It seems as if I did this column just twelve months ago. Anyway, it is that time of year again. If you’re unsure what to get the race fan in your life, here are some suggestions.
Buying race tickets for friends and family is a great gift and may help someone make it to another race or two next season. Today, December 2, is the last day for buy one, get one free general admission tickets to the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Honda Indy Toronto, and the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. Websites: gpstpete.com; hondaindy.com; midohio.com.
Road America also has discounted tickets for now. A general admission ticket includes parking and a paddock access as well.
Two new DVDs are about to release. Rapid Response, which had a limited theatrical run in late summer, is available December 10. It can be pre-ordered now at a lower price.
The link: rapidresponsedvd.com
I reviewed the movie September 9-
Uppity, a documentary of Willy T. Ribbs’ career, comes available January 7. It can be pre-ordered at chassy.com. Adam Carolla is coproducer of the film.
If you enjoyed Ford vs Ferrari and want to learn more about the story, Go Like Hell by A. J. Baime is a great quick read. Baime tells the story from both the Ford and the Ferrari viewpoints. The book is available at Amazon.
My review from earlier this year:
As always, I highly recommend Gentlemen, Start Your Engines, Wilbur Shaw’s autobiography with an updated section written in part by his son Bill; Black Noon; Beast; and Vukovich.
Here is one I recommended last year:
Adam’s Wooden Creations makes wooden coasters and other items. He creates coasters with tracks and driver names and numbers. In addition to Indycar tracks, Adam also will do a NASCAR or Formula 1 circuit.
You can order from Adam’s Etsy shop, Adam’s Wooden Creations. Here is the link:
If you have something special in mind, leave Adam a note and he will be happy to discuss it with you.
A gift membership to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Foundation might make someone happy.
Barber Motorsports Park also has a museum membership available. If you know somebody who lives close enough to attend the track regularly, this might make a nice present.
Do you know anyone who always wanted to go for a ride in a 2-seater? This would make a nice family gift for someone. Contact Indy Racing Experience at indyracingexperience.com. Prices vary. It can cost as little as $249 through Groupon.
Last year someone asked me if this gift guide was my personal Christmas list. Obviously not all of it is since I have all of the books. I hope this helps some of you with your shopping.