The best gift ideas for Father’s Day 2022

Finding ideal Father’s Day gifts can be difficult, and getting hints from fathers themselves about what they would like can be like drawing blood from a stone. But if your dad or kid dad likes their cars, don’t worry, we’ve put together a handy gift guide.

Even if you’re buying for the man who has everything, you’ll find what you’re looking for here, because car enthusiasts really are spoiled for choice.

Here are some of Driving.co.uk’s best car gifts to 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 18th.

All of the gifts below can be ordered online and many of the retailers offer next day delivery or online vouchers so there is 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

Celebrating 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 the main attraction for many, Bond’s Aston Martin DB5.

The die-cast scale model comes complete with exposed miniguns in the headlights and damage inflicted by the baddies. It is also beautifully presented in an attractive keepsake box, making it a real collector’s item.

If your dad isn’t a Bond or Aston fan, Corgi also sells a wide range of other scaled-down classics, from fast Fords to the best of British Leyland to buses and planes.

Boring Car Trivia book trilogy

Sniff Petrol's Boring Car Trivia 3
  • A Medium-Size Book of Boring Car Trivia, £4.50 from Amazon – buy here
  • Boring Car Trivia Volume 2, £4.99 from Amazon – buy here
  • Boring Car Trivia 3, £4.99 from Amazon – buy here

Richard Porter’s Medium-Size Book of Boring Car Trivia was so popular that he published two more volumes called Boring Car Trivia Volume 2 and Boring Car Trivia 3. The hilarious screenwriter from The Grand Tour (and formerly Top Gear), indulges in the dullest automotive facts that excite and excite die-hard car enthusiasts and, as the title suggests, thoroughly bores everyone else.

Rather than being just a list of facts, all three books are written with good humor and an eye for the absurd. As there are three of them (all reasonably priced) they make either an engaging trilogy or as individual volumes nice little gifts.

Rally experience at Silverstone

Half Day Rally Experience at Silverstone Rally School
  • Half Day Rally Experience at Silverstone Rally School, £185 from 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. There are rally driving schools across the UK offering customers the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a rally car and learn with expert instruction what it’s like to drive a car at high speed on a loose or slippery surface while using the handbrake to use effectively art of power gliding.

The half-day Silverstone Rally School experience is quite representative and includes briefings, instruction and a chance to relax in a 350hp Subaru Impreza rally car.

Streetwise GPS Tracker

Streetwize GPS vehicle tracker
  • Streetwize GPS tracker, £55.50 from Halfords – buy here

With car thefts on the rise, many will appreciate the added security that having a tracking device on their car brings.

With the Streetwize GPS tracker, the user simply sends a text message to the device’s SIM card to report the location of the car. It can be powered by either the car’s 12-volt system or its own batteries, which have a lifespan of around 200 hours before requiring a recharge.

It can potentially be used to track anything, including luggage, since it’s so portable. However, users must provide their own SIM card for a small additional monthly fee.

Tickets for car shows (Goodwood and London Concours)

Alex Albon drives a Red Bull F1 car at the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed
  • Tickets for Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​(Sunday 26 June), £78 from Goodwood – buy here
  • London Concours (28-30 June) tickets, £50 from London Concours – buy here

Some of the UK’s biggest and best car shows take place just after Father’s Day, promising a great day and making tickets an ideal gift.

At the time of writing, tickets for Sunday’s Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​(26 June) are still available, as are tickets for the London Concours event (which has been billed as “the automotive garden party in the heart of the City of London”. ). , runs June 28-30.

Both events present the very best and highest quality offers from the world of classic cars. However, if they don’t seem to fit, check out our guide to the best classic car shows in Britain in 2022 and remember that the British Motor Museum at Gaydon in Warwickshire hosts more down-to-earth events throughout the summer featuring Fords, Minis and more and even fines, if that’s more your father’s taste. These events usually include free admission to the museum.

Jaguar Classic Black Eau de Toilette

  • Jaguar Classic Black Men’s Eau de Toilette, 100ml, £19.89 at Amazon – buy here

A slew of automakers also sell branded fragrances, including Ford, Mercedes, Ferrari, Bentley, and (expensive) Rolls-Royce. Check out our reviews of three current fragrances here.

Jaguar is also involved with the very pleasant smelling Classic Black Eau de Toilette.

According to its maker, Classic Black for Men by Jaguar begins with top notes of bitter orange, mandarin and apple, continues with heart notes of geranium, cornflower, sultanas, tea, seawater, sideritis (we’re not making this up) and mountain tea, and finishes with base notes of vetiver , sandalwood, oakmoss, cedar and tonka bean (yes, really).

We’ll take her word for it, but all we know is that it actually smells pretty good.

Tiger Moth flight

  • Tiger Moth flights from £99 via IntoTheBlue.co.uk – buy here

If they like cars, they will probably like airplanes. For those looking to offer dads something more lavish in their lives than a visit to an aircraft museum (although the Imperial War Museum’s Air Force in Duxford, near Cambridge, is a great gift in itself), there’s an option to visit one classic Tiger Moth biplane to fly.

For example, Duxford-based Classic Wings offers 15-, 20-, 30- or 40-minute Tiger Moth flights and the chance to take control of the open-cockpit vintage plane for £169. Even better, the price of a flight includes free admission to the museum for the ticket holder and half the price of 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

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  • 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 pass the time, making them an excellent Father’s Day gift. Aside from 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-tailed 911 Turbo or its non-turbo convertible alternative, the 911 Targa, as needed may depend on their mood or preferences.

Detailing is good, with a particularly nice touch being the ability to lengthen the rear axle to accommodate the Turbo model’s wider wheel track. Opening bonnet and doors are to be expected, as is the opening rear engine hatch, which lifts to reveal a nicely rendered version of the 911’s flat-six engine.

Another good thing is that once assembled the models make a nice bookshelf ornament.

Workshop manual for Jaguar XJR-9 owners

  • Jaguar XJR-9 Owners’ Workshop Manual, £6.25 from Haynes – buy here

Haynes is best known as the publisher of detailed car repair manuals, but another mainstay are books on automobile and racing history.

One such book is that of Michael Cotton on the Jaguar XJR Le Mans cars of the 1980s and 1990s.

From the outside it looks like a standard Haynes repair manual, but when you open the lid you realize that it’s more about the history and technical achievements of the car in question than step-by-step instructions on things like that changing the air filter (that would be more of a niche).

Cotton’s book provides a glimpse into Jaguar’s racing program in the 1980s and how one of the Silk Cut V12-engined cars clinched victory at Le Mans in 1988.

If that’s not your dad’s thing, Haynes is sure to have something to suit you with his huge selection of books on everything from gardening to military history to cooking.

Socks with a heel profile

  • Heel Tread Socks (from €4.24) from Heel Tread – buy here

OK, socks are a bit of a Father’s Day cliché, but Heel Tread’s are something special, as the patterns mimic famous liveries of automotive icons.

There are numerous patterns 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, all of which are sure to garner praise from connoisseurs.

There’s also a multipack based on cars from the James Bond films, referencing the Aston Martin DB5 and V8 Vantage that appear in them no time to die, the Lotus Esprit The Spy Who Loved Me and the AMC Hornet from The Man With The Golden Gun.

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