Yes, it’s Father’s Day this Sunday. But don’t panic. We’ve picked out some of the coolest gifts you can buy for the car-mad dads in your life.
Mike Brewer’s The Wheeler Dealer Know How!: £16.99
Does your dad fancy himself as a bit of a wheeler dealer? Bookies are offering odds of 25/1 for TV star Mike Brewer to appear alongside Chris Evans on the next series of Top Gear. Treat your father to a bit of insider knowledge before demand exceeds supply and prices shoot up.
Haynes Build Your Own Engine: from £29.99
Is your dad ambitious but rubbish when it comes to working on cars? Maybe this will teach him a bit more about how an engine works. Made by Haynes (the same people behind the manuals), there are three different kits available: internal combustion, V8 and V-twin motorcycle.
Once your dad’s made his own engine, he’ll be able to switch it on. It’ll make noises and everything.
Personalised ‘top beer’ pint glass: £8.99
Any similarity between this and the logo for a certain popular TV programme soon to be hosted by a ginger-haired radio presenter is entirely coincidental, yada yada…
We reckon this ‘top beer’ pint glass is the perfect present for any dad who likes cars and a pint. But not at the same time.
You can even get your own message printed on it. Show your dad you care this Father’s Day.
RAC Heritage Ford Transit MkI Beavertail: £9.95
Does your dad drive a Transit? Or maybe he just admires them? It’s an iconic vehicle, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. We love this model of a classic Mk1 Beavertail RAC recovery truck. You can even buy a matching trailer to go with it.
The Racing School experience: from £79
Any dad would love to have a drive of a supercar on track for Father’s Day. The Racing School offers drives in a variety of exotic cars, from a Porsche 911 Turbo to a McLaren 12C, starting from £79.
You even get a choice of track – from Brands Hatch to Snetterton. Actually, forget Father’s Day. Why not treat yourself?
Ferrari 512 Sound Racer: £29.99
Does your dad wish his Ford Focus sounded like something a little more exotic? This Soundracer does exactly that.
Simply plug it into the car’s 12V socket, set it to the same FM frequency as the car’s radio, and rev the engine. It’ll synchronise with the car’s revs, and play the engine noise of a much throatier car through the speakers – in this case, a V12 Ferrari 512.
It’s guaranteed to sound believable. Probably.
Hot rod & custom drive-in day – Beaulieu: £18
OK, this isn’t a gift, but why not treat your dad to a day out? The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu is holding a hot rod & custom drive-in day, featuring American classics and custom cars and hot rods. There’s even a vintage market, meaning you’ll be able to buy your dad some fashionable clothing from yesteryear. Tickets cost £18 in advance for an adult, including access to the museum. It’s a must-visit.
Formula 1 cufflinks: £24.99
Cufflinks are always a safe present. Your dad will look very cool at the next black tie event he attends sporting these 3D Formula 1 cufflinks.
They even come in a special presentation box that can be personalised with a custom message from you. Write something nice.
Rolls-Royce: £150,000 – £180,000
Surely the ultimate gift for a car-mad dad is, well, a car? If you’ve got cash to splash, head to the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club Annual Concours & Rally at Burghley House, Lincolnshire on Saturday. Not only will you be treated to the sight of hundreds of immaculate Rolls-Royces, but H&H is holding an auction there. The star of the show is likely to be this 1964 Flying Spur, set to make £150,000 – 180,000.
Click here to buy a Rolls-Royce
RAC dash cam: £74.99
A sensible present, perhaps, but dads who love technology (or simply value low insurance premiums) will appreciate a dash cam this Father’s Day.
This RAC dash cam features day and night modes, and can be fitted for an extra £70. Your dad will thank you for it if he’s involved in an accident.