Ten top pressies for motoring lovers
Christmas might be about more than the gifts but the frustration of receiving a thoughtless or just plain mystifying present is something we can all relate to.
Gifts, then, matter. But how do you get it right when you’re sitting across from one of the toughest challenges of any gift-giving circle, the dyed-in-the-wool car nut?
You could admit defeat and get them some socks. Or you could give them one of these suggestions and walk away from this year’s celebrations a certified Christmas hero.
Fastrack V8 Race Experience – from $199
What car nut doesn’t dream of being a racing driver? Fastrack has fleets of race-prepared V8s at racetracks all around the country and professional race car drivers who’ll sit alongside the lucky enthusiast.
Bathurst – Choose the Eighties – $200
Know someone who’s glued to the couch every Bathurst 1000? Line them up for the ultimate marathon with this new DVD box set, featuring every Bathurst 1000 race from 1980 to 1989 in its entirety.
Jaguar Gauge Bottle Opener – $37
Help that Jaguar E-Type fan tip their hat to their favourite sports car every time they pop a beer with this keyring/bottle-opener, modelled on the E-Type’s famous Smiths fuel gauge.
Lego Technic Rally Car – $159.99
This amazingly detailed, 1000-piece-plus model won’t just keep younger car fans occupied for hours – it will also give them a solid grasp of automotive-engineering fundamentals as they build the moving engine parts and working steering and suspension. Suitable for ages ten to 16.
Autocourse 2018-2019 – $124.99
They’ve burned up many a late night watching Formula 1, now treat them to the most comprehensive record of the 21-race 2018 season with Autocourse’s annual book. It’s packed with stats, superb photography and exclusive F1-car illustrations.
Ferrari WOMEN’S FORMULA SPORTIVA QUARTZ WATCH – $450
Help her show her love for Italy’s most famous sports-car brand with this stylish jet-black timepiece.
Porsche Flat-Six Boxer Engine, Construction Kit – $329
This 290-part transparent model of the 1966 Porsche 911’s 2.0-litre horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine – with moving parts – will keep your grown-up kid’s prying hands away from that Lego Technic wonder.
Rally School Australia DRIViNG EXPERIENCE – from $195
It’s not just racing-driver wannabes who can get a taste of the real thing. Rally School Australia offers rally-driving experiences all around the country for those who prefer the dirt.
Bentley Bottle Stopper – £70 ($125)
Many Bentley fans will never grasp the finely detailed gear knob of their favourite British luxury car but with this bottle stopper, you can give them the next best thing.
Range Rover Rider – $224.60
You wouldn’t be seen dead in anything other than a Range Rover. Now your car-loving toddler can join the club with this racy ride-on number, featuring working LED lights and low-noise tyres. Suitable for ages 18-36 months.