Top 10 Christmas Wish List 2012

Over the past month our Christmas List from last year has been the highest rated post on our little blog here.  Since this is the 3rd year in a row we have posted, we decided it is probably time for some rules.  So, in no particular order, here they are:

1) No item can be listed more than once.  If it is on last year’s list it won’t be on this year’s, or next year’s either.  Even if none of you took the thinly veiled hint and bought it for me!

2) Exception to rule #1 – Die cast cars will ALWAYS be on the list. And Lego. And Porsche stuff.

3) While I may say Merry Christmas, you are welcome to hear Happy HolidaysHappy Hanukkah, Kwanza or any other celebration you will enjoy this holiday season.  My reason for saying Merry Christmas is that is what I believe, but I am also a firm believer that for each person there is a truth that they follow and I respect everyone’s beliefs equally.

4) This is all for fun and maybe gives you some ideas for the car person in your life.  If you really want to get me something, make a donation to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center.


With those hard and fast rules in place, let’s get started.


#10 Race Car Alphabet Book

I don’t have grandkids yet but it is never too early to get prepared.  This book by Brian Floca features cool illustrations of vintage race cars, from the Tyrell 6-wheeler to the Mercedes on the cover.  If you want to see more, watch the youtube clip here.  You can find the book on Amazon here.

517yvK2zIzL._SY450_#9  Automotive Wall Art

While I could not find an online store for Musin Stickers, you can find their offerings at Amazon as well.  And at only $29.99 they fit many budgets too.  With a range of styles from the Hummer H1 to the Boxster Spyder there is probably a design to make everyone happy.  Personally I found the giant Alfa logo the most fantastic, but it would probably be better if I had one in my garage before I put one on my wall, so send me this GTV before you send the sticker.

258016719_aa0654292353#8 Belle-Aire-Deck-Mounted-Bath-Filler

I have to give credit to Brenda Priddy, spy photographer extraordinaire for pointing me to this one.  While the price is a bit steep (ok, its REALLY steep), I would love the opportunity to show this off to some friends.  A regular visit to my house typically involves a trip to the garage to see the latest project or a trip to the basement to see some artwork, die cast, or watch Le Mans in the theater.  Just the chance to say “Hay want to see something cool” and then lead my guests into the bathroom would be worth it all by itself.

petty#7- Superbird Die-Cast

If I had to list my top 5 favorite cars of all time, the Superbird would definitely be on the list (along with the 917, 3.0 CSL, Muira and Gullwing).  Since it is Christmas AND I love Richard Petty (thanks to spending some of my formative years in North Carolina) this little autographed gem is the ideal Die Cast to put on my list.  Christmas by Petty!

image002#6 Seat Belt       Belt Buckle

I am a huge fan of reclaimed gifts (see my friend’s jewelry collection here) and finding something like this made from old cars parts is awesome.  They also have a Timing Chain Clock but this Volkswagen belt is by far the most unique.  And only 20 bucks – what a steal!

yhst-40444713696840_2230_193415377#5 Automotive Cuff Links

Nothing says class like a nice set of cufflinks.  Unfortunately I have no class and really don’t care much what the fashion police say so I get to wear awesome things like race car ties to work and the such.  Looking forward to the charity black tie in Detroit for the auto show, I have found the perfect accessory, a set of Shift Pattern Cufflinks.  Browsing around the site I did find a couple of items for those of you with less class than me; chrome wheel, spark plug, mudflap girl or NASCAR cufflinks.  Take your choice.  You can thank me later.

normal#4 Porsche Martini Beach Towel

I usually include something from the Porsche Collection every year – I especially enjoy the vintage espresso cups they come out with from time to time.  This year I had a harder time choosing as Porsche just released an ice tray with their most iconic designs.  But in the end the fact I spend as much time on the beaches of North Carolina as possible, it would be nice to take a nap and dream of being a factory driver from the 70s or 80s with this towel.

Lego-8070-SuperCar-Review-78070-1#3 – Lego Technics Supercar

Some years my Lego list is more generic.  Nothing more fun than building something new out of bricks that look nothing like the final product.  Other years my wishes turn to something more specific.  I have always wanted a supercar but it is not very likely.  Especially when you consider that if I had $200k to spend on a car I would be more likely to buy 20 $10k cars than one for $200k.  Thankfully, Lego has stepped up to the plate and solved my dilemma – a budget oriented supercar.  Under $200 from Amazon, of course

A63171342#2 Rapid Transit Jacket

I have always been a huge Mopar fan, ever since I was a small kid.  Plymouth’s Rapid Transit System and Dodge’s Scat Pack helped seal the deal.  This jacket let’s me relive my younger days and look cool at the same time.  And its only 100 bucks!  (I wear a Large).  And a shirt for my dog would be a nice touch (need a new dog though).

350-708119-847__1#1 Racing Simulator

If you know me at all you know I tend to spend the winter practicing in my office on iRacing.  And you would also know that I love shopping at Costco.  I am not going to mince words here, it is awesome that the two of these passions have crossed-paths.  Yes, you can now buy a racing simulator from Costco.

About Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz is the founder of and Advanced Automotive Consulting Services, partner in The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment and serial entrepeneur. A long time automotive enthusiast, Frank started reading car magazines at the age of 8 and has spent 30+ years working inside the automotive industry. In his spare time Frank races with the Sports Car Club of America, spends time working on his numerous project cars and supports many local charities.
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2 Responses to Top 10 Christmas Wish List 2012

  1. Edmondo Donato says:

    “Fiesta” Frank:
    Continued success in the coming year.
    1980 “S”

  2. Pingback: Christmas Wish List 2014 | thesupplierblog

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