However, when shopping for a car enthusiast that is already so hopelessly obsessed with automobiles that it's as essential as the air he/she breathes, I've made another Christmas guide to make your holiday shopping easy.
1.) We begin with a timely winter theme: Team O'Neill Driving School
Team O'Neill Driving School is unique. If you know a friend that's crazy about Gymkhana (you probably do) and wishes to someday know how to drift around exploding barrels just like Ken Block, look no further. Team O'Neill Driving School will not only teach students the necessary fundamentals, but one of Team O'Neill's past students was actually Mr. Block himself!
The Team O'Neill Driving School provides classes for multiple levels of driving depending on whatever a student intends to get out of the experience. In a special episode done by Fast Lane Daily, J.F. Musial discusses the merits of O'Neill's winter driving education program, which teaches and assists normal drivers of all age groups the techniques of safe driving on snow and ice by revealing and acclimating the students to the dynamics of their personal daily driver. Team O'Neill goes so far as to say that their course should be a requirement for any driver living in the northeast. Winter Safety School: $395/person.
2.) Is your car enthusiast a cinephile? SENNA
Spanning his years as a Formula One racing driver from 1984 to his untimely death a decade later, Senna explores the life and work of the triple world champion, his physical and spiritual achievements on the track, his quest for perfection and the mythical status he has since attained.This film is arguably the sports documentary of the year. The only reason why I can't be sure is because I never bothered to catch any of the others for a proper comparison. Critic Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal simply said SENNA was, "A celebration of a singular spirit in an impure sport." You can find it on amazon.com but be sure to select the NTSC format if your dvd-player is regional to North America. $24.99
3.) Does your car enthusiast enjoy watches? Autodromo Brescia (front and center)
The man behind the blog Automobiliac, Bradley Price, had undertaken a 2-year project that combined his love for vintage watches and classic cars with his professional skills as a designer and branding consultant.
We are excited to share with you his result, a line of elegant wrist watches that possess design cues heavily influenced by the gauges one would find in a classic European sports car. According to the Autodromo website, the name Brescia was inspired by a historic town located in Northern Italy, where the infamous Mille Miglia was first held approximately 50 years ago.
The website continues, "Brescia watch speaks to time-honored elegance and simplicity. Its clean, understated look is the perfect complement to a tailored Italian suit." Visit Bradley's blog, Automobiliac, or go to the Autodromo homepage for product inquiries. $425
4.) Is your car enthusiast a thrill seeker? GoPro HD HERO2 Motorsports Edition
What's more, if you add the Wi-Fi BacPac peripheral (mobile hotspot not included), you could even live-stream your footage! Check it out at GoPro. Starting at $299.99, here is a clip featuring footage taken from GoPro's line of HERO2 cameras:
5.) Is your car enthusiast a connoisseur? Ralph Lauren Home model car collection
The Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic is probably the most famous car in Ralph Lauren's private collection. Only 680 Type 57's were ever produced, just over 40 were the 57S/SC, and only three of which were the rare Atlantics. Now, 40 lucky individuals can find one of these automotive treasures in their living room this Christmas-- the 1:8 replica masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Home collection, at least.