Looking for Father’s Day gifts for your dad the car nut?
Here are 10 gift ideas for the car-loving parental in your life, with prices varying from a few dollars to a few thousand.
Forza Motorsport 6
Most dads will never get to sit in a real racing car, but a good simulator can come very close to recreating the experience. Forza is one of the best racing games you can buy, with stunning graphics, realistic handling dynamics, and four hundred and sixty different cars. When played with a steering wheel and pedals (see below), it’s pretty darn close to dropping Dad into the driver’s seat of a real racer … and safer, too. Forza is available for the Xbox One and Windows PC; if you have a Sony PS4, we recommend Project CARS (or wait until Assetto Corsa comes out in August).
Shop for Forza Motorsport 6 for sale here.
In order to get the best out of a racing video game, one needs at least a steering wheel and pedals — but if you want to do it right for Dad, he’ll need a full-on racing simulator with a seat, pedals and shifter. It’s a sizeable investment — a full setup will cost between $800 and $1,000, more for full-motion gear — but there’s no better way to get the immersive experience that a good racing sim can offer.
Shop for a racing simulator here.
With a set of speedometer cufflinks, Dad can literally wear his passion on his sleeve. They are relatively inexpensive, and with different colors and styles on offer, you can find a pair (or more) that are perfect for your father’s wardrobe.
Find speedometer cufflinks for sale here.
You know what we’re talking about — those old-fashioned car horns that go “A-OOOOO-gah!” It’s bound to make Dad smile when he honks it, and whoever he’s honking at will probably smile as well. You’ll find plenty of vintage horns for sale, but you’ll probably want to go for a modern-day electric replica, which can be had for around $25.
Find an ahooga horn here.
Whatever Parking Only Sign
If you know a father who is loyal to a particular brand or type of vehicle, you’ll want to get him one of these for his garage. These signs are inexpensive — around $15, give or take, including shipping — and you can find one for nearly every type of car; just add the make to refine your search.
Find your parking sign here.
Gone in 60 Seconds (the 1974 version)
Car fans can debate endlessly about the best car movie ever made, but as for the most spectacular, it’s hard to beat the original 1974 version of Gone in 60 Seconds: 25 minutes of bad acting followed by a 40-minute car chase in which nearly 100 vehicles get wrecked, nearly all of them owned by the film’s self-financed producer, H. B. “Toby” Halicki. The movie commentary is as good as the film itself, as much of the stunt driving was carried out on roads that were open to the public and a few of the crashes were either unplanned or did more damage than was anticipated.
Shop for your copy of Gone in 60 Seconds here.
Go Like Hell by A. J. Baime
If your car enthusiast Dad is also an avid reader, we recommend Go Like Hell by A. J. Baime. It’s the story of Ford and Ferrari in their battle to win the 24 Hours of LeMans, which led to the development of the legendary Ford GT40. The story is good, but the way Baime tells it is masterful: This is a true story that reads like a novel, and it’s an honest-to-goodness page-turner. Even if Dad isn’t into racing, he’s bound to enjoy the tale. Baime’s latest book, Arsenal of Democracy, tells about the effort to turn Ford into a producer of wartime matériel, and it’s no less compelling.
Shop for your copy of Go Like Hell here.
Gas Pump Beverage Dispenser
If Dad is going to pour the high-octane stuff, he may as well serve it from an appropriate vessel! This gas pump dispenser looks great in any car fan’s bar, and if Dad doesn’t partake in consuming adult beverages, it works just as well for lemonade and iced tea.
Find the perfect gas pump beverage dispenser here.
Engine Phone Case
If car fans had their way, everything would be powered by an internal combustion engine. So far as we know, no one has invented a piston-powered smartphone, but that doesn’t mean Dad’s phone can’t look the part. These engine-themed phone covers are inexpensive and look great.
Shop for a car phone engine cover for sale here.
A Porsche 911
Looking for the ultimate Father’s Day gift, and damn the expense? Do you want to be your Dad’s favourite child? Then there’s only thing to buy: A Porsche 911, one of the most iconic and enjoyable sports cars ever made. If you’re really feeling generous, you can spend $200,000 or more on the fastest and rarest 911s, but if your budget is more modest, there are plenty of perfectly good Porches to be had for less than $20,000.
Find your dad a Porsche 911 for sale here.
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