MN C&C | September 2013

It was another beautiful Saturday morning at the Automotorplex this weekend for MN C&C! The turnout was great and we saw a lot of great vehicles make it out bright and early for the event. We saw everything from a gorgeous black McLaren to a few Lamborghini’s and of course some timeless classic’s. If you haven’t made it out to this event yet this summer you should definitely mark next month’s date off on your calendar. October is the last event of the season and it is bound to be a busy day at the Automotorplex. Bring out your vehicle or just come as a spectator, either way your sure to have a great time. Stop by the Morrie’s booth to grab your free pair of sunglasses, a cup of coffee, or bottle of water. We have had a great time as usual this summer and look forward to the last event of the season next month. Thanks to all the attendee’s for helping to make MN C&C a success. For more information on the MN C&C event head over to their website.

Wheels of Italy 2013

We are pleased to announce our 10th consecutive year participating in and sponsoring the annual Wheels of Italy car show. This years event took place on Sunday, August 25th near Lake Calhoun and despite the heat, the turnout was great! Attendees got a dose of everything Italian on wheels, including cars, motorcycles and scooters. Thank you to everyone who came out and helped to make this event a success. Check out our video footage from the event and some of our photos below.

 

Trofeo World Series 2013: Sonoma

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Following the success of the last season, the Maserati Trofeo MC will be back in 2013 on one of the most prestigious circuits around the world. The race is scheduled for this Sunday at the Sonoma raceway, a year-round motorsports complex that highlights some of the top racing series in the country.

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The raceway is located 30 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the facility covers 1,600 acres and more than 160 feet of elevation changes. The highest point on the track reaches 174 feet while the lowest point at turn 10 is just 14 feet. The physically challenging 12-turn 2.38-mile course provides a great setting for the IZOD IndyCar Series weekend, which will run through Sunday, August 25th. A double header will take place tomorrow with two races in the Touring Car class on Saturday including two Trofeo Maserati World Series races and the 60-minute Grand Touring and Grand Touring Sport main event on Sunday.

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So far this season, an average of 24 Maserati Gran Turismo MC Trofeo’s have competed on circuits around Europe, but this weekend the action returns to the United States at Sonoma, a gateway to famous wine county. Make sure to tune in Saturday and Sunday for this exciting event!

4th Annual Wings of Hope Golf Classic

On Monday August 5th we brought a few or our Morrie’s Luxury Auto vehicles to the Hazeltine National Golf Club for the 4th Annual Wings of Hope Golf Classic.

Throughout the event, they collectively raised over $1,000,000 dollars for the United Healthcare Children’s Foundation from the lunch auction, dinner auction, silent auction and the money raised from the entry fee into the tournament.

Notable auction items included a glass of lemonade for more than $1,000 dollars and 4 different Morrie’s Luxury Auto vehicles being shown. A 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible in Bianco was stationed on Hole #4, (no one made the hole in one this time ), a black 2005 Ferrari f430, a silver 2013 Bentley Continental GTC Le Mans Edition as well as the brand new Champagne 2014 Maserati Quattroporte GT S.

Some of our clients came out in their own vehicles, including a 2008 silver/gray Ferrari f430, a blue 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible MC, and a black 2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider.

Here at Morrie’s we are always looking for the oppertunity to give back and we were happy to be able to support the 4th Annual Wings of Hope Event again this year.

The Mazda2 B-Spec Racecar Makes an Appearance at Road America!

The Morrie’s Mazda/Miracles Of Mitch Mazda 2 made its second appearance this past weekend. Many consider Road America to be the United States premier racetrack. With its dramatic elevation changes and technical corners, it demands the best from both driver and car. Then, stir in a couple long straights where maximum speed is obtained.

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At Road America, our nimble and reliable little Mazda 2 routinely hit speeds well over one hundred miles per hour bringing home third place. This was a particularly strong finish given that it is difficult for a single car to compete against a team of several cars as they can use each other for drafting and even bump drafting.

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With Michael Ashby at the wheel, the Morrie’s Mazda/Miracles Of Mitch Mazda 2 broke up their formation to finish a very strong third. An engine control unit re-flash, now available, will give us some additional horsepower and a few more RPM’s at the top end. With these modest upgrades, we will improve on these already fantastic results.

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So, if you are keeping score, a first place at Brainerd International Raceway and a third place at Road America! More importantly, The Miracles Of Mitch message was embraced by everybody that came near the car. We experienced children placing their hands on the hand prints placed on the car by children with cancer as an act of solidarity.

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Numerous fans had their picture taken with the car and other drivers and crew approached us at the end of the event to thank Michael and the crew for the show they put on. It was flat out racing and NOTHING was left on the table during Michael’s terrific drive.

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Shortly, the car goes to California for the Pro World challenge race! There, we expect a huge field of competition from all over the country. As usual, the little Morrie’s Mazda/Miracles Of Mitch Mazda 2 has made us all winners before we even get to the track by helping to raise money and awareness for the Miracles of Mitch foundation.

Get more info and help by going to www.MiraclesofMitch.org and, visit us at Morrie’s at www.morries.com

The Hawk Vintage Races at Road America

Every July vintage racers and automotive enthusiasts make the pilgrimage to Road America for the Hawk Vintage Races with Brian Redman.  Arguably one of the nation’s greatest vintage auto racing events, The Hawk brings together over 450 races cars spread across 10 race groups.  Whether you like early fifties production cars, late-model Formula 1 cars or anything in-between there is certainly a number of cars to get engine racing at this event.  Below you will find a small snapshot of the impeccably prepared race cars that were in attendance.  If you have never attended it is certainly something you should add to your automotive bucket list.

 

All-New Bentley Flying Spur Makes an Appearance

Last week we got a sneak peek at the all-new Bentley Flying Spur when it made a surprise appearance here at Morrie’s Luxury Auto. We had been anxiously awaiting its arrival since we first laid eyes on it at the New York International Auto Show.

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The redesigned Flying Spur is equipped with more standard horsepower. Additional power and reduced weight allow this twin turbocharged 6.0 W12-liter engine to achieve 0-60mph in just 4.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 200mph. The exterior sports a lower roofline profile, sharper lines and rounded surfaces that make it appear lower and wider than its predecessor.

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This Sleek new vehicle embraces styling queues from Bentley’s Mulsanne & Continental GT models. The interior of this vehicle also received a makeover with comfort and luxury in mind. The spacious interior cabin provides the latest in comfort, luxury and technology with over 600 new components.

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A 64-gb hard drive, an 8-channel, 8-speaker audio system, Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless headphones, and two rear mounted infotainment systems are just a few of the technology features you will discover in the redesigned Flying Spur.

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With a mixture of comfort, luxury, technology and performance, the all-new Bentley Flying Spur is sure to bring you the ultimate driving experience.

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We were very excited to get a closer look at the all-new redesigned Bentley Flying Spur in person and we look forward to having inventory available Fall 2013. For any additional information, please call us at 952-797-1777.