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!
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.
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!
The July MN C&C event is usually hit or miss in terms of attendance depending on when the 4th of July falls during the week. Last year was pretty quiet with lots of people heading to their cabins or being preoccupied with other holiday festivities. This year however, MN C&C had a MASSIVE turnout with over 1,000 cars and roughly 7,000 spectators that showed up! It was simply amazing to see so many cars and people all within the confines of the Auto MotorPlex in Chanhassen. FOX9 news even came out to broadcast live from the show and did a segment with our very own Ben Robertaccio.
We’d like to thank everyone for coming out to MN C&C and making it such a great event this month and we hope you enjoy your 4th of July weekend safely!
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.
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!
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?