Top 10: Father's Day gifts for classic car owners
From practical gifts to books, toys and experience days — we've rounded up the top 10 Father's Day gifts for the classic car enthusiast in your life.
The Classic Car Book: The Definitive Visual History
From the Chevrolet Bel Air to the Ferrari Testarossa, this book takes you on a scenic drive through the history of classic cars. From the bubble cars and Jet Age era of the 50s to the technology-led 80s — the book showcases the most iconic cars and is full of little details about their history and that of their manufacturers.
Fully illustrated and packed with stunning photography, The Classic Car Book puts you in the driver's seat of the world's most famous and celebrated cars. It's a must-have for classic car enthusiasts and owners, or for anyone who just wants to know more about the history of the world's most iconic cars.
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Bespoke Carvolution print
This bespoke Carvolution artwork includes all the cars and bikes you've owned over the years. It's available in four sizes (Small, Medium, Large and X-Large) and can display a maximum of 20 vehicles.
Car models and colours can be detailed specifically and you can even add your own personalised messages to make it extra special.
Rewire Security Spytrack Nano tracker
The Spytrack Nano tracker by Rewire Security is a small tracker device for keeping tabs on any particular thing of your choice. It also just won our Car Security of the Year award. The app integrates Google Maps and the topography can utilise satellite imagery if you choose. Using the desktop site you can set up ‘geofence zones’ that allow you to place markers on the map so that if the tracker goes outside of them you’ll be alerted. Aside from that, you can set up alerts if the tracker moves or travels beyond a certain speed.
If you want to track a car, you’ll need to buy the optional magnetic case to make it fully waterproof and stick it in the wheel arch. The case costs about £25. Or for a fiver less you could buy an official car hardwire kit. That’ll also prevent the battery from running out. On that basis, it’s very cost effective.
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Triple 80's Hot Hatch Driving Blast - Buy A Gift
Step back in time to an era of limited (if any) restricting driving assists. Get behind the wheel of three hot hatches of your choice from an impressive selection of 80s icons, including the Renault Clio Williams, Peugeot 205 GTi, Volkswagen Golf GTi, Vauxhall Astra GSi or Ford Escort RS Turbo.
Enjoy three miles of racing in each one, exclusive to some of the most prestigious tracks in the UK.
C-TEK MXS 5.0 12v battery charger
Whether you own a modern car or a classic, a battery charger is an essential bit of kit — especially during the winter months. In fact, turning a car over in the depths of winter can take as much as 80 per cent of the battery’s charge. It also just won our Interior Car Care of the Year award.
For £65 (and a five-year warranty) we reckon this is a tough product to beat. It’s sturdy and it works well. We’ve bought several batteries back from the dead. Plus, the opportunities for leaving it connected make it ideal for car owners who garage their pride and joy over the winter, or those who don’t clock up quite enough miles to recharge the battery over the course of a weekend.
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Autoglym Perfect Bodywork, Wheels & Interiors collection
This gift comes from a name that’s a long-established byword for brilliance, and bundles together a group of its amazing, top-quality products in one great value package. It’s the Autoglym Perfect Bodywork & Wheels Collection.
The kit includes bodywork shampoo conditioner, super resin polish, gloss protector, wheel cleaner, tyre dresser and wheel protector - all of which will keep your pride and joy shining and protected against the elements.
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Red Letter Days - Quadruple American Classic Car Blast
Drive four iconic American classic cars around the track in a variety of locations across the UK. Vehicles include the Ford Mustang GT350, 1970 Corvette, Pontiac Firebird, 1969 Camaro SS, Ford Gran Torino or GT40 — with three exciting miles in each car.
If that wasn't enough, finish off with a hot-ride driven by a pro!
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It's not exactly a fun gift, but it'll be something you wished you had in the event of an accident. The YI Smart offers a maximum resolution of 1296p @ 30fps, an 'Advanced Driver Assistance System' and WiFi. Along with the YI Dashcam app, this means you can view your footage and download it to your phone. In our opinion, it's one of the best non-4K cameras we have tested and, for the price, is superb value for money. You can buy the YI Smart for around £50 here.
For a more feature-packed dash camera, the new Nextbase 522GW is the best option. The 522 features GPS and WiFi, great footage resolution (1440p @ 30fps), Amazon Alexa connectivity and Emergency SOS so you can alert emergency services of your location in the event of an accident. Nextbase has also renewed its partnership with SureThing!, offering those who buy a Series 2 dash cam 25% off a policy with the insurer.
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Disklok or Stoplock steering wheel lock
In a time of smartphone-linked immobilisers and GPS trackers, steering wheel locks are an old-school way to protect your car from thieves. The Disklok is essentially a large reinforced steel disc that you lock around your steering wheel. Even if someone breaks into your car and starts the engine, they would not be able to steer it as the disc spins around.
The lock comes with three keys and replacement keys are available from Disklok should you lose yours. There are three sizes - small, medium and large - so it will suit most cars as well as pick-ups, vans and campervans. The Stoplock Pro is a curved metal bar that secures over your car’s steering wheel so no-one can nick it. The Thatcham Category 3 approved device is a little less chunky than the Disklok for those worried about storage space.
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Scalextric Legends Rusty Rides
The Rusty Rides set has a Volkswagen Beetle and T1 Camper van, both finished in a distressed 'rat look', which come in a posh presentation box and are limited to a run of 1800 units. You even get a little card to tell you what number your set is. Priced at £85.99, the set works on any Scalextric track and both cars come with 'xenon effect' headlights along with rear lights, plus of course plenty of high detailing including rusty paintwork and proper door mirrors.
The working lights are a neat extra and the fact they even manage to sound like that characteristic Volkswagen flat-four engine is impressive. While there's no shortage of models for Scalextric buyers to choose from, both new and old, we think these stand out as something a bit special. Scalextric also sells other T1 camper models and a rusty yellow Beetle.
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