Archive for August, 2013

Scott Putnam at the Ojibwe Forest Rally

The Ojibwe Forest Rally was the 6th stop on the Rally America National Championship Series. This event is our own Scott Putnam’s home rally. This event takes place in Detroit Lakes, MN about 3 hours north of the Twin Cities metro.

Racing the clock to get the 2008 Subaru WRX STI put back together before the rally came down to the wire. Morrie’s Minnetonka Subaru Fleet Sales Associate, Scott Putnam and his rally driver Lauchlin O’Sullivan got the car to the event just in time for inspection. Since rebuilding the STI came down to the wire, they were unable to get any testing done on a freshly built car with less than 6 miles on the motor.

They were able to work out some mechanical kinks on the rebuilt STI, but on the second day of the event the brakes gave out during the race. Because of this untimely mechanical issue, Scott & Lauchlin O’Sullivan did not see the finish line.

For more information visit the Rally America website.

Morrie’s CV Mazda partners with Joshua’s Camp

All summer long we have been experiencing heat waves, severe storms, droughts, and soon to be, that brisk fall weather. Many people complain about the varying temps and precipitation changes such as, too much rain or not enough rain. One thing people rarely think about how these wonderful climate changes mean so much to the people in the world that might be stuck indoors, unable to feel the hot sun on their face, or the pelting rain. We are thinking of the children with cancer, stuck in hospitals and homes, unable to participate in the seasons.

Joshua's Camp Fundraiser

Morrie’s Chippewa Valley Mazda has partnered with Joshua’s Camp to organize their 2nd Annual Fundraiser. Joshua’s Camp is the realization and celebration of a wish Joshua Holm of Eau Claire, WI made before he lost his battle with cancer in 2008. He wanted to start a Camp for families who have a child being treated for cancer. Joshua knew all too well that a family going through the everyday ordeal of cancer treatment needs a place where everyone can just smile, laugh, have fun and remember what it’s like to really be a family again.” This year, our good friends at Country Fest have partnered with us to host the fundraiser at the Chippewa Valley Music Festival Grounds, in Cadott, WI. All proceeds go directly to Joshua’s Camp, which is run 100% on a volunteer basis. Please take the time and visit to learn more about this amazing organization, and see how our efforts here at Morrie’s Mazda are spent, helping this local group.

Please contact Sarah Starck at 715-738-7145 if you have an interest in joining us for this event, or if you wish to make a contribution for the fundraiser. Click on the link below to see what Lakken Burzyinski had to say about her time at camp.

Miata Chippewa County Forest Tour

ATTENTION all Miata lovers! The local Miata group is having their August drive and dine event coming up on Tuesday August 20th. The group will be traveling through the beautiful Chippewa County Forest. The northern group will meet at 1pm in Cameron at the Mosaic Telecom parking lot on County SS at the South end of town, across the street and just North of the High School.

Anyone joining the group from the Eau Claire area can meet at 2pm at the Cenex Gas Station on County S in Jim Falls. Take Hwy 178 north from Chippewa Falls for about 5 miles to County Y. Turn right (east) onto County Y, cross the bridge then turn right (south) on County S to the Cenex station. The group will be leaving Jim Falls at approximately 2:15pm.

The drive is expected to finish around 5pm in Chetek where the group will have dinner at Gilligan’s on the lake. If you plan on attending please RSVP us at by August 15th. For more information give us a call at 715-720-7000.

Morrie’s Subaru ASE Certified Master Technician – Mark Jurkovski Competes in 2013 National Technician Competition

I was nominated to attend the 2013 National Subaru Technician Competition by our District Parts and Service Manager, Dave Hebert and Field Service Engineer, Bill Leigh. I was thrilled to find out my nomination was accepted. The next step was to submit a resume and a written essay-style paper about me, my qualifications, my family life, and why I felt I should attend. There was one technician from each district in our zone nominated and the submitted information was used to make a decision on who would attend. Some time passed and I was notified I would be attending the competition to represent our zone by our zone director, Jim Keebler. I was assigned an advisor, Jim Connor, from Philadelphia who was a Subaru Training Center Instructor and offered us help if we had any questions while getting prepared. I spent approximately three months studying and preparing for this competition. I invited my Dad to come with, we were allowed one guest. My wife was not available as she was with our children in Northern Minnesota. I had to leave half way through our vacation to attend the competition as it was previously scheduled. This actually worked out well because I think my Dad got more out of it than my wife would have. He was a mechanic as well, and now owns a wholesale transmission shop.

Day 1: We flew out of MSP to Philadelphia (my Dad and I). We got picked up in a limo. Got to the hotel starving (we had not eaten since 6:30am, and now 3:30pm) and grabbed a bite to eat. Had time to get cleaned up and was off to a cocktail reception, had pictures taken, made introductions, and listened to a couple of speeches. Sleep.

Day 2: Up at 6:00am, breakfast, and off to SOA headquarters. Got introduced by the CEO and COO of SOA to a crowd of people with much applause. Listened to a couple of speeches and had more pictures taken. We toured the SOA headquarter building and even where shown into both the CEO and COO’s office. Very nice and outgoing people, they where very in tune with all people in the organization. From there we toured two other buildings, including the building that houses our tech-line operators. The final building was the one where the competition was actually held.

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