We've already created a cash-conscious round-up of Christmas gifts, but now, we're splashing out on some of the most desirable and expensive gifts around. From Formula One parts to car-inspired furniture, we pick out 20 dream gifts for the petrolhead in your life over the next three pages. So whether you want a new-look wardrobe or just a little piece of your dream car, we’ve got it covered.
Here’s the perfect gift for Aston fans. The ‘upcycled’ brake caliper made by Racing Gold contains a phonic transfer speaker that gives a deep sound. It comes with a lithium-ion battery plus charging and audio leads, and works with the iPhone 4, 4S and 5, plus recent iPods.
Add a touch of class to any desk with this paperweight. Bentley and Lalique’s 13cm tall crystal design is crafted into the shape of the car maker’s famous Flying B badge. The design has been inspired by the car mascots created by Rene Lalique in the twenties.
There’s a subtle feel to this McLaren business card holder, with no in-your-face colours or logos – just McLaren orange stitching and a stamped logo. The slender case is made of the same carbon-look materials as the 12C supercar’s bespoke three-piece luggage set, but this just slips in your pocket.
Classic car owners can turn back the clock with this leather tool bag. Hand-made in England, it’s the perfect way to carry those get-you-home essentials every classic driver has to keep in the boot. It’s 14 inches long with internal flaps to stop tools falling out, with leather carry handles and a lined interior, and comes in tan or dark leather.
There’s nothing like the rumble of a big Yank V8, and you can enjoy it on a race circuit with Classic American Muscle. A Half-Blast package (£79.99) gives you three miles driving one of the company’s restored classic V8-engined Ford Mustangs alongside a qualified race instructor. If three miles doesn’t sound enough, the £299 package gets you 20 miles behind the wheel in three different Mustangs.
The millions of fans of the original VW Beetle will love this watch as its face mimics a 1960 Bug’s speedo, right down to the ‘change up’ indicators. It has a stainless steel case, and a polished case ring like the original with a five-jewel, Swiss-made quartz movement. Other watches in the range mimic BMW and Jaguar speedos.
This is instantly recognisable as a Maserati envelope holder, with the front modelled on the legendary fifties A6GCS sports car. Plus, company logos from different eras are etched into the aluminium holder on the rear, all mounted on a tough Plexiglas base. No Maser fan’s desk should be without one.
What better way to recycle old F1 brake discs than turn them into wall art? These 278mm diameter discs are taken from Fernando Alonso and Romain Grosjean’s 2009 Renaults, and even get the original titanium bell. There’s a carbon fibre face and F1-style numbers, as well as a certificate of authenticity.
Get six dishwasher-safe, fine bone china mugs for the price of five. Each has a car cartoon by Felix Petrol, who appears in our sister magazine, Octane. The set comprises Ford Escort, Fiat 500, Lotus Elan, Porsche 356, Austin Mini and Alfa Romeo GTV designs, or pick one to go on all six mugs.
Check out the coolest addition to any home workshop. It’s a 100-litre fridge modelled on the front end of a 1957 Fiat 500 – and when it’s on, the headlights work. There’s a shelf for drinks and it’s available in the white, green or red of the Italian flag. The fridge is ordered from Italy, so you need to add delivery and VAT to the 5,500 euro price.
Nuts about F1? These wheel nuts were used on Force India racers in the 2011 or 2012 seasons, and a lot of tech goes into this tiny part – not only to ensure quick changes, but also to prevent the wheel coming loose at speed. Green or orange nuts are available, presented on an acrylic stand.
Husband and wife Dana and Melanie Harvey came up with the idea of making bags from seatbelts when installing a set in their classic Buick. Women can pick from wallets, handbags and satchels; men get wallets or this 10-inch-long washbag made from seatbelts stitched together side-by-side.
Every petrolhead wants to put their foot down in a Ferrari – but this is the closest many of us will ever get! These Gommino Moccasin driving shoes, complete with front tie, are made in Italy in suede leather with a distinctive pebble sole and the legendary prancing horse logo. They are available in sizes 8 to 11.5, with similar versions offered in brown leather.
Owning and running a supercar is an expensive business that’s beyond most of our budgets, but ClubGT promises to make your dreams come true. A £2,000 gift voucher buys time in one of the club’s many cars. If you’re between 30 and 70, it’s good for six days or two long weekends in a Ferrari F430 or Audi R8, three weekends in a Porsche 911 or many of the other cars and breaks on offer.
Exclusive to Mercedes, the BIG Bobby sled features metal runners, a sprung steering axle, a working horn and pull cord. It’s made in Germany, finished in the silver arrows livery, TÜV safety tested and suitable for children aged four to 10 years old, or weighing under 60kg.
Porsche celebrated the 911’s 50th anniversary this year, and this watch is a memento of the classic GT3 R. It’s Swiss-made with a stopwatch, split time and tachometer, and it has orange highlights like the car over a brown dial with a matching strap. Plus, it’s waterproof to 50 metres.
The blue and orange of Gulf Oil is one of the most recognisable race car liveries. It’ll always be linked with endurance racing, and this egg chair is inspired by the Porsche 917 LM 20 Le Mans car from the Steve McQueen film of the same name. It’s officially licensed by Gulf, and is hand-painted with a leather seat – so it’ll be comfortable for settling down in front of the TV to watch an entire 24-hour enduro.
Celebrate Sebastian Vettel’s fourth Formula One world title by giving a Red Bull fan this coat stand packed with F1 parts. The base is a wheel with a brake disc, caliper and pads supporting a hardwood shaft. At the top is a wheel
nut with a wheel gun socket to carry the coat pegs, which are joints from the suspension. The price is steep, but included is a tour of Red Bull’s factory in Milton Keynes, Bucks.
What do you get the owner of a classic or supercar? Simple: a custom-made indoor cover with colours and detailing to match the car. Log on to create your design, adding piping, stripes, coloured panels and mirror pockets. And all this isn’t just for show, as the breathable thick cotton acrylic protects paint and bodywork.
Here’s a bright idea for lovers of the retro look. Vintage60 has a range of handcrafted table lamps made from old oil cans. Each is mounted on a flexible metal arm sheathed in rubber. An Esso lamp is 45cm tall, with the Caltex version measuring 60cm and the Shell lamp 70cm. The two larger lamps weigh in at £458.55 each.