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Best Father’s Day gifts for petrolheads

You can treat your car-loving dad to a thoughtful Father’s Day gift this 20 June.

Below, we’ve curated gift ideas to make the day a bit more special.

If you’re the dad, you can also use this list to drop some hints.

Ferrari Cross

The one thing more satisfying than a smooth ride is smooth writing.

Cross, a maker of fine pens, has partnered with Ferrari on a range of pens inspired by the top-down view of Ferrari Formula 1 cars.

They are dressed in a number of authentic Ferrari colours and finishes, including red, yellow, and honeycomb patterned.

Price: From R1,750

Mustang Fragrances

No it’s not the smell of leather and tyre smoke, but you can give your dad a fragrance inspired by one of the iconic motoring brands.

There are fragrances for Bentley and Ferrari, too, if you need.

Price: From R596

Land Rover Experience

The new Land Rover Defender 110 is awesome, and you can have fun putting it through its paces on a dedicated off-road course.

Based in Lonehill, Johannesburg the Land Rover Experience is offering a Father’s Day special for R1,500.

It includes a R500 grooming voucher from Medellin Gentlemen Groomers, too, and there’s a restaurant at the driving facility to round of the day.

Price: R1,500

Supercar Driving Experience

If your dad is not into off-roading, he may enjoy a day out on the racetrack in a supercar.

Choose from the “Standard” fleet – which includes a Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911 Carrera S, or Supercharged Ariel Atom – or opt for the Premium package which includes the choice of a Ferrari 458 Spyder or Lamborghini Gallardo 560-4 Bicolore.

The supercar driving experience can be booked in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Price: From R2,999

Franschhoek Motor Museum

The Franschhoek Motor Museum is home to one of South Africa’s most comprehensive collections of rare and iconic cars and bikes.

It’s located at the L’Ormarins Estate and offers a glimpse into over 100 years of automotive history.

The collection there includes over 220 vehicles, with around half of those on display at any point in time.

Online bookings are compulsory due to Covid-19.

Price: R80 for adults.

James Hall Museum of Transport

The James Hall Museum of Transport is where many petrolhead childhood memories were made in Johannesburg.

It housed the most comprehensive collection of land transport in South Africa back in 1964, and has been accumulating interesting exhibits since.

Based in Pioneer’s Park, La Rochelle just south of the Johannesburg CBD, it will bring back memories for dads of all ages.

There is secure parking at the museum, entry is free, and donations are appreciated.

Price: Free

Hot Wheels

The world’s favourite toy car remains a popular and inexpensive choice to put into a gift pack for dad.

Pick the cars that you like best or find ones that you know he likes – there’s always a range of American and European classics, and special-edition models.

Pick smartly and you might even have a future collectible in the pack.

Price: From R40

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