It’s that time of year again, folks.
The holiday season is upon us once again, and that means gifts. Fresh out of ideas? Worry not – we’ve got you covered.
Smart watches are for chumps – but Autodromo Watches are for champs. The creative vision of Bradley Price, these watches draw aesthetic inspiration from a golden age of motoring, when driving required style, panache, and perhaps a little bit of danger.
Triumph Street Twin – 900cc
For those who can’t get enough classic styling, but perhaps prefer modern reliability. The 2016 Triumph Street Twin replaces the existing base Bonneville model, with the welcome addition of an upgraded 900cc eight-valve, high torque motor. Updated from the ground up, this Bonnie gets a new chassis, new suspension, ride-by-wire throttle with traction control, slip assisted clutch, ABS, and LED lighting. Triumph were also so kind as to release a few custom ‘inspiration kits’ you can purchase as a package!
Liveried Egg Chairs
The perfect gift for the racing enthusiast in your life, these ‘egg chairs’ combine retro modern form with iconic styles to create functional automotive art. Using mid-century modern furniture as a canvas, Anthony Jannarelly and Benoit Fraylon create intricate designs that call back to the famous liveries of the legendary race cars of yesteryear.
WohnGeist Tool Set
This gorgeous set of WohnGeist tools includes screwdriver, file, and pry bar handles, as well as the whole segmented 2m ruler and are made of Swiss pear wood that resists warping and splintering when exposed to moisture. The same wood, plus leather for the handles, serve as the materials for the tool set’s case. All of the tools are held in place inside the case with magnets, so carrying and opening it won’t cause a cacophony or result in metal spillage all over the shop.
BIR Track Day
Tired of watching races from the comfort of your couch? Want to hop in the drivers seat and take the bull by the horns? A BIR Track Day is an immersive racing experience unlike any other – and with the option to either track your personal car or take the wheel of a spec racer, there’s something for everyone!
Whether you’re giving a gift or simply indulging for yourself, these subscription boxes are sure to please. And the best part? You don’t have to leave your house to buy them. One of our favorites is DetailBox – every month you’ll receive 3 to 4 new sample products, which include polishes, waxes, tires polishes, etc. If you like the product they often have exclusive, member-only coupons for the full product! For the ladies in your life, we recommend Stitch Fix – clothing and accessories selected by a personal stylist and hand-delivered to her door.
Why water down your whiskey with ice? These stainless steel cubes (or balls, take your pick) will actually keep your drink colder than ice, for longer than ice – and they won’t dilute that heavenly flavor. If that’s not enough to sway you, they’re also completely non-porous, ensuring you’ll be able to use them over and over with no risk of cross-contamination.
Smartphone Garage Opener
This neat piece of tech from Chamberlain installs to your existing setup in minutes, and allows you to open and close your garage door from anywhere with your smartphone and a Wi-Fi connection! Never worry about having left your garage door open again – you can’t buy peace of mind like that.
Auto Floor Guard
Protect that sweet, sweet garage floor from salt, snow, and other other miscellaneous nastiness with Auto Floor Guard – mildew and rot resistant fabric that has been tested to -40 degrees. Available in multiple sizes, the fabric has a unique ultraviolet treatment that resists fading and material breakdown. The perfect gift for those who love to keep everything in their life immaculately clean and well-ordered.
Leather Works Minnesota
Purveyor of fine, handcrafted, leather goods Leather Works Minnesota is more than just a local company – they’re the vendor of choice for Morrie’s Heritage Car Connection’s leather needs. Wallets, belts, travel accessories and much, much more are lovingly crafted by this Saint Paul-based establishment. It’s worth noting that due to their huge popularity and the fact that everything is made by hand, they recommend you allow 2 weeks for shipping during the holiday season.
911 Speedometer Cufflinks
What more can be said about these cufflinks that the title doesn’t say already? They look like the speedo from a freakin’ Porsche 911! For the air-cooled enthusiast in your life.
Morrie’s Teen Driving School
This comprehensive course gives young drivers the hands-on experience they need to avoid accidents. Through a combination of classroom activities and engaging, hands-on exercises, this program teaches young drivers skills they simply cannot obtain in traditional driver’s ed programs. Each student is paired with a dedicated instructor who coaches them in his or her own car throughout the entire day. At the end of the program each student will have a vastly improved grasp of their car, vehicle dynamics, car control and lifesaving, proactive driving techniques.
Lego Creator Car Kits
The Great Sleeping Bear
Who among us hasn’t wished we could hibernate through the winter winter months, waking up as the last of the salt is cleared off the roads? With this hand-made bear sleeping bag by Dutch Artist Eiko Ishizawa, the idea seems a little less far-fetched! These individually numbered sleeping bags cost a mere $2,350 – a small price to pay for supreme comfort when the weather gets to be simply unBEARable (Yes, that pun happened. We regret nothing).
Happy Holidays, everyone!
Castrol is working hard to reinvent the oil change, which frankly sounds about as easy as reinventing the wheel. After a couple of years of developing what they are calling Nexcel, they have done something special. The Nexcel unit itself holds oil and the filter all in one container and simply fits into a base within the car’s engine bay. Once the recommended oil change interval is reached the Nexcel unit can be changed out in 90 seconds by simply lifting the unit out and replacing it with another one. The unit is sent back to be reconditioned for reuse and can be reconditioned 5 or 6 times before its service life is over.
We first found about this new product from an article on Autoblog.com and it peaked our interest that the Aston Martin Vulcan was going to be the first car to implement Nexcel. While the Vulcan is a track only car, Castrol UK worked closely with Aston Martin to develop Nexcel and test it in the real world, retrofitting Aston Martin’s cars with Nexcel and have been testing in England for the last couple of years. After talking to a representative from Castrol at SEMA we found out that other manufacturers are very interested, one being Ford as they get the street version the GT ready for 2017. There are also a couple of companies with fleets of long service life heavy duty trucks looking to retrofit this technology for their use as it would pay off over the life of the truck as they are in service for hundreds of thousands of miles.
Last night Morrie’s Luxury Auto hosted a movie premiere party for the release of the new James Bond movie “SPECTRE” last night at ShowPlace ICON Theatre at West End with a pre-screening happy hour at The Loop. Continental Diamonds came out to support the event with a range of Omega watches including the special edition Seamaster worn by James Bond in the movie. To mark release of the movie, we features three gorgeous new Aston Martins in front of the theater, including the new 2016 DB9 GT model in special Spectre Silver.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the event last night and we hope you enjoyed the film!
This past Friday and Saturday, Morrie’s Luxury Auto had eight vehicles on display in the East Rotunda at the Mall of America as part of Fascination Motors, a proof of concept to see if having an automotive-centric store would bring in more shoppers. From the huge amount of feedback from mall-goers over the weekend, it seems like having Aston Martins, Maseratis, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, McLarens and more is a nice treat to see in the mall. We also had an awesome time talking to everyone about the cars and sharing in the experience. We’d like to thank everyone that came out to the Mall of America this weekend who stopped by the rotunda to check out the Fascination Motors display and make it a success!
October is Car Care month and with winter just around the corner, now is the time to start planning out how you’re going to be storing your pride and joy to protect it from the elements. To help, we’ve come up with a helpful checklist of what you can do to make sure your vehicle is ready for hibernation and will be ready to drive once the snow melts next spring.
First, there are a few maintenance items you’ll want to take care of before you store your car. We recommend that you do the following.
- Change the oil – this will keep any debris or sediment in your oil from settling over the winter
- Wash and wax your car – to ensure there aren’t any contaminants on the paint that could leave marks
- Make sure it has a full tank of gas – we would also recommend adding some fuel stabilizer such as STA-BIL
- Increase the tire pressures by 10 PSI – tires naturally lose air pressure over time so over-inflating your tires will prevent flat spotting
There are a few other things you can do to protect your car while it’s in storage.
- Leave a few dryer sheets and dry packs (silica gel) in the car – the dryer sheets will deter bugs and rodents while making your car smell fresh, while the dry packs will absorb any moisture
- Put a handful of steel wool into the exhaust tip – again, this is to keep rodents from climbing into your exhaust system and making a nest
- Park the car with carpet (or a yoga mat) under each of the tires – this will also help resist flat spotting and will avoid the tires making marks on your garage floor over the winter
- Hook up a battery tender to the battery – this will keep the battery from losing its charge over the winter and help ensure the car will be up and running right away in the spring
- Get a car cover – covering your car for the winter will keep dust from settling on the car and will help protect it from the elements, scrapes, scratches, and door dings while it’s in storage
- Don’t start or run the car until spring – firing up the car and not getting all of the components up to operating temperature is worse than just letting it sit
Just like you, we’re not looking forward to taking our fun cars off the road for the winter but by following these steps, you and your car will both be better prepared for next spring!
With much build-up and anticipation, we are excited to announce the grand opening of the new Morrie’s Luxury Auto store at 7300 Wayzata Blvd in Golden Valley. To celebrate the occasion, we welcomed 300 of our clients, friends and neighbors to our new location with food, drinks, music and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. We rolled out the red carpet for our guests and also had representatives from Aston Martin, Bentley, and Maserati to check out our new store.
Highlights from the event included the Hairstream trailer (where we had two hair stylists from Jon Charles Pure Salon on hand), a cigar lounge with hand-rolled cigars, 3 signature cocktails (the “Alfieri”, the “Azure”, and the “Vulcan”), as well as Chris Dyson’s actual Bentley GT3-R race car from the Pirelli World Challenge that we saw win at Road America this summer.
This new location in Golden Valley has been in the works for almost 5 years, and we’re thrilled to have the new Luxury Autos store sitting alongside our Cadillac building. The new building offers 3 distinct show floors to showcase Maserati, Bentley, and Aston Martin and we have the largest elevator in the Midwest to move vehicles up to the 2nd floor.
Our event was a wild success but we couldn’t have done any of this without the support of our customers. Thank all of you who have supported us over the years as we strive to provide the ultimate in luxury experiences in Minneapolis.
Keep an eye on our Instagram for more photos from the event.
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Pictures courtesy of Kevin Finley.
We’re proud to announce that we recently transitioned from our showroom in Minnetonka to our brand new, state of the art facility at 7300 Wayzata Blvd in Golden Valley. We now have separate show floors for Maserati, Bentley, and Aston Martin, and the dealership features on of the largest elevators in the Midwest! Stop by during business hours (Monday through Thursday: 8:00AM to 9:00PM, Friday and Saturday: 8:00AM to 6:00PM) and check out the new space.
With the new Morrie’s Luxury Auto location opening in just 11 short days (July 27th), we’re excited to share some photos of the progress being made!
New signage is up for Maserati and hopefully Bentley and Aston Martin logos will grace the building soon as well.
We can’t wait for customers to start using our new service drive.
The show floor is coming along nicely as well. Being two stories tall, the new Morrie’s Luxury Autos facility features one of the largest elevators in the midwest.
This is part of the Maserati lounge area where customers can find various Maserati accessories.
And this is the Bentley side of the show floor. The various displays are used to immerse customers in luxury, showcase vehicles, and allow customers to configure their own Bentley while looking at every available color, leather, wood, and stitching sample.
We hope to see you in our new store soon!
Dyson Racing, Bentley’s factory backed race team in the Pirelli World Challenge series, took to the track at Road America in Plymouth, WI this past weekend with two of their Continental GT3-R race cars. Bentley was also kind enough to extend an offer to some of our clients to join them for the weekend at the track to watch the race. We booked a private plane and luxury lodging and Bentley handled the rest, providing cars for us to drive to and from the track, a catered hospitality suite to watch the race from, as well as integrating us with the crew and drivers in the paddock.
For those that missed out, VIP accommodations for this trip included:
- Private airfare
- 2 nights at The American Club in Kohler, WI
- All food and beverages
- A round of golf on the famous Whistling Straits course, home of the 2015 PGA Championship
- Bentley vehicles, including a Continental GTC Speed, a Flying Spur V8s, a Mulsanne Speed, and a Continental GT3-R
- Complimentary tickets to the Pirelli World Challenge race at Road America
- VIP parking and access to the Bentley hospitality suite
- Private paddock tours and meet and greets with the crew and drivers
Everyone on the trip had a great time and we look forward to planning similar trips alongside Bentley for our customers in the future.