It's the most wonderful time of the year. A time where a car guy or car gal can hopefully get what they really want...CAR STUFF!
Not in any particular order, here is a Christmas list that's made up of things that make me smile and suggestions from some of the e-mails I get.
1. Die Cast models
If a guy or gal can't own the real deal, this is the next best thing.
2. Anything with flames - have something airbrushed
3. Car part stuff - things made out of car parts, like clocks made out of brake rotors
4. Gear set ring. This is a ring made out of two ring gears (no pun intended) and an idler gear.
5. Form-a-Funnel. A flexible, formable piece of plastic that has many uses - not the least of which is controlling the typical mess that happens when trying to change your own oil.
6. Driving gloves
7. Stauer Dashtronic watch This timepiece looks like an oil pressure gauge from a 1935 Dusenberg - $99.00 from Stauer.com
8. Car movies
Bullitt, Vanishing Point, Ronin, The Italian Job (1971), Duel, Gone in 60 Seconds (1974), Dirty Mary Crazy Larry
9. Race track wall hangings. 3D artwork in the shape of famous racetracks from around the world will cost about $200 each from Griot's Garage.
10. Magnetic Finger tool
An easy way to pick up nuts/bolts/tools that have dropped into the weirdest places. Cost: $9.95 from Busted Knuckle Garage.
11. Motor Mouse
Wireless or wired computer mouse, $49.95 (U.S.) from http://motormouse.us.com/Products.html
12. Hawaiian Car shirts
13. Car books. I found many at Amazon.com
Woodward Avenue: Cruising the Legendary Strip (Cartech) by Robert Genat (Author)
Car Hops and Curb Service: A History of American Drive-In Restaurants 1920-1960 by Jim Heimann
The American Drive-In: History and Folklore of the Drive-in Restaurant in American Car Culture by Michael Karl Witzel
14. All weather floor mats
15. Most of us car guys have tools, but often we don't have small tool boxes for toting just the essentials. A funky old (even rusty) tool box is cool (swap and tool meets) - and add a magnetic catch tray ( Sears). These work great by preventing tools from rattling around as well as nut and bolt holders during the job - they even work upside down.
16. Garage art. Simple posters of favourite manufacturers or racing or old school repair shop art really dress up the space where a guy can get a little garage time.
If you don't get a positive response from your letter to Santa, you can always revert to Plan B - buy it yourself and say that one of Santa's elves was good to you. Don't forget to look surprised.
Ho Ho Ho!