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Gift guide for the classic car lover
It’s holiday time again, which means – in addition to eating more than you’d like – you’re likely in search of the perfect gift for the classic car lover in your life. Here are some foolproof suggestions guaranteed to please.
Car Care Products – Classic car owners generally spend a lot of time washing and detailing their vehicles, and Griot’s Garage (www.griotsgarage.com) has an extensive line of products for every job. From a basic Spray-On Car Wash Kit ($19.99) to a mid-range Starter Car Care Kit ($59.99) to the new 6-inch Orbital Polisher ($164.99), Griot’s also has a product for every budget.
Garage Décor – Make your good garage a great garage with a vintage automobile poster or sign … or maybe a new one that simply looks old. You’ll find a great selection of vintage gas and oil signs, clocks, retro items, posters and personalized signs at www.garageart.com. The online shop offers gifts in every price range, from its “Under $10” section to $250 porcelain signs and $4,000 neon signs. Looking for vintage automotive posters? At www.VintageAutoPosters.com, you’ll find a huge inventory of marque, event and product advertising from the early 1900s through the 1960s – guaranteed original.
Gear Ring Jewelry – Show your love for all things mechanical with a unique gear ring from Kinekt Design (www.kinektdesign.com). Available for $165, the stainless steel ring has micro-precision gears that turn in unison when the outer rims are spun, making it not only attractive but fun to wear.
Car Covers – Let’s face it, you can never be too protective of your 1965 Mustang, can you? One option for covering your beloved car, whether it’s indoors or outdoors, is a CarJacket (www.carbag.com). Available for $199, the special non-breathable polyethylene cover is actually a bag that zips completely to prevent moisture from forming on the vehicle’s surface. Its little brother, the MotoJacket, is designed for motorcycles ($149). If you’re looking for something more traditional, the California Car Cover Company (www.calcarcover.com) offers custom-fit covers starting at $135; its ultimate outdoor Superweave cover goes for about $819.
Motorsports Watch – For high-end jewelry with a motorsports feel, look for Hanhart watches. The Primus Racer, in particular, pays tribute to the days when lap timers relied on stop watches to gauge speed. The stainless steel Racer – which includes “small” seconds, 30-minute counter, date and, of course, time of day – is a five-star head turner with a four-figure price tag (www.gundersons.com).