The Pit Window Holiday Gift Guide

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.

Race Tickets

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.

DVDs

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-

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/111149089/posts/10539

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.

Books

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:

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/111149089/posts/10959

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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.

Other Suggestions

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:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/AdamsWoodenCreations?ref=search_shop_redirect

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.

Track Time

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.

 

The Racing Fan’s Holiday Gift Guide

Time for the annual dilemma- what to get the race fan on your shopping list. Just in the St. Nick of time, The Pit Window’s annual  gift guide is here. There are some old favorites and new suggestions.  I can tell you from personal experience, however much racing related stuff a fan has, it probably isn’t enough.  Self storage was probably created by a race fan to store all his stuff. Enjoy. I hope this helps some of you find that perfect gift.

On Track

A 2-seater ride at IMS or another track is gift that requires no space in the home. Indy Racing Experience has provided rides for many years.  This group is very organized and professional.  A 2- seater ride costs $499. There are also single seat cars you can drive yourself at IMS for $1,000.  IRE also offer a combination package with a 2-seater and a self drive for $1,200.

If you want Mario AndrettiAdam’s Wooden Creations to drive you around, a mere $3,299 will get you there.

A gift membership to Indycar Nation makes rides available at races to members. I have been fortunate enough to get a couple of rides through my membership. Memberships can be purchased through the Indycar site.

A Unique Keepsake

I discovered an unusual gift last year thanks to my friend and fellow blogger Patti Nolen, author of the I Kissed the Bricks site.

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:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/AdamsWoodenCreations?ref=search_shop_redirect

If you have something special in mind, leave Adam a note and he will be happy to discuss it with you.

Books and DVDs

Some of my favorite books are shown above. I also highly recommend the updated Gentleman, Start Your Engines, Wilbur Shaw’s autobiography. The updated section continues the story from 1952, where the original stopped. I reviewed the book earlier this year. You can find the two part review here:

https://wordpress.com/post/thepitwindow.blog/8646  and Part II-

https://wordpress.com/post/thepitwindow.blog/8663

Of the books pictured, Black Noon is my favorite. Tammy Kaehler’s Kiss the Bricks is an entertaining mystery centered around the 500. Her hero, Kate Reilly, has other adventures in sportscar series, chronicled in other books by Kaehler, such as Dead Man’s Switch.

Books I hope to get to next year include Chasing Checkers by C M Hinchcliffe.

Some new DVDs have come out this year, including Born Racer, the story of Scott Dixon’s 2017 Indycar season.

Will T. Ribbs has a biography documentary, Uppity,  soon to be released and available for pre-order at Amazon. It is produced by Adam Corolla, who also produced the Paul Newman documentary.

Other documentaries on  dvd I recommend are Winning: the Racing Life of Paul Newman, Mclaren, and Senna. The theatrical movie Rush is a great depiction of the 1975 Formula 1  championship battle between Niki Lauda and James Hunt.

I hope this helps with your race fan shopping. If any of you have other recommendations, please let me know and I will post them here. Happy Shopping.