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AutoWeek picks: Car-guy gifts for Dad

Thu, 16 Jun 2011

Father's Day is this Sunday, June 19. You still have some time--not much--to get a gift. Here are a few suggestions to make dear old Dad happy on his day.

McLaren Laced Shoe

The Laced Shoe from McLaren is made of comfortable leather with a ventilation system inspired by the cooling intakes of the team's racing cars. Several colors are available. $199,

Alpinestars Jet Road Gloves

The Jet Road Gore-Tex gloves from Alpinestars are the perfect riding gloves for spring weather. The leather and stretch-nylon construction is insulated for warmth, with accordion inserts for flexibility. $180,

V.I.O. Point-Of-View HD Video System

The camera attaches anywhere on your bike, car or body for true 1080p HD video recording. It has a two-inch LCD screen for editing and tagging in the field, as well as making exposure-control adjustments in extreme conditions. $599,

Anti Sleep Pilot

The Anti Sleep Pilot is set to your driving habits and warns you when the risk of falling asleep is the greatest. It uses reaction time, driving conditions and a series of performable tasks to make sure the driver is alert. $250,

Metro Vac 'N Blo Pro Series

The Vac 'N Blo from Metro attaches to a wall or rolls on casters in your garage to clean the hard-to-reach places in your car. Accessories include hose extensions, shoulder strap, extension wand, blower nozzle, detailing tools and more. $365,

Meguiar's Brilliant Solutions New Car Kit

Keep your car showroom-new with the New Car Kit from Meguiar's. It includes a wash/wax combination, liquid wax and Endurance tire gel, along with some microfiber towels. $27,

Torchmate 2X2 CNC Prototyping System

The 2X2 CNC Prototyping System brings high-end metal-shop tools within reach of anyone who has relatively deep pockets. The Torchmate has two x-axis drives and one y-axis drive. It comes with software, relay switches to control your closed-circuit tools, a mounting plate and basic cutting table. $2,995,

Dannmar 560V 60-Gallon Air Compressor

Perfect for the homeowner or small-business owner, the 5-hp Dannman compressor has a maximum pressure of 165 psi. The 60-gallon tank is ASME-certified and stands 69 inches tall. $999,

Native Shoes-Howard

The Howard shoes by Native are just one style of a collection made from foam-injection, molded EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate).The foam, rubberlike material is water-resistant, lightweight and easy-to-clean. They're perfect for washing the car or the boat, driving around town or weekend excursions. $50,

Microsoft Streets & Trips

The Streets & Trips software from Microsoft helps plan your vacation drive with 6.5 million miles of roads in the United States, Mexico and Canada, along with 1.9 million points of interest. No Internet connection is required. It's available with and without GPS compatibility. $40 ($70 with GPS compatibility),

foxL Portable Bluetooth Speaker

The foxL speaker from Soundmatters connects to any iPhone, iPad or other Bluetooth-enabled device and plays your music from two high-quality speakers in a protective shell. It's the perfect traveling companion for hotel rooms, presentations and anywhere else you need extra sound. $199,

Wera Six-Piece Lasertip Screwdriver Set

This laser screwdriver set from Wera has a handle with soft and hard spots for comfort most of the time and torque when you really need it. The blades are laser-etched to provide maximum grip on the screw head. $40,

Cordless LED Work Light

This superbright cordless work light provides 90 lumens of LED light and has a 360-degree rotating hook for underhood work and hard-to-reach spots. It has a five-hour charge and work time and comes with home and car chargers. $40,

Ferrari Leather iPad Case

This leather iPad case from the Ferrari store protects your tablet with rich Ferrari leather in either black or red. The stitching and designs are sourced from the company's grand-touring models. $93,

Bulldog Security Remote Vehicle Starter System

This all-in-one remote-starter system comes with everything you need to install a remote system in any vehicle, including cars with an antitheft device. It has a 400-foot range and a 15-minute run time. Unlimited tech support is included. $70,


Sometimes you need an extra hand under the hood of a car, and that's where the HandyBand comes in. The magnetic, elastic wristband holds all the screws, washers and nails you need out of the way on your wrist. It's even strong enough to hold tools until you need them. $10,

Dr. Beasley's Complete Wheel and Tire Detailing Prescription

The wheel-and tire-cleaning kit from Dr. Beasley's comes with four brushes, five cleaning products and a few rags and sponges to make your wheels and tires look brand-new. $160,

Klhip Ultimate Clipper

The Ultimate Clipper from Klhip is made of surgical steel and folds out to reveal a basic set of nail clippers in a protective tin. The Ultimate Clipper is ergonomically designed to put the pressure above the blades. $70,


The convenient Keyport holds up to six keys along with an LED light, a bottle opener and a USB drive. It's available in five finishes and comes with color-coded nodes for easy use. The Keyport weighs two ounces when fully loaded. $80,

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