We don’t either.) and many of you know someone — or someone who knows someone — who lives, eats, breathes, and exhales all things automotive.
1. AutomaticAutomatic is a gizmo that, when plugged in to your car’s OBD II port, will feed a steady stream of information specific to your vehicle to your mobile device or desktop. Automatic can call for help in the event of a crash, monitor your gas mileage in real-time, decode your engine light, and even remember where you parked. Normally priced at $99, the Automatic is currently on sale for $79 — it might be worthwhile to get one for yourself, too.
2. Mustang PinballHave a furnished garage or a man cave? It isn’t complete until there’s a Ford Mustang-themed Pinball machine from Stern Pinball in there.
It’s pricey — prices start at nearly $6,000 — so you’d best be feeling notably generous to shell out for this nostalgic necessity. Why would this year be especially important? Because the Mustang is celebrating its 50th birthday, and Stern is joining the festivities.
3. Exotic Drive SchoolMany — most, if not all, really — auto enthusiasts dream of owning exotic cars that we’ll only dream about, and Exotics Racing knows this. To help them realize their dreams, Exotic Racing shoulders the cost of ownership and the high purchase prices to allow everyday car fans to get behind the wheel.
Choose from a Lamborghini, a new Corvette, an Audi R8, a Porsche 911, a McLaren MP4-12C, or others; prices start at $99 for a two-lap ride-along. It’s based in Las Vegas, so for many there will be a larger trip involved.
4. Linear Edge Racetrack Coasters
These are perfect for the casual racing fan and auto enthusiast who appreciates the competitive side of the industry. Made by Linear Edge, these sets of coasters — either four or six — feature a minimalist depiction of either four or six iconic racetracks.
The set of four sells for $29.99, or six for $39.99; serious racing fans can upgrade, though, to Linear Edge’s modern and minimalist sculptures featuring virtually every major racing circuit worldwide.
5. Racing SimulatorGot a gamer in the family who’s also a serious gear head? Tackle both at once with a gaming rig similar to GTR’s Racing Simulator. Available in various states of completion, the simulators can turn a video game into a full blown immersive experience with the help of a racing seat, functional pedals, wheel, and shifter. For a full setup, expect to spend anywhere between $449 and $2,000, so you might want to go into this with somebody.
6. Car-Inspired Wrist Wear
Cars and watches have been attached at the hip for decades now, and many companies a continuing to carry on with that tradition. Bentley has a famed relationship with Breitling, Bulgari has hooked up with Maserati, and Tag Huer is an official sponsor of many racing-related activities.
Ferrari, for what it’s worth, even has its own line. You can spend as little or as much as suits you, from the $525 Citizen Eco Drive, to Rolexes and Breitlings that cost as much as the cars themselves.