STUCK FOR inspiration this Father’s Day? Not sure what to buy for the man who has everything (car-related)? Then read on: Driving has done the legwork for you and found 10 great gifts for a petrolhead papa.
Tamiya Grasshopper radio-controlled car
Price: from £80
Chances are, when Dad was young he badly wanted a Tamiya Grasshopper radio-controlled model car, released in 1984. Reissued ready for Father’s Day, the Grasshopper must be built from scratch and you’ll also need a radio-control handset. But once it’s built and the batteries are charged, the house and the garden are a rally stage in the making.
The windscreen of a family car can resemble the window display at a Maplin, with portable sat navs, smartphones and dashcams cluttering up the place. So the Garmin nüviCam could be a handy device, as it doubles up as sat nav and dashcam, directing drivers and recording the road ahead. It can even warn distracted dads if they’re driving too close to the car in front or wandering out of their lane. For such a multifaceted tool the price is something of a steal.
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Brooklands 500 Miles race 1935 tea towel
Any dad standing over the sink with a dishcloth in one hand, a scourer in the other and a tea towel slung over his shoulder will want appreciation for all his hard domestic work. This tea towel reproduces the front cover of the programme for the 1935 Brooklands 500 Miles race. Perhaps you could even give Dad a hand with the drying-up.
Disklok steering wheel lock
Whether he drives a cherished classic or a modern Range Rover – a bit of a magnet for today’s hi-tech crooks – the Disklok will help keep Dad’s car safe. It’s a tough little cookie, one of only three aftermarket mechanical locks approved by Thatcham, the vehicle insurers’ research body, and comes in three sizes and in bright yellow or a more subdued silver.
Treat Dad to tea break with this bone china mug featuring a picture of a Mini. How terribly British.
Stuntman driving experience
What man hasn’t wondered how Bodie and Doyle pulled those perfect handbrake turns on The Professionals? Well, now you can polish up your stunt driving skills with this pedal-to-the-metal driving experience. Run by Virgin Experience Days, the event includes professional instruction on handbrake turns, J-turns and drifting, as well as a chance to drive a double-decker “chaos car”. Don’t ask – just give it a go.
Top Gear Stig t-shirt
“Some say … I’m probably the best dad [pause for dramatic effect] in the world.” Well, at least it makes a change from Dad’s wisecracks about being the Stig. There may be no more Top Gear as its fans know and love it, but the BBC hasn’t packed up its merchandise store, including this T-shirt.
Vax PowerWash 2500W Complete
If Dad’s outside every Sunday morning cleaning the family car, make his job a little easier by splashing out on this high-powered Vax pressure washer. With a 2.5kW motor it’s got some kick, and with its range of accessories he’ll be able to clean the driveway, patio and decking too.
Engine coffee table
Yes, it’s an extravagance, but surely Dad’s worth it. A wide range of coffee tables fashioned from redundant engines are available on eBay, including one made with the Rover V8 – a classic engine that has powered countless British sports cars.
Sealey cantilever toolbox
Every weekend wrencher needs a faithful assistant, and this Sealey toolbox is just the job for dads who need somewhere to store their feeler gauge set and spark plug socket wrench. It has a central compartment with four smaller trays that fold out, and weighs 4kg.