Top 10: Father's Day gifts for Classics fans
Don’t forget it’s Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21st – and that means the pressure is on to come up with a present that’s different, imaginative and exactly what he wants. Yikes!
There’s good news, though - because if your dad’s a fan of all things classic, there are plenty of great gifts waiting to be snapped up. We’ve lined up ten of our favourites, with something here to suit every budget. So… it’s time to go shopping!
By Paul Guinness, Contributor
Scalextric Ceramic Mug - £8.00
Every lad who grew up in the ’60s (or after) yearned for a Scalextric racing car set. Now your dad can relive his memories of hours spent assembling extreme circuits, racing in the living room and crashing into furniture with this fantastic ceramic mug. Decorated with original Scalextric artwork and complete with a printed gift box, it’s the perfect sub-£10 Father’s Day present. Order yours from: www.meandmycar.co.uk.
Lego VW Camper Van - £79.99
Another childhood-inspired gift idea is this latest classic from Lego. Combine all the fun of building with bricks (didn’t everyone love Lego when they were younger?) with all the retro appeal of a split-screen Volkswagen Camper Van and you get this brilliant end result. It’s not a cheap option, but it’s a well-proportioned item (measuring 30cm in length) that would look great in your dad’s office or workshop. Available from Lego retailers or via: http://shop.lego.com/en-GB.
Murray Walker Official T-Shirt - £24.95
The legendary former F1 commentator Murray Walker uttered some classic ‘Walkerisms’ throughout his career, three of which are captured brilliantly in this trio of T-shirts. Our favourite is this: “The lead car is absolutely unique, except for the one behind it which is identical!” But with two others to choose from, you’re sure to find one your dad will love. Sizes range from Small to XXLarge. Order yours from: www.retrogp.com.
Classic Wall Art - £14.95
You don’t need to be an Austin A35 fan to appreciate this piece of classic wall art, featuring Longbridge’s smallest four-door saloon along with instructions for safer motoring: “Is your vehicle safe to drive? Check before every journey.” There’s a five-point check list to guarantee a more reliable motoring experience whilst out on your jollies. The print comes installed in its own black clip frame (55cm x 42cm) and is ready to hang. Order yours online at: www.dotcomgiftshop.com.
Haynes ‘Build Your Own Engine’ - from £29.99
Released just in time for this year’s Father’s Day is this brilliant new range from Haynes (yes, the workshop manual people), enabling your dad to build his own four-cylinder, V8 or V-twin model engine. Even better, each engine set comes with light and sound features, light-up spark plugs and moving engine parts, so you can actually see and hear the engine working. Full instructions are provided, and there’s an engine to suit most budgets – the dearest being the V8 (with 300 individual parts) at £49.99. Available from retailers nationwide including www.presentsformen.co.uk.
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Great Escape Classic Car Hire - from £95
You don’t have to spend a fortune to make sure your dad gets behind the wheel of a classic car in the near future. Did you know that Great Escape Cars offers gift vouchers for 24-hour hire, with the cars split into nine different bands (A to I) and with prices ranging from just £95 to £349. Band A offers such choices as a Saab 900, MGF and even an Austin Allegro, whilst Band B (at £150 per day) brings you an Alfa Spider, Mercedes 280SL, an XJ-S and various Morris Minors. Full details of the different packages can be found online: www.greatescapecars.co.uk.
Spanner Cheese Knife - £15.00
Looking for a gift that’s affordable but very different? If your father is the hands-on type who likes tinkering with cars and … erm … loves cheese, what could be better than this perfect dinner table accessory? It measures almost 21cm in length and comes with its own retro-style storage (or display) box. We love it – and at this price it’s surely great value? Available online via: www.meandmycar.co.uk.
Classic Motor Show Tickets - from £20.00
If your dad is a serious classic car fan who’ll be mourning the end of the summer season just a few months from now, why not treat him to a ticket to the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show? The UK’s biggest indoor classic car event will be taking place at the NEC, Birmingham on November 13-15, with prices for a one-day adult ticket priced at £20.00 in advance. Or why not treat him to a two-day pass for just £36.50? Not only that, by booking your dad’s ticket in advance, he’s in with a chance of winning a classic car of his own. Full details can be found at www.necclassicmotorshow.com.
Classic Car Portraits - from £45.00
There’s no shortage of artists offering classic car prints these days, but illustrator Graeme Jenner’s are a little different. For starters, there’s a huge range available (around 600 different models in all), which means there’s something to suit all tastes. They also manage to stand out in a crowded market, as each print features front, rear, profile and dashboard illustrations, plus the technical specification of the car. Prints can be personalised if required, and one-off commissions are also available. To see the full extent of Jenner’s work, head online to: www.classiccarportraits.co.uk.
Prescott Ales Gift Set - £20.00
Dads love beer (well, most of them do), so here’s the ideal gift if yours is also a classic motorsport fan. Prescott Brewery has created this special trio inspired by the world famous hillclimb, a range that comprises Track Record (best bitter), Grand Prix (full-bodied ale) and Chequered Flag (amber ale). This set of three 500ml bottles looks great in its black open-fronted gift box, and is sure to give your dad some much-needed refreshment. To find out more or to order, go to: www.meandmycar.co.uk.