The Jump Smart portable jump starter is compact and can also serve as a charging device if needed. Contributed photo

Gearhead Christmas 2019

As you read this, your shopping time is growing shorter, but Wheels has some ideas to help put just the right gift under the tree.

Car books, calendars or magazine subscriptions are always great, and readily available. You can shop the local bookstores or let your fingers do the walking on the keyboard. And what gearhead doesn’t want more tools – there is no such thing as too many – a new tool chest or maybe that aluminum floor jack. Again, such gifts are easy to find at the local big box stores, auto parts stores or online.

Let’s start with some car care products. We can start small with Meguiars new Hybrid Ceramic Wax. It comes in between $16.99 to 20.99 for a bottle, but it has gotten strong reviews on independent blogs. You literally wash your car, spray this on and dry your car. Excellent water beading and smooth gloss are apparent; one application lasts a month.

Let’s add to that something we all need to prevent those coffee stains: 303 Stain Guard, which repels stains on car interiors. The easy-to-apply product will protect interior fabric seats, carpets and floor mats. Priced at $16.99 per bottle, it is available at Wal-Mart, Advance Auto Parts, O’Reilly Auto Parts and other locations.

Driving moccasins were all the rage last year, but this year there seems to be a huge variety of the classic string-back leather driving gloves. Prices are as high as $150 a pair, but the online store, Little British Car Co., has a very nice pair on sale for $35. Go online to and search string back driving gloves.

How about a watch? The stylish Formula 1 men’s chronograph watch from Tag Heuer features a quartz chronograph movement in a 43-mm stainless-steel case. The black dial, surrounded by a black titanium carbide-coated stainless-steel tachymeter bezel, includes three chronograph subdials. The watch features a rubber wristband and is water-resistant to 200 meters. You can pick one up at Jared’s for only $1,300.

The Jump Smart portable jump starter is compact and handy and can also serve as a charging device if needed. It checks in at $119.99. It also features a four-mode LED flashlight and outlets to charge USB devices anywhere. It is available from, Amazon and Wal-Mart.

While we are hearing a lot about the perfect-fit rubber floor mats, GG Bailey offers an alternative. All-Weather Textile mats that conceal dirt and still protect the interior, Premium custom fit for cars and trucks in 70-ounce carpet weight, Classic Coco Mats, and Classic mats that feature original equipment manufacturer quality with stain and fade resistance plus other styles, are custom fit to your vehicle. With sizes for almost any car, including classics, they start at $150 for a pair for the front and go from there. See the entire selection online at

For the racing fan, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, offers a season pass for five weekends of racing in 2020. For $395 you get general admission, reserved seating, paddock access, infield parking and early admission. Upcoming races will include the IMSA Sports Car Challenge, NASCAR Xfinity race in late May, the Vintage Grand Prix, Vintage Motorcycle Days and the Honda Indy 200. There are also other perks included in this season pass. To purchase passes, go online to

Maybe your gearhead wants to get channel their inner Mario Andretti. You can make that happen with a variety of packages from the Mario Andretti Racing Experience. After a drivers’ meeting and instruction, you are buckled into a full size Indy-style car and drive timed sessions on the track. There is no lead car to follow, passing is allowed and you have your very own spotter on the radio.

Sessions can be as short as five minutes or as long as 48 minutes and range in price from $399 to $3099. The experience visits many tracks across the country and will be spending two days, June 20-21, at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, a mere two-hour drive south, and a fast and challenging oval. Gift certificates, possible discounts and reservations are available at

It’s a go-fast Christmas!

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