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Pres­sure Per­fect $425 ($630 with com­pres­sor)

Two Vic­to­rian off-road­ers who got tired of man­u­ally chang­ing tyre pres­sures have turned an idea into an in­dus­try. The Pres­sure Per­fect dig­i­tal tyre pres­sure reg­u­la­tor is paired with an air com­pres­sor to in­flate and de­flate tyres to suit con­di­tions. The dig­i­tal dis­play/ se­lec­tor can be mounted in the cabin or op­er­ated as a portable unit like the one pic­tured. The com­pany has ex­port deals to the Philip­pines, UAE and Ice­land. View tjm.com.au

Dyson V6 Car+Boat Ex­tra vac­uum $449

With 110,000rpm on tap, this ded­i­cated car vac­uum should get your mo­tor run­ning. The Dyson V6 is a cord­less vac with a claimed 20-minute run time and recharg­ing the lithium-ion bat­tery takes three and a half hours. The vac weighs 1.6kg and comes with all the tools to clean your pride and joy, in­clud­ing a “soft dust­ing” brush to clean dash­boards and a mini mo­torised brush to re­move dirt from uphol­stery. The Dyson V6 Car+Boat Ex­tra is on sale at ma­jor elec­tri­cal re­tail­ers or view dyson.com.au.

Nav­man MiVue Drive FHD, $299

Hol­i­days can make for hor­ror road trips. A com­bined GPS and dash­cam should help you avoid the snarls and cap­ture high­def­i­ni­tion video footage of the more cre­ative driv­ing. The Nav­man MiVue Drive FHD uses a 16GB mi­cro SD card to record cam­era out­put. Sat­nav func­tions in­clude re­al­time traf­fic data with au­tore-rout­ing to avoid con­ges­tion, spo­ken in­struc­tions and warn­ings plus free map up­dates. If your car is in­volved in a crash, the three-axis sen­sor logs the di­rec­tion of the im­pact to help with in­sur­ance claims. Nav­man is sold at most ma­jor out­lets or view nav­man.com.au

CAMS: The Of­fi­cial His­tory $99 plus postage

Edited by former mo­tor­sport com­men­ta­tor and jour­nal­ist John Smailes, this 512-page book tracks the sport from its hum­ble be­gin­nings at — of all places — the Syd­ney Cricket Ground to the rise of the V8 Su­per­car. There are more than 1000 pho­tos, in­clud­ing the first race at Mt Panorama (on a dirt cir­cuit) and the open­ing of the Maroubra speed­way in 1925, which re­port­edly drew 70,000. As a his­tory of CAMS, it has plenty of pol­i­tics and back­room bick­er­ing, but the facts and mem­o­ra­bilia are fas­ci­nat­ing. For ex­am­ple, did you know that the first ever round of the Aus­tralian Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship was held at

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