Who we are today is very much a reflection of those who raised us. If you happen to identify as an automotive enthusiast, then there’s a decent likelihood that this passion was shared with and passed down by your father. If your dad happens to fall into this category, a gearhead-focused gift can make for a fantastic choice come Father’s Day. However, as a fairly traditional and particularly opinionated group of people, shopping for gearheads can be tricky. Knowing this firsthand, we’ve spent the last year bookmarking and noting down some of the coolest and most noteworthy pieces of gear for use in and around the garage in order to deliver this curated guide to the best Father’s Day gifts for the gearhead.
The James Brand Ellis EDC Multi-Tool
Weighing in at only 2.6oz, the second-generation version of The James Brand’s Ellis multi-tool is a compact yet thoroughly utilitarian EDC item that packs a scraper, flat-head screwdriver, pry tool, a 2.6” (partially-serrated or straight edge) Sandvik 12C27 steel drop point blade, and a pair of collapsible, Swiss Army Knife-style scissors. Paired with a deep-carry wire pocket clip, the Ellis is sold in four different color options.
Luckies Originals ‘Heat Haze’ Fuel Candle
Luckies Originals’ “Heat Haze” Fuel Candle is a motorsport-themed item that gives off a rich scent inspired by the smells found at the race track and in the pits. This candle features notes of pine along with just a hint of high-octane race fuel, and is poured and sold in a scaled-down tin replica of a standard 55-gallon drum.
AvalonKing Armor Shield IX DIY Kit
The highest consumer-grade ceramic coating on the market, the AvalonKing Armor Shield IX DIY Kit is an incredibly protective product that does a phenomenal job of preserving and fortifying a vehicle’s paint and finish. Widely used by owners of classic and exotic cars, this DIY kit contains an applicator block with comfort hold slots, a trio of microfiber applicator suedes, a pair of nitrile protective gloves, one ultra-plush microfiber buffing towel, and a single 30ml bottle of ceramic coating.
In Benzin Veritas: The History Of Deus Custom Motorcycles
Since its inception in 2006, Deus Ex Machina has become one of the world’s most renowned lifestyle brands and custom motorcycle shops. Much of the company’s reputation was built on the strength of its world-class one-off builds — a fact DxM is now celebrating via the release of its latest hardcover coffee table book, In Benzin Veritas, a 332-page book that highlights the shop’s first 86 custom builds.
BlueDriver Pro OBD2 Bluetooth Car Diagnostic Scan Tool
Save dad from expensive visits to the mechanic with BlueDriver’s Pro OBD2 Bluetooth Car Diagnostic Scan Tool. This professional-grade diagnostic tool simply connects to the OBD II port of any car (produced after 1995) and then relays error and diagnostic codes via Bluetooth to any tablet or smartphone.
Uncharted Supply Co. Zeus Power Bank + Car Battery Jump Starter
Measuring 7.16” x 3.35” x 1.76” and weighing only 1.4lbs, Uncharted Supply Co’s Zeus Power Bank + Car Battery Jump Starter is an ultra-compact automotive gadget that boasts enough juice to jumpstart a dead battery. What’s more, this item also contains an LED flashlight, an integrated set of jumper clamps, a power adapter, and a 20,000-mAh, Lithium polymer power bank that can be used to charge smartphones and other mobile devices.
Flint and Tinder Flannel-lined Waxed Trucker Jacket
Cut, sewn, and finished entirely in Los Angeles, the Flint and Tinder Flannel-lined Waxed Trucker Jacket is a modern take on a timeless men’s wardrobe staple. Produced in nine different colors, the jacket sports a waxed, weather-resistant Martexin 7 oz. sailcloth shell that’s paired with a soft polyester flannel lining and outfitted with custom FnT metal buttons with an antique finish.
1:10 Scale HOONITRUCK RC Truck
A 1:10 scale replica RC car of the custom build that was famously featured in the Climbkhana 2 run up China’s Tianmen Mountain, this remote control version of Ken Block’s 1977 Ford F-150 HOONITRUCK features a slew of impressive components. This particular version of the RC car is ready to use right out of the box thanks to an included Reedy Compact Balance Charger and 7.4V 2S LiPo Battery.
JANE Moto x WESCO Custom Jobmaster Boots
Born out of a collaboration between JANE Motorcycles and WESCO, the Custom Jobmaster Boot is a vintage-inspired piece of riding footwear that’s crafted from top-shelf materials. Made in America, the boot features Roughout Black Suede uppers, nickel hooks and eyelets, nylon laces, custom outsoles, and bespoke JANE Moto branding inside and out.
Porsche Experience Center 911 GT3 Experience
When searching for a gift, one should always consider giving an experience rather than a tangible item. And when it comes to gearheads, it’s hard to think of a better experience than getting behind the wheel of a 500-hp 911 GT3 at one of Porsche’s Experience Centers. This particular behind-the-wheel experience will afford dad 1.5 hours of seat time, with a personalized driving coach on a beautifully-maintained private race facility.
Autodromo Intereuropa Watch
Borrowing its name from the Coppa Intereuropa race held in Monza in the mid-1900s, this stunning motorsport-themed timepiece features a Swiss-made ETA 7001 manual wind movement and a multi-layered dial with 3D numbering that was inspired by the gauges in 1950s race cars. Constructed around a polished 39mm stainless steel case, each watch is also sold with a rally strap made from Saffiano leather — a high-end hide that was originally patented by Prada in 1913.
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