Archive for October, 2015
Halloween is right around the corner, so naturally we thought a Spooktacular party was in order! We invited Customers, Friends and Family out to the event – and what better location to host a Halloween party than the Morrie’s Heritage Car Connections warehouse? We dressed it up with spiderwebs, fog and a few other spooky surprises! Activities included Trunk or Treat, pumpkin tic-tac-toe, pin the spider to the web and pumpkin carving – with an automotive twist. Our talented graphic designers whipped up some MHCC-themed pumpkin templates along with a few beloved children’s characters like Baymax from Big Hero 6 and the Minions from Despicable Me, which were predictably a huge hit with the kids. Attendees weren’t the only ones who dressed up, either; a few of our cars had costumes of their own! The orange Volkswagen Thing made a great Jack-O-Lantern, and the Firebird, Land Cruiser, Bronco and Mustang all got makeovers to look like they stepped out of Pixar’s classic, Cars!
We had a fantastic time hosting and would like to extend a huge thanks to everyone that came out and made the event such a success – we hope everyone had a blast! Happy Halloween!
“CONGRATULATIONS TO MORRIES 394! 1ST PLACE IN REGION FOR THE CPO VIDEO!”
Hyundai decided to put out a contest that went nationwide to promote their Certified Pre-Owned program. There are many benefits to the program and purchasing a CPO vehicle, so Morrie’s 394 Hyundai decided to come up with a few ideas for a video shoot. What we were tasked to do was create a video that displayed the benefits of the Certified Pre-Owned program as well as adding a level of creativity to it. We ended up turning that video into a 2 minute award winning video!
As Hyundai stands today there are 4 regions with more than 600 dealerships nationwide that were eligible to compete in the CPO video contest. There was some tough competition but, we want to congratulate all the other winners in their regions!
For a YouTube play list, visit: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMh8GGLpWXtQ4PwOaQBQW7Y1GjU2fK5Uz
1. DeLorean “Back to the Future” Car – Back to the Future is in full swing this year with an almost perfectly timed Halloween costume idea. In the movies when Marty McFly travels to the “future” the time travel clock in the DeLorean shows Oct. 21st 2015 at 4:30 pm. This makes for a classic costume idea, not to mention showing your Back to the Future knowledge.
2. Bumper Cars – How much fun does it look like these two skiers are having dressed up as bumper cars? We might not have the snow for all of this nonsense this year but it would still be a blast to buddy up with your bestie for a bumper car costume pairing.
3. Road Cone – What we be better than going out to a costume party and clogging up an entire sidewalk while you and five of your closest friends are all road cones. You’re nice and safe if you happen to be in a populated area because of the neon orange, and also you can dress warm which is always great for Halloween.
4. Stoplight – Maybe you’re not the creative type? Maybe you got invited to a party last minute? Well the stoplight is a easy to make and quick solution to all of your problems. Stop by a fabric store and throw on a black sweatshirt with a couple of circle patches and you’re good to go. You can even do what this guy did and combine the road cone costume for bonus points.
5. Car Costumes – So maybe you want to arrive in style to that party you are heading to? Well if you have a Miata or basically any car with a grille, you can add some teeth. Also for major bonus points, turn your car into a pumpkin and be the hit of the party.
If you have other ideas, makes sure to let us know!
Getting behind the wheel is an easy thing to do but, sometimes knowing what to do when you get there might be a bit challenging. When you flip on the local traffic report in the morning, you are usually guaranteed to see at least five crashes before you can even finish your oatmeal. We don’t want this to happen to you, so with the help of “Thrillist” we compiled a list of 10 things that can make you a better driver.
1. Maintaining control when a tire blows out
There are a few steps you should take if you have a sudden and violent deflation of a tire, but essentially your goal is to keep the car pointed in a straight line while you slow it down. Read up on the full procedure here.
2. Recovering from a slide
If, mid-spin, all you see is a menacing guardrail, it’s a near certainty that you’re going to hit it. Keeping your eyes on the road, focused on where you want to be rather than on the object toward which you’re going, is paramount.
Turn the steering wheel toward where your eyes are, and keep it there. Don’t worry about how far to turn the wheel; thanks to the magic of hand-eye coordination, if your eyes are in the right place, you’ll steer to the right place.
Provided you’re not getting sideways because of an overenthusiastic use of throttle, what you need to do is accelerate carefully, which will force the car to rock back onto the rear wheels, and give the tires the added traction needed to regain control. As the car begins to straighten out, smoothly apply the brakes, and pat yourself on the back.
Also if you have a teen driver in the family or know of one who could benefit from learning the advantages of this make sure to check out our teen school: here
3. Adjust your focal point
If you think of your brain as a computer, you’ll understand that it needs time to process various pieces of information. If you’re only looking at the car in front of you, you’re not allowing your brain much time to process potential threats.
Look as far ahead as you can to give yourself as much time as possible to react. In busy traffic on a freeway, you should be focusing your eyes past the first few cars in front of you. Look between lanes if you can, and trust that your peripheral vision will alert you if the car in front slams on its brakes. That’s why you have it.
4. Braking with antilock brakes
It’s amazing that so many people don’t know what to do in an emergency while driving a car with ABS… which is nearly every modern car on the road. A lot of confusion comes from being taught how to drive by parents that grew up in a pre-antilock time, when things like modulating the pedal, pumping the brakes, and being unable to steer while braking was common. Now? Braking in an emergency involves one step: press the brake pedal down as hard as you can.
Again this is something we teach in our teen school and is a valuable lesson for all drivers to be aware of when driving. If you haven’t used your antilock brakes before it is something to try out before it is absolutely necessary that you use them.
5. Driving in the rain
In light rain, all the oil on the road from other cars will ensure that the road is at its most slick. Heavier rains wash that away, but then you deal with potential hydroplaning if there’s so much water that the tires don’t come into contact with the pavement. The secret is to keep your eyes peeled for any puddles that are potentially deeper than the rest. Note any abnormally large splashes from vehicles in front of you, so you have time to prepare by either slowing down or moving over.
6. Driving in the snow
First things first: make sure your car has adequate tires for snow use. All-season tires will work for the lighter stuff, and in heavier stuff if you’re a little more careful, but if you live somewhere that has the kind of winter that traditionally involves shoveling driveways, you need to have winter tires.
The rest of snow driving is really a matter of common sense. Drive with plenty of caution, allow plenty of space for cars in front of you, and stay within your abilities.
If you try to turn and nothing happens, you’re going too fast for the conditions, and you need to straighten out the steering wheel and brake gently until you’re going slow enough to make the turn. If the car starts spinning on you mid-turn, refer to #2 on this list.
*Morrie’s is currently in the process of building up a Winter Teen Driving School so make sure to check back frequently for more information on that.
7. Be a defensive driver
Be aware of what’s going on around you, including types of vehicles and what each driver is doing (i.e. texting, driving erratically, etc.). The safest play is to assume someone is about to cause a wreck, so it’s your job to figure out where you would go once one starts to unfold. Can you duck onto the shoulder or is there a drop-off? Is there someone in the lane next to you, or can you swerve into it if need be?
8. Get a grip on road rage by taking the road less travelled
As with most other undesired behaviors, understanding road rage is the key to keeping it in check. It’s simply aggression as a means to assert dominance over strangers viewed more as large metallic objects rather than as people. And take a more decongested route—It’ll be a more relaxing drive since you’ll be worrying less about drivers, probably won’t add more than a couple of minutes to your journey, and might be a more interesting and enjoyable road anyway.
9. Operating a manual transmission
The fact that the vast majority of vehicles today are automatics doesn’t mean there will never be a time in your life when someone will count on you to drive his or her manual car. You don’t have to be a gearhead to drive a stick shift, and it’s a skill you’ll feel really good about having once you do.
We also have a separate video that can help you learn how to drive a manual: Here
10. Parallel Parking
Sure, more and more cars are capable of parking themselves with each passing year, but this is still a valuable skill to have, and it’s actually pretty easy. You just:
- 1. Pull up until you’re almost even with the car in front of you, but not quite.
- 2. Crank the steering wheel toward the curb, and start backing up.
- 3. Once the rear wheel of the curb-facing side of your car is even with the street-facing side of the first car, straighten the steering wheel and continue reversing.
- 4. When the rear wheel of the street-facing side of your car is even with the street-facing side of the other, crank the steering wheel in the opposite direction.
- 5. Reverse until you’re parallel.
- 6. If that doesn’t work, you’re at least close by this point, so a couple of adjustments and you should be good to go.
To check out the original Thrillist article click here. Also again make sure again to check back for more information about our upcoming teen schools.
We couldn’t have asked for better weather to end the MN C&C car show season and what a great turnout too! It was great to see so many people stop by our booth for water, sunglasses, and t-shirts. Congrats to Erik Berger who won our VIP parking spot for himself and his ’92 BMW 850i. Scott Putnam also brought his Subaru WRX STI rally car to the show after recently winning the 2015 Rally America Super Production championship. Thanks everyone for coming out to the show all year! See you again in April, 2016!
Morrie’s has partnered with the Minnesota Zoo to help restore Minnesota’s Prairie Wildlife by providing a Mazda CX-5 vehicle. Minnesota Zoo conservationists use it in the field across Minnesota and beyond researching prairie butterflies, moose and more recently bison. Below you’ll find an update from Minnesota Zoo conservationist Erik Runquist.
The Minnesota Zoo works every day to save wildlife. Our programs in Minnesota and around the world depend on partnerships. We have benefited from a great Mazda CX-5 field research vehicle through a generously donated lease from Morrie’s Automotive Group. In the past several months, we’ve taken the field vehicle across Minnesota and beyond to help save prairie butterflies and restore bison. Here are our Top Five spots from this summer!
1) The Minnesota Zoo
Who wouldn’t want to be at the Minnesota Zoo? At the Zoo, we expanded the world’s only breeding program for the US Threatened Dakota skipper, raising more than 150 from egg to adulthood, and produced many hundreds more eggs! The CX-5 was a true work horse, hauling around hundreds of food plants for the butterflies and other supplies!
2) Northeast South Dakota
Northeast South Dakota may have the world’s last best populations of Dakota skippers. We found most populations to be in good shape! Working under federal and state permits, we collected more eggs from a limited number of females and brought the eggs back to the Zoo.
3) Northwest Minnesota
With possibly the last Dakota skipper populations in our state, northwest Minnesota is very important to our work. With the CX-5, we found healthy numbers at the known site, and also searched new sites for previously unknown populations.
4) Western North Dakota
In mid-June, we took the CX-5 from the Zoo on its longest road trip ever: to western North Dakota! We surveyed prairie butterflies and looked for the rare Garita skipperling. While the skipperling remained elusive, we did find some spectacular prairies and great wildlife on the edge of the Badlands.
5) Minneopa State Park
Speaking of bison, did you know that the Minnesota Zoo and DNR proudly established a new herd of genetically rare bison at Minneopa State Park near Mankato in September? Zoo staff used the eye-catching CX-5 to help usher in a new era of Minnesota prairie wildlife conservation at Minneopa!
We are doing a lot thanks to all our great funders and partners. With the awesome Mazda CX-5 field vehicle from Morrie’s Auto Group, we can it do so much better! Thank you Morrie’s!