Petrolhead Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Looking for a present for Dad who’s a car fan? Check out our gift guide for ideas that won’t break the bank.

Father’s Day doesn’t have to be all power tools and BBQs. For the rev-head father who wants something a little different, here are a few unique ideas to wrap up for Sunday.

GT-R tail-lights T-shirt

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Price: $40.01
Where: Car Throttle

The perfect gift for any JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) fan, this T-shirt bears the legendary twin-tail-light design of the Nissan GT-R through four generations. From the 1989 Skyline GT-R up to the current car, it’s a great illustration of the styling evolution. It’s available in black, blue, green or heather, and in men’s sizes S-2XL.

Luckies Fuel Candle

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Price: $47.91
Where: Luckies.co.uk or on Amazon

Despite the name, this candle doesn’t smell of diesel. Instead, the scent is inspired by motor racing, metallic and smoky with notes of pine and just a ‘hint of fuel’. The soy wax candle is packed in a great-looking tin with the Martini Racing colours and will burn for 60 hours. You can even get matching socks and a poster if your loved one deserves the complete set.

Selleys Polyglaze Car Cleaning Products

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Price: From $6.99
Where: Bunnings

What better gift to give a car geek than a pack full of car cleaning products? Selleys has relaunched the Polyglaze car cleaning range including Wash & Wax, Tyre Shine, Window Screen Additive, Interior Protectant, Wheel Cleaner and Liquid Polish.

All items in this kit have been tested and worked well in our product tests. You get 1L of Car Wash & Wax, and 500ml each of Interior Protectant, Wheel Cleaner, Windscreen Additive and Liquid Polish.

Lynx Car Air Freshener

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Price: $6
Where: Repco

A deodorant brand making an air freshener might seem a bit unusual, but when we tested car air fresheners, our panel liked the smell of this Lynx one the best. It’s long-lasting and looks discreet, too, because it’s far less distracting than having a scented card dangling from the rear-view mirror. This air freshener is a great stocking filler at less than a fiver.

Lego Land Rover Classic Defender 90

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Price: $475
Contact: Land Rover

This round-up wouldn’t make it past our sub-editors without a Lego car in it, so we’ve tracked down the rather iconic Defender 90 (the one old classic version you can’t buy anymore) from Land Rover’s gift shop. With 2336 pieces, it will have Dad busy for the whole of Father’s Day.

Thermos Stainless King travel mug

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Price: $25.89
Where: Office Works

Coffee-lovers with long commutes will love this Thermos travel mug. We’ve tested these before and found they retain heat incredibly well; your beverage will still be hot enough even after an hour or two behind the wheel. With a comfortable handle and hefty 470ml capacity, it’ll satisfy the most ardent caffeine fan.

Hydrorace Original 1l Drink Bottle

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Price: Approximately $60
Where: Hydrorace

Have a racing driver in the family? Hydrorace bottles are designed for staying hydrated while trackside, and have a long straw and bite valve to enable them to be used even with a helmet on. Each bottle is made from a single piece of extruded aluminium, so you know it’ll be durable, and is finished in bright colours so you can spot it even in a crowded paddock.

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