A radar detector
Mistakes that involve a speedometer are usually the costly kind we want to avoid making. But, intentionally or not, everyone occasionally goes above the speed limit. A radar detector helps enthusiasts avoid hefty fines, though you need make sure it’s legal in the state and county your gearhead lives in.
Not sure which one to pick? The Escort Max 360 is a much better product than the homely Ford econobox it shares its name with. It’s expensive, but it offers just about every feature available on a radar detector today.
Much like sports fans enjoy wearing their team’s jersey, car fans are happy seeing their favorite car on a t-shirt. There are t-shirts out there for virtually every budget, too, so it’s a no-brainer if you’re short on ideas.
A company in New Mexico sells t-shirts with the amazing illustrations that Peter Aschwanden provided for one of the best Volkswagen Beetle repair manuals out there. But that’s easy, right? Almost everyone likes the Beetle. Well, for better or worse there are also t-shirts for fans of the Cadillac Cimarron, and every car in between. Yes, even the Chevrolet Chevette.
A model car
It’s hard to go wrong with a model car. They come in a variety of sizes ranging from under an inch to over a foot long. Pricing is just as diverse: a Matchbox car retails for less than a buck at your local grocery store, while a high-end, highly-detailed model sometimes costs as much as a used compact car.
An Audi-branded wine decanter-chiller
For the enthusiast who enjoys the finer things in life, Audi makes a beverage decanter-chiller that’s as practical as it is stylish. Simply pour wine (or your favorite beverage) into the decanter, drop ice cubes into the steel core, and serve as soon as it drops to the desired temperature. A regular decanter is also available.
A spot at a driving academy
Finally, for the enthusiast who has everything, allow us to suggest a spot at a driving academy. It’s definitely not cheap, but it’s a unique and memorable opportunity for your favorite gearhead to learn from professionals how to improve his or her driving skills both on and off the track.
Driving academies are available everywhere; some are organized by auto-makers, while others are hosted by race tracks. For example, Lamborghini offers several courses that teach enthusiasts how to drive on a track, how to drive a supercar in the snow, and what it’s like to drive a full-blown race car.