compiled by: TurboNines Staff
The holidays are quickly approaching and Black Friday is past. Tis the season for TurboNines to publish its annual Holiday Gift Guide – a list of cool Saabcentric items the enthusiast who has everything or ideas for our readers to share with inquiring loved ones when asked for their wish lists.
GameRacer + Xbox + Forza Motorsport 3
During the era of quarter-fed, sit-down arcade Pole Position or Outrun it would have been hard to imagine the level of driving games available for your living room today. The modern field of Gran Turismo, iRacing and Forza Motorsport make for plenty of choices for enthusiasts.
If you’re anything like us then you probably consider buying a console solely for the driving games. We recommend going one step further by picking up a cockpit rig like the GameRacer Elite complete with Corbeau racing seat. You can get the Elite for $499 or package it with an Xbox wireless steering wheel for $599.
GameRacer offers a $649 package that includes the Forza game itself for one-stop shopping, but we recommend you hit up a store like your local GameStop where you can pick up a refurbished Xbox Pro with two controllers for $200 and the Forza Motorsport 3 Exclusive Limited Edition for about a $20 premium over the usual $50 price of the game. This will net you a slick 2-gigabyte memory keychain and, more importantly, access to cars like the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Ferrari F430 Scuderia and Lamborghini Superleggera that aren’t available to the plebes.
Once you’re up and running, the Forza experience is incredible with excellent physics, car damage simulation and useful driving instruction for those who need it. Buy and sell cars in online auctions with your winnings, design new liveries for your cars such as our Viggen-spec Turbo X made to look like our Turbo X-based CGIs published on TurboNines earlier this year, upgrade the car’s engine or swap out the wheels.
So there you have it, highly realistic racing in your living room against your friends via the internet, comfortably cuddled by a big-bolstered Corbeau for just over $900. Even better, you’ll be perfectly prepped with your GameRacer when Gran Turismo hits stores sometime next year.
GameRacer with Xbox Steering Wheel Package
Michelin Smart Cables
OK, we’ll admit that jumper cables are the car-gift equivalent of new underwear. But trust us, when you actually need a set of jumper cables, Michelin’s Smart Cables are the ones you’ll want. With a built-in circuit that detects polarity, it won’t matter how you connect these cables. The foolproof circuitry makes it impossible to connect the cables incorrectly, and because it doesn’t start transferring juice until it’s read the current, there’s no dramatic sparking. An internal surge protector ensures you don’t damage your car’s sensitive computers. Simply put, for about $40 you’ll own the safest set of jumper cables possible.
Michelin Smart Cables
Shinebox Parking Tickets
We’ve all passed up a parking space because of the way some imbecile has carelessly left his SUV straddling the lines or decided his prized IROC deserves two and a half spots. Rather than risking criminal charges by acting on your darkest impulses, there’s a far classier way to send a message to the nitwit drivers of the world. The creative types at Shinebox Press have put together a very impressive bit of graphic arts work in the form of their parking ticket book. The business card-sized packet contains a dozen tear-out tickets with stunning imagery and clever words of advice for the boundary-challenged. At $6.95, it’s perfect for the office gift exchange or throwing in a stocking. The only problem is that the work is so beautiful, you’ll have a hard time actually wasting one on a parking lot moron.
Viking Helmet from Village Hat Shop
If you’re going to be wearing one of these you’d better be Flavor Flav, hail from Minnesota, or qualify as one very raucous Saab owner ready to wreak havoc on the show field at Carlisle this spring. If your idea of Saab ownership is just as much Eric the Red as subdued Scandinavian, then we think this hat fits and it’ll get plenty of stares in the carpool lane when it sits atop your head, horns popping out of the open sunroof. Even better, at a reasonable $88 there’ll be no unnecessary pillaging in order to procure one.
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1:43 Scale Saab 96 V4 Rally of Sweden Racecar from IXO
What car enthusiast doesn’t have a scale model car or eight angling for prominent display in one’s office or home, often to the dismay of a spouse? If you’ve got the model car bug as badly as us then you’ll be ecstatic to see that IXO now offers the iconic Saab 96 V4 in 1972 Rally of Sweden Livery where it was driven by Stig Blomqvist.
Rallye Monte Carlo Wall Sign from Griot’s Garage
It’s well known that Saab helped establish its brand reputation with its David vs. Goliath rallying exploits. Though muddy two-strokes may be long parked in museums the folks at Griot’s Garage offer a way to celebrate this history with a cool 24 gauge steel garage sign mimicking official rally signage affixed to every competing car. The sign measures 17 inches wide by 7 inches tall and would make for great wall art in any Saab aficionado’s office or garage. Even better, at $29.99, you won’t feel guilty requesting one from your in-laws.
Fine timepieces and great cars seem to go hand in hand, and these days there is no shortage of co-branded watches in every carmaker’s lifestyle catalog. But once in a while you come across a watch that just looks like it belongs on a car lover’s wrist. We discovered the Welder line of watches, and fell in love with the K24 collection. The all-black version reminds us a bit of the Turbo X and features a carbon fiber background with a punched-out floating face. With its 48mm round case, The K24 is exceptionally simple, yet remarkably bold. It comes with two straps, one in black leather and the other in rubber. For $1195 it’s reasonably priced, too.
Mr. Saab Book
Erik Carlsson wasn’t just a rally driver for Saab, he was also one of the best PR men the company has ever known. He’s now retired and his book Mr. Saab is out of print, but we’ve found that ElkParts has a few copies of this most interesting tomb on a unique window of Saab’s history.
Vintage Black 900 T-Shirt from CafePress
Here’s one way to show your fandom for all-things Saab without being too over the top. There’s no Saab name on this particular shirt, simply a black silhouette profile of a lowered 900 SPG and since it’s from Café Press you can spec the logo on a wide range of clothing and even other accessories like coffee mugs.
Dinner at Aquavit & a Swedish Show
Swedes may be subdued, but get them drinking the anis-flavored Aquavit and they start chanting about ‘hell and gore’ or at least that’s what they tell those of us gringos who they invite along to dinner. We’d suggest you skip the hell and gore and go straight to Aquavit, a trendy New York restaurant known for its Swedish cuisine and drink cocktails made with Aquavit such as an Aquapolitan or Cranberry Caipirinha.
If you’re really feeling the need for Swede while in the Big Apple, we suggest pairing dinner at Aquavit with a showing of Mamma Mia, the musical based on the music of Swedish pop phenoms Abba.
Saab Logo Leather Keychain
Need a stocking stuffer or a gift for a Saab enthusiast Secret Santa target? We suggest this handsome leather Saab logo keychain from Amazon.com. It’s a cool look and a no-brainer at $10.95.