Top 10: Gifts for petrolheads 2020
Adrenaline-fuelled experience days, Lego kits and car care collections make up some of our top 10 picks to get a petrolhead this Christmas.
The Silverstone Experience
Situated within the last remaining WWII Wellington Bomber hanger, the Silverstone Experience takes its guests on an adventure through its history, present and future with a state-of-the-art exhibit. This voucher includes entry for two adults to this exhibit (for 2-3 hours), as well as an opportunity to experience a lap around Silverstone alongside iconic cars.
Small print: This voucher has limited validity and must be redeemed by June 1st 2021. The voucher will be extended or exchanged free of charge if booking this experience within its validity period isn’t possible due to COVID-19 restrictions. This experience can be booked week round from 10am to 6pm and the last admission is at 4pm. All dates are subject to availability.
A selection of films
It's tough to go wrong with a film and, despite the huge range of choice when it comes to streaming services, there's nothing quite like owning your favourite movie. But choosing the best car films isn't an easy task considering the sheer number of excellent options.
So, we've done the hard work and compiled the best films for car-enthusiasts (twice) - which should narrow down the choice just a bit.
Mini Cooper S Three Mile Drive
Put a 1968 Mini Cooper S through its paces with an exhilarating three-mile drive for one. Take to the track in this popular British culture icon, which can reach speeds of up to 88mph. An instructor will provide an introduction and safety briefing before the driving fun begins.
This voucher is valid for 20 months, with the minimum age being 17. Available Monday–Friday, year-round. Weekends are available for a £20 supplement. All dates are subject to availability.
Autoglym - Perfect Bodywork, Wheels & Interiors collection
While a hand car wash will suffice for most drivers, many enthusiasts enjoy the task of caring for their own car. That's why the Autoglym Bodywork, Wheels and Interiors collection makes the ideal gift for anyone who likes to show off their pride and joy.
This kit includes shampoo, polish, gloss protector, wheel cleaner, tyre dresser, interior shampoo, glass polish, vinyl and rubber treatment, plus a sponge, finishing cloth and drying cloth.
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Double Supercar Driving Blast with High Speed Passenger Ride
For those who can't pick just one supercar... This driving experience from Buy A Gift let's you pick two from a range of cars - including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and more. Push your driving skills to the limit around a track for three miles in each car and, when you’re done, you’ll get to sit in the hot seat and be driven around by a professional.
Your voucher is valid for one person and the experience is available Monday–Friday, year-round. Weekend upgrades will incur a £20 surcharge at all locations and participants must present a full UK driving licence on the day.
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1985 Audi Sport quattro S1 lego
The 1985 Audi Sport quattro S1 was one of the kings of the Group B rally racing circuit. Race fans can now construct their own car toy of this beloved model from LEGO building bricks to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the quattro.
This model car kit also comes with a minifigure in an Audi Sport quattro race suit, and the Speed Champions replicas are now more realistic and 25% bigger than ever before.
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Superhero Driving Blast
Channel your inner Batman in this Lincoln Futura. The car is steeped in nostalgia as it shot to fame when it became the original Batmobile in the first TV show and film. In 2013, it broke the record for a TV and movie car when it was sold for $4.2 million at an auction. Now’s your chance to get behind the wheel with three miles round a track of your choice.
Your voucher is valid for 12 months from the date of issue. While government restrictions apply in relation to Covid-19, Virgin Experience Days are offering free extensions on all experiences so you can take your experience when the time is right.
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. 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 extra, or you could buy an official car hardwire kit - which will also prevent the battery from running out.
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Sony XAV-AX1000 Car AV media receiver
The not-so-catchily-named XAV-X1000 will help to bring any older cars into the modern age. The device lets drivers connect an iPhone to the 6.2-inch AV media receiver to gain Apple Car Play and Bluetooth functionality.
The Sony XAV-AX1000 makes it possible to make/receive calls through Bluetooth, use maps and play music via Apple CarPlay, and more.
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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 422GW features GPS to record your speed and location, WiFi to watch and send the footage directly from your phone, and Intelligent Parking Mode. It also offers a number of more impressive features like Emergency SOS and Alexa voice assistance.
Resolution is 1440p HD at 30fps with a 140-degree viewing angle, or you can record at 1080P HD @ 60fps - which will record a smoother video but lower quality footage. The 422GW is also compatible with the Nextbase Rear-View Camera Modules so you can keep an eye on passengers or what's happening behind you.
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