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Gearhead Holiday Gift Guide - European Car Has You Covered

Watches to apparel of coffee table items

Dec 5, 2014

The holiday season is upon us. If you still have a car fan to buy for the below European Car Holiday Gift Guide is sure to peak your interest. There is something for every budget and age group. From $900 watches to $14 gearhead tee-shirts, let us help make your present buying decisions easier. Enjoy and don't be scared to add some of these items to your own wishlist! Happy holidays.

Watch it

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Tudor Grantour Chrono Fly-Back
Tudor watches are owned by Rolex. While the big R is perhaps aimed at more mature horologists, Tudor is skewed toward younger buyers and therefore less pricey. The Grantour Fly-Back is the company's tie-in with the FIA's World Endurance Championship series. As its name suggests, it sports a fly-back feature (which stops, resets and restarts chronograph functions with a single button) inside its 1.65-inch stainless steel case, which is ideal for timing laps and then checking your watch to see how many hours of this interminable race is left. It's water-resistant up to 500 feet, so it can easily cope with a victorious spray of champagne. $4,725
tudorwatch.com

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Autodromo Stradale
Let's face it, most of us are suckers for Italian words that sound like they might be involved with driving. It also helps when they're applied to watches as charmingly retro as the Autodromo Stradale. "Stradale" actually means "road-going" in Italian. The stainless steel case is 1.57 inches in diameter. Flip the watch over to see a 24-jewel mechanical movement. Water-resistant to 164 feet. Comes with a black dial and burgundy leather strap, cream dial with a brown strap or a gray dial with a blue strap. $875
autodromo.com

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Armin Strom Racing Collection
There are several separate limited-edition designs in the Swiss-made Armin Strom Racing Collection, including the Carbon Edition with its 1.7-inch titanium case, the Gravity (1.7-inch stainless steel/titanium case), the One Week Marussia Virgin F1 Limited Edition (1.7-inch black-coated stainless steel case) and the Marussia Virgin F1 Limited Edition (1.75-inch coated titanium case). And some of the parts come from the engine of a Formula One car. Starting at $8,600
arminstrom.com

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Ball for BMW Collection
Inspired by BMW's design philosophy, the Ball for BMW Collection has four styles: Classic, GMT, Power Reserve and Chronograph. They all have tiny gas tubes illuminating the numbers and hands, so it's easy to read at night and also looks downright cool. They come in a 1.7-inch case made of stainless steel or diamond-like carbon (except the Classic, which is steel case only). From $3,699 to $4,999
ballwatch.com

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BRM watches and cuff links
BRM (Bernard Richards Manufacture) watches have a nice link to motorsport-and not just because the name sounds like the kind of brrrm noise we made when playing with toy cars all those years (days) ago. This French company's designs appeal to the gearhead in us all. Some of them are called V8, others have the iconic pale-blue-and-orange Gulf livery and one even has carbon-fiber parts. From $4,250 for the V6-44SA. The company also does a dashing line in cuff links, one with a brake disc design, the other bearing the Gulf emblem. From $250 for the Gulfs
brm-manufacture.com

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Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro
Big and thick might possibly be the name of a country music duo, but it also describes the Italian-designed, Swiss-made Manometro from Giuliano Mazzuoli. The case is 1.78 inches in diameter and 0.58 inches in height. It comes in a carbon fiber, natural titanium, gunmetal titanium or polished rose gold/titanium finish. From $3,900
giulianomazzuoli.it

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Graham Silverstone Collection
Graham's Silverstone collection contains a dizzying array of timepieces, ranging from clean and slightly retro-looking (Vintage 30) to busy and buzzing with functions like a fly-back feature (Stowe GMT). The Silverstone RS versions sport things like a tire-tread strap and skeleton movements. Stainless steel case diameters go from 1.65 to 1.9 inches and they're all water-resistant to at least 160 feet. From $4,595 for the Time Zone model
graham1695.com

Lifestyle / OEM-style

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Alfa Romeo apparel and accessories
There's a ton of stuff bearing the famous badge or the tasteful script logo that just says "Alfa Romeo" at prices to suit any Alfisti: baseball caps, T-shirts, polo shirts, jackets, posters, tablet covers, tumblers, sunglasses and portable speakers. From $10 (for a key fob or cap)
shopalfaromeousa.com

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Audi Collection
Why the famed four rings of Audi should be on a foam American football is a mystery, but stranger things have probably happened in the world of merchandising. Some of the less strange things include briefcases, computer bags, golf umbrellas, scale models, aluminum bike racks, pens, dog coats (really), posters, mouse pads, watches, teddy bears, jigsaw puzzles and a special luggage set for the R8 priced at $7,400. From $12 (for the foam ball)
audicollectionusa.com

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BMW Shop
It would have been amusingly appropriate for the BMW M-logo T-shirt ($35) to only be available in M, but it actually comes in S, M, L, XL and XXL. As well as the usual plethora of accessories like the ones offered by Audi, BMW also sells logo-tastic athletic gear like running shoes and an M-branded carbon-fiber racing bicycle ($2,279). There's an i-brand solar charger for smartphones ($49), while kid's stuff includes bikes from $355 and some pedal cars. From $7 (for an M lapel pin)
shopbmwusa.com

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Mini
Among the usual merch of key rings, bags, watches, mugs, scale models and iPhone cases, Mini also offers wellington boots ($56), a charm bracelet ($35) and a folding bicycle ($615). The boules set ($35) is a bit un-British, but the "Be Mini" baby socks ($11) are especially cute. From $2.50 (for a mini Union Jack pen)
shopminiusa.com

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Mercedes-Benz accessories
Nothing says "I love you" like giving your better half a necklace ($210) with a three-pointed star dangling from it-except for buying them an actual car with a three-pointed star on the nose. Assuming you've already done that, here's the chance to get the T-shirt ($20). And the cheese board ($85), iPhone case ($18.50), capri pants ($75), SLK zircon red nail polish ($11.50), Nurburgring tea cup ($58 and strangely desirable), plus the Bobby-Benz SLS AMG push-along car ($127) and M-B-themed books like the Carl Benz biography ($24). From $8 (for a 3-inch die-cast SLS AMG coupe)
accessories.mbusa.com

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Porsche Design
There's a difference between Porsche products and Porsche Design products. The latter has stores in expensive parts of town. Walk into one and it feels like they'll charge you for breathing their classy air. All those words used in relation to Porsche car styling-like elegance, simplicity and strength-can be applied to the various pens, sunglasses, luggage, clothing, lighting, watches and wallets. There's even a book ($139) that goes into the history and philosophies of Porsche Design. Or try the Essence eau de toilette for men ($72). From $47.50 (V-neck T-shirt)
shopusa.porsche-design.com

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Volkswagen
The GTI owner who always cuts himself seems like a pretty niche market, but everyone should get something for the holidays, hence Volkswagen's online store offers a tin of blue adhesive bandages bearing the VW badge ($19.95). Meanwhile, a TDI T-shirt (from $19.95) is a fine way of appearing manly and emissions-friendly at the same time. There are also mini-bus and Mk.I Rabbit T-shirts ($19.95) with a high hip factor, plus GTI swim shorts ($50), snow brush ($12.95) and women's GTI briefs ($21.95 and non-returnable). An eclectic mix, to be sure, but that means a better chance of getting something both suitable and original. From $1 (GSR key tag)
vw10drivergear.vw.com

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Porsche
The trouble with Porsche-branded accessories is that they're just as cool and desirable as the cars. The sunglasses (from $199) have smart designs, and there's even a 911 watch that's affordable at $449. For those with the taste and the pockets for high-end gear, might we suggest a 911 Turbo wheel rim clock at $2,299 or the carbon-framed RS bicycle with hydraulic disc brakes for $7,999? Steely salt and pepper mills ($225) are new additions, joining 911 brake disc bookends ($240 each), car covers with Porsche badges (from $320) and loads of other things we'd like to receive from our Stuttgart Santa. From $9 (Porsche car care shampoo)
shop1porsche.com

Art / Memorabilia

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Bill Patterson
Not only is the profoundly talented Bill Patterson the official artist at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, but he's also available for private commissions and has prints for sale. Customers include Andretti Racing. His art manages to convey motorsport's kinetic energy. Limited-edition prints start at $100
billpattersonart.com

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OMP Racing
This framed race suit is a faithful replica of the one worn by the great Ayrton Senna when he scored his third Formula One drivers' championship at Suzuka in 1991, an occasion with no controversial contact. It's a limited edition of 41 examples, to commemorate Senna's 41 wins in the sport, and each suit has been handcrafted and numbered. Don't expect these to sell out really quickly, though. They're a little on the pricey side. But a portion of the proceeds goes to the Ayrton Senna Institute, an organization that works to improve the lives of Brazilian children. Approximately $6,500 (5,000 euros)
ompracing.it

For Kids / Yeah right

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Kyosho
Yes, more radio-controlled cars and die-cast scale models, but what makes Kyosho so endearing to Euro aficionados is that among its new products is a VW Bug desert racer ($299.99) and a mean-looking Audi R8 ($285.99). Kind of car-related and still fun is the Lamborghini C-1 CAT GP21 gasoline-powered racing boat ($450). From $89 (for a resplendent 1:43 Ferrari 250 GTO model in red)
kyoshoamerica.com

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Tamiya
Just the thing your child needs to become an evil genius or technological savior of the human race. Tamiya provides build-your-own kits that include a solar-powered car ($48), two- or four-legged walking robots ($11.99 and $25.99) and remote-controlled battling insects ($95). Or choose from a variety of electric motors ($18), transmissions ($19.50), wind-power generators ($73), cable car ($20.50), radio-controlled cars, plus scale models of planes, boats, automobiles and space shuttles. So many brilliant toys to keep you-sorry, your child-occupied for hours on end. From $3.90 (mini motor set)
tamiyausa.com

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HPI Racing
It's never too early to build, modify and fix cars. Or go racing with them. Radio-controlled car kits from HPI Racing could be how the bug bites. The company does many versions, like drift cars and Baja racers, even nitro-powered cars. But our partisan eye was caught by this Falken Tire-liveried Porsche 911 GT3 RSR ($468.99) with functioning rear wing, plus Falken rubber on BBS wheels. The adjustable suspension includes oil-filled shocks. Reminder: This is a toy we're talking about. Comes as a kit or fully assembled. From $136.67 (Porsche 911 GT1)
hpiracing.com

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Ministeam
For the older child (14 and up), there is always the joy of steam. Seriously, anyone with a mechanical leaning will like these steam-powered engines and vehicles from Ministeam. Take this Mamod Brooklands Tourer, for example ($315.95). Once it's been put together, it's actually a working model that can operate under its own, erm, steam. Anything that gets young people away from the Xbox and interacting with the real world must be a good thing. Ministeam also stocks standalone steam engines, fire trucks and even miniaturized V8 engines running on 89-octane gas. At $8,257.75, these are actually more expensive than a lot of big-boy V8 motors, but at least they have the virtue of being able to fit on a workbench. From $96.01 (Wilesco D5 steam engine kit)
ministeam.com

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Scalextric
Say the word "Scalextric" to any British man of a certain age and watch his gaze grow wistful as he remembers hours of fun racing slot cars on the brand of choice across the Atlantic with his mates, Mickey and Dave. The company has since made its way to the United States and now might be one of the few ways of obtaining a Lotus Evora ($44.99), albeit in 1:32 scale. The types of cars available range from Formula One (modern and classic), rally cars (including a sweet Escort MkI at $54.99) and GT and street cars to endurance racers like the Peugeot 908 HDI FAP ($52.99) and Porsche RS Spyder ($49.99). There's even a Caterham 7 ($44.99). From $99.99 (Start Grid 24 set with track, two 1:32 cars, hand controllers, etc.)
hornbyamerica.com

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Anki
While some might see this as the writing on the pit wall for slot racing, Anki's Drive is undeniably interesting and possibly the future of toy car racing. The cars have a kind of artificial intelligence and can be upgraded with weapons and shields. They're controlled by an app (free) that runs on more recent versions of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. And the track has no slots. Spooky. From $199.99 (starter kit with two cars, track, chargers and cables)
anki.com

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Carrera Slots
Slot cars. Love 'em. Carrera has everything the budding Bernie Ecclestone needs. F1 cars, GT racers, DTM machines, plus track sections, bridges, control towers and even grid girls (plastic: do not attempt to engage in conversation). A particularly fetching Porsche 904 Carrera GTS ($31.99) is new for 2014. From $59.99 (Power Grip Set with 1:43 Ferrari 458 Italia and Dodge Viper SRT, two speed controllers, track, transformer, guard rail and analog lap counter)
carreraslots.com

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Driveclub for PS4
Breathtaking vehicle and landscape graphics make Sony PlayStation 4's latest racer a suitable gift for a gaming enthusiast. This title is socially driven through its hundreds of online options. The 50 available cars are without a doubt European biased with no JDM cars and one domestic offering, the Hennesey Venom GT. Whether piloting an Alfa Romeo 4C or Pagani Zonda R, expect gameplay that straddles the line of arcade and light simulator. Time attacks, grid racing and drift modes are all available on real-world roadway locations. Driveclub is pure fun to stare at. MSRP: 59.99
playstation.com/driveclub

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Dwight Knowlton
Since you should probably own at least one copy of The Little Red Racing Car, the children's book that redefined the kid's car genre, we thought you might be interested in the clothing line. If for some unfathomable reason you haven't bought the book, get it and a shirt to go with it. What better way to show the world you and your little ones are true car lovers and you're literate? Available in men's, ladies' and children's sizes. Shirts start at $14.
carpegear.com

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