Christmas Wish List 2015

Even though this list is generally the top rated post on our blog, last year we skipped putting one together.  For 2015 we are back with a vengeance.


20151213_133658Before we begin, once again here are the rules:

  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.  Who am I kidding.  There are no rules.
  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, really want to get me something, make a donation to a cancer charity.  If you don’t have one in mind, I would like to recommend The Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center.  make the donation $20 or more and I will send you a shirt!

Credit: Christmas Cards designed by Chris Horning and yours truly

#10 Tire Tread Mug


The FDA approves many things, but until now, tire tread was not one of them.  The mug is made from ABS, the inside is FDA-approved and the “rubberized” raised tread pattern outside will help you maintain traction no matter what the weather.  $15 from Genuine Hotrod Hardware.


#9 Go-Jacks

Now that I have a ridiculous amount of $5,000 “collector” cars, garage space is at a premium.  The easiest way to nest your cars is some sort of dolly system.  I have looked far and wide and this is the best deal I have stumbled across.  The dollies include a jack so that you just roll into place, pump with your foot and voila, instant multi-directional flexibility.  $90 from Tooltopia

#8 Pink Pig Piggy Bank

normalEvery list contains something Porsche, those are the rules.  The first of this year’s Porsche gifts might just help you save for next year’s presents.  I have always loved the fat pig 917, and the graphics just made it that much more iconic.  One of the few times you will ever see something cheaper at a Porsche store than elsewhere.  $70 from shop Porsche.

#7 Christmas Ornament

I combined a few diffwerent ideas into one listing here, as it doesn’t matter which one you pick, you just need more cars on your Christmas tree.  Either a vintage Camper ornament or a Volkswagen Van.  $15-20 at various locations.


#6 Car Speedo Cuff Links

il_570xN.563325764_ricvWell dressed men know the key to looking dapper is to wear a shirt with cuff links.  But the typical gold cufflink doesn’t allow your personality to shine through.  These sure do.  Prices are not listed, but it looks like Little Gem Girl will make them to your specification.

#5 Checkerboard Garage Floor Tile

15I don’t know many gearheads who love their boring concrete garage floor.  What stops people from doing something else is the cost.  But interlocking floor tiles have come down so far in price, they have become really affordable.  You can do a single car garage for well under $500.  And if you act now, Garage Flooring LLC has a sale where you get a $0.50/sq ft savings by using promo code TL at checkout.

#4 Tomica Diecast

120-Subaru BRZAfter years of including 1:18 and 1:43 diecast, this is the first year for a 1:64 car.  I am jonesing for a lot of Tomica cars these days, but the BRZ (#120) is tops on my list mainly ’cause it is my daily driver in RL. Others I would be happy with include the Eunos Roadster #111, or any of the race cars.

#3 Route 66 stamps

66postmark-800.jpgIn May of 2015 I had the please to drive from California to Michigan ion an epic road trip.  The best part of the trip was the miles we traveled along Route 66.  At one of the museums they had the original artwork where Ken Turmel hand carried this piece to every Post office along Route 66 for a postmark.  The original is priceless, but there were 2,448 limited edition prints made (1 print for every mile of the highway).  Prints are $150 each direct from the artist.


#2 Lego Mini Cooper

10242_front_01I could spend all day playing in the basement with the thousands of Lego brinks I have accumulated since my days as a child in Germany.  And I could spend another whole day looking at the cars people have made like The General Lee and others they have posted.  But my preference for Lego right now is this vintage Mini.  $100 on the Lego website.

#1  917 Stuff

Picking the number 1 item took way too much time.  I literally could not decide between the chairs and the doors but I thing you would agree, you really cannot lose with either choice.  And since everyone does the whole Gulf Porsche to death, I chose to go a different direction with the Porsche Salzburg team that won Le Mans in 1970 with Hans Herrmann and Richard Atwood driving a 917K.  In the end it really doesn’t matter as there is a door or chair for everyone.  $3-6,000 at Racing and Emotion.


Santa Claus Item – Porsche 917 Raceway

The-Porsche-917-Le-Mans-Raceway-2.jpgI had a hard time narrowing my list down to 10 so please excuse my dropping an 11th item in at the last minute.  Once you see it I am sure you will understand why.  Rear more about it here.  Including the absurd price of $125,000.  I guess it’s true, if you have to ask you can’t afford it.




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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