Frank H. Cicerale
January 1, 2008

The holiday season is upon us, and with the arrival of this joyous time of year comes the stress of maxed-out credit cards and strenuous trips to the shopping mall that undoubtedly include throwing a few choice words and phrases at that punk kid who just took your parking spot.

This is our third-annual "Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide," and we think we hit on some pretty cool gifts. We stayed late in the office perusing the Internet, getting paper cuts while flipping through catalogs, and had the CIA, the FBI, Homeland Security, the NSA, all four branches of the Armed Forces, and even a few of the boys from The Sopranos looking for the coolest, wildest, and downright greatest gifts we could find.

If you're looking for some quality reading time by the fire while the wife watches one of those cheesy holiday movies on the tube, then pour yourself a nice glass of Grappa, grab a few biscottis and pignoli cookies, and start ordering some gifts. Just make sure to use the wife's credit card so you can order that blower without maxing out your plastic.

Models: Lindsay Richardson; Jena Reinhart; and a slimmed-down, Cobra-driving Santa Claus

Give your wife or girlfriend an awesome and stylish present under the tree by wrapping up one of Saleen's women's windbreakers. The stylish pink and white jacket sports the Saleen logo as well as the number 84, signifying the first year of production of the Saleen Mustang. Priced at $74.99. Saleen; 800/888-9845;

On New Year's Eve, keep the champagne cold with the Ford Collection's insulated cooler tub. This lightweight cooler has a large, open, main area so you can fit that champagne, a six-pack, or a bottle of Sambuca, with enough ice to keep it cold until next year. At $29.00, it might be cheaper than the stuff you stock it with. (Note: Anything ordered from The Ford Collection can be had for 20 percent off by mentioning coupon code SEMA. Pretty cool, huh?) The Ford Collection; 888/380-6663;

If you have a GT500-or want to own one-show your pride with the Ford Collection's GT500 navy polo short with electric-blue color blocking. Available in sizes ranging from medium to XXL, the shirt comes with the GT500 logo embroidered on the front and the Ford logo embroidered on the back under the collar. Priced at $54.00, this shirt will look great on you. The Ford Collection; 888/380-6663;

Organization is one of the keys to success, so insist that Santa bring you an all-purpose, 17-inch can shelf from California Car Cover for the wall of your garage or trailer. Made of heavy-duty aluminum, the shelf handles a multitude of spray cans, and may be directly fitted to the wall. California Car Cover; 800/423-5525;

Everyone loves wheelies, even Santa. That's why you want him to put a Kocky Products' "FWD Can't" T-shirt under the tree for the missus. Available in small and medium sizes, the shirt is perfect for her to wear when you both go to the track. The shirt retails for $22.99. Kocky Products; 740/350-2079;

Stay warm during the winter months with the Ford Collection's Ford Racing leather and wool jacket. Priced at $338.00, the jacket comes in sizes ranging from medium to XXL, and showcases leather sleeves and pocket trim, along with a snap-font, quilted inner lining, and an inside pocket. The Ford Collection; 888/380-6663;

Way back in the day when Top Fuel dragsters were front-motored slingshots, a man by the name of Sneaky Pete Robinson campaigned a blown version of Ford's SOHC powerplant. That engine is re-created in all of its glory and ready for your desktop thanks to California Car Cover. Priced at $29.99, the engine features a highly detailed blower case, hollow zoomie pipe tubes, and a real blower belt. California Car Cover; 800/423-5525;

Nothing says "I love you" more during the holidays than a Roush Stage 3 Mustang die-cast car and accompany-ing Roush hat. The die-cast Stang is a smaller version of the real thing, with opening hood, trunk, doors, and other really cool stuff. Available in black or red, the car retails for $52.99. The hat is red and black and has the Roush logo embroidered on the front. It will set you back a mere $18.95. Roush Performance; 800/597-6874;

To make life easier on you dragstrip folks, check out Geddex's Burnout Guard, Slick Air, Wheels Up, and Dial-In. The Burnout Guard allows to you wipe off that rubber, while the Dial-In wipes off the window easily with a rag. Add in the Wheels Up wheelie bar marker to check the length of time you spend on the wheelie bar and a can of Slick Air that allows you to air up the slicks in the lanes, and you're ready for battle. The Burnout Guard, Wheels Up, and Dial-In retail at Summit Racing for $7.88, $6.95, and $5.88, respectively, while the Slick Air can be found at Jegs for $9.99. Summit Racing Equipment; 800/230-3030;; Jegs High Performance, 800/345-4545;

When the weather outside is frightful (read: raining), throw on this wonderful Royal Purple raincoat. Made of a PVC-coated nylon shell with a mesh nylon-lined body and mesh grommets, the raincoat is easily adjustable and will help keep you dry in the worst of downpours. The raincoat comes with the Royal Purple logo on the left chest and sells for $42.90. Royal Purple; 281/354-8600;

When it comes time to cuddle on the couch with your significant other, grab the Roush fleece you got each other and put them on to keep warm while watching the fire crackle. Available in green, berber, navy blue, black, and greenscape, the fleece will set you back $73.99. Roush Performance; 800/597-6874;

While the Saleen S7 might be out of the price range for most, rejoice as Saleen offers die-cast versions of the supercar. Available in white, silver, black, yellow, and Lizstick, the S7 car is the perfect gift to complement the Ford GT die-cast on your wish list. The die-cast version goes for a much-cheaper $44.99. Saleen; 800/888-8945;

If this were someone's garage, there would be a ton of power bristling within those walls. Thanks to, the same amount of power will be bristling under the tree with these highly detailed die-cast versions of the Shelby GT500 and the Ford GT. Both come with opening doors, hood, and decklid, and front wheels that turn. The GT500 runs for $84.95, while the GT will show up on your charge card to the amount of $69.95.; 715/874-6037;

OK, maybe your S197 Mustang isn't a Roush, but you can still grab Roush Performance's tool kit for your Stang. The kit mounts in the trunk and comes with a pair of needle-nose pliers, a multitip screwdriver, four wrenches, a tire-pressure gauge, a tire-tread measurer, a flashlight, gloves, and a one-of-a-kind Roush medallion. The kit is priced to sell at $289.09. Roush Performance; 800/597-6874;

Kill two birds with one stone by giving a Ford Racing hat to a brother or sister and the Cobra On Wheels youth sweatshirt to your kid. The hat sports the Ford Racing logo, comes with a back closer, and retails for $23.00. The bright-yellow sweatshirt comes in small, medium, large, and XL, showcases the Ford emblem and a snake spinning the rear tires, and will set you back $29.00. The Ford Collection; 888/380-6663;

Let California Car Cover's Tire-Tote keep your holiday dress clothes from getting sent to the dry cleaners. The Tire-Tote comes in a pair, and is a unique storage system that's designed to keep your tires protected as well as the garage neat. Made from durable 600D polyester, the Tire-Tote is made to fit most tires sized between 22 and 31 inches. Not only is it a practical gift, but it's a steal at $21.99. California Car Cover; 800/423-5525;

If you're looking for a great but inexpensive gift to give your sibling, then grab one of Holley's retro T-shirts. The 100-percent cotton shirt features a full-back screen-printed retro artwork, with the retro logo and engine on the left chest. Sizes range from small to XXXL; the price is $19.99. Holley Performance Products; 270/781-9741;

With Saleen's large selection of print T-shirts, you can give one as a gift and get one for yourself. Prices start at $19.99. Saleen; 800/888-8945;

Ditch those yucky, vinyl-covered, disco-era bar stools for these from The Ford Collection. The stools feature heavy-gauge steel frames that will stand up to anything, and the seats rotate a full 360 degrees. Trust us, if you spin long enough you'll get dizzy, and it won't be from the eggnog. Each stool will set you back $99.00. The Ford Collection; 888/380-6663;

Ladies, listen to your boyfriend or hubby scream "Ford!" on Christmas day when you give him the Callaway 14-way Ford golf bag. The 14-way top holds the clubs and showcases a special insulated cooler packet that allows the storage of a bottle of water or some other beverage (some of us golf better tipsy). C'mon ladies, the $159.00 price tag is worth it-we swear! The Ford Collection; 888/380-6663;

A nice little gift to put under the tree is California Car Cover's duster combination kit. Featuring a wooden-handled small and large custom car duster, the kit is only $24.99. It's the perfect way to say "I love you"-to the car, that is. California Car Cover; 800/423-5525;

Obviously, we think die-cast cars are cool, but so is keeping them safe. While GMP's '66 Custom 5.0 Ford Fairlane Street Fighter die-cast and's '05 Mustang GT convertible and '67 Shelby GT500E Eleanor die-cast cars are cool, storing them in California Car Cover's die-cast display case is the best way to keep them protected and clean. The case is backed by a mirror, has a hinged cover to give you access to the cars, and can hold up to six 1:18 scale die-casts. Not bad for $74.99. By the way, the Fairlane goes for $129.99, the drop-top Stang for $69.95, and the Eleanor for $44.95. California Car Cover; 800/423-5525;; GMP Die Cast; 800/536-1637;;; 715/874-6037;

Tell the wife you'd have an easier time taking out the trash if she got you California Car Cover's diamond-plate trash can for the holidays. The trash can comes with a swing lid, measures 28 inches tall, prices out at $179.99, and looks right at home in the kitchen as well as the garage. OK, the trash thing may be pushing it, but the excuse is good! California Car Cover; 800/423-5525;

For the college kid in the family with a love of Mustangs, give him or her a Royal Purple college cap for $7.43. The hat sports the Royal Purple lettering and comes with a Velcro adjustable back, so it will fit heads from mild to wild. Royal Purple; 281/354-8600;

Guys like shoes just as much as girls do, as long as they're Saleen track shoes, that is. Carrying a price tag of $50.00, the shoes are ultra-comfortable for those looking for great pedal feel at the track, and they feature the ever-cool Saleen logo. Don't forget to add in the Saleen pencils for a great stocking stuffer at $5.00. Saleen; 800/888-9845;

Who needs trains under the tree when you can have these really cool accessories from GMP to go along with that wicked notchback Mustang die-cast car you got? Surrounding the Dark Horse '85 Drag Mustang ($99.95) is the professional shop equipment set ($69.95), drag wheel and tire set ($9.95), blown Ford SOHC engine ($17.95), wheel chock set ($1.95), and shop equipment set ($49.95). Features include a realistic engine hoist, blower motor, and tire balancer. GMP Die Cast; 800/536-1637;

In his new book, Darrell Russell: Broad Smiles, Quarter-Miles, Senior Editor Rob Geiger remembers his friend, Top Fuel driver Darrell Russell, who was killed in an on-track accident in 2004. This book is filled with stories of Russell's life, ranging from his youth all the way to his seat time behind the wheel of the famed Joe Amato-owned, 330-mph, nitro-powered rail. The book is offered exclusively through Jegs for $24.95, and all of the proceeds go towards DRAW, a foundation that helps injured racers. C'mon everyone, it's the season for giving! Jegs High Performance; 800/345-4545;

What better way to show off the Roush colors as well as the holiday scheme than with the red and white umbrella from Roush. Priced at $24.99, the umbrella features the Roush logo and is big enough for you, your loved one, and some mistletoe. Roush Performance; 800/597-6874;

Make sure your other half wakes up with a smile on his or her face each morning. No, we're not talking about that. C'mon people, get with it! We're talking about waking up to an 8,000hp, nitromethane-fueled wake-up call emanating from California Car Cover's drag-racing alarm clock. The clock has a fully functional alarm with snooze option. When it's time to wake up, the dragster comes to life at an idle as the stage lights come on. The tree falls, and you hear the beast go to wide-open throttle. At $29.99, neither you nor your friends will stop hitting the demo button.-just ask Tech Editor Mike Galimi. California Car Cover; 800/423-5525;

Match those holiday decorations with a setup of the Steeda '93 Cobra R road-race die-cast car preparing for another race. Thanks to the Ford Racing Tool and Trailer kit from GMP, which comes with jackstands, a welder, a battery charger, and a trailer that would look great hooked up to a die-cast Lightning, the set and the car will look great on your coffee table. The car retails at $99.95 and the kit at $64.95. GMP Die Cast; 800/536-1637;

Since we know you got the GT500 bar stool, why not complement it with the Ford swivel bar stool from California Car Cover? The eye-catching billet-aluminum logo serves as a backrest, while the base swivels 360 degrees. Priced at $129.99, it's the perfect addition to any home. California Car Cover; 800/423-5525; www.calcarcover.coM

Make sure the passenger in your Mustang or Ford is as comfortable and stylish as you, with Royal Purple's embroidered seat cover. It simply slips over the headrest, comes with the Royal Purple logo, and will set you back only $22.55. Royal Purple; 281/354-8600;

Add some color to that rec room or the garage with one of California Car Cover's oil-can backlit signs. We got the STP one, but California Car Cover offers Shell, Sinclair, Sunoco, and Texaco ones as well. The light will set you back $229.99, and it can be placed on the floor or hung on the wall. California Car Cover; 800/423-5525;

If your spouse insists you keep the obscenities to a bare minimum each time you try to put your Mustang on ramps to change the oil, then ask her to get you a set of Race Ramps' Sport Ramps. The Sport Ramps were designed for cars with wide tires and a low front end. They're lightweight and work great. Prices range from $135.00 to $299.00, and trust us, they're worth it. Race Ramps; 866/404-2788;

Give your kid a Mustang of his own-just have Santa drop one of Warehouse 36's '65 Mustang pedal cars under the tree. Available in either red or blue, the cars come with some assembly required. These Stangs are much cheaper than their full-size brothers, as the Fred Flintstone-powered car will empty the bank account by only $259.99. Warehouse 36; 800/293-9793;

While you may be in the doghouse by default, make sure you go into jail properly dressed. Thanks to this nifty T-shirt from Kocky's Products, you can show off your inmate number-the firing order of a small-block Ford. Available in black, gray, white, and orange, the T-shirts are a great gift at $19.99. Kocky Products; 740/350-2079;

Look at all of these great stocking stuffers. With the 52-ounce Bubba Keg from the Ford Collection filled with your favorite holiday drink, you might not want to come home from any of those wonderful family visits. The keg is made of stainless steel and plastic, features a spill-proof, screw-on lid, and has a nifty handle, all for just $19.00. Throw in the GT500 keychain ($6.00) for that blown car sitting in your driveway, and you'll have a constant reminder of the power in your pocket. Keep the boredom to a minimum with the tic-tac-toe game ($18.00), and your breath fresh with the box of Ford-branded Spearmint Beechies chewing gum ($16.00). Those wanting to chug their morning coffee with supercar potential should check out the Ford GT coffee mug ($12.00). The Ford Collection; 888/380-6663;

I made my list and checked it twice. Now it's time to make the trip back to the North Pole in my Cobra with the elves. What, did you think I was still riding in that wimpy sleigh? Fagetaboudit!

These dashing 1:6-scale dashboards measure approxi-mately 9 inches wide by 6 inches high; are made of die-cast and plastic construction; and feature an optional built-in business-card holder, model-identification plaque, realistic switches, turn-signal detents, opening ashtray, opening glovebox with reproduction automobile owner's manual, working dashboard lights, ignition keys, and more. The '65 Mustang dashboards are offered in red and black. GMP Die Cast; 800/536-1637;