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Auto Express Father's Day gift guide

We have some must-have gifts for dads this Father's Day

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Father's Day is fast approaching, and if you’re in need of the ideal gift for a petrolhead Dad then we’ve got it covered.

We have a fantastic selection of ideas to suit all budgets, featuring everything from dash cams and the very latest car cleaning products, to thrilling track day racing and some fabulous bespoke automotive artwork.

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Take a look below for some inspiration...

Nextbase 222

Nextbase 222

The Nextbase 222 Dash Cam is the perfect gift this Father’s Day to stay protected on the roads and help save on your car insurance. This small, compact Dash Cam records in full 1080p HD, which means it’s easier to capture crucial details such as number plates and road signs, while an easy to install Click&Go PRO mount allows the 222 to take prime position in your car to deliver more clarity and confidence when driving. The 222 is available for £69 with a £10 saving, from the Nextbase website and other retailers including Halfords, Argos and Currys. Offer runs from 21st May to 24th June.

Price: £69.00

Visit: nextbase.com

Bilt Hamber Double Speed-Wax

Bilt Hamber wax

After you’ve finished meticulously cleaning your car, it’s important to make sure your hard work doesn’t go to waste. That’s why a premium wax is a vital part of any home-detailing kit - providing a layer of protection over the paint finish while also giving a glossy shine. Bilt Hamber’s Double Speed-Wax is an award-winner that’s both water-repellent and detergent-resistant, producing impressive, long-lasting results. It’s better value than the more expensive paste waxes, too, with Double Speed-Wax coming in at £16.95 for a 250ml tin that also includes an applicator pad and a microfibre cloth.

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Price: £16.95

Visit: bilthamber.com/product/double-speed-wax

Micro Scalextric James Bond 007 Race Set - Aston Martin DB5 vs V8

Bond scalextrix

Celebrate James Bond’s most iconic cars with the Micro Scalextric James Bond 007 Race Set. Featuring the legendary Aston Martin DB5 and V8 models, this exciting chase set includes over 3.5 metres of track and nine track layout options, while you can add another element to the dramatic gameplay with the booby trap lap counter. Simply set the laps, start the race, and when the winner crosses the line the losing car is flung off the track in true Bond style. Including hand controllers with easy speed adjustment, this Micro Scalextric race set offers all the thrills and spills that you’d expect from 007.

Price: £69.99 (reduced for Father’s Day to £39.99, from 8 June '24)

Visit: scalextric.com

Car Mats from CarMats.co.uk

Car mats

CarMats.co.uk specialise in perfectly tailored car mats to fit every make and model. Manufactured in the UK, the fully custom carpet and rubber car mats are both weather resistant and anti-slip, while every mat passes rigorous quality compliance tests. You can make big savings compared with OEM car mats, and can even personalise any purchase with your own choice of trim and embroidery. A reassuring one-year warranty provides extra peace of mind,
plus you can save 10% by using the code AUTO10 when you decide to buy.

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Price: £21.99

Visit: carmats.co.uk

Pressure Washer 130bar 420L/hr with Snow Foam

Sealey washer

The Sealey 130bar Pressure Washer with TSS & Rotablast® Nozzle is ideal for cleaning vehicles, machinery, as well as patios and other outdoor surfaces. Featuring a quick release nozzle system, it allows for fast selection between fan and Rotablast® nozzle, while the pressure gun includes a lock function to avoid an accidental start - particularly important as
the 1600W motor produces up to 130 bar of pressure with an impressive 420l/hr flow rate. The unit is supplied with a five-metre pressurised hose for ease of use, along with a five-metre power cable for extended reach, and the combo deal also includes lance accessories which are suitable for snow foam and detergent.

Price: £137.94

Visit: sealey.co.uk

GYEON Q2M WetCoat & GYEON Q2 Wax

Gyeon

Not everyone has the time to keep their car clean and in the very best condition, while traditional polishing and
waxing require a considerable amount of elbow grease to get just right. GYEON Q2M WetCoat provides the
perfect solution: a brilliant, easy-to-use spray and rinse sealant for car exteriors that quickly gives a wet-look
shine, combined with impressive water beading. And, thanks to its strong hydrophobic properties, treated finishes will stay a lot cleaner between washes. It’s an inexpensive gift, too; at just £13.50, and based on it being used every other month, one bottle should last a whole year.

Gyeon wax

However, if you’re buying for someone who just loves the process of bringing their car’s paintwork back to a perfect shine, then there’s the option of GYEON Q2 Wax. Providing a highly water-repellent, glossy finish that’s also extremely durable, GYEON Q2 Wax will provide long-lasting protection. It’s easy to apply, and just as simple to remove, while it can be layered for more gloss and protection. Priced at just £38, you’ll have enough product to treat a medium-sized car more than 10 times, plus an applicator pad and a buffing towel included to help achieve the very best finish.

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Price: £13.50

Visit: mycarcleaning.co.uk/collections/gyeon

2025 Collins Big Road Atlas Britain and Northern Ireland

Collins Atlas

Explore Britain with easy-to-read mapping from Collins. This A3 spiral atlas is ideal for any driver who prefers a large format road atlas and requires the latest information and extremely clear map detail. Produced in the ultimate 3.2 miles to 1 inch scale large-format, this fully updated version covers the whole of Britain, with a wide range of urban area maps at even larger scale, along with 64 detailed town centre and street plans. With each scale of mapping colour-coded for ease of use, the maps are great for long distance route planning and the street plans help you locate your final destination.

Price: £14.99

Visit: collins.co.uk

AlcoSense Elite 3 Breathalyser

Alcosense

The AlcoSense Elite 3 breathalyser provides results that can be trusted, helping you accurately check you’re safe to drive the morning after. The unit works via a premium 28mm2 semi-conductor sensor, providing a reading that goes down to two decimal places delivered in just a few seconds. This is combined with clear colour coding - green, amber and red. A memory recall function makes it easy to check the previous nine results, while the Elite 3 can be set to any limit used in the UK and Ireland. The unit is also discreet and pocket-sized, so it can be taken anywhere.

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Price: £69.99

Visit: alcosense.co.uk/elite3

The Goodwood Race Simulator Experience

Goodwood simulator

Discover your inner Sir Stirling Moss as you take on the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit from the Simulator Suite. You’ll feel every part of the challenging track as you get to know all of its fast-sweeping corners, quick straights and testing, tight chicane. And with the Exsim VR5 Simulators using D-Box actuator technology and custom-developed motion profiles, you’ll receive a truly unique virtual-racing experience.

With expert advice from a Goodwood Instructor, you’ll take part in two practice sessions and one timed session, with the fastest lap time posted onto the leaderboard and entered into a competition to win a driving experience on the iconic circuit.

Price: £50 per person

Visit: goodwood.com/experiences

MATCH Formula One hospitality package

Match hospitality

Treat Dad to a package from MATCH Hospitality to the Formula 1® Qatar Airways British Grand Prix. You’ll enjoy one of the UK’s biggest sporting events in complete style, taking in the superb track views and all the thrills that Formula 1® has to offer. It’s the perfect gift for a petrolhead dad, and when you place your order using ‘DadsGift’ in the promo code at checkout, you’ll also receive a branded gift box with novelty access pass and lanyard. The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is an unforgettable experience - will it be Max, Lando or Lewis first over the line on race day? Make sure you’re there to find out!

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Price: from £330 per person for official hospitality at the F1® Qatar Airways British Grand Prix

Visit: silverstone.co.uk/hospitality

Nilfisk Buddy II 12 Car Cleaner

Nilfisk

The Nilfisk Buddy II 12 is a wet and dry vacuum cleaner that’s ideal for keeping the car interior incredibly clean, and also vacuuming the garage or workshop after any DIY project - the perfect gift for a car mad dad this Father’s Day. Plus, if you use the exclusive code AUTOEXPRESS40 you’ll get 40% off the purchase price. (Offer ends 23 June).

Price: £59.99 with code AUTOEXPRESS40 (Normally £99.99)

Visit: shop.nilfisk.com

Motor Folios

Motor Folios

If you’ve managed to keep a full service history for your cherished car, it makes sense to keep all the documents safe, organised and easily accessible. This can be done in a practical, but pleasingly stylish way with Motor Folios. Made with hand-finished, bonded leather, Motor Folios are available in four colours with a matching suede-effect lining and nickel corners. The finishing element is a plaque proudly displaying your car’s marque, plus a choice of either the chassis or registration number.

Price: £92

Visit: motorfolios.com

Great Britain A-Z Super Scale Road Atlas 2025 (A3 Spiral)

Collins 2025 super scale atlas

Navigate your way around Great Britain with this detailed and easy-to-use A-Z Super Scale road atlas. Now fully updated, the spiral bound atlas is published in a usefully large A3 format and provides clear detailed road mapping at a
mainland map scale of 2.5 miles to 1 inch. A combination of a great map scale, large book size and practical spiral
binding make this a popular choice for those wanting superb map clarity, while it provides great value and peace of mind
when on the road. A previous product test winner here at Auto Express, the A-Z Super Scale Atlas is one of our favourites.

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Price: £14.99

Visit: collins.co.uk

Overland and Overland + jump starters

MSC Overland

Winners of four Auto Express Best Buy reviews, the Overland and Overland + are excellent expedition-proven power banks that can also jump start any engine from 0.1 to 5.0 litres. The units can be recharged via either mains or an optional fold-out solar panel, and are supplied with their own 12V lighter-style socket.

Price: From £89.95

Visit: mobilesolarchargers.co.uk / 01935 824918

TruTrak FMT100 GPS Tracker

Tracker

The TruTrak FMT100 is a compact GPS tracker that comes ready to use, and is easily self-installed to your vehicle’s 12v battery. Once connected, you’ll have access to accurate, real-time location data, and be able to monitor the precise movements of your car, while the versatility of the FMT100 means you can move the device between vehicles with the minimum of fuss - ideal for private or business users. Operated via an intuitive mobile and web-based app, the FMT100
allows custom notifications along with geofencing alerts for when a vehicle enters or leaves a predefined area. And, the robust, waterproof device is able to store 18 months of data for retrospective analysis and record keeping.

Price: £34.99

Visit: trutrak.co.uk/product-page/trutrak-fmt100-payg

 evo Track Days

evo trackdays

Join evo on track this summer! With just five dates remaining across four fantastic venues, you’ll have to be quick to secure your place. Plus, on the special day you’ll receive complimentary photography, helmets, tuition and room for passengers or additional drivers. 

Price: From £219

Visit: evotrackdays.co.uk

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