Welcome to our second annual 10 Christmas Gifts Ideas for the Race Fan post. As you know, racing fans are highly loyal and can be tough to buy for. Here’s hoping we can help you in your search. Don’t forget to check out last year’s Christmas post for another 10 too. As always, if you have additional ideas we’d love to hear them. Let’s get started!
Clothes are always a good bet. My beef with most race-related clothing is that it’s a little over-the-top. So if you’re not in to huge league logos or an airbrushed illustration of a race car bursting through a wall of checkered flags, here are four sites that have less than traditional twist to race wear. Check the fastfastfast nation. Described as “american vintage muscle meets rock n’ roll”, you can’t go wrong. Plus, you’re supporting an independent retailer.
You could also try the PUMA store – they always have great ideas and styles. Well almost always…don’t buy the Strap Shorts unless being laughed out of the track is your kinda thing! If you’re looking for something a little more limited check out the t-shirts for the Gumball Rally. Finally, have a look at the Speed and Strength site for a variety of styles for both men and women.
Look for books to help educate your race fanatic. Race fans can get their fill of stats, commentary and driver features: exactly the kind of thing a race fan needs to get them through the off-season. The F1 Fact Guide, the Le Mans year in review, a subscription to Racer magazine or Nascar Illustrated are all solid bets.
If you’re looking for a quick win and you live with a gamer, then try some of these. Forza 3, Need for Speed Shift, Gran Turismo and F1 2009 should all be available at your local electronics / gaming retailer. Budget friendly and fun!
Everybody thinks that joining or sponsoring a race team is out of reach. There are a few innovative teams out there that understand the power of the masses. Both American Patriot Motorsports and YourRacingCar.com (Future Motorsport Limited) offer incentives for ‘Average Joe’ to get involved. American Patriot Motorsports offers team a membership starting at $40 (USD), ranging up to $75. YourRacingCar.com has membership that starts at £15 and progresses up to £25. That’s approximately $25 USD and $42 respectively. Check the offerings from each team because they both come with goodies.
Told through archival race footage, never-before-seen family home videos and interviews, this collection was produced with the support of the Earnhardt family and Richard Childress Racing. Narrated by Paul Newman, this limited edition DVD set is an extraordinary collection of Dale’s greatest moments in racing.
This set is huge. You’ll get the following: a letter of authenticity from Teresa Earnhardt and Richard Childress, a commemorative 1998 Daytona 500 ticket, a 1998 Daytona 500 race report, a 1999 Daytona 500 program cover, a “DALE #3” decal, and six dvds filled with racing footage, photos, interviews and of course bloopers.
The ‘Dale’ DVD set is exclusively available at Walmart and is surely going to be a hot item. Get there soon.
Gift your race fan the benefit of on-track race training. The Skip Barber Racing School has a variety of packages to teach the ins and outs of racing. Topics range from understanding vehicle dynamics & behavior to learning the proper race line to competition braking & cornering techniques. Alumni from the Skip Barber Racing School include many huge racing names, including: Michael Andretti, Kenny Brack, Jeff Burton, Chip Ganassi, Paul Newman, and Bobby Labonte.
NASCAR.com gift cards are versatile and available online. Gift certificates can be redeemed anywhere across the store. Your lucky friend or family member will be able to shop for pretty much anything, including car accessories, collectibles, memorabilia, DVDs, books, diecast cars, flags, banners, clothing, home and office stuff, toys and games.
Sometimes you get a double win with your purchase. Why not buy a gift and support a good cause at the same time? Consider the 2010 IndyCar Wall Calendar. All proceeds go to the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation.
Many drivers, teams and leagues support great causes, too. Check out these to get you started: the Nascar Foundation, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, the Jeff Gordon Foundation, the Dale Jr. Foundation and the Petty Family Foundation.
If you’ve got an unlimited budget, consider a F1 racing simulator. It’s expensive, but it’ll make you the most fun house in the neighbourhood. I just hope that you can stomach the £120,000 ($198,738 USD) price tag.
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