5 Christmas present ideas for motoring enthusiasts

Posted on 29 October 2018 by Tony Santos

Christmas is almost upon us again, with some of us likely to have already started getting their presents bought. Not sure what to buy someone in your life who’s a motoring enthusiast though? Other than splashing out and purchasing them a brand-new car, VW service provider Vindis has listed five fantastic gift ideas that they are sure to appreciate…

Parking sensors

Technology comes fitted in many brand-new cars as standard now that works to take the stress entirely out of parking. However, drivers who don’t have these features on their vehicles needn’t worry about missing out any longer.

Let us introduce you to the EchoMaster Rear Parking Display System. Made up of four matt black sensors, which blend in perfectly with the majority of black bumpers but can be fully painted too, the system also includes a colour display and buzzers so that those behind the wheel have a better understanding about how close they are to objects when carrying out a parking manoeuvre.

Once a recipient of this present knows how to use this system, they’ll no longer have to worry about embarrassing moments when they’re in a car park of suffering ugly scuff on their vehicle’s paintwork.

A dashcam

Also known as dashboard cameras, dash cams really should be an essential part of all cars on the road today. This is because they can produce high-quality video footage while a motorist is getting from A to B, which could then be used to prove exactly what happened in the event of a road incident and protect someone from false insurance claims.

Give a driver a dash cam for Christmas and they could also discover that they are saving money in the long-run. This is due to some insurance companies now offering substantial savings on car insurance premiums for drivers who state they have dash cams fitted in their vehicle.

The dash cam that you purchase should come with high enough image quality mind. Some devices on the market record such poor footage that the shots are unable to be used when making a case that a driver isn’t to blame after a road incident. You’ll also want the dash cam to provide GPS location tracking, as this element will enable motorists to pinpoint exactly where they were at the time a road incident took place. G-force sensors which save moments of high G-force automatically are also recommended, as well as a parking mode that sees the gadget begin to record footage without a human prompt if it senses a collision or impact while a vehicle is parked up.

A National Trust membership

As well as loving to be behind the wheel, are you buying a Christmas present for someone who enjoys seeing as much of the country as possible? Then they are bound to appreciate a National Trust membership.

A National Trust member is presented with free entry to more than 500 special locations which can be found throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The options also include heritage sites in Scotland which are looked after by the National Trust for Scotland, while the membership can even be used further afield than the British Isles. This is because the card grants access to awe-inspiring locations in destinations like Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, and Zimbabwe.

Due to it being a motoring enthusiast that you’re buying for, also take note that a National Trust membership grants free parking to the majority of National Trust car parks.

Forza Horizon 4

Looking for a Christmas present for someone who has dreams to be the next Lewis Hamilton? If they own an Xbox One games console, satisfy their desires by buying them Forza Horizon 4.

This is Playground Games’ most recent open-world racing game. Load it up and players will be able to compete in a huge number of single-player and multiplayer races whilst collecting 450 cars from 100 licensed manufacturers. For Brits though, arguably the most appealing aspect of the game is that it’s all set in the United Kingdom — drivers could very well have many moments of thinking “I know this spot” as they race past Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland, through various villages and towns which make up the Cotswolds, across the Scottish capital Edinburgh, and so many more recognisable locations.

“Open-world racing has never looked as good as it does in Forza Horizon 4”, according to IGN, while USGamer states that the title “is one of a handful of showcase games that truly ought to sell you on an Xbox One X and a 4K TV”. Therefore, you know you’re buying someone a high-quality game that they’ll enjoy for hours too.

A Track day experience

If you want to get a motoring enthusiast away from the TV screen with the present you buy them, consider giving them the gift of an exciting track day experience.

You have so many experiences to choose between throughout the UK. Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey has both track and off-road experiences available, for instance, which take place on the iconic Brooklands motor racing circuit and a 10-acre terrain respectively. Meanwhile, the Platinum Supercar Thrill gives motorists the chance to get behind the wheel of some of the world’s most exotic supercars and put pedal to the metal for two laps of the famous Goodwood Racing Circuit.

Then there’s the Paul Swift Ultimate Stunt Driving Experience for true daredevils. Held at the home of British F1, Silverstone, this experience sees seven-time British Motorsport champion and Top Gear’s stunt driver, Paul Swift, teaching drivers all about stunt driving. Your friend or loved one will be completing 360-degree handbrake turns, J-turns and so many more pulse-pounding manoeuvres before they know it.

 

Sources:
https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/dash-cams/article/how-to-buy-the-best-dash-cam
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/forza-horizon-4-xbox-onepc-reviews-roundup/1100-6462018/

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