Can you believe it? Winter is already here, and with it the holidays. We’ve expanded this edition to include things we think would make excellent gifts for everyone on your list. As an added bonus, we’ve included a book review of “Classic Woodys — the Ultimate Collector Box Set,” recommended by Motor Trend technical director Frank Markus.
Enjoy, and Happy Holidays to You and Yours,
Falken Tire WildPeak A/T
Mud, water, or snow — Falken’s new WildPeak all-terrain SUV and light truck tire is designed specifically to get you through it. Technology like four multi-angled grooves, two stiff steel belts, rigid block tread design, and a symmetric five-rib pattern provide grip, comfort, style, and enough longevity for almost any application. Sizing ranges from 15 to 24 inches. Each tire comes with a 50,000-mile limited warranty. Special thanks goes to Robert C., Autofashion USA, and Volk Racing for use of the FJ Cruiser.
Maisto Die-cast Models
Maisto has been manufacturing detailed models for more than 40 years, but only recently started producing its Premier and Special Edition lineups, which include everything from one-off concept cars like the Ford GT90 to popular mass-produced rides like the MINI Cooper. Of course, usual favorites like Porsches and Lamborghinis can be selected from the vast 2012 catalog in either 1:18 or 1:24 scales. No matter the make or scale, each model is designed with help from OEM manufacturers and features loads of high-quality detail.
Sony Playstation Move Racing Wheel, Pulse Wireless Headphones, Software
Virtual racers, take heed: For one of the most intense digitized road-racing experiences around, try Sony’s Move Racing wheel ($40) and Pulse Wireless headphones ($150). Let’s start with the racing wheel. Whether your racing steed is a motorcycle or modified sports car, the Move wheel will transmit intense vibrations and precise control via the handlebar levers (the grips extend horizontally for motorcycle mode), twist grip, and paddle shifters. Match this with the 7.1 surround sound, Bass Impact noise-cancelling Pulse headphones, and, well, you’ll be blown away.
If those accessories aren’t enough, Playstation’s newest Little Big Planet Karting ($60) with its cartoon-ized racing action and Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale ($40-$60) featuring the brand’s iconic characters will keep gamers entertained for weeks.
“Since 1989, Luminox has outfitted some of the world’s most elite armed forces units, police officers, and extreme adventurers. Its watches are categorized into four main areas — Sea, Air, Land, and most recently, Space. Racing fans aren’t left in the dust, either. Within the Land theme is a limited edition model designed in part by IndyCar racer Tony Kanaan (A.1148, $1200).”
Pick any Luminox and you’ll get a rugged and stylish timepiece with dials that will glow for upwards of 25 years, thanks to the brand’s Always Visible technology. New-for-2012 models include the Field Atacama Chronograph (A.1885, $525) with a stainless steel case, 100-meter water resistance and a very modern design; the F-35 Lightning II Chronograph (A.9382, $1200) with a bi-directional rotating bezel with slide ruler and tachymeter; and the Steel Colormark Chronograph (A.3183, $500) that’s water-resistant to 200 meters and utilizes an extremely tough mineral glass face.
The way we see it, if they’re good enough for astronauts, extreme divers, and Navy SEALs, they’re pretty damn cool.
Cobra Puma Ferrari Golf Collection
Rather than go the usual way of Ferrari-branded stuff — you know, with loud colors and humungous logos — Puma, Ferrari’s longtime clothing partner, decided to keep it low-key and high-quality. The result is the golf collection you see here, a classy clothing and accessory range designed by both Puma and Ferrari stylists. With clothing from jackets to shoes, to gloves and polo shirts, the Ferrari Collection is an impressive melding of the automotive and sporting worlds.
Hot Wheels by Mattel
Hot Wheels produces more than just 1/64th-scale die-cast cars. Its portfolio has grown to include radical race cars, “stunt” toy sets, and a part-motorcycle, part-skateboard electric-powered Urban Shredder. But, since we’re at the helm, and we’re of the older ilk, we decided to highlight the latest take on a very familiar toy type.
From a new BMW M3 to a Chevy Chevelle SS, to a funky Jeep and an ice cream truck, Hot Wheels’ model lineup covers just about everything a diehard fan will enjoy. New for 2012 is the brand’s Apptivity box set, which melds the digital world with the physical toy cars. Talk about new age car stuff.
Meguiar’s Car Care Products
Washing your car doesn’t have to be a chore, thanks to three new-for-2012 products from the chemical mixing masters over at Meguiar’s Inc. Three important categories – rims/tires, glass, and wash/wax – can be addressed by the brand’s Hot Rims All Wheel & Tire Cleaner ($7), Perfect Clarity Glass Cleaner ($7), and Ultimate Wash & Wax Anywhere ($18) products.
All three are designed not only to clean, but also protect important surfaces. Hot Rims All Wheel & Tire cleaner employs Xtreme Cling foam to dissolve dirt on precious clear-coated wheels. Perfect Clarity uses a proprietary anti-hazing formula to do away with bird droppings, dirt, and bugs on all glass, and for those with no time to wax, the Wash & Wax Anywhere formula hits two proverbial birds with one scratch-free stone. Once all the cleaning is done, the Water Magnet microfiber drying towel ($10) wipes away any excess water beads.
illest Transformers Collection
Like the Transformers animated franchise and high-quality clothing? Well, you’re in luck because fashion brand illest has recently collaborated with toy maker Hasbro to create a range of unique Transformers-themed items.
Key chains, decals, and over 25 different styles of t-shirts donning custom Transformer character art are available in the collaborative range. Pick any one tee and it’s bound to have your friends say, “Wow, cool shirt.”
HEX iPhone5 Accessories
Since its inception in 2010 by two veteran L.A.-based brothers, HEX has been outfitting stylish iPhone/iPad/iPod/Macbook users with design-oriented, high-quality, mega-functional accessories. Its latest lineup of iPhone cases includes the Axis Wallet, which is made from leather and has multiple credit card slots, cash holder, and molded a phone bed. Set it on a table and it’ll serve as a phone stand. The Axis Wallet epitomizes what HEX’s entire accessory range is all about: being stylish and functional.
Izzi Gadgets Orbit for iPhone4
You can filter an iPhone image all you want (we’re guilty of being addicted to Instagram), but when it comes down to it, the quality of the base image largely determines the greatness of a shot. Enter Izzi Gadgets’ Orbit iPhone case. Users can choose one of three lenses — a 35 percent wide angle, a distorted fisheye, or a 2x telephoto – via the rotating Peripheral Motion Lock Technology. With such a variety of lenses, photogs will find plenty of uses for Orbit, and as an added bonus, its aircraft-grade aluminum construction protects everything held inside.
Harveys Seatbeltbag and Accessories
Want something unique, stylish, and durable? Harveys’ bags and wallets are made from automotive-grade seatbelts, NASA-grade 69 nylon bonded thread, and high-quality hardware. They’re fade-resistant, tough, and cool. But crafting purses using industrial sewing machines isn’t Harveys’ only forte. The company also has a full lineup of accessories for the home, pets, and the man of the house.
The iPhone accessory mavens at Mophie have applied their expertise to a new innovative product that turns the mobile phone into an action sports camera. Called Outride, the polycarbonate case is shockproof, waterproof, and element-proof, and can be mated to a variety of mounting brackets included as standard equipment.
The gem of the case is its 170-degree-wide photo angle lens (120-degree in video mode) that provides a clear, all-encompassing point of view — just what most action sport participants and highly active videographers enjoy. There’s also a free downloadable app that gives users the chance to share, upload, or post their latest creations.
“Classic Woodys — the Ultimate Collector Box Set”
We seldom do book reviews, but “Classic Woodys” is a compelling addition to our car lovers’ holiday gift guide. Not only has author David Fetherston endeavored to compile the definitive work on wood-bodied station wagons, sedans, and convertibles — a 19-chapter, 400-page hardbound coffee-table book measuring 12 inches square and including nearly 800 images — he’s packaged it in a spectacular maple and mahogany box with a lid that resembles a woody tailgate, complete with handle and reflector. Included in the box are a dime store toy woody wagon, a set of postcards featuring vintage woodys, two US Postage stamps celebrating the woody, a sheaf of business cards for companies that restore woodys, and a collection of mostly surfing-related stickers of the sort the California beach-going woody owner might have affixed to his or her beloved surf-mobile.
The book represents Featherston’s third swing at the topic, following 1990’s “Woodys,” and his self-published follow-up, “American Woodys.” This, his most complete compendium, is presented in easily digestible chunks of narrative text placed around wonderful vintage photos, period press images, and present-day shots of restored and original woodys, most with captions. From the opening chapter, the “Golden Age of the Wood Wagon, Horse-drawn hack to family hauler!” the book progresses with chapters covering all the major brands that offered woodys, from Buick through Studebaker, followed by chapters on foreign-built and hot rod/custom woodys. “Art of the Beach and the Board” tells the back story of the surf-related decals that adorn so many woodys (did you know “decal” comes from the French decalquer, to copy by tracing?) in a dozen pages filled with images of the vintage stickers. Finally, “The Age of Wallpaper” chronicles the transition to the Di-Noc woodgrain plastic, which first appeared on the Chrysler Town & Country, and a chapter on the trees that donated the genuine article to the originals.
The author’s painstaking research into domestic models rebodied abroad and obscure woodworkers who built custom one-offs is impressive. Even admitted wagon geeks will learn new facts to spout in the company of the like-minded. Example: Brooks Stevens designed a woody ambulance conversion design for existing coupe and sedan bodies to hasten availability for the Red Cross during World War II. There’s a Popular Home Craft magazine cover touting plans for a build-it-yourself woody conversion of an Army surplus Jeep, and wonderful period archive shots feature one-off proposals that never saw the light of day (like a particularly ugly Mifflinburg Studebaker). American wagon cognoscenti will delight in unfamiliar European woodys from DKW, Siata, Austin, and my personal favorite, the low-slung, swoopy two-door Allard Safari of 1952 (only 10 sold).
Overall, it’s a compelling read, though the editing could have been tighter. The clam-back GM wagons were described as running from 1973-76, when they debuted in ’71, and Chevy Chase’s George Barris-designed car from the movie “Vacation” was dyslexically identified as the Queen Wagon Family Truckster, but we’re so glad to see the cars included that these lapses can be forgiven. Of course, I save the bad news for last: The price for this numbered, limited-edition Treasure Box of Classic Woodys is $495, which includes domestic shipping. Only 500 have been printed, and they’ve been on sale for some months, so act quickly to delight the wagon-lover on your Christmas list. – Frank Markus
This month, in celebration of the holiday season, we’ve decided to give not just one prize, but a pack of prizes away to one lucky reader. Our winner will get some of Hot Wheels’ latest rides ($15); HEX Axis Wallet for iPhone 5 ($50); Meguiar’s detailing kit ($45); 1/18th scale Porsche 911 by Maisto ($40); and a Luminox A.3065 watch ($350). Good luck!”
What is “The Goods”?
What is “The Goods”?
Our innate attraction to shiny new gear is why we’ve created this new monthly feature at MotorTrend.com. We’ll be highlighting all sorts of stuff, automotive-related and otherwise. We hope our recommendations will inspire, surprise, and delight you, and that you’ll enjoy and recommend them to others.
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