minnetonka in downtown Wayzata. Better yet, our friend at Morrie’s Luxury Auto, the event sponsor, can probably hook you up with a ride on one of these incredible machines. Interested? Simply shoot us a note here.
August MNC&C – Saturday, August 6th
It’s hard to believe that it’s already August and that summer will soon be winding down. If you ask me that’s all the reason to make it out to MNC&C this Saturday. With beautiful weather on tap it’s bound to be a busy weekend. Better yet, two new RWB Porsches will be unveiled in in the courtyard alongside a number of other unique models from the storied German marque. Don’t know what a RWB is? You’ll just have to swing out this Saturday morning to find out.
Flying Legends of Victory Tour – July 26th through July 31st
Having spent my fair share of time breaking (I really have a knack for it) and subsequently repairing vintage vehicles, I’m always a bit baffled at how airplanes exist. Particularly vintage airplanes. With this in mind, it is really quite remarkable to get up close to legendary warplanes and see their inner mechanical workings. The Flying Legends of Victory Tour provides such an opportunity and if you’re brave enough to take to the skies in a vintage plane they’ll even take you for a ride in a B-17 Flying Fortress.
Thursday Night Car Show at the Minnetonka Drive-In – Thursday, July 28th
If you find a refreshing absence of activity in your Thursday night family calendar I’d recommend swinging down to the Minnetonka Drive-In for its Thursday night car show. It’s a great opportunity to go for a cruise around Lake Minnetonka, enjoy some classic drive-in food and explore an eclectic mix of vintage rides. The only thing that would make it better is a classic ride of your own. Fortunately, we have 33 you can choose from. We’ll even buy your dinner if you decide to bring one of our cars down.
Loring Park Art Festval – Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st
If you’ve not yet got your fix of summer art festivals you should consider checking out the Loring Park Art Festival this weekend. Expect a selection of artistic creations from over 140 artists, local food vendors supplying your favorite fair food and an absolutely great view of the city.
German Grand Prix Viewing Party – Sunday, July 31st
Dust off your lederhosen and consider joining us for our German Grand Prix live screening hosted at Morrie’s Luxury Auto Sunday morning. Since the race starts bright and early at 7am we’ll hold off on the Sauerkraut, but that doesn’t rule out German breakfast sausage does it? Or better yet maybe a little strudel?
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?