This past weekend Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, hosted a memorable sports car double header featuring the Grand Am Sports car series on Saturday and the American Le Mans Series on Friday. The double billing brought out America’s top endurance racing teams and record setting crowds to “America’s National Park of Speed.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With a mixture of comfort, luxury, technology and performance, the all-new Bentley Flying Spur is sure to bring you the ultimate driving experience.
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.
July has historically been the busiest month during the Cars and Coffee season at the Automotorplex and this year was no different. We were excited to bring out a number of cars from Morrie’s Luxury Auto, but we knew the show-stopper would be the all-new 2014 Maserati Quattroporte. As expected, the redesigned Quattroporte drew quite the crowd and gained a lot of attention.
But spectators made sure to also get a peek at the other vehicles that we brought including the Mazda2 B-spec racecar build, the 2012 Maserati Granturismo MC and the 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo in Meteor Gray.
It was a beautiful day for the event and we were so pleased with the turnout. Make sure to stop by and see us during next months event!
If you haven’t already heard the news, Twin Cities Luxury Auto has changed its name to Morrie’s Luxury Auto. Rest assured, we’re still the same place with the same great cars and people you’ve come to know and trust. We saw an opportunity to better align ourselves with the Morrie’s name and its brand history, so we made the switch.
Effective immediately you will see the new name and logo changes reflected across the Internet and all of our marketing channels. It’s not a revolutionary change but it is something that we are quite excited about.
Besides the rebrand there are a number of exciting changes coming our way this summer including a new facility that will offer more space and a better showcasing of our Bentley, Maserati and pre-owned models. We also look forward to the arrival of three new exciting vehicles. The 2014 Maserati Quattroporte, the Bentley Flying Spur and the Maserati Ghibli (pictured below).
For up to date news and development information make sure to check back to our blog often. We look forward to our continued growth as a company and the ability to enhance the customer service experience that we offer.
Summer has finally arrived and the weather actually cooperated for Cars & Coffee this past Saturday. Though we were forecasting a rainy week the sun decided to make an appearance just long enough for us to have a great event. The turnout was the best we have seen yet this year, since we had been battling a long winter and non-existent spring.
This month we brought out a 2010 Ferrari California, a 2013 Bentley Continental GTC V8 and a 2006 Flying Spur. As always our luxury cars drew a lot of attention, but this month was extra special with the appearance of Matthew’s fully restored 1968 Dodge Charger. Early in January Morrie’s Auto Group partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota to help grant Matthew’s wish of having his 1968 Dodge Charger restored. We were thrilled to be able to get involved with the foundation to help with the restoration. After 5 long months Matthew’s car is finally complete and we surprised him with it on Friday. He brought the vehicle out to Cars and Coffee on Saturday and it was quite the hit. Spectators flocked to the vehicle to take a peek under the hood and get the chance to meet Matthew.
Check out our photos from this month’s event below and make sure to head out to the Automotorplex for MN C&C next month. Historically July has the largest turnout of the season! For more information visit the MN C&C website.
If you’ve been actively reading our blog, you already know that Morrie’s Minnetonka Mazda and Twin Cities Luxury Auto have been working together to help build a Mazda2 B-Spec Racecar for one of our loyal clients, John McCarthy.
The Mazda2 racecar build is complete and TCLA Service Manager, Michael Ashby has been working closely with McCarthy and the Miracles of Mitch Foundation to raise money for children in need. Ashby and McCarthy became aware of the Miracles of Mitch Foundation when they participated in an event sponsored by our Mazda and TCLA stores. The event allowed us, as well as our customers to donate a bike to the Miracles of Mitch Foundation for each car that was sold in April. McCarthy and Ashby felt inspired to continue a partnership with the Miracles of Mitch Foundation. To them, the foundation carries a message that everyone needs to hear and they decided to embrace the idea of helping the foundation to raise funds.
McCarthy, Ashby and other members of the Morrie’s Automotive Group and Twin Cities Luxury Auto recently brought the Mazda2 Racecar to the people who would likely appreciate it the most, the children of the Miracles of Mitch Foundation. During a recent event, children were able to trace their handprints and sign a decal in the color of their choosing before if was transferred onto the racecar. The kids loved the idea that their handprints would be with the drivers on the car during the race competitions it will be competing in.
We all had a great time meeting the children, we gave out coloring sheets and a model car for them to play with and they selected the spot on the Mazda2 where they wanted their handprints to go. The next event will be held at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Hospital where we hope to get more handprints to fill the other half of the car.
The idea for the signing came from Michael Ashby, who is a father of two. He believes that parents will appreciate the Miracles of Mitch Foundation’s message for many reasons. We here at Morrie’s and TCLA believe that helping children with illness is a benefit for many, but it also gives parents an opportunity to teach their children about Mitch’s message and his desire to help others and give back.
At the end of the year the Mazda2 is prepared to compete in the 25 hours of Thunderhill Endurance Race and we hope to get sponsorships for each hour we compete, with all the proceeds going to the Miracles of Mitch Foundation. The car is also prepared to compete in the Pirelli World Challenge, which has venues across the United States and the Regional and National Sports Car Club of America. You will be seeing the Mazda2 much closer to home in Brainerd Minnesota over Memorial Day as well. We are very excited to see the Mazda2 compete at some of America’s most celebrated and historic racetracks all while helping give back to the foundation.
Racing is important to the people that compete, however, the Miracles of Mitch Foundation has helped everybody involved with a focus on the things that are really important. As Ashby and McCarthy say, “that is Mitch’s gift to us all”. Mitch is an inspiration, his desire to give back and help others has set all the wheels in motion for this partnership and we are so proud to be able to give back to such a wonderful community organization.
This week the folks from the Tom James Company made a visit to Twin Cities Luxury Auto and customers stopped by to check out some of the latest fashions for spring.
Tom James provided refreshments and appetizers for this event, which was held all day Thursday and Friday. The turnout was great and the quality garments were a great match for our clientele.
The Tom James Company was originally founded in 1966 by a gentleman named Spencer Hays. The company was based out of Nashville, TN and is the largest custom clothing manufacturer in the world. Tom James Company prepares custom tailored suits, sport jackets, pants, as well as other bespoke clothing. Minneapolis is a large market for Tom James clothing and this is one of 2 trunk shows held each year.
We are proud to be able to work with Tom James Company to put on this exclusive event. For more information on the company visit their website here.
Last week marked the arrival of the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte here at Twin Cities luxury Auto. “It was a welcome break from the dreary spring we had been having and there’s nothing like a lot of action on the show floor to really wake everybody up out of our wintery hibernation and remind us that we still work with some of the most fantastic vehicles available today” said Service Manager Michael Ashby.
The beautifully redesigned luxury vehicle features both v6 and v8 engine options and pricing falls just north of $100,000. Sales Associate Q Ballard agrees that “The All-New Quattroporte has incredible lines and the sculpted body is nothing short of astonishing.” The new vehicle is packed with technological improvements including a rearview camera for parking and reverse assist, keyless entry and a push button start, a first for Maserati. The new model has more power than the outgoing model but with the addition of AWD it will be a great year-round option. “Because we live and work in Minnesota, a beautiful state regardless of the season, an AWD Maserati makes sense.” Says Digital Marketing Specialist Kevin Finley.
You could feel the excitement amongst the guests as they arrived and saw the car displayed under full covers. When the time came to finally reveal the car, a collective round of applause greeted the newest addition to the Maserati line-up. “The reaction was very positive and more people than I anticipated were drawn to the V6 engine variant,” said Ashby.
Ashby explains, “As the engine was started on the V8 car it was clear that Maserati engineers had been able to keep the seductive yet throaty rumble from the old car alive in this all-new twin turbo V8. This car boasts a massive increase of almost 80hp over the old model, which really moves this car into a league of its own in terms of sports capability and luxury trappings.”
We were very pleased with the turnout of the event and we would like to thank those of you in attendance for helping us to welcome this beautiful addition to the Maserati line-up. The Quattroporte will return once again here at Twin Cities Luxury Auto in June 2013. If you have any questions or are interested in placing an order, give us a call at (952) 797-1777.