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The Christmas gifts to get the petrolhead in your life

The Christmas gifts to get the petrolhead in your life

By Swansway Motor Group 18-12-2018


The festive season is upon us, and present shopping for the big day is well and truly underway — but what do you get for the car-mad person in your life?

Spoil the Petrolhead in Your Life this Christmas

Whether it’s finding something for the office Secret Santa or deciding what to put under the tree for Christmas morning we all need some inspiration. Luckily there are plenty of motoring themed presents which will delight motor enthusiasts of all ages. Here’s just a few.


Few of us have the skill or will ever have the opportunity to drive a Formula One car, but there are plenty of games out there which will give gamers of all ages a taste of what it would be like and a chance to pit their skills against others.

F1 2018 is the officially sanctioned game from the premier level of the sport’s governing body and its realism is truly startling. The graphics are absolutely sensational, you can adjust the handling and car’s performance and short of being in the real thing it’s as close as most of us will ever get.  All the cars, drivers and tracks feature in this best-yet game.

The long-established Forza series with its recently updated Motorsport 7 and Horizon 4 will always be a favourite with gamers and giving one as a gift is a surefire way of putting a smile on a gamer’s face this Christmas.

Xbox One X with Forza Motorsport 7 and Horizon 4 — £399

Xbox One X Forza MotorSport games console  We’ve picked out this Xbox One X bundle, which comes with the track-oriented Forza Motorsport 7 and its sister title Forza Horizon 4, which takes place in an open-world recreation of Britain — covering all the bases.

Autoglym bodywork, wheels and interior gift set — £64

Autoglym Bodywork gift setEvery car enthusiast will want to keep their motor looking as good as the day it came out of the showroom, so why not treat the enthusiast in your life to a full valeting kit from Autoglym? With gear suited for cleaning bodywork, wheels and interior respectively, there’s products to cover all bases for a reasonable price.

Car show tickets — varies

overview of car showThere are few better ways to spend a day out for a petrolhead than attending a car show, and there’s all sorts taking place up and down the country to appeal to all tastes. Your recipient a fan of classics? Bicester’s Sunday Scramble has that covered. Prefers heavily modified machinery? Japfest at Silverstone can appeal to that taste. There’s countless more at great prices too, so have a look around.

McLaren x Gandys MCL33 Halo Edition Flip Flop — £24

Mclaren x Gandys Halo edition flip flopsEarlier this year, McLaren teamed with fashion firm Gandys to create a flip flop in celebration of the introduction of the ‘halo’ to F1 — which many believe look like the footwear. Decked out in McLaren orange with a blue strap, your loved one will be racing into summer with these.


Dash cams are growing in popularity and you can pay anything from around £20 up to £400 or so for one. The quality and usefulness varies a lot, but a good one can give drivers more confidence on the road and may, in some cases, even get them a lower insurance premium.

Not everyone drives a car which is Bluetooth compatible, but you can buy speakerphone devices from companies like Jabra which will pair to your mobile phone. Easily clipped behind the sun visor, these allow hands-free calls to be made and received with excellent voice quality and will even stream sat-nav directions to your phone. Safe, smart and affordable, these can make an excellent and unexpected present.

Nextbase 412GW dash cam – £129.99

Nextbase Dash camDashcams get something of a bad rap thanks to terrible drivers and the magic of the internet, but they’re still a great way to combat the threat of crash-for-cash scammers. This mid-range Nextbase offers really good-quality footage and is super-easy to use too.

Porsche 911 speaker – £799

Porsche 911 SpeakerThere’s nothing quite like the sound of a Porsche 911. But for those whom the rear-engined sports car noise is a dream too far, then there’s this Bluetooth speaker crafted from the exit pipes of a 911 GT3. With a full aluminium housing, this speaker has a battery life of close to 24 hours.

Piloti driving shoes – from £139

Piloti Driving shoes

Serious drivers need serious shoes — right? However, it’s undeniable that if turning up to a social event in race boots will make anyone look like a wally. Piloti shoes combine stylish Italian-designed uppers with proper heel support to make long drives easy and stylish.

Experience Days

Specialist cars manufacturers are always keen to show exactly what amazing performances some of their machinery is capable of and many have dedicated driving areas at suitable venues. Porsche, for example, has its Experience Centre at Silverstone and Mercedes-Benz its facility at the old Brooklands track.

If you fancy getting away from it all after spending Christmas entertaining the family, then a Land Rover Experience could be the answer and make a perfect gift to yourself! Held at a choice of nine locations, the offering ranges from a one-hour taster session to a full day’s driving over and through terrain that’ll take your breath away; and don’t worry, there’ll be an instructor with you at all times to make sure you get the most from your day.

Perhaps the ultimate `experience trip’ and exclusively for those with extremely deep pockets, McLaren will take you to the Arctic for a three day driving experience in its 570S. The cost is a little steep though as the trip starts at £12,750!

Off-road driving experience at Eastnor Castle – from £129

off roading driving experienceOff-road driving is a seriously fun way to waste a day and is a bit different to the usual supercar track experience. Land Rover runs experiences like this across the country in its range of unstoppable off-roaders, and a taster session starts from just £129.

Pashley Morgan-8 bicycle – £1595

Pashley Morgan-8 bicycleMorgan may be famed for its use of wooden and aluminium construction in its cars, but this bicycle – the Pashley Morgan-8 – takes this ethos and applies it to two wheels. You get a classy ‘Pearl Grey’ paint scheme along with black wood veneer mudguards which combine to get you as close as you could be to a Morgan with handlebars.

Track Days

For no more than the cost of a woolly jumper you can give a loved one the thrill of driving a supercar around a race track.

For less than £20 one company will let youngsters aged between 10 and 16 drive a Porsche Boxster in the safe confines of a track, at multiple venues around the UK and the voucher is valid for 10 months. They don’t get to go far, three miles, but you can pay more if you like and double the distance.

Lots of companies specialise in track days where you can take your own car and speed around a race track as fast as you like and without a camera in sight! Instructors are usually available to teach you a bit more about circuit driving and how to safely get more out of your car. You’ll learn and enjoy yourself with vouchers normally redeemable for most of the year.

If you don’t want to drive your own car, lots of companies offer `ride of a lifetime’ trips in the passenger seats of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and more; for around the cost of a good Christmas hamper with a bottle of fizz, say £80 or £90, you can have a Supercar Treble Taster putting you in a trio of mouth-watering machinery.

Some will even hire them to you. For less than £100 you can get behind the wheel of a race version of a McLaren MP4 12C to experience 500 bhp under your right foot.

BMW car going fast on a track day

Just passed your test?

Motoring groups such as the AA or RAC and accessory chains all sell handy packs which can make a nice little stocking filler for someone with their first car. Most have magnetic P Plates to warn other drivers to back off, puncture repair kits and a warning triangle and other useful items which can be safely stored in the boot.

And without it being meant as an insult to their skills, what about buying a post-test course for more advanced driver training such as PassPlus? If nothing else, insurers recognise the value of this and offer lower premiums to those who go through it.


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