Much as I've come to dislike winter I still have a nostalgic fondness for scenes involving cars and snow, especially when the background is something I can relate to in my past. The above painting reminds me that driving in snow in the city, and at night, has a special magic. Not that I'd be driving a Ferrari but I've done many miles slippin' and slidin' in less costly Porsches and BMWs, and I do remember the Liggett drug stores on the corner of this scene. Painted by Ken Eberts as a Giclée on watercolor paper, it makes a very affordable gift at just $100. Yes, it's a bit small but hey, it's easy to mail and with an appropriate frame and mat could be just about right for someone's wall. Just one of many fine art scenes available online from CarArt.US
This book is used, but like the restored versions of the cars it features, it's just like new. Chrome was the chosen decor of the 50s and 60s to the point where we sometimes laughed at it but have you noticed? Chrome is making a comeback on today's new cars and especially, of all things, on trucks. Whatever we once thought, those chrome classics of the past are now viewed with a sense of romance, a longing for simpler times. So feast your eyes on the beauties in these pages, authored by Rob Leicester Wagner in 1999, and pass the book on to an appreciative relative or freind. Available for a mere $19.95 CAD from eautomobilia.com.
Vintage Style is a new online shop offering a variety of high quality goods for car enthusiasts, featuring the best of European styling. The Barcelona Bomber Jacket by Suixtil, available in blue or grey, is perfect for summer drives. In a very light cotton mix, it comes in either electric blue or bottle green and offers a cotton-mix jersey grey lining, 2 inside pockets, YKK zipper with Suixtil puller, Teflon coating, ribbed cuffs, collar and waist. Somebody on your list who loves the sixties? They'll love this. At 195,00 € it's not inexpensive but it's exclusive and worth every Euro.
And finally, a wonderful Christmas gift for a car enthusiast who'll be traveling to England this summer. Our friends at The Open Road have just added a Morgan 4/4 to their fleet of rentable classics, joining the three Morris Minors recently added. I probably don't have to remind you that the Morgan is a pure sports car in the traditional sense and probably more fun than anything on the road. The Open Road is located in Yorkshire, home of some of Britain's best driving roads, the legendary National Rail Museum, and shooting locale for some much-loved TV series.
So there you have it, folks, four very different Christmas gift ideas at a wide variety of prices. If you can't find what you like here, better give it up and send them a nice single malt Scotch.