2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Randy Stern
Road America Season Pass
Just five hours away is one of the best motorsport venues around. If you love the roar of engines running down the two straights and some of the most challenging corners around, then grab a 2017 season pass from Road America. It gets you into race weekends and excellent access to the venue. It does include camping, but there’s plenty of accommodations in and around Elkhart Lake to relax after each race session. Whether you love IndyCar, NASCAR, MotoGP, Vintage Car Racing, and IMSA prototypes and sports cars, Road America has this covered all throughout 2017!
Porsche Driver’s Selection
Do you own a Porsche? Or, did you enjoy our reviews of Porsche’s lineup so far? Or, just want to pose? Porsche owners might not be keen with posers, but the brand from Stuttgart has you covered from head to toe and beyond. You can select from a variety of T-shirts, caps, and accessories to a $6,329 off-road bicycle. You can get bookends for your shelves made out of brake rotors. The idea is to extend the love for the Porsche brand throughout your life, whether you own one or love them from afar.
Porsche Cars North America
Prices vary on actual items
www.shop4.porsche.com/usa or visit Porsche of Minneapolis
Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry’s Road from Glory to Disaster
Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Ingrassia takes you on a narrative with co-author Patrick Lawlor from a time when the American automotive Industry was invincible to its lowest point during the global financial crisis. This book covers everything from the boardrooms of Detroit, Dearborn, and Auburn Hills to the halls of Congress and to small town car dealerships. It’s one of the most illuminating books regarding the industry, for those interested in how the story really went down.
The Police, Synchronicity
This is an answer to an old question about the kind of music I like to listen to when driving down the road somewhere. It is not the definitive answer, but I regard this as one of my favorite albums of my lifetime (another is Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours). If you just listen to all of the tracks, they are great by themselves as a good road soundtrack. However, if you understood the conditions of making this album — the ego clashes leading to the group’s breakup — then it makes for an interesting and sonic storytelling companion behind these songs from the early 1980s.
A&M Records/Universal Music Group
www.barnesandnoble.com or though Apple Music and Google Play Music
It has become one of the fastest-growing apps for driving. While Google, Apple, and Yahoo Maps give you directions and some real-time traffic information, Waze goes beyond this. Traffic information is community-driven, meaning you can get updates quicker than a traffic report on the radio. You can communicate to those you are meeting by providing a real-time ETA to your destination. It also reads police traps, not that we encourage such behavior that would prompt getting citations from our friends in the public safety department. It is more integrated, so it takes a lot of the guesswork out of getting there safely.
Apple App Store or Google Play Store
Fantasy Drives by Auto Vault
In Issue 560, I talked about a driving experience that you can partake in with some of the greatest vehicles ever made. Imagine a short stint in a Lamborghini, McLaren, Audi R8, Bentley Continental GT, Porsche Cayman GT4…you get the idea. You can actually give these fantasy drives as a gift! You can do the two-hour experience, like I did, or go for the full-day experience. If you do the full-day experience, it is worth it. That means more time behind the wheel of a Lamborghini; who would not say “no” to that?
Starting from $249