This week we have our annual Holiday Gift Guide for the car lover on your shopping list. From books to watches and everything in between, we have something for every budget and every gearhead.
A Quiet Greatness – Japan's Most Astonishing Automobiles for the Collector and Enthusiast, Volumes 1-4, Plus Supplement and Index by Myron T. Vernis and Mark R. Brinker. This four-volume book is a new, authoritative guide on special Japanese cars created for serious collectors and enthusiasts. Each volume is like a massive coffee table book with the highest production values and incredible photography. This limited edition four volume book set and 86-page supplement with detailed index is available only on www.aquietgreatness.com for $395.00 with just a few copies left in this limited run.
Tales From the Garage by Rodney Kemerer. Author Rodney Kemerer understands that car stories can be the gateway to every aspect of our lives. His heartfelt book – half memoir, half the memories of others – is truly a pop culture snapshot of modern society told through the lens of the automobile. These tales might appear to be about cars, but they are also tales of an American life and the many objects that embody and reflect it. This collection of stories originally published in Garage Style Magazine, available from Amazon for $26.50
Cobra SC100 Smart Dash Cam A high-quality dash cam is a great gift for any motorist who doesn't own one yet. The reasonably priced Cobra SC100 is a great option with minimalist design, easy installation and intuitive controls, as well as the ability to capture Full HD video in all lighting conditions. The SC100 can also inform an emergency contact and the driver's insurance company if necessary. $70 on Amazon.
Car and Driver Bluetooth 5.0 FM Transmitter Designed by automotive experts from Car and Driver, this do-everything car charger is a fantastic gift for owners of older and vintage cars that lack modern infotainment systems. The accessory is not only a versatile charger with a trio of USB ports but a Bluetooth 5.0 and FM transmitter, as well as a reliable tool for managing phone calls. Its multifunction button makes the last-mentioned process and accessing a virtual assistant distraction-free. Additionally, the gadget can play audio files from a flash drive or a microSD card. Its customizable ring light will allow it to blend nicely into the interior of just about any car. Available for $40 on Amazon.
Forza Motorsport is the newest entry into the storied Forza franchise and boasts an overhaul of the driving experience. Sound, physics, and grip have all been reworked to let gamers immerse themselves on the track. There are 500 cars available at launch, and 20 circuits are ready for you to explore. Truly, this is a sim racer developed from the ground up. Available on Amazon for $52.
Persol PO9649S Pilot Sunglasses Any Petrolhead knows that Steve McQueen was the king of cool both on set and at the race track. An iconic man needs an iconic pair of sunglasses, and McQueen's Persols were definitely up to the job. You keen listeners will likely notice that he wore a pair of Persol 714s for most of his time on screen, but these 649s are just as handsome and come in at nearly half the price. $269 on Amazon.
LEGO Technic Ferrari Daytona SP3 From the LEGO Technic Ultimate Car Concept series: Your favorite car lover will be able to recreate the features of the Ferrari Daytona SP3 in classic red with chrome-painted rims. Features include steering, an eight-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shifter, a V-12 engine with moving pistons, and opening butterfly doors. Created especially for adults, the completed 1:8 scale model will make a fantastic display piece for any auto enthusiast's office or workspace. $440 from Amazon
Relentless Drive 20-Piece Car Wash Kit If you're starting from the ground up and need an all-in-one kit on a budget, you won't find a better solution than the Relentless Drive Ultimate Car Wash Kit. This 20-piece kit includes nearly every tool, accessory, and cleaner you'll need to make your car look good as new. $80 on Amazon.
Chemical Guys ProFlow Performance Electric Power Washer Chemical Guys is known for its full line of car cleaning products and they recently released one of the most essential tools for cleaning — the power washer. The ProFlow Performance Electric Pressure Washer has a powerful 14.5-AMP/1680W motor that generates up to 2030PSI of pressure and 1.77GPM of water flow making the toughest jobs fast and easy! Available on Amazon for $199.
The Chemical Guys ProBlow Dryer is the easiest way to dry a car without leaving streaks and water marks. It makes the process a lot quicker and completely avoids potentially scratching the paint. The ProBlow is the must have detailing tool that utilizes an intense stream of air generated by a powerful 1000 watt motor to dry any wet surface in the fastest way possible, effortlessly dust all surfaces, and get in tights and crevices with ease! Available at The Chemical Guys for $89.99
Custom Car Portrait Real car lovers look back at their ride anytime they park it and start to walk away. With a Respoke Collection Custom Car Print, they can get a glimpse of their car even when they're not in the driveway, garage, or parking lot. Simply upload a picture of their personal car (or another favorite car) and have it turned into high-quality wall art. Available at Respoke Collection for $49.
The Brush Hero One of the hardest areas to clean on a car is the wheels, especially if they're a tightly woven pattern. The "Shark Tank"-featured Brush Hero harnesses water pressure from a garden hose to knock away dirt and grime without ruining the finish of the wheels. Brett owns one of these and swears by it. Available on Amazon for just $10.
Xtreme Xperience Track Day Most of us believe driving a Ferrari or Porsche is an impossible dream, right? Not at all! The folks at Xtreme Xperience offer track days behind the wheel of a wide range of supercars. We were lucky enough to throw a Ferrari 488 GTB around the curves at IMS, and were very impressed at the staff, vehicle, and experience as a whole. This is a perfect gift for anyone who would love to rip a few laps in their dream car. Starting at just $199 for a C8 Corvette Sting Ray Z51 all the way up to $2,637 for the Full Fleet package that will get you three to four hot laps in each of the cars in the Xtreme Xperience Fleet, including Ferrari 296 GTB, Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huracán, Porsche 911 GT3 992, Porsche Cayman GT4 RS, Audi R8 V10 Performance, Corvette C8 Z51, Nissan GT-R NISMO. Available at Xtreme Xperience.
Tag Heuer Formula 1 Gulf Edition Bold and energetic, this chronograph makes a lasting impression of the legendary partnership between TAG Heuer and Gulf. Sporting Gulf’s emblematic blue and orange livery, this racing-inspired 43mm watch is ready to outpace with style. $2,350 from Tag Heuer