Unusual Christmas gifts for motor sport fans

Gift guides

Find a Christmas gift for the fan who has everything, with our selection of unusual motor racing presents

Nigel Mansell and Kimi Raikkonen signed steering wheels

When you’re buying for the motor sport fan who seems to have it all, then you’ll need something out of the ordinary.

Fortunately, there are plenty of brilliantly niche options from the world of racing, including engine parts that have been remade into cufflinks; books on cult favourites; products plastered in favourite liveries; and models of cars and components.

Scroll down for our pick of this year’s gifts and click to search all shop products for many more unusual gift options.

View all shop products

Porsche — The future lies ahead posters

From £94

Wherever the future takes us, it’s reassuring to know that we’ll still be able to watch classic Porsches racing.

That’s the idea behind this Automobilist series that takes some of Stuttgart’s most famous racing models and places them in the future. See the 1970 Le Mans-winning 917 competing at the same circuit – reimagined three decades into the future.

The Porsche 356 that won the Panamericana in the 1950s is shown continuing to battle harsh terrains on Mars in the year 2096, while the 1973 Daytona-winning 911 is seen in action on a racer around a crater on the moon.

The three posters can be bought individually or as a set of three. If it’s all too far-fetched, then there’s a complementary series featuring these classics at the scenes of their original triumphs.

Buy now

 

F1 driver-signed steering wheels

From £299.95

In 2007, Kimi Räikkönen steered his Ferrari F2007 to world championship glory, and this is a replica of the very wheel that he used.

The full-size model is signed by Räikkönen and the signature is guaranteed with a certificate of authenticity. The wheel is CAD modelled, 3D-printed and mounted on a display stand, and costs £599.95

Alternatively, you can remember simpler times with a replica of the bare steering wheel from the 1992 title-winning Williams FW14B, signed by the champion himself, Nigel Mansell, and costing £299.95

Buy now

 

Shadow: The magnificent machines of a man of mystery

£75

Don Nichols was a D-Day paratrooper; an Army counter-intelligence operator; an entrepreneur; and was rumoured to have been a spy as well.

It’s a wonder he managed to even watch motor racing, let alone set up a team that won the Can-Am championship and a Formula 1 race.

The Shadow team and Nichols maintained a shroud of mystery – until now. This new book by Pete Lyons casts light on this remarkable story, with in-depth and exclusive insight from Nichols himself.

Buy now

 

Oil can coasters

£7

Castrol GTX coasters

The oil can coaster provides the perfect placemat for any petrolhead’s beverage, proving that it’s not just oil which is integral to liquid engineering – it’s coffee and tea too. The coasters are designed in a classic weathered garage style and are available in numerous oil brand/racing car designs.

Buy now

 

Signed Formula 1 chequered flag, 2011 championship

£499.99

Signed by Formula 1 drivers in the 2011 World Championship, this chequered flag, is ready for mounting and framing. A certificate of authenticity is included with this product.

Buy now

 

Bentley engine part cufflinks

£165

Bentley cufflinks

It’s now possible to dress yourself in motoring history with Bentley’s engine part cufflinks. Made from vintage Bentley V8 bearings, these upcyled accessories live up to the marque’s stylish heritage. The cufflinks come with a certifcate of authenticity and are presented in a tasteful black cufflink box.

Buy now

 

Porsche Carrera model engine kit

£175

Porsche engine model

The 547 Porsche Carrera engine is thought to be unique in the world of racing, and now you have a chance to build it yourself. This kit allows you to examine every detail of the engine in recreating it as a transparent, working model. The accompanying book also provides a comprehensive history of Porsche’s early racing years, a great coffee table addition.

Buy now

 

Motoring Leg-Ends socks

£9

Deck your heels in your favourite motor racing colours, cleverly designed with a bold look when your shoes are off, with a more discreet design on the ankle for when you’re out and about.

Choose from some of the best-loved liveries in motor racing history, including the orange and blue Gulf colours above; the blue, red and white Martini stripes; British Racing Green; Italian Red; Bugatti Blue, plus the black and gold of the JPS Lotus days.

Buy now

 

2005 Renault R25 rear wing 1:6 scale model

£299.95

Even the racing fan who has everything probably won’t have a model rear wing, signed by Fernando Alonso.

It’s a replica of the aerodynamic device on the back of the 2005 Renault R25 car, which carried Alonso to his first Drivers’ World Championship, and also won that year’s Constructors’ title.

The 1/6 scale model is around 20cm wide and comes with a stand, plus a Renault F1 team box and certificate of authenticity. Stocks are extremely limited, however.

Buy now

More gift ideas for Christmas 2020

You may also like