Craftsman offers a similar chest, a 40-inch, eight-drawer unit finished in black. It also features Dynaglide ball bearing slides, a secure griplatch feature to keep drawers closed and a variety of size drawers that hold more than 11,000 cubic inches of tools. The all-steel unit has a lifetime warranty. List priced at $569, it is frequently on sale for only $249 and available either in stores or online.
If you want the Porsche of the tool storage line, look no further than Snap-On Tools. The nine-drawer, 26-inch unit is available in four colors, including the signature red, but also black, blue or orange. Featuring Lock’N Roll, which prevents drawers from drifting open during transport, rolled drawer edges for strength and safety and the signature easy-glide drawer rollers, this is the best of the best. Consider it furniture for the garage. It’s available online from SnapOn.com and will set you back $1,245.
Maybe your driver needs some cool driving shoes. The Geox Monet driving moccasin is a leather driving shoe that features contrast stitching with the exclusive Geox sole that protects against inclement weather. Easy to slip on, with a nice rolled heel, it’s at Nordstrom for about $170. But Wheels has also found great leather driving mocs in a variety of styles and colors at the Nordstrom Rack store at The Greene for less than $70. If your driver is autocrossing or racing, they might like the Piloti Prototypo driving shoe. Authentic shoes with special padding on the sides and a special heel made to protect and cushion during heel and toe braking and downshifting, these come in a variety of colors and styles. Priced at $155, you can order them at www.piloti.com and they recommend to go about a half size larger than normal shoe since they are very snug.
If you want to get away from the winter blues and possibly purchase a stunning car, plan a trip to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area for the third week of January. It’s classic car auction central with five major auctions taking place. The granddaddy is Barrett-Jackson, now in its 45th year at Westworld in Scottsdale.
More than a thousand cars will cross the block between Jan. 14 and 22, but the good stuff goes from the 20th to the 22nd. You can find muscle cars, customs, exotics and classics in many different price points.
You can also hit Russo & Steele Jan. 18-22, Gooding & Co. Jan. 20-21, Bonham’s Jan. 19 and RM Sotheby’s in Phoenix Jan. 19-20. Barrett-Jackson tickets can be purchased in advance, $175 for an all-week pass, and daily tickets range from $20 per day early in the week to $60 a day on the weekend. You can find more information at each auction company’s website.
If you’d like to add to the thrill of the trip to Scottsdale, you can also take in the Bondurant Driving School in nearby Chandler, where you can learn high-performance driving, open-wheel racing or high-speed karting on one of four tracks that Bondurant operates. Professional drivers can teach a rookie or coach a seasoned veteran with one-day classes starting at $1,299. Visit their website, bondurant.com to see all the classes they offer. Gift certificates are also available.