How An Accident Helped My Perspective

I’m not really sure where to start with this. Obviously the beginning would be the logical place, but I’ve come to realize that isn’t the most important part of this story.

Quick recap for those of you who don’t know: On August 14th Tony and I were involved in a bad accident. We escaped without serious injury, but my R32 wasn’t so lucky. The airbags deployed and the front end is completely smashed, rendering it officially totaled.

For days after the accident, I couldn’t stop crying. I couldn’t believe that one person could make a decision that would take my R away from me, especially when I did absolutely nothing wrong. I called my dad sobbing, trying to explain to him that this car was my ultimate, dream Volkswagen, that it was my whole life, that it defined me. But, being the smart parent he is, he calmly explained to me that even someone as obsessed with Volkswagens as I am isn’t defined by their car. Cars are bought and sold, Instagram names come and go, but Tony and I can never be replaced.

It took me a couple days to really believe that my R32 wasn’t the most defining part of my life, but I think I’ve finally accepted that. While I loved my R32, I certainly love the people in my life more. I don’t think I’ll ever get over this, and I’ll certainly never forget my first R32. But I’ll buy new Volkswagens, come up with a new Instagram name, and write a new Twitter bio. In the meantime, I’ll use and like the things I buy, but love and cherish the people around me, because people are really what matters.

With that said, I have a couple well deserved thank yous:

Thank you to Volkswagen for shoving a big VR6 into a tiny golf, so the engine took the brunt of the hit. I’m really sorry I ruined an R32. I promise to buy more VWs.

Thank you to the wonderful Volkswagen community who supported me and kept reminding me it was far more important that Tony and I were okay, but gave me time to just be really, really sad.

Thank you to whoever designed seatbelts and airbags. I can without a doubt say you saved two lives.

Thank you to Culvers for your delicious custard, and for giving Layne free coupons when she picked up food for us after the accident.

Thank you to Luna, for being your typical sassy self, and keeping me grounded by reminding me your food dish was the most important thing in the world.

But most importantly, thank you to everyone around us. Your calls, messages, and kitty/puppy pictures helped me through a really tough time. I’m so lucky to have so many wonderful people that care that deeply.

A Car Show & An Experience

Last weekend, Tony and I took a road trip up to beautiful Holland, Michigan for a European car show called Euro Hangar. We took the day off work on Friday, loaded up Tony’s R32, and headed out for an 8 hour drive.Read More »

Flying (Spur) in a Bentley

Since my dad lives in Florida and flies up most holidays, he has to get a rental car to drive around. It’s always a base model economy car, like a Toyota or Hyundai. This Thanksgiving, a Bentley Flying Spur just happened to have a lack of weekend plans, so we told him this holiday he would be very thankful for his rental car. Because what better way to impress your family than driving a Bentley all around Minneapolis on Thanksgiving weekend? 
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Buh bye half of 2016

6 months down. Half of the year is gone. I did a lot bit of everything in June, from rallies to birthday celebrations to beach days. See if you can follow along!

I watched so much PLL and am still miserably far behind.

Tony and I participated in the Kannonball rally, and even though it started off a little rough, we had a great time!

Tony’s parents got a puppy and it is the most precious thing. 😍

June 13th was Tony’s birthday, so we celebrated with dinner and drinks with friends!

We visited breweries, drank beer and spent lots of money on food truck food.

I spent father’s day with these dad-esque cars. Just look at those beauts.

Tony and I finally found an apartment we liked that didn’t cost an arm and a leg and are moving in July 2nd! What a great start to the second half of 2016!

First Month of Cars

As a car enthusiast, I’ve always dreamed of driving high end luxury and sports cars. Little did I know that I would accomplish this goal by the end of the first week of my internship.

During your first week at a new job, you would expect to get acquainted to the office and get settled into your new role. I would have never thought that during my first week I would drive cars that combined cost almost half a million dollars and had over 2,000 horsepower.

My first day on the job I was tasked with picking up new cars for Morrie’s Heritage Car Connection. These cars just happened to be a Maserati GranTurismo and an Aston Martin DB9, both convertibles. And then naturally, we needed to get pictures of these beautiful pieces of machinery. And who better to drive it than the new intern?

On Thursday, I was told I had to take a Heritage car home because…work. I was fine with driving anything, but had my favorites already picked out. At the top of the list was the Porsche Speedster. So guess what I got to take home on a beautiful, sunny afternoon? Read about my evening here!

Being the marketing events intern, helping out with events sometimes means driving cars around. On Saturday, I was told that I would be giving rides to guests at a Kentucky Derby party. It wasn’t until I arrived at the dealership that I realized I would be giving drives to guests in a gorgeous $176,000 Bentley convertible. Thankfully the seats massage you while you’re driving, because you better believe I was stressed out while trying to maneuver that beast down the highway. That Bentley and I are now best friends. As everyone was getting ready to head home from the party, the cars also needed to head back to their home at luxury. I figured I would drive my new best friend back, until I was offered a small black key. I didn’t even realize what I was being offered until I saw the car the key opened.
For those of you who aren’t as obsessed with cars that “wear lipstick”, this is an Aston Martin Vantage GT. It’s not slow. It’s not quiet. And it’s sure not boring. Driving back, I felt more like a rockstar than ever before.

The following week was just as exciting. Now that I knew what to expect, I figured I wouldn’t be so nervous driving these nice cars. Think again!

All cars need to be serviced, so after they’re done being taken care of at the luxury dealer, someone has to go pick them up and bring them back home. On Wednesday that car was a Ferrari F430. Thankfully I only had to drive it a few blocks, because I’m not sure my heart would have been able to handle much more of that.

Fast forward a few weeks to a day on the track. Morrie’s sponsored a track day at Brainerd International Raceway and of course I had to come. To…chaperone the cars. Or something. As a Road America fan, I love watching cars race around the track, so I was absolutely thrilled just to be in the environment. But that wasn’t the end of my day. Baby Blue and I were allowed to drive on the track as fast as our hearts desired. As soon as I got home that night, I proudly ordered up a Brainerd track sticker to add to the collection.

The following days and weeks have been a blur of driving, attending events and all the shenanigans that goes along with that. I can’t even imagine an internship that is more perfect for me than this.

New Goings On

May is a fantastic month, and I’m not just saying that because it’s the birth month of myself. There are many things happening next month, and I wanted to keep everyone in the loop! For your convenience, I have put together a blog post of FAQs I have been receiving about what the goings on are.

Q: New goings on, Lauren?

A: Yes! New job, new place to live, new cats to adopt! (See Tony, now I wrote about it, so it has to happen.)

Q: Who will you be working for?

A: Morrie’s Automotive based out of Minnetonka.

Q: What will you be doing?

A: I’m a marketing events intern, which means I’ll be helping prepare, set up and carry the events out. I’ll also help with their social media and blogs. (Check them out here and here and here.) I’ll be surrounded by beautiful vehicles while I try my hardest not to drool on them.

Q: Where will you be living?

A: For the month of May, I’ll be moving into Tony’s house in Woodbury. In June we’ll move closer to the cities. We haven’t 100% decided on where yet.

Q: Will you share a ridiculous number of pictures on Instagram to make me jealous?

A: You better believe it.