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Xmas gifts for car fans

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Don't give the car fan in your life a pair of Ferrari socks among their Xmas gifts this year - there are some fantastic gifts out there for petrol heads.

Driving experience Xmas gifts

These are one of the most popular automotive Xmas gifts, allowing keen drivers to experience the fun and excitement of getting behind the wheel of far more interesting vehicles than their own.

Admiral/Skoda under 17s driving lesson

Most teenagers are champing at the bit to get behind the wheel but cannot legally do so under the age of 17. However a programme sponsored by Admiral and Skoda offers younger teens an introduction to driving in a safe environment. The course costs £35 and takes place at a number of different locations in the UK, none of which are on public roads. Teens will learn the basics of controlling a car and the Highway Code to prepare them for life on the road. Available at www.youngdriver.eu.

Digger racing

For those who've already tried track days, a spot of digger racing might be an entertaining alternative. It costs £39.20 for a turn in a mini digger or just over £100 for a full sized job. For half a day you will challenge other digger drivers at cone collecting and speed racing. Available at http://www.diggerracing.co.uk/.

The Ultimate Supercar Driving Experience

This is a dream gift for petrol heads, offering a spin around Thruxton at the wheel of various supercars, including the Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari 458, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Audi R8 or the Porsche Cayman. They can also take laps in a Peugeot Cup and sit beside former Top Gear and Fifth Gear presenter Tiff Needell for three laps. The four and a half hour experience covers about 75 miles over 31 laps and is the closest the average driver will ever get to driving a supercar. It costs £999 from www.thruxton.co.uk.

Xmas book gifts for car lovers

And on That Bombshell: Inside the Madness and Genius of Top Gear, by Richard Porter (£7.99)

The notorious trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May presented 13 years of Top Gear, during which time the script editor was one Richard Porter. He has now put pen to paper to describe his tales of derring do and utter stupidity with the team - and his humour will be familiar to fans of the show. It's a fun read.

Lonely Planet Road Trips: Normandy and D-Day Beaches (£8.99)

Lonely Planet produces arguably the world's best travel guide books, full of information on where to sleep, where to eat and what to see pretty much worldwide. This edition details four road trips covering some of the key locations of the two world wars in Northern France. The book includes budget advice, some useful French phrases and plenty of tips to help you plan and experience a fascinating trip.

James Bond Cars, by Frederic Brun (£20)

An essential for Bond fans or car fans, this book covers the cars used by Bond in the film series including the iconic Aston Martin DB5, the submarining Lotus Esprit and Goldeneye's controversial BMW Z3. It also touches on the vehicles used by villains and other fantastic modes of transport which wowed viewers, such as tanks, planes and even jet packs. It's a high quality, picture-packed coffee table tome which should keep Bond fans happy until the release of the Spectre DVD next year.

Other gifts

Lego Ferrari F40

It's not often you'll get a Ferrari for about £100, but this new F40 kit is a great gift for adult fans of Lego and is surprisingly satisfying to complete. There are various other classic car Lego kits for bigger kids, such as a Mini.

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