Dream car Christmas gifts for petrolheads 2019
Blow the budget with 20 lavish Christmas presents costing £50 or more that are ideal for petrolheads
For those on a tight budget we packed three pages in last week’s issue with Christmas gift inspiration. This week, we’ve loosened the purse strings a little and lined up some slightly more expensive and brilliant presents for the petrolhead in your life. And, if you’re the car nut in question, just leave your favourite magazine lying around open at these pages with your picks circled…
There’s something for all tastes and ages because we’ve got every passion covered, from F1 to classics, as well as gifts that will put you firmly in the driving seat. Plus there are a few money-no-object options for the very fortunate or extremely generous.
Serengeti Tellaro sunglasses
Price: Around £216Contact: www.serengeti-eyewear.com
Heading for a road trip to the slopes or on a summer driving holiday? Then the perfect travel companion for the driver in your life is a pair of Serengeti sunnies. The Tellaro, and the smaller Spello model, are Navigator-style sunglasses with ultra-light mineral lenses designed to enhance the key colours for driving: reds, yellows and greens. And if the tech spec isn’t enough, they look pretty cool too.
Citroen Origins Speedster
Price: Around £120Contact: lifestyle.citroen.com
Let your child’s first motoring adventures be behind the wheel of this Citroen La Petite Rosalie ride-on car. The machine pays tribute to the original full-size 1933 8CV Rosalie that set a series of records at the Montlhery circuit in France. The design mimics the original with metal bodywork, working steering and rubber tyres, and is ready for your budding car fan to set their own records.
Motamec Audi Pikes Peak tool box trolley
Price: Around £219Contact: www.motorsport-tools.com
Are you tired of finding your car lover’s tools all over the house and workshop? Well, this Motamec modular tool box unit provides the perfect solution for any untidy fan of Audi and Pikes Peak. There’s a top box with a tote tray, a pair of two-drawer modules and a large lower storage compartment with trolley wheels and handle. Ideal for keeping tools at home, then taking only what’s necessary to the track.
Vignale Weekender Bag
Price: Around £790Contact: fordlifestylecollection.com
If there’s a Ford fan in your life, this overnight bag will bring a touch of Italian Vignale flair into their lives. It is made from 100 per cent leather, and is 77cm long with side panels. The materials aim to match the Vignale’s design language, with a lining that picks up the seats’ style.
Carters of Suffolk Hot Rod Teapot
Price: Around £85Contact: www.cartersofsuffolk.com
Love a cuppa? Then this has to be the perfect way to knock up a brew. Complete with flames, the fully functioning teapot is based on a forties Ford hot rod, complete with chromed motor. If the livery is a bit too loud for your tea tray you can also choose from a fifties-style single-seater race car or delivery vans and coaches from the same era. There are one-cup versions available, too.
Lego Creator Corner Garage
Price: Around £160Contact: www.lego.com
There’s a great deal going on at this fifties corner garage, which features a fuel pump and workshop complete with tyre changer on the ground floor, a vet’s surgery above that and a penthouse flat topped by a rooftop terrace. Putting together the 2,569 pieces will keep all ages amused for hours.
Ferrari Original F2002 engine
Price: Around £75,000Contact: store.ferrari.com
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to buying for a Ferrari fan, and the brand’s store is packed with everything from keyrings to this stunning engine block from the 3.0-litre V10 screamer that took Michael Schumacher to his fifth world title in the F2002GA. It comes with a certificate of authenticity from the team.
Classic 911 wine cooler
Price: Around £450Contact: www.porscheshop.co.uk
The perfect adornment for your Mercedes GP brake disc table has to be this wine cooler made from an original classic Porsche 911 engine cylinder. It is assembled with aircraft-quality aluminium and stainless-steel hardware to keep your wine cool. The wine stopper pictured is made from a rocker arm and costs £64.99.
Industry & Supply Co Army Surplus Land Rover tool bag
Price: Around £60Contact: shop.industryandsupply.com
Fans of the old Defender now have the perfect way to carry all their get-you-home kit. And you can pack a fair bit in too because this tool bag is around 75cm long with three fastening straps to keep it all together. It’s made from heavy-duty canvas and is available with a choice of embroidered designs featuring the Defender 110 Double Cab pick-up and the 90.
Meandmycar Ultimate Driving Simulation Experience
Price: Around £225Contact: www.meandmycar.co.uk
Racing drivers right up to F1 use simulators, and now you can enjoy the experience, too. Sessions are sold in single-hour slots and, so there’s something to put under the tree on the big day, the voucher arrives in an engraved tin also containing a pair of chequered-flag socks.
Volkswagen Campervan Pull-Along Cooler Box
Price: Around £300Contact: www.campervangift.co.uk
VW’s classic ’splittie’ van has been transformed into any number of products, from tools to tents, but this is a new one to us. And instead of a novelty that will just sit on a shelf, this cooler is fully functional, with a 22-litre capacity, telescopic pull handle and steerable wheels. It can keep food and drinks either cool or warm as required. The perfect VeeDub show companion?
Joel Clark Porsche 908 door sculpture
Price: Around £2,550Contact: www.historiccarart.net
This sculpture captures the 1968 Spa 1000km race on a full-size fibreglass replica door from a Porsche 908. The door is covered in hand-cut vinyl to recreate the reflected images from the event. The window captures the La Source hairpin during the race, complete with period advertising, while below are reflections that could have been seen on the real thing.
Lewis Hamilton 2015 Brake Disc Table
Price: Around £995Contact: www.mementoexclusives.com
This carbon-fibre brake disc is from the Mercedes-AMG MGP-W06 that took Lewis Hamilton to his third Formula 1 world championship, and is set in to oak with a toughened-glass top. The table is produced under licence from Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix, and you’d better hurry, because the run is limited to just 44.
BMW Active Hybrid E-bike
Price: £2,795Contact: shop.bmw.co.uk
Ease your BMW lover into a get-fit New Year’s resolution with this e-bike. BMW says the bicycle can rack up big mileages thanks to its 250W Brose Drive S Alu motor powered by a 600Wh lithium-ion battery pack. Stopping is handled by hydraulic disc brakes front and rear, plus there’s a Shimano Deore XT 10-cog gearset for the hills. Choose from three aluminium frame sizes.
Price: Around £770Contact: www.autobritedirect.co.uk
Detailing specialist Autobrite says this is the ‘biggest, baddest detailing kit’, and we reckon it’s not far wrong. There are more than 60 items, not counting the multiple cloths, brushes and towels. Your car cleaning will want for nothing for quite some time with this monster on the garage shelves, and there would be no excuse for not keeping your motor sparkling.
Bentley Ladies Silk Square
Price: Around £165Contact: shop.bentleymotors.com
Forget the Bentley Boys, this is one for the girls. Made in Italy from 100 per cent silk, this 90x90cm scarf features an artist’s rendition of Bentley’s art nouveau HQ in Crewe, Cheshire. It has hand-rolled edges and comes in either navy and green, or navy and white. Ideal for slipping over your hair for drop-top motoring in a Continental GT Convertible.
Young Driver six-lesson package
Price: Around £185Contact: www.youngdriver.eu
You can never get started behind the wheel too young and there’s plenty to choose from with Young Driver, which has activities for 10-17-year olds. You get six experiences for the price of five with this package, which lets you choose lessons in full-size cars on simulated roads or get your first miles in a mini Firefly car.
CarThrottle Jerrycan Carry-On Suitcase
Price: Around £125Contact: shop.carthrottle.com
If your petrolhead needs some robust luggage then look no further than this roller suitcase, which is made from a 20-litre jerrycan. This is no polycarbonate lookalike; these suitcases are created from genuine 0.8mm steel jerrycans. They come in a variety of colours, from orange and pink to camo green and matte black, and you can choose egg crate lining (£130) or pluck foam (£140) for protecting delicate camera gear and suchlike.
Bespokes Supercar Experience Day
Price: Around £750Contact: bespokes.co.uk
You get to drive not just one supercar on this road-based day but six from marques such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren and Porsche. The whole experience lasts six hours while you take turns behind the wheel of the cars on a 150-mile route just north of London. As the name suggests you can tailor your hire to your needs and passion, from supercars to classics.
Amalgam McLaren Senna
Price: Around £10,505Contact: www.amalgamcollection.com
This 1:8 scale model has fully functioning exterior and interior lighting plus electric doors, all of which are operated by a sleek remote control. This allows you to switch between all the light functions of the original. Definitely one for the display case, not the living-room carpet.