Many manufacturers sell extensive ranges of branded merchandise. If you’re so inclined, you can dress to match your car.
A matching outfit, however, is a bit daggy. So for we’ve selected a range of products and experiences that are almost guaranteed to grant you ‘favourite child’ status this Father’s Day.
For the ‘adrenaline junky’ car lover
There is a range of amazing driving experiences that give participants the opportunity to get up close and personal with some impressive machines.
Audi has a range of driving experiences you can work your way up through, starting with the Audi Advanced Driving Experience at $950.00. Participants are put through their paces in a selection of vehicles from the A and Q model range during this one day course. Learn how to handle driving through a slalom, try high speed ABS emergency braking, lap around the track, find out about the abilities of quattro permanent all-wheel drive and more. There are a number of courses available – for all the details follow this link.
The BMW Intensive Driving Experience is an introduction to performance driving that will give dad the chance to get behind the wheel of the M235i coupe, 428i coupe, M3 sedan and M4 coupe and run through a number of situations that may be encountered at touring speeds, including oversteer experiences, ideal lines and high speed emergency braking. The one-day course costs $1395.00 and includes all food throughout the day.
If Mercedes-Benz is more your dad’s flavour, they also offer a half-day driving event that takes participants through a series of dynamic handling exercises that test the driver while showcasing the technology and handling capabilities of the Mercedes-Benz range. The Mercedes-Benz Driving Experience teaches drivers a range of skills, using the ABS and BAS braking systems, as well as exercises to demonstrate ESP, Distronic Plus, Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist. This experience is $380.00, which covers the course and food.
For the ‘geeky’ car lover
For the dads that love cars and computers, put an Audi computer mouse under perfectly man-icured (or oil and grease encrusted) fingernails. This little beauty is a sculpted Audi car body from the Audi design studio, this wireless mouse has a scroll wheel with USB interface and is compatible with PC and Mac – $105.92. Check out more Audi merchandise here.
For the ‘crazy collector’ car lover
Something dad would be proud to hang on the bar wall. The Land Rover Series IIA Print comes in a handmade solid wood frame, featuring actor Steve McQueen in the Sierra Madre Mountains back in May 1963. Also comes with a handwritten, numbered certificate of authenticity – $360.**
Some boys never grow up, so if your dad is a fan of model cars here’s a few fun examples.
Jaguar F-Type V8 S 1:43 scale diecast model – $72.**
The rugged Land Rover Discovery deserves a place in any dad’s collectibles collection. This is a 1:43 scale diecast model – $72.**
Or how about the Jaguar XKRS 1:43 scale diecast model – also $72.**
For the ‘sports nut’ car lover
It doesn’t matter if you’re any good at playing golf, the whole point is to have a go – land the ball in the sand bunker & dig a few divots (just don’t forget your bucket of sand). Even if you’re a pro, you can still take your love of all things Subaru to the green with this 2 ball and tee set. But be quick, there are special discounts for Father’s Day – purchase here.
Admit it, you secretly tried to learn the Western Sydney Wanderers poznan. The spectacle created by the club’s loyal legion of fans is why we selected the Hyundai A-League jersey below. Every team in the Hyundai A-League sells its own jersey and there are countless online outlets but if you’re a Wanderers supporter, visit this site.
Whether your dad is a gym junkie, or talks a lot about how he needs to get in shape, boost his motivation by giving him an Audi sports bag on Father’s Day. It has wheels as well as a flat zip compartment on the front, 2 zip side pockets with a shoe bag to keep those stinky joggers away from your clean clothes, and an inner mesh pocket beneath the flap. Produced in conjunction with German sports brand Deuter, it’s priced at $244.43. Check out the Audi sports range here.
If the Audi sports bag isn’t quite your dad’s style, the Subaru Performance Kit Bag might be right up his alley. This bag has a huge capacity, easy U-shaped opening, plenty of zip pockets and separate storage areas. As Subaru says, it’s a racy-looking bag that’s the choice of winners. It’ll set you back just $53.96 – purchase here.
Weekend’s away are covered with this Range Rover holdall, or it can be used as a sports bag. With a 38-litre capacity, this nylon bag is features leather panels embossed with the Range Rover Sport and a zipped pocket for wet clothes – $160.**
For the ‘fashion forward’ car lover
You can’t go wrong with a nice shirt and classy accessories. Help dad dress to impress with this Audi watch ($1144.09). View the full range of watches here.
A smart looking Nike golf polo below (left) featuring the Subaru badge will put a smile on dad’s face. The package deal includes either a white or black cap for $85.50. There are plenty of other options on the Subaru shop website.
Subaru also offer a range of jackets (right) and other clothing items, including the Escape Soft Shell Jacket, on sale now for $94.50. Shop online for Subaru men’s apparel here.
Land Rover have a range of t-shirts, including the Heritage series which captures the spirt of the Land Rover brand and its rich history. Available in three designs including the ‘Explorer’ pictured below – $54.**
Capture the iconic leaping Jaguar for your dad with these unusual cufflinks. Available in polished rhodium, 14ct gold and gun metal finishes – $81.**
The Subaru Alpine Jacket – $108.00.
Audi makes a gorgeous pair of cufflinks that can easily go from the office to a formal dinner.
Anyone’s dad will look stylish in these Jaguar sunglasses. This double bridged aviator design also features Zeiss photochromic polarised lenses that can adapt to changing light conditions. Perfect for driving – $225.**
Complete the look with Jaguar F–Type Cufflinks. Available in a silver or gun metal finish – $108.**
Smaller less obvious gifts for the enthusiast include key rings. The Subaru badge holder below (left) costs $2.70, and Subaru WRX Piston key ring (right) costs $11.25.
Toast the iconic Land Rover Hue 166, the world’s oldest Landrover, every morning with this Hue 166 mug. Three different colours: green, black and white – $22.**
The Jaguar F-Type Keyring – $63.**
This is just a small sample of what’s on offer. Many other manufacturers (including Mini, Ferrari, Holden & Ford) offer merchandise ranges including gorgeous leather bags, iPad cases, iPhone cases, wallets, clothing, travel accessories, beach towels, jewellery, silk scarves, clothing – the list is endless.
**Jaguar and Land Rover merchandise is available through their Dealer Networks. Customers can get their nearest Dealer details by visiting their websites.