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!
Minnetonka Subaru Grand Re-Opening Celebration – Wednesday, June 8th
Morrie’s Minnetonka Subaru is throwing a little party to celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of its comprehensively remodeled Minnetonka Subaru location. The fun filled night includes rally cars, food from local food trunks, live tunes from Pho Funk, a racing simulator, climbing wall, interactive art-car demonstration from Juxtaposition and more.
Victoria Classic Car Night – Wednesday, June 8th
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 the last event a couple weeks ago to get a glimpse of what Victoria Classic Car Night has to offer.
Canadian Grand Prix – Sunday, June 12th
Good news! If you want to catch some Formula 1 racing this weekend you don’t need to wake up at the crack of dawn to view it live. This weekend Formula 1 heads to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix, a circuit known for drawing a large enthusiastic crowd and some great racing. The race kicks off live at 1pm this Sunday and we’ll open up the doors at Morrie’s Luxury Auto at 12:30pm. In lieu of donuts we might just serve some Canadian approved poutine.
Skyline Mini Golf at the Walker – Now through September
A little construction at the Sculpture Garden isn’t stopping the Walker from bringing back its Skyline Mini-Golf course. This time around they moved it to the rooftop so you can tee up on the terrace. We’re certain it’s the only putt-putt course where you’ll find a giant hot dog, Ping-Pong paddles, a tricky chicken coop, and more.
Excelsior Art on the Lake – Saturday, June 11th and Sunday, June 12th
Last time we were in Excelsior, for the 10,000 Lakes Concours, we made a mental note to spend more time there. Fortunately, there’s good reason to visit again this weekend. Excelsior Art on the Lake descends on Excelsior this Saturday and Sunday bringing outstanding artistic works from multiple disciplines.
We wanted to thank everyone that was able to join us at MN C&C on Saturday. It was a really great turnout and we hope you all enjoyed the show as much as we did.
With father’s day just around the corner, it’s time to celebrate dad. If you’re struggling to come up with some gift ideas this year, we can help. We’ve scoured the internet and come up with a list of great gifts that dear ‘ol dad will appreciate, even if he’s notoriously hard to shop for. And remember, if all else fails I’m sure pops would love to spend some quality time with you!
For the father who has everything: Bacon Me Crazy
Bacon Me Crazy is a gift bag of delicious, bacon-y treats such as bacon chocolate, bacon mayonnaise, bacon kettle corn, and garlic-cured bacon strips. If you want to get him the gift that keeps on giving, they have a monthly subscription service as well!
For the father that likes to get outside: the Pathfinder Cooler
Maybe dear old dad likes to go fishing or camping or tailgating. Maybe he just wants something that looks cool while keeping his favorite drinks even cooler. Well here you go.
For the father that likes to travel: Bicycle Inner Tube Toiletry Bag
What better way to keep dad’s personal effects organized on trips than with a waterproof inner tube toiletry bag? Made in the US with recycled inner tubes, this toiletry bag is tough and looks cool, just like dad!
For the father that likes to cook: PancakeBot Pancake Printer
Not only can you make your dad breakfast on Father’s Day, but now you can make him pancakes that look like that rad ’67 Mustang he had back when he was younger, had a full head of hair, and didn’t need a safe, practical boring car to take you to soccer practice in.
For the fitness nut father: Fitbit Blaze Smartwatch
Fitbit has been making some of the best fitness tracker bands and dongles for years, and now they’ve got the Blaze smartwatch that can track dad’s favorite routes for cycling or running, track his heart rate, and even provide training and coaching, all while looking sharp enough to wear every day.
This is the perfect gift for a car-loving dad who loves to read to his kids at night. These two books chronicle legendary race cars and their drivers with kid-friendly pictures and language that’ll make it fun and interesting for dad and child alike!
For the father who guilt-trips you about how you behaved as a child: The Apology Checklist Card
Not everyone was a perfect little angel growing up, and for some of us, dad never lets us forget that. If you’ve always wanted to apologize to dad for how you behaved growing up but never knew the right way to say it, this might be the perfect card to get him this year.
I’m a firm believer in using vehicles as they’re intended and while that normally means commuting, running errands, or simply getting from Point A to Point B, there are few things I enjoy more than putting a vehicle through its paces. Having already driven my ’87 Porsche 944 Turbo on track this month during the Morrie’s Luxury Auto track day, I figured it was only fair that my next automotive adventure would be to take my ’99 Toyota 4Runner off-roading on one of the few designated ORV (off-road vehicle) trails in Minnesota. With nothing more than a map, my wife and I packed a lunch, loaded up two of our dogs, and headed about two hours north to the Gandy Dancer Trail with a buddy and his newer 4Runner. The trip was mainly to shake down my own truck and see what it was capable of but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to have a buddy along in case I got in over my head, plus I wanted to see how my 17 year old 4Runner compared to the new model.
Although I have no idea how the Gandy Dancer got its name, it sounded like it’d be interesting. In reality, however, it ended up being about 30 miles of straight, dirt road cutting vertically through Nemadji State Forest. Luckily, when we got bored just driving on the same bumpy dirt road for mile after mile, it wasn’t too hard to find some interesting trails that broke off in every direction from the Gandy Dancer. Some trails were marked better than others, which might explain why we got some weird looks from the numerous ATV and dirt bike riders we saw as we drove through water crossings, over rocks and through narrow, tree-lined singletrack. Compared to driving around a race track, I’ve gotta say – this was the most fun I’ve ever had going below 20 MPH for hours on end.
Six hours later, we’d both worked our way through a full tank of gas and decided to head back before it got dark. Aside from a broken exhaust hanger (which might’ve rusted itself loose before we left), both trucks fared well on the trip. The new 4Runner is undoubtedly more comfortable and feature-rich but I got the sense that my 1999 model is at least as capable, if not more-so, due to its slightly smaller footprint. Neither of us really pushed our vehicles anywhere near their ultimate limits but I could see that changing soon. As we left the trails, we stopped at one of the state park entrances we saw on the way back to the highway and found a picnic site to have a quick bite for dinner before loading back up and making the boring drive home. After the fun we had this weekend, we can’t wait to get back out on the road and find more trails to explore! Maybe the Trans-Wisconsin Adventure Trail will make the list this summer?