Last year’s post “My Holiday Wish List” generated a ton of positive feedback and even caused one of you out there to send me a signed limited edition die-cast car (thanks again Troy). If I helped any of you get a great gift because someone in your circle got an idea from my blog then the post was a great success. And I didn’t even get any flak for trying too hard to be politically correct. So with the feint attempts at humor out-of-the-way (and yes, I meant feint and not faint), let me get a little more serious.
I would like to wish every one of you a Merry Christmas and hope you all have a safe and happy Holiday Season. My use of the Christmas greeting is not intended to exclude anyone, it only reflects my beliefs. I also wish you all a Happy Hanukkah, Kwanza or any other celebration you will enjoy this holiday season. On a quick side note, if you have already made your charity donations this year then let me be among the first to thank you from all those who will benefit. If not, might I suggest you make a donation to a couple of charities that are close to my heart, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and the Animal Aid Foundation of Michigan. Now back to the humor before getting into my Top 10 list of Christmas Wishes. If you need a good Christmas belly laugh then you should check out Jimmy Kimmel’s latest prank here.
I am not a big card player but a deck like this could totally change my ways. Growing up in the sixties the Chrysler performance advertising spoke to me in a way that Ford and GM did not – I was always more a member of The Rapid Transit System more than the Scat Pack but you can’t really go wrong with either. You can either get the whole series here or visit the Chrysler Museum to buy your pack for $6.95.
If you read the blog you know how much I like die-cast cars. I am especially fond of the rare and unusual. And you cannot get much more unusual than this one. I remember a day when they were everywhere, now I cannot remember the last time I saw one on the road. I don’t know how much more I can say about it other than you can pick it up at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum for $15.95.
Even though I am way too big to ride around in this, I want one anyway. Who wouldn’t want their own 328? I just want to park it in the garage so I can tell people I own one (I would never divulge it’s a toy). And its way cheaper than a real one like this one. As with any BMW product it has been specially engineered to enhance the driving experience. In this particular case that includes a ‘specialized rubber” tires to minimize road noise. And it even meets ASTM/F 963-07e1, whatever the heck that means. The Roadster costs $280 and getting a printed copy of the safety standard costs $76.80.
I have found a few things that car guys seem to have in common. One of them is their love of Lego. If your children are young I would highly recommend a visit to Legoland, now made easier because there is one on the east coast too. Lego knows how to generate creativity in the young mind, and some of their creations are just plain awesome. Like this recent installation, the world’s largest Lego Christmas Tree. Any Lego set is acceptable as you can never have too many, but as I am older now I will go for the Ferrari Team with Transporter set # 8185 for $86.99.
In the dead of winter when everybody else is huddled up by the fireplace with something warm to drink you can find me in my basement practicing for the next racing season. And my simulation software of choice is iRacing. One day I will build a simulator like this one (make sure to turn the sound up to get the full experience), until then I will struggle along with my single screen system and racing seat/office chair. Get you gift cards here.
Totally cool, totally inexpensive. You cannot complain for less than two bucks.
Since I didn’t get the Espresso cups last year I asked for last year I thought I would try a different idea. Porsche just released a set of glass coasters based on the graphics of one of their iconic 917’s. As with everything Porsche they aren’t inexpensive. At $70 for a set of 4 that makes these coasters more expensive than the glass I intend to sit on them (including whatever I am drinking at the time).
Well now you know what I intend to put in the glass that I will be setting on the coasters I asked for in #4. If you feel guilty about buying me something this expensive check out their BeerFriender campaign. This is on two of my lists this year, my wish list and also on my list of the most brilliant marketing campaign since last year’s Italian Soccer Prank. You can order yourself one for just $108.78 or look for the BeerFriender app on Facebook.
You probably have figured out by now that I deep within this professional exterior lurks the heart of a child. I think that is not unusual in the “car guy” (or car girl – and yes Devyn, that comment is just for you) arena. My wish list is all the evidence you need, model cars, video games, and a pencil sharpener. And like any child, I can sometimes be afraid of the dark. SO please help me out, visit the Chrysler Museum and pick up a 426 Hemi Night Light for me. It’s only $10.95.
And finally, the thing every car guy I know wants, a driving experience. There are plenty to go around, from NASCAR to super cars. The one I have my eye on right now is the Porsche Sport Driving School. Now, if I can just get someone to loan me their Boxster to practice before I go….. If you have the cash lying around, my preference would be the two-day 911 GT3 Cup Experience, it is only $10,000.
Don’t forget to visit the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and the Animal Aid Foundation of Michigan and make a donation. Come back the Wednesday after Christmas and I will put together a post of my Top 10 favorite auto commercials of all time. And the following Tuesday will bring the return of the Design Week in Review update (a day late because of the New Year’s Holiday).