If you’ve never been to the Hawk vintage races at Road America, you’re missing out on one of the coolest vintage car weekends in the country. Above and beyond all of the incredible race cars that take to the track during the four day event, one of the most memorable parts is the race car parade on Friday night.
Each year over 100 cars travel from the track to the quaint village of Elkhart Lake via a police escort. Seeing many of these cars on the track is a sight to see, but seeing them driving on public roads is something entirely different. Everything from open wheel cars to Le Mans prototypes to pre-war racers make the trip, often with grinning passengers tagging along. Locals and race fans reserve their spots hours in advance of the parade, akin to black friday bargain shoppers at Best Buy. Except the crowd is bigger, numbering in the neighborhood of 10,000, with many encouraging the parade cars to rev their engines, spin their tires and let it rip.
The spectator perspective is unlike any other car event you’ve seen and the view from the drivers seat is equally as exciting, but don’t take our word for it. Spend some time to watch our view from the driver’s seat of a 1971 Porsche 914-6 race car below:
Now continue and watch the spectators perspective that an attendee posted form this year’s parade:
Despite wandering around Road America for the past few days, we keep running across new cars that catch our eye. Last night we enjoyed the race car concours where over 100 race cars were escorted from the track to the village of Elkhart Lake. Over 10,000 people showed up for the event and we’ll be bringing you video of the parade in the coming days.
In the meantime, enjoy these pictures we took today at the track and pictures from the street car concours that took to the streets of Elkhart Lake this evening.
Morrie’s to bring you coverage of the region’s largest vintage racing event, the Hawk at Road America
The Hawk at Road America is one of the largest vintage race weekends in America, bringing together 400+ race cars ranging from 1926 Bugatti’s to Historic Formula 1 cars to everything in between. For many petrol heads it represents automotive nirvana and is the catalyst for an annual octane induced pilgrimage to the rolling hills of Elkhart Lake Wisconsin.
If you’ve never attended, you don’t know what you’re missing. You absolutely have to add it to your automotive bucket list. Fortunately if you can’t make it this year, we’ll be there providing live coverage from a few different perspectives.
In addition to getting a spectator’s view of all the action, one of our own will be participating in the event in a vintage Porsche 914-6. Our plan is to post photos, videos and other contents from a racer’s perspective before, during and after the race. We also hope to get some exclusive coverage of our friends from Mazda USA who will be running a historic fleet of significant Mazda race cars including a Mazda 787, RX7-92P and a RX-7 GTU car.
With such an amazing selection of cars to shoot we’ll certainly have a hard time determining where to start. This is where you come in. Take some time to thumb through the entry list, find a car that suits your fancy and tell us what you want to see by commenting on our Facebook wall. We’ll do our best to get photos, videos and other content that you request.
Alos, be sure to stay tuned to the blog and the Morrie’s Luxury Auto Facebook page to see event updates beginning on Wednesday.
As a teaser, we’ve included a selection of pictures from last year and a video highlighting race car concours and associated parade into town from the track.
This past Saturday, Morrie’s Luxury Auto snapped a number of pictures and put together the event video below. For those who attended the weather could not have been better and the turnout was impressive to say the least.
The North American debut of the Bentley GT3 racecar was quite the show. Coming out for the Cadillac Grand Prix at Road America, all eyes were on the Bentley as it took to the grid for the first time. With Butch Leitzinger behind the wheel and a full Bentley support staff, it was no question that Bentley came prepared. Unfortunately, during the qualifying session the rain became a problem. Race officials determined to switch it to a practice session. And while the transponder was not properly functioning in the Bentley which precluded them from recording an official lap time, seeing the Bentley charge up the long straight through the finish line even in the rain was a pretty spectacular sight. Unofficially it was calculated that Butch Leitzinger was able to drive the Bentley in the 2:08.9 range at Road America.
Bentley had two races during its North American debut at Road America. The race on Friday provided for some intense battles between Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren, and Bentley. Because Bentley had no points, what with this being their first race, they were staged at the back of the pack. Knowing they needed to really fire on all cylinders with minimal mistakes, Butch Leitzinger performed well under the rain conditions. During the 2nd race on Saturday, Bentley was able to secure a 2nd starting position and throughout the race fought hard against the competition. While they did not bring in a podium finish, it was still a great weekend of Bentley racing.
Powered by a V8 engine with around 600bhp, this GT racecar is unlike anything Bentley has produced before. To begin with it is the only Bentley Continental GT that is RWD, of course for racing this suits the car just fine. Included in the GT3 racecar we find an xTrac 6-speed sequential transaxle gearbox, racing clutch, and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. Looking to Bentley’s recent past the only thing that could come close with regards to power and handling would be their W12 Supersports, which sadly won’t be making a return to the production line. Clearly the production model, GT3-R, will fill the Supersports shoes nicely.
What sets the Bentley GT3 apart from other Bentley racecars is that Bentley has also produced a road-going GT3R, but only in a limited production run of 300 units. From what we are able to gather at Morrie’s Luxury Auto it appears that 100 GT3Rs were available for sale in the US, however they are all sold out.
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Saturday finally brought sunshine to Minnesota after 5 long days of rainy and cloudy weather. The MN C&C event was a great opportunity for car lovers to get out of the house and enjoy the much needed sunshine, the beautiful vehicles, and the great coffee from Dogwood. The turnout was great at the Automotorplex and we brought the new Maserati Ghibli in Blue Emozione Mica and a 2013 Bentley Continental GT V8 Le Mans Edition. Make sure to check out the photos in our album below and stay tuned for a video on our YouTube page coming soon!
We flew out to New York City last week to capture some of the excitement at the New York International Auto Show! With tons of vehicle debuts and all of our brands in attendance, we couldn’t pass up this oppertunity. Both Maserati and Bentley arrived at the show with a beautiful set up, as usual. Bentley brought the new Bentley GT Speed and Flying Spur V-8 models as well as their signature GT3 Speed Racer, which was initially unveiled as a concept at the LA Auto Show in 2012. Maserati knew they had to bring something special for their 100 year celebration, and they did. The big hit for them this year was the MaseratiGranTurismo MC Centennial Edition, in honor of the company’s 100 year milestone.
Other luxury sightings included an exotic lineup featuring a Lamborghini, a Lotus and the attention grabbing Bugatti. We also stopped at the Alfa Romeo booth to get coverage of the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C, which will be crafted by Maserati engineers in Modena Italy. Lastly, we couldn’t resist popping over to the Aston booth to check out the 2015 Aston Martin Carbon Edition and the 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT so make sure to check out our video coverage of those beautiful vehicles as well.
Check out our photo gallery below of all the exotic and luxury vehicles we spotted at the NY International Auto Show. Also, don’t forget to head over to our Morrie’s Luxury Auto You Tube page for videos coming soon!
Bentley will finally introduce a plug-in hybrid technology to the luxury market at this years Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on April 20th. The unveiling of the Bentley Hybrid Concept vehicle gives us a sneak peek into the future of the all-new Bentley SUV which will be available in 2017.
Bentley hopes with the addition of a hybrid vehicle to their lineup, customers will have a wider choice of modern, powerful and efficient powertrains. Power in the vehicle will be increased up to 25% and co2 emissions will be reduced by up to 70%. Bentley ensures this will all be done with no compromise to the luxury and timeless design that the brand is so well-known for. The Hybrid Concept is based on the flagship model in the Bentley family, the Mulsanne.
“There is no doubt that plug-in hybrid technology is true to Bentley’s values of outstanding luxury and effortless performance. Combining our renowned engines with electric power reinforces and enhances both principles, and so we will gradually introduce this powertrain across our model range. By the end of the decade, at least 90% of our production will be available as a plug-in hybrid. We are proud to be pioneering these developments in the luxury sector” states Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, Dr Wolfgang Schreiber.
If you’re headed to the Beijing International Auto Show make sure to stop by and check out the Bentley Hybrid Concept as well as the new Flying Spur V8 which will be making its Chinese debut, the Continental GT Speed and the new Continental GT V8 S. Stay tuned for more updates on these exciting announcements from Bentley Motors!
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We kicked off the first MN C&C event of the season this weekend at the Automotorplex and luckily most of the snow melted by Saturday morning! We were excited to launch our official partnership with Dogwood coffee to bring a better taste of java to MN C&C this year. The new coffee was a big hit, as we expected! To learn more about Dogwood Coffee Company check out our first blog post highlighting the partnership.
The turnout for April’s event was actually quite a success considering the amount of snow that fell the day prior. Our die hard enthusiasts set their alarms early and joined us at the Automotorplex to look at some exotic, classic and luxury vehicles. Make sure to check out our photos and our video from the event. If you didn’t make it out to the April event, don’t worry, we’ll be there all summer long! Look forward to seeing all of you next month.
Guest blog post written by: Joshua Duffy- The Art Institutes International Minnesota.