Last-Minute Father's Day Shopping for Car Dads

Last-Minute Father’s Day Shopping for Car Dads

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Father’s Day is right around the corner already; funny how things like this sneak up on you. But before you panic, we’ve got some great gifts to buy for your car-loving old man, granddad, or other important men in your life.

Just remember: He doesn’t really want that pair of khakis or some new work gloves. If he’s as auto-obsessed as we are, he secretly wants the stuff in this list. Along with that, spend some quality time with your pops and share stories on a warm Sunday cruise.

That’s what really matters.

Even More Gift Ideas for Your Car-Loving Dad


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For dads who want to get involved

Track Club Membership

A Track Club membership is a fantastic way to let your car-loving pop know how much he means to you. In addition to a subscription to the supersized, bimonthly Road & Track print magazine, Dad will get exclusive invites to sponsored track days, insider VIP events, and much more. Plus, he’ll get year-round access to special events and members-only partner deals. With distinct membership tiers and benefits for every dad, there are plenty of options to spoil the man who made you a car lover.

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For dads who like a cold one

Board Masters Volkswagen Bus Rolling Cooler

With a telescopic handle, front-end steering, and rubber tires, this ice-chest wagon is detailed just like an iconic T1 VW Bus. Secured with a heavy-duty lid-lock, the hinged roof opens to reveal a large, 27-quart insulated compartment for plenty of picnic essentials. Send Dad back to the Sixties with this incredible Father’s Day gift. It’s officially licensed by Volkswagen, too.

Strange name, yes, but it describes exactly what it is. This tool drains fluids from your car without making a mess by covering drain plugs, oil filters, and more. It then funnels the liquid down into a nozzle without getting your hands messy.

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For Sim Racing Dads

Next Level Racing GTElite Racing Cockpit

There are plenty of dads out there who like to go fast, but the ride in their garage isn’t fast enough. Enter the world of virtual racing—where he can drive just about any car he wants. We tried out the GTElite Cockpit from Next Level Racing and paired it with the ERS1 Elite Seat. It’s incredibly adjustable and a perfect platform to add whatever wheel, pedals, shifter, and other accessories Dad chooses.

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For Early-Bird Dads

R&T Crew ‘Live The Drive’ Mug

This rustic 16-ounce enameled camp mug is perfect for sipping coffee on chilly mornings at the campsite or drinking a rye on the rocks during cozy evenings by the fire. Made of heavy-gauge steel with a rolled lip for comfort. Pro Tip: Track Club members receive up to 25 percent off all R&T swag.

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For Decorative Dads

3D Track Sculpture

These 3D track sculptures show not just layouts, but elevation changes as well. You can hang them on a wall or lay them flat—they look good either way. We picked Road America as an example here, but there are tons of tracks to choose from.

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For Do-It-All Dads

Digital Multimeter

This digital multimeter from Kaiweets is a great gift for any dad who tackles electrical work at home or on the car. Easily check voltage, current, and resistance readings with the included leads. For the dad who has everything, maybe he doesn’t have one of these.

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For Stylish Dads

Porsche Design Aviator Sunglasses

Classic form meets the art of engineering. The P´8938 Aviator is inspired by the design of the Porsche engine block. With a milled titanium backing element, each frame is assembled by hand. Lightweight temples made from high-performance plastic emphasize the high-tech character of the front section and ensure maximum comfort. These Aviators also come in a classic hexagonal shape, the P´8937. Both are available in four different color combinations with polarized lenses.

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For dads who need a morning boost

Drive Coffee

Fuel Dad’s mornings with Drive Coffee’s roast-to-order beans, complete with retro-style packaging that offers maximum freshness to each delivery. They even have a sweet National Parks collection, with the coffee tins boasting the characteristics of parks like Glacier and Zion.

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For dads who gotta smell nice

Porsche Design Pure Eau de Toilette

Dad’s gotta smell nice, too, and this fragrance from Porsche Design is a great choice, whether he’s a car fan or not. Described as “radiating definitive exclusivity and masculine purism,” the Porsche Design Pure Eau de Toilette features notes of grapefruit, sage, and ozone chord. Our sample bottle looks sharp and dignified, and the scent gives an overall warm and slightly peppery fragrance.

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For dads who love RC cars

Bezgar 1:14-Scale RC Car

With real shocks, real lights on the crossbar, a top speed of 12.5 mph, and a battery life of just under an hour, the Bezgar TB141 is a blast. For the dad who can’t grow up—or loves playing with the kids or grandkids—this is a fantastic gift option.

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For dads who clean up

12-Gallon Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum

This cool blue shop vacuum does everything well. The 12-gallon tank comes with a handy drain at the bottom to easily empty any liquids you’ve sucked up. The detachable blower can deliver 210-mph blowing power to clear out any light debris back outside to its natural habitat.

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For dads who love to drive

‘Eat. Sleep. Drive. Repeat.’ Short-Sleeve T-Shirt

What dad wouldn’t appreciate a super-soft T-shirt with his favorite automotive magazine’s name on it? This 100 percent cotton tee comes with an “Eat. Sleep. Drive. Repeat.” graphic on the front and a subtle Road & Track logo on the sleeve. Great for sleeping, wrenching, and driving in, it comes in dark blue.

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For dads who need some office decor

Vintage Car Prints

LA-based automotive photographer Huseyin Erturk is offering one-of-a-kind prints that make the perfect office or garage accessory. Ranging from shots of a Countach to a Fiat 500 and everything in between, you’re sure to find a perfect captured moment.

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For dads who like to stay comfortable

Driving Loafers

These leather driving loafers are comfy, stylish, and functional. They’re a perfect pairing to your dad’s favorite jeans and work great for a trip to Dairy Queen in the garage princess.

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For the dad who loves his shower

Fulton & Roark 2-1 Shampoo + Body Wash

One of our very favorite men’s care brands, this two-in-one shampoo and body wash is not flowery at all—it’s invigorating. Formulated with Vitamin B5 and a shot of caffeine, it’s a refreshing way to start any day.

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For dads who can fix anything

DeWalt Cordless Impact Wrench Kit

DeWalt’s top 1/2-inch impact wrench has plenty of power, and at six pounds, it’s pretty easy to handle. Speaking of power, you get 700 pound-feet of tightening torque and 1200 pound-feet of breakaway torque. DeWalt’s brushless motor is proven to perform for whatever job you need to finish. This kit features a 5.0Ah battery, charger, and carrying bag.

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For dads who need hot drinks all day long

SmrtMugg Heated Coffee Mug

With a 10-hour battery life, the SmrtMugg keeps that Drive Coffee at Dad’s desired temperature all day long. It even has a USB port to charge his smartphone. The double-walled, vacuum-insulated mug heats cold water in just 10 minutes, so it’s great for tea too. With no cords or bases required, this is a fantastic Father’s Day gift for those dads who are always behind the wheel.

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For the dad who enjoys an occasional nip

Lobos 1707 Mezcal

Created from 100 percent Espadín agave, roasted in an open, conical Oaxacan fire pit, then ground in an Egyptian stone mill, the result is a stealthily smooth mezcal whose flavor is deep and smoky with the subtle warmth of spice.

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For dads who buy their own tools and parts

Advance Auto Parts Gift Card

With nationwide storefronts, a complete online retail experience, and a vast selection of automotive parts, tools, and accessories, Advance Auto Parts is a go-to. So, of course, an AAP gift card makes a great Father’s Day gift for car-loving dads.

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