Gift ideas for car lovers

Wondering what to buy the car-lover of the family? From the bizarre and amusing to once-in-a-lifetime driving experiences, here are a few gift ideas for petrol heads...


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Track days

It's many men's (and women's) dream to drive a hugely expensive sports car around a racing track. You'll find driving experience days around the country, offering you the chance to drive everything from classic cars to Hummers. Give the petrol head in your life a day behind the wheel of a Ferrari (capable of 0 to 100mph in just 8.8sec) and they won't be disappointed.
Prices range from around £200-£400.


Give your petrol head the 007 experience with the James Bond - Goldfinger Scalextric kit £109.99. Featuring the Aston Martin featured in the movie, the "super resistant" cars are tough enough to handle full impact racing. If they already have a racing track, you could treat them to a new Scalextric Duke's of Hazard car for £36.99. Hours of fun - and you can even let the kids have a go (maybe).

Keep your speed in check

Does the driver in your life have trouble sticking to the speed limit? The Roadpilot (from around £49.99) is a tiny device that uses the satnav basics to tell you when you're speeding or approaching a speed camera position. It's pre-loaded with camera locations, speed limits, congestion zone areas, toll roads and accident black spots.

Top Gear magazine

If the auto addict in your life just can't get enough, perhaps a subscription to BBC's Top Gear magazine might keep them occupied. Delivered free and containing all the latest news, views and test drives, it's the gift the keeps on giving for a full 12 months at £35.50.

Remote controlled car

There are very few car lovers who don't (secretly, at least) enjoy a remote control car. But if you've got a seriously mad motorist on your hands, let vent some of that speed frustration with a nitro radio controlled car, capable of awesome speed. Fast and furious fun from £215.

The Sat Nag

Let's face it, most of us have had the odd row with the Sat Nav at some point in our lives. Why not go for full irritation with The Sat Nag, £5.00, - it won't get you where you need to go but it will provide you with the kind of back seat driver comments you'd expect from the missus, such as "In 100 metres turn left. No right, err, no left. Sorry, I never can tell my left from my right". With sarcasm aplenty it's guaranteed to drive them round the bend.

Car vacuum

Car lovers are meticulous when it comes to keeping their beloved vehicles clean so treat them to the Dyson DC34. Great for use in cars, boats and caravans, this hand-held vacuum boasts amazing suction power, one-touch emptying and tools for those tight crevices, for £149.99.