5 Father’s Day Gifts for the car-mad dad

Everyone knows that it can be rather difficult to find the perfect gift for your car-mad Dad – you can only buy one man so many pairs of socks with cars on. So why not buy dad something that he will be sure to enjoy this Father’s Day?

1. For the Dad that loves car adventure and driving: An advanced on-road or off-road driving experience.

Book your day at a high-performance driving school, with leading brands like Audi, BMW and Porsche. Experience the thrill of driving a high-performance vehicle in a controlled environment while learning how to control a car at high speed or how to pull yourself out of an uncontrolled skid. If your Dad loves a little adventure, book an off-road 4×4 driving experience with Landrover or Subaru, allowing your Dad to master new skills while tackling challenging terrains.

2. For the Dad that loves high-tech gadgets: An electronic GPS Log Book

This trendy motoring gadget is the perfect gift for the business Dad on the move! Once this nifty device is plugged into the 12V socket of a vehicle, the high-sensitivity GPS and intelligent logging software, accurately records each and every trip. The logged data is uploaded to the GPS Log Book server, ready to be exported into a number of useful reports, including an accurate SARS-compliant tax logbook. Trips can be viewed using Google Maps, categorised accordingly and annotated with comments. Save time and purchase the GPS Log Book online at www.gpslogbook.co.za and it will be delivered to your door, ready for Father’s Day.

3. For the Dad that loves history and classic cars: Spoil your Dad to a day at the car museum.

There are many wonderful motor museums all across South Africa. Why not spend the day with your Dad, appreciating years of motoring history and viewing the most incredible collections of vintage, post-vintage, pre- and post-war motorcars. Try out the Franschoek Motor Museum or the James Hall Museum of Transport in Johannesburg. The Outeniqua Transport/Railway Museum in George showcases not only various models of steam locomotives, but also road motor vehicles and a private vintage car collection.

4. For the Dad that follows motorsport: A subscription to his favourite motoring magazine.

A magazine subscription will remind Dad how much you care all year long. Also consider a book gift voucher so Dad can select one of his favourite motoring books. MapStudio recently launched the updated edition of their Book of the Road – Your South African Motoring Bible. It’s a comprehensive road atlas of South Africa, comprised of detailed road maps, street plans, 4×4 trail locations, historic sites, battlefield sites, hiking trails and so much more. Alternatively, find the perfect e-book on motoring at Amazon.com or Takealot.com.

5. For the Eco-Conscious Dad: Spoil your dad with a car wash kit or a personalised car wash voucher!

Even better, take Dad to an Eco Wash at one of many service stations across the country and enjoy a cup of coffee while discovering the trendiest way to wash a car. Eco Wash is a unique South African designed mobile dispensing unit that requires no water or electricity connection. Its biodegradable products are friendly to the environment and saves water, using just 300ml of liquid instead of the 250 litres required for conventional car washes. Alternatively, offer to personally wash your Dad’s car on Father’s Day!

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