Deciding what gift to buy for petrolheads this Christmas can be a minefield. To keep you out of the air-freshener aisles in Halfords, Autocar has compiled the ultimate motoring-related Christmas gift guide to make present buying that little bit easier. From books and DVDs to track days and challenging (but immensely rewarding) Lego sets, you’re sure to find something to stick under the tree.
1) Car trackday taster sessions
How much? £25
For a well-deserved adrenaline kick and ideal chance to blow off a bit of steam away from traffic lights and speed cameras, MSV’s Trackday taster session is the perfect gift this Christmas. Designed to cater for newcomers to trackdays, the event includes a full safety briefing, familiarisation laps and 20 minutes of unrestricted play in your own car. As well as learning how to follow the racing line and mastering the next apex, you’ll also be able to exploit your full potential as well as that of your car. Circuits include Brands Hatch, Snetterton, Cadwell Park, Oulton Park and Bedford Autodrome.
2) Porsche 911 book
How much? £30
Where? Grantham book services – 01476 541 080
The ultimate guide to the venerable Porsche 911 has landed. ‘The complete book of Porsche 911’ provides a detailed model-by-model overview for each year of the 911’s production, from the beautiful Porsche 901 prototype to the brutal 911 GT3 RS. Inside its 285 pages, you’ll find cracking photography of each car as well as plenty of technical data for your delectation, making this hardback a must have read in any car nut’s book shelf.
3) Senna DVD
How much? £10.99
Senna is the first official documentary of one of Fomula One’s most iconic drivers in the motorsport’s history. The film seamlessly intertwines archive footage of the Brazilian legend with moving interviews of former F1 rivals and colleagues. Spanning a decade of F1 from 1984, you’ll witness Ayrton Senna’s turbulent rise to success and the tragic events of the San Marino grand prix in 1994.
4) Turtle wax valeting gift kit
How much? £9.99
Fall in love with your car again with this inexpensive three-piece valeting kit from Turtle wax. Included in the kit is all you need to get your car back up to showroom shine and smelling like new. Inside, you’ll find a bottle of Zip wax – the world’s most popular car wash and wax – a fragranced cockpit spray, which restores plastics and rubber and an alloy wheel cleaning spray, which removes brake dust and tar. Short on ideas for a secret Santa? Here it is.
5) BMW snow pacer
How much? £67
BMW’s svelte snow pacer is a high-quality plastic bobsleigh which promises to offer the ‘perfect combination of riding pleasure, ergonomics, and safety.’ Features include a super suspension set-up for the steering axle, integrated horn, rustproof and replaceable runners and the marque’s badging and colours. As appealing as it sounds for adults, however, we’ll have to sit on the side lines; the snow pacer is suitable for ages between four and 10, up to 50kg.
6) Lego Volkswagen T1 Campervan
How much? £79.99
Love retro camper vans? This demanding 1332-piece replica of the iconic 1960’s split-screen VW camper will have you hooked until it’s time to throw away the Christmas tree. Details of the 300mm long and 140mm high ‘Splittie’ include a functional pop-up roof with textile curtain surround, roof rack, rear side air intake vents and air-cooled engine. Inside, you’ll find a rear bench seat that transforms into a bed as well as shelving and a folding dinette table. The ultimate lego set? We certainly think so.
7) Christopher Ward C70 DBR1 watch
How much? £575
Billed as one of the most accurate watches in the world, the Christopher Ward C70DBR1 COSC has been designed as a homage to Aston Martin’s triumphant 1959 Le Mans victory. Finished in the race winning car’s livery, the C70 is limited to just 300 units worldwide and is accurate to within one second a month. Order before December 20 and you’ll also be entered in a prize draw to win one of 30 stunning DBR1 sculptures worth £950.
8) Autocar subscription
How much? £29
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