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HALL­MARK KEEP­SAKE

2 If the Chevy Nova for your Christ­mas tree, check out the range of 250-odd bits and bob­bles from Hall­mark. There’s a range of clas­sics in­clud­ing Ca­maros, Ford pick­ups from the 50s, Thun­der­birds, Chev Be­lairs, Buicks and Mus­tangs. Even a hot-rod with Mickey Mouse. And Light­ning McQueen bit.ly/2TzdiV1

FES­TIVE CLOB­BER

Forty Horse Cus­toms has a range of fes­tive tee shirts to have you look­ing sharp at the fam­ily or car club bash. Show ‘em your favourite car brand on a high-qual­ity Merry Christ­mas tee shirt, cof­fee mug or phone cover. The orig­i­nal de­signs fea­ture big Saint Nick on board and all have a retro theme plus a mes­sage of mer­ri­ment. There is even a kids’ range so you can all dress up. They also print to your de­sign and of­fer a quick turn­around. Check them out at bit.ly/2B2lmqr

MUS­TANG TREE

Christ­mas wouldn’t be com­plete without a revving and il­lu­mi­nated, lim­ited edi­tion Ford Mus­tang table­top Christ­mas tree. Show your love for the world’s most pop­u­lar mus­cle car. Twenty LED lights bring it to life and on the artist’s can­vas shell, five su­perbly painted pony cars from its fa­bled his­tory. Each boasts chrome-like fin­ishes. It’s also a li­cenced Mus­tang prod­uct and lim­ited to 120 units, with each hand num­bered. So like the Mus­tang it­self, it’s a col­lectible. brad­ford.com.au/ mus­tang-tree-bge.html

WHEELS

Amer­i­can Rac­ing Cus­tom Wheels is the place to shop for a new set of wheels for your clas­sic or daily driver. One of their most pop­u­lar wheels is the Torq Thrust that will suit most cars and most eras. Su­perbly crafted in sin­gle and two-piece casta­lu­minium these wheels will set you apart from the rest. They are avail­able in sizes from 14 to 22 inches and can be or­dered with chrome, black, or grey spokes in gloss and satin fin­ishes. wheel­prosaus­tralia.com.au

TOUR­ING CAR HIGH­LIGHTS

This will get you out of paint­ing the house or clean­ing up the shed for a few days. It’s the boxed set of DVDs of the Aus­tralian Tour­ing Car sea­son high­lights from 1997 to 2006. Some of the best rac­ing was seen in this pe­riod in­clud­ing Brocky’s fi­nal years as a reg­u­lar run­ner be­hind the wheel. These ac­tion packed videos show the evo­lu­tion of the cars and teams over a decade and the young tal­ent that are to­day’s su­per­stars. These DVDs cap­ture the very best of each sea­son of rac­ing. bit.ly/2B0TjHB

RETRO CAP

Au­to­mo­bilia Su­per­store is the ideal place to give the credit card a work­out. If you can’t find the ideal gift for your­self or some­one else, you ain’t try­ing hard enough. There’s mem­o­ra­bilia, signs, model cars, neon signs, keyrings, and much more. Most come in a cool retro look and in­clude favourite brands like Golden Fleece, Esso, Holden, Ford, Am­pol and BP, plus most auto brands. au­to­mo­bil­ia­su­per­store.com

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