Archive for August, 2013
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.
The month of September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and 2013 marks the 15th year that Hyundai and the Hope on Wheels program have been helping to fight this cause. Every time Morrie’s 394 Hyundai sell a new Hyundai vehicle, $14 is donated to the program to help fund the research to fight childhood cancer. Since its inception in 1998, Hyundai Hope on Wheels has committed more than $72 million (and counting) to children’s hospitals and organizations nationwide to help fight kids cancer. The goal behind the program is to share personal triumphs of each of the children and their families all across the country.
The Hope on Wheels goal for this year is to gain 100,000 “likes” on Facebook to help build awareness and get the word out about the cause. On July 23rd the Hyundai Cancer Institute opened a location in the brand new Bill Holmes Tower at the CHOC Children’s in Orange County, CA. The project has come together from a 5-year long commitment that Hyundai has made and over $10 million invested which began in 2011. Many other grants are being donated to help the cause all over the country from the more than 820 Hyundai dealers nationwide.
Everyday nearly 50 children are diagnosed with cancer and while there are many advancements in cancer research, no child deserves to fight this alone. That is the basis from where the program was developed, and what keeps the program striving for more and improved research everyday. This is why the U.S. Hyundai Dealers, the Company, and thousands of customers look to donate to make a difference today. Make sure to “like” Hyundai Hope on Wheels Facebook page to help build the awareness with us. If you’re a runner/walker/jogger look up the Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5K events around the country to help support the cause in a town near you by clicking here.
“We’ve now raised over $72 million dollars, and ask everyone to join us this September on Facebook to raise awareness about this cause. ”
-John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America.
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.
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 www.joshuascamp.org 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.
This past weekend Road America hosted both the Grand Am series and American Le Mans for a sports car double header weekend. Arguably the best race course in North America, Road America was the perfect backdrop for these races. The weekend proved that even a bout of rain showers couldn’t keep the fans and participants alike from having a great time.
As a long time Mazda dealer it was great to see Mazda running in not one, but both series. On Saturday afternoon the Grand Am sports cars and Daytona prototypes took the green flag for a two hour and forty five minutes race. No stranger to Grand Am racing, Mazda committed to running the season with their Skyactiv-D Mazda6s. A first for the series, Mazda’s diesel race car achieved it’s first win earlier this year and the two car effort came to Road America hunting for another win.
Many manufacturers view the race track as the perfect proving ground for street car innovation. Mazda is a huge proponent of this view. John M. Doonan, Director of Mazda Motorsports, said of the racecar, “We’ve always said that the best street cars make the best racecars, and, with more than half of the components in the race engine being shared with the street engine, this program is a solid proof-point.”
Whereas car races are typically characterize by a cacophony of V8 roars and screaming six cylinders, the Skyactiv-D Mazdas made nary a noise. With each passing lap all you heard was a rush of air from the turbo diesel, an occasional tire squeal and wind gliding over the cars sleek body. While the race was not trouble free for either team, SpeedSource’s VisitFlorida-backed Mazda6 of Joel Miller and Tristan Nunez came out on top in GX. In doing so they inched out the number 38 Porsche of Spencer Pumpelly, marking the classes closes finish in history.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The first Saturday of the month fell upon us again this weekend and that meant it was time for another busy day at the Automotorplex in Chanhassen. We experienced a gorgeous sunny summer day and the turnout for the event was incredible. The Automotorplex filled up quickly with over 1,000 cars and 5,000 attendees, making it the best turnout the event has ever seen!
There were an assortment of different cars that made it out on Saturday. From classics to hot new exotics, there was never a dull moment. We are so proud to be able to help out with such an exciting and fun event and each month we look forward to what the first Saturday will bring. Make sure to stop out for the last few events of the season in September and October and make sure you find the Morrie’s tent for a free cup of coffee and pair of Buy Happy sunglasses! For more information on the event head over to the official website for MN C&C. http://www.mncandc.com/