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It was a beautiful day for MN C&C at the at the Automotorplex! We’ve got some awesome photos and a great video to share with you, make sure to check them out! See everyone on Saturday June 7th for another great event!
As you may have already heard, we’ve recently partnered with a quality-focused roaster out of Minneapolis to bring better coffee to our favorite summer event, MN C&C! To learn more about our partnership, or the MN C&C event, head over to our blog post highlighting the partnership.
We sent a crew over to the dogwood coffee brewing company headquarters to capture some video footage of how this amazing coffee is actually brewed.
We’re thrilled to be working with this local and sustainable company within our community and we hope to see you at the Automotorplex on the first Saturday every month, if not for the cars, then for this amazing coffee! Here are a few pictures from our visit, stay tuned for a video soon!
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/
It was a real treat trading in my 2000 Chevrolet Impala for a fully loaded 2014 Kia Forte for 24-hours this past weekend. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I can truly say it was a delight to drive this sporty new sedan. I enjoyed it so much; I didn’t want to return the keys.
The 2014 Kia Forte is a great fit for younger drivers looking for a safe and attractive compact sedan with all the bells and whistles for an affordable price. Features that I got to enjoy included air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB input and power windows and locks. But you can expect to find all of those standard features on the base model in the Kia Forte. The EX model that I had the pleasure of driving also included a power sunroof, push button start, a six speaker audio system, cruise control, fog lights, remote keyless entry, power mirrors and the updated generation of the Kia UVO system.
This fully loaded Kia Forte was equipped with a 2.0-liter engine allowing the vehicle to achieve 173 horsepower and 154 lb/ft of torque, and believe me; you can feel the power in this vehicle when you’re cruising around town.
The handling on the new Forte was extremely impressive thanks to the all-new electrically assisted steering capability, which allowed me to be in complete control of the vehicle at all times. The braking and acceleration were also an upgrade for me, as the response time from action to delivery was much quicker than what I was used to in my Impala. All in all, I felt safe and in control while behind the wheel of the 2014 Forte.
Last Friday the Herb Brooks Foundation’s Annual Golf Classic took place at Victory Links Golf Course and we were happy to be in attendance once again. We have had an ongoing partnership with the Herb Brooks Foundation over the past year and it has been our pleasure to support the organization.
Throughout the winter season we supported the Herb Brooks Rink Rat program by providing shuttles and transporting Minneapolis public school students to parks in the area so that they could learn the sport of hockey. We are always looking for ways to give back to our community and our partnership with the Herb Brooks Foundation allows us to do just that.
This was the second year we sponsored the Herb Brooks Golf Open. We had a team of Morrie’s employees that played in the tournament and we also brought a few cars out to the event. Check out our photos and video coverage. We look forward to another successful Golf Classic next summer!
Spring is a time for wonderful fresh smells, budding trees, flowers blooming, snow melting and deep cleaning. There is nothing better than being able to crack open the windows to let the cool spring smells replenish the stale winter air. Many people are inspired to do their spring cleaning with this season change, however we often neglect our vehicle as part of the spring cleaning process. The winter season can wreak havoc on our vehicles with all the snow, sand, salt and mud that gets tracked in and out.
General consensus shows that most people do not want to stand outside in the freezing winter months to vacuum out their vehicle. Car washes are always busiest on that first warm day of the season. You wait though, because there is nothing better than seeing your car free of the wintery mix of sand, salt and snow. Not everyone has access to commercial grade cleaning tools like we do here at Morrie’s, so we asked around for some tips and tricks people have learned over time on how to make cleaning your vehicle easy and convenient using everyday household items. Remember cleaning your vehicle may seem like a never ending chore, but it will help to protect the finish, prevent rust, and add to the resale value. A clean car is a happy car.
1. Using a toothpick and or cotton swab can help to remove dirt and grime from cup holders and around counsel shifters.
2. A cotton swab also works well to clean out heat vents.
3. Some people have air compressors at home. These can come in handy when cleaning your vehicle. You can use it to loosen up sand embedded deep down in the carpet for easy vacuuming. If you don’t have one, just use your hand in a flat motion to tap the carpet. You will see the sand popping up. Sprinkle some baby power on the carpet before vacuuming for a fresh smell.
4. Vinegar can be used to clean windows and chrome. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in to a spray bottle. Don’t forget the old trick using newspapers to wipe windows for that streak free shine. Vinegar can also be used for cleaning dashboards and steering columns.
5. Baking Soda can be used for cleaning tires. Add water to the baking soda to form a paste. Wet the tire and use a hard bristle brush to clean the tire with the baking soda. Let sit for a few minutes and rinse clean.
6. Use a brown paper bag or plastic sack from the grocery store to put excess garbage in. You can also use a few extra to put loose clothing in and one for things you need to take back in the house like, extra pens, travel mugs, change, ice scrapers, mail, sunglasses, etc.
7. To clean interior upholstery, pour a cup of baking soda into a bowl, and stir in white vinegar until a smooth paste is formed. Apply to the upholstery or carpet stain, and scrub in with a soft bristled brush. Let the paste dry, then vacuum to collect any baking soda residue. For tough and built-in stains, repeat this process as necessary.
8. For the exterior of your vehicle, add 10 drops of dishwashing liquid into a bucket, and then add warm water to form suds. The dishwashing liquid serves as a de-greasing agent to break up dirt and debris without leaving a greasy film behind.
We hope these tips come in handy when you decide to deep clean your vehicle this spring. And remember, you can also stop by any Morrie’s location for a car wash!
A recent trip to the LA Auto show to see the unveiling of the all-new 2014 Mazda6, amongst many other exciting cars, triggered a trifecta of firsts for me. This was my first trip to a major auto show, my first (and second) time to an In-N-Out Burger and the first time I’ve driven a Mazda MX-5 Miata more than 100 yards. The latter came complements of Mazda USA, who graciously provided me and a colleague with a 2013 Mazda MX-5 Special Edition to drive during our stay in SoCal. The MX-5 proved to be a great car to drive up and down Pacific Coast Highway.
Perhaps it was the pre-trip excitement, a bad frame of reference or poor planning, but it wasn’t until we arrived at Mazda HQ in Irvine, California, that we realized that our car would be challenged in the cargo carrying department. You see, in addition to our regular luggage and briefcases, we were also hauling a full load of camera gear to get footage at the show. In a prior life I spent many years working for company that sold two-seat roadsters, that shall remain unnamed, offering substantial trunk space in a front and rear trunk. It was not until we had our rendezvous with the MX-5 in Mazda’s parking lot that it finally clicked that not all convertibles are adept at swallowing large pieces of luggage. Despite its Spartan trunk space, some creative packing allowed us to fit everything quite snugly in the car. So snug, in fact, that when it came time grab the camera to snap a picture of our packing prowess, I realized it was in the bottom of the trunk. So, you will have to envision a trunk overflowing with luggage and equipment.
It was a sunny Saturday afternoon in St. Louis Park, when Adam borrowed one of our 2013 Santa Fe Sport’s to do some shopping at Ridgedale Mall.
Adam’s mood, on the drive there, was not so sunny. A terrible anxiety griped him as his thoughts turned to the space assets of the vehicle. Adam had never tried to fit anything as large as the 52” TV and iMac, he was planning on picking up for his parents, into a Santa Fe.
The original 1969 COPO Camaro was Chevy’s answer to the ban on engine’s over 400 cid in a midsize car. The Central Office Production Order (COPO) was Chevy’s special-order system used by dealers to build high performance models. Chevrolet equipped factory Camaro’s with L72 427 cid V-8’S. These original ZL-1 COPO’s were available in either an automatic or 4-speed manual option. In 1969 Chevrolet sold 171 COPO Camaro’s with four speed transmissions and 30 with automatic transmissions totaling 201 sold. Today an original 1969 COPO Camaro brings big money on the collector market, with one recently selling for $451,000 at the 2012 Barret-Jackson auction.
This past Saturday was the last Cars & Coffee event of the season. Despite the cold weather and a few early morning flurries we had a great turnout. Spectators bundled up and enjoyed the free coffee while checking out all the great cars that showed up. We brought quite a few models from our Cadillac lineup which stirred a lot of excitement. The ATS just recently arrived at our dealership and many people were thrilled to see it out at the event. The all-new 2013 XTS also drew a lot of attention.
Check out the rest of our photos from the event in the gallery below.
We want to thank everyone that has made it out to Cars & Coffee throughout the season and helped to make this event such a great success. We look forward to seeing all of you next year!
For more information on the event head over to the MN C&C website.