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Since being with Carl, I’ve become a HUGE fan of Motorsports. Prior to that, I had absolutely no interest whatsoever. I was never introduced to racing as a child and I was involved with so many other things that I didn’t have time to invest in a new hobby. I knew the names “Michael Schumacher” and “Lewis Hamilton” but I couldn’t tell you what they raced in or who for!
So it’s safe to say, my love and knowledge of Motorsport has grown exponentially within the last 5 or so years. Carl has always loved racing, ever since he was a kid but it was no means a case of him trying to make me enjoy it, just because we were now together. Whether I enjoyed it or not, he’d have continued to watch it.
But the longer we were together and the more tit-bits of motor racing I saw from things he was watching or listening too, the more it piqued my interest. My ears were pricking up, like my dog’s do when you’re rustling a crisp packet. And before long, I wanted to know EVERYTHING about Formula 1.
And just like that, I was hooked.
Since then, Carl introduced me to other racing series he thought I’d like and lo and behold, I did. And now, there’s at least 4 different series that we enjoy following throughout the year, either on TV or attending at our local track, Brands Hatch.
So now that we’ve established ourselves as a “motor racing couple” (God how cheesy is that?), Christmases and birthdays are inundated with motor racing themed gifts. Because for someone who loves Motorsport, you really can’t go wrong with them! So, if there’s a Motorsport lover in your life, here are some gift ideas for them!
Tickets to a racing event
Last Christmas, I bought Carl and I tickets for the DTM this August. We’ve attended for the last two years in a row and it’s one of my favourite weekends of the entire season! The DTM is one of my favourite series, I love how accessible and chilled everything is and you can always guarantee a fab weekend of racing! Tickets to events in the UK at tracks such as Brands Hatch, Donington Park or Snetterton are also extremely affordable.
Models of cars
Carl collects models of cars and he has an incredibly impressive collection. I probably wouldn’t personally buy him a model because chances are, he’s already got it. But for someone who doesn’t already own like, six thousand models (I wish I was joking), they would make a great gift. Or something like what ModelSpace offer, which is to build your own Ford GT!
Prints and posters
Prints make a great gift anyway, especially if it’s of something the other person really loves. There are some incredible racing themed prints from incredibly talented artists out there that would make any Motor racing lover beam! One of my personal favorites is Stephen Doig, who creates outstanding artwork.
Driver autobiographies and books
I’ve read a few Formula 1 driver books over the last few years, including Jenson Button’s, Life To the Limit, Watching The Wheels by Damon Hill and Aussie Grit by Mark Webber to name a few. And they were all absolutely fantastic and so entertaining and eye-opening. I think books make an amazing gift idea anyway so two birds with one stone with this one!
Documentaries and DVD’s
If you’re interested in Motorsport and have a loved one who likes it too, documentaries are great gifts. I find a lot of people, even if they’re not MEGA FANS, end up really enjoying documentaries like this too. A few I’d highly recommend are:
- Weekend of a Champion
- Ferrari: Race to Immortality
- Grand Prix: The Killer Years
- Lauda: The Untold Story
- Truth in 24
- Rush (Based on true events)
- Le Mans 66 (Based on true events)
Go-karting or driving experiences
Every Motorsport lover wants to know what it feels like behind the wheel! So if it’s safe for them to do so, booking them a driving experience could make an amazing gift, a fantastic day out and some memories to remember forever! There are plenty of different types of driving experiences, including go-karts, off-roading, single seaters and more! I also bought Carl a go-karting experience for this year as well, which he’s yet to use!