It can be difficult to find ideal Father’s Day gifts, and getting hints from dads themselves about what they might like, like extracting blood from a stone. But if your dad or the dad of your kids loves his cars, don’t worry because we’ve put together a handy gift guide.
Even if you’re buying for the man who has everything, you’ll find something for him here, because car enthusiasts are spoiled for choice.
Here are some of Driving.co.uk’s best car-themed gifts you can buy for Father’s Day this year.
When is Father’s Day 2022?
Father’s Day is always the third Sunday in June, so this year it’s June 18.
All of the gifts below can be ordered online and many retailers offer next day delivery or online vouchers, so there’s no need to panic at the last minute.
Corgi James Bond ‘No Time To Die’ Aston Martin DB5
- Corgi James Bond Aston Martin DB5 ‘No Time To Die’, £35.99 from Corgi – buy here
On the occasion of the release of the latest James Bond film, no time to dielast year, Corgi released an officially licensed 1:36 scale version of what was, for many, the star attraction, Bond’s Aston Martin DB5.
The die-cast scale model comes with exposed miniguns in the headlights and baddie damage. It is also beautifully presented in a nice commemorative box, so a real collector’s item.
If your dad isn’t a Bond fan or an Aston fan, Corgi also sells a wide range of other scaled-down classics, from fast Fords and the best of British Leyland to buses and planes.
The Boring Car Trivia Book Trilogy
- A medium-sized book on boring cars, £4.50 on Amazon – buy here
- Boring Car Trivia Volume 2, £4.99 at Amazon – buy here
- Boring Car Trivia 3, £4.99 at Amazon – buy here
Richard Porter’s Medium-Sized Book of Boring Car Trivia was so popular that he followed it up with two more volumes, titled Boring Car Trivia Volume 2 and Boring Car Trivia 3 respectively. (and formerly Top Gear), revels in the most tedious automotive facts that are sure to thrill and delight car enthusiasts and, as the titles suggest, bore everyone else.
Rather than just being a list of factoids, all three books are written with good humor and an eye for the absurd. Given that there are three of them (all reasonably priced), they either make for a compelling trilogy or, in single volumes, nice little giveaways.
Silverstone Rally Experience
- Half-Day Rally Experience at Silverstone Rally School, £185 at BuyaGift.co.uk – buy here
Let your dad unleash his inner Hannu Mikkola or Colin McRae with a day or half day at a rally school. Rally driving schools exist across the UK, offering customers the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a rally car and, with expert tuition, experience what it’s like to control a car at high speed on loose or slippery surfaces, effectively using the handbrake and the art of power slide.
The half-day Silverstone Rally School experience is fairly representative and includes briefings, instruction and the chance to let loose in a 350hp Subaru Impreza rally car.
Streetwize GPS Tracker
- Streetwize GPS tracker, £55.50 from Halfords – buy here
With the rise in car theft, many will appreciate the added peace of mind that having a tracking device installed on their car will bring.
With the Streetwize GPS tracker, the user simply sends a text message to the device’s SIM card for a report of the car’s location. It can be powered either by the car’s 12v system or by its own batteries, which have a lifespan of around 200 hours before recharging is needed.
It can potentially be used to track anything including luggage because it’s so portable. Users will, however, need to provide their own SIM card, for a small monthly fee.
Motor show tickets (Goodwood and London Concours)
- Goodwood Festival of Speed, Thursday and Friday tickets from £23.50 – buy here
- London Competition, tickets from £50 – buy here
Some of Britain’s biggest and best car shows take place shortly after Father’s Day and promise a great day, making tickets an ideal gift.
Tickets for the Goodwood Festival of Speed (June 23-26) are selling out fast, but you can still snag Thursday or Friday admission at the time of writing. The London Concours event (billed as “a motoring garden party in the heart of the City of London”), which runs from June 28-30, should be easier to get tickets for, but it’s also a popular event , so it is better not to hang around .
Both events showcase the best and most premium offerings in the classic car world, but if they seem unlikely to be a good fit, check out our guide to the best classic car shows in the UK in 2022 and keep an eye out. mind that the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire, has more down-to-earth events throughout the summer with Fords, Minis and even buses if that’s more to your dad’s fancy. These events usually include free admission to the museum.
Jaguar Classic Black eau de toilette
- Jaguar Classic Black Eau de Toilette for Men, 100ml, £19.89 from Amazon – buy here
Many automakers also sell branded fragrances, including Ford, Mercedes, Ferrari, Bentley and (pricey) Rolls-Royce. check out our reviews of three recent scents here.
Jaguar is also on board with the very pleasant smelling Classic Black eau de toilette.
According to its creator, Classic Black for Men by Jaguar opens with top notes of bitter orange, tangerine and apple, continues with heart notes of geranium, blueberry, sultan seeds, tea, seawater, siderite (we’re not making this up) and mountain tea, and ends with base notes of vetiver, sandalwood, oak moss, cedar and tonka bean (yes, really).
We’ll take their word for it, but all we know is that it smells pretty good.
Flight of Tiger Moth
- Tiger Moth Flights, from £99 via IntoTheBlue.co.uk – shop here
If they like cars, they’ll probably like airplanes. For those who would like to give the fathers in their lives something a little more involved than a visit to an aviation museum (although the air arm of the Imperial War Museum at Duxford near Cambridge makes a great gift itself), there’s the option to take to the skies in a classic Tiger Moth biplane.
For example, Duxford-based Classic Wings offers Tiger Moth flights of 15, 20, 30 or 40 minutes and the option to take control of the open-cockpit vintage plane for £169. Best of all, the price of a flight includes free admission to the museum for the ticket holder and half-price admission for an accompanying spectator.
If Cambridge is too far to travel, IntoTheBlue offers a range of experiences in different parts of the UK.
Lego Creator Expert Porsche 911 Turbo and Targa
- Lego Creator Expert Porsche 911 Turbo and Targa, £124.99 from Lego – buy here
Lego’s Creator Expert kits are a perfect way for car fans to spend hours, making them a great Father’s Day gift. Besides the fact that it’s a classic air-cooled Porsche 911, what we particularly like about this 1,458-piece kit is that assemblers can build either a whale-tail 911 Turbo from the years 1980, or its non-turbo convertible alternative, the 911 Targa, depending on your mood or preferences.
Detailing is good with a particularly nice touch being the ability to extend the rear axle to accommodate the Turbo model’s wider wheel track. Expect the bonnet and doors to open, as does the rear engine hatch which opens to reveal a well-rendered version of the 911’s flat-six engine.
Another good thing is that the models, when put together, make a nice bookcase ornament.
Jaguar XJR-9 Owner’s Workshop Manual
- Jaguar XJR-9 Owners Workshop Manual, £6.25 from Haynes – buy here
Haynes is best known as a publisher of in-depth automotive repair manuals, but another string to his bow is books on automotive and racing history.
One such book is Michael Cotton’s Jaguar XJR Le Mans cars of the 1980s and 1990s.
From the outside it looks like an ordinary Haynes repair manual, but open the lid and you’ll find it’s more concerned with the history and technical achievements of the car in question than step-by-step guides to things like changing the air filter (which would be rather niche).
Cotton’s book gives an overview of Jaguar’s racing program in the 1980s and explains how one of the V12-powered cars in Silk Cut livery took victory at Le Mans in 1988.
If that’s not your dad’s thing, Haynes, with its huge range of books on everything from gardening to military history and cooking, is bound to have something that is.
- Heel Tread Socks, from £4.24) from Heel Tread – shop here
OK, the socks are a bit of a Father’s Day cliche, but the ones from Heel Tread are something special, as the designs resemble the famous liveries of automotive icons.
There are many designs to choose from, including designs based on Ayrton Senna’s helmet, the Gulf Oil livery of the Ford GT40 and the seat covers of the original Volkswagen Golf GTI, which are sure to garner congratulations from connoisseurs. .
There is also a multipack based on cars from the James Bond films, which references the Aston Martin DB5 and V8 Vantage that appear in no time to die, the Lotus Spirit of The Spy Who Loved Me and the AMC Hornet from The Man with the Golden Gun.