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Gift Guide: Hot NASCAR truck ticket ideal for race lovers

  • Detail of an automatic gear shifter in a new, modern car. Modern car interior with close-up of automatic transmission and cockpit background

While the tinsel and holly have started to appear, the stores have yet to begin their relentless onslaught of Christmas carolling. Before I descend into full-on Scrooge mode and seek refuge far from the madding crowds — I’d like to take time to express gratitude while I still have some left.

No limit

If I could give anyone in the world any wheels-related gift with an unlimited budget, I would buy my beloved the motorbike he so desperately craves. Since he’s the two-wheel expert in the house, I asked him which he would choose. “It would be between the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale and the BMW S1000RR,” he told me. “It would take weeks of test driving both and agonizing before making the choice. But I think I would ultimately choose the Ducati because the BMW was under recall recently in North America and I’m not completely confident the issues have been resolved. The Ducati is a class leader, and it’s hot. The side-mounted rear shock makes me very happy. It has on-the-fly adjustments for every front suspension component. And the electrics on it are just nuts.”

Check out the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale at Peninsula Motor Vehicle Imports at 2412 South Service Rd. W. in Oakville (905-847-0838; http://www.peninsulaimports.com/).

Under $50:

The 2013 IndyCar calendar is themed after the Indianapolis 500, and proceeds benefit three racing-related charities. Hometown favourite James Hinchcliffe is featured on December’s page. ($15.99 U.S. order at http://www.umponline.com/calendar/)

Any parent will appreciate a simple console organizer that buckles in beside a child’s car seat. It keeps drinks, snacks, books and toys within easy reach and buys precious minutes between stops on the road. $11.99 at Canadian Tire (http://www.canadiantire.ca/).

Under $100:

It’s too late to get this one to Canada in time for Christmas, but if you have a motorsport fan from the southern hemisphere on your list then the wait might be worth it. A book chronicling the life of V8 Supercars driver Jason Richards, who lost his life to cancer late last year at 35 years of age, is currently being printed with all proceeds being placed in trust for the two daughters he left behind. ($65 Australian dollars; order online at http://www.p101.com.au/.)

The hottest racing ticket in town for next summer is hands-down the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visit to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park next September. Early bird weekend super tickets are already on sale at $65 and can be picked up now at http://store.mosport.com.

  • Gift Guide: Hot NASCAR truck ticket ideal for race lovers

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