Christmas Wish List 2013

NOTE! Apologies, I know many of you non-car-crazy people (i.e. significant others of the car obsessed) use this posting to get some present ideas.  For some strange reason this posting did not get published on time – so with my apologies in advance, lets get straight to the list on the off chance someone needs to replace a present stolen from the porch or duplicated because of an Amazon glitch.patriautoprintlg

In the interest of brevity, I shall dispense with my annual Politically Correct Christmas Blessing and list of rules for what will be included.  If they interest you, feel free to read them on the 2012 and 2011 list here.


#10 – MOPAR Beanie

As we get older we lose more heat from our heads.  Although this is not a scientifically proven fact, my test sample size of one supports this conclusion.  And my Scion beanie is getting a bit ragged.

cougar#9 Trans Am Cougar Slot Car

In keeping with the wish list rules of Trans-Am and Slot Cars, this one fills both stockings.

pTRU1-14683392dt#8 Lego F1 Set #42000

The second rule is always Lego.  This F1 set fits the bill too.

BMW Koons c#7 BMW Art Car Diecast

Rule #3 is Diecast.  While the BMW Art Cars are awesome, none has struck my fancy since Warhol’s in 1979.  That is until Jeff Koons did his in 2010.

normal#6 – Porsche Tabletop Clock

What could be more fun than to open your eyes and see a clock based on the design of a Porsche 911 instrument.  With both analog and digital time display and alarm, second time zone, calender and timer functions. Alarm features the sound of the Porsche 911 engine. Sturdy aluminum case. The case and dial are both based on the design of the Porsche 911 instruments.

patriautoprintlg#5 Max Gundy Print

Yes, I already have more prints and artwork than I have wall space in the basement.  But Max Gundy’s artwork would cause anyone to find space.

image (1)#4 – Vintage Gas Pump

Always wanted a vintage gas pump.  But seeing as how I can’t have nice things (i.e. I tend to scratch and/or break them) perhaps a repo is a better choice.  And these appear to be the best.  My preference is for Blue and Yellow Sunoco – probably because of Mark Donohue.

radar#3 – A Nice Radar Detector

That the new BRZ attracts more attention than the Mini is clear – unfortunately it is the wrong kind of attention.  I would like to think my driving style has matured over the years and I don’t think I am driving any faster with the BRZ than I did with the Mini but Michigan’s finest apparently disagrees (I was running with traffic both times they pulled me).  So, if I am now going to be targeted, the only solution is to pay better attention – and this will surely help.  As I am no expert I tend to read reviews – but it appears that no one can agree which is best.

#2 – Lane Museum Rallye

If I ever won the lottery I would not be the idiot who immediately buys a 1 million dollar collector car – I would be the idiot who buys 100 $10,000 interesting cars.  Which makes the Rally for the Lane the perfect combination of charity, fun and car porn for me.  For a donation of between $500-850 you get an unforgettable day of adventure.  In 2013 the agenda included a pre-rally breakfast, t-shirt and poster, tour and lunch at the Beechcraft Heritage Museum and most importantly, the opportunity to drive a museum car for the day on  a road rally.  My personal choice would be the 1938 BMW 320, but would also be happy with the 1975 DAF Marathon or 1954 Simca Weekend. Why not the Alpine A310?  been there done that!  Or the R5 Turbo?  Because those are actually fairly common.  When will I EVER get another chance at a Simca?

#1 – Donation to a Cancer Charity

On a serious note, I lost someone important to me this year to cancer.   In this area I am not alone as it seems every family gets touched way too often.  So, take the time to spend your holiday with those who matter.  And if you are like me and 2013 was good to you, take a few extra and donate to a cancer charity of your choice.  NOTE! Before we donate we always check the financials to make sure the donated money goes where it should – typically if your charity spends more than 20% on fundraising and administrative expenses we advise caution.  Our current favorite is the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

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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