Cincy Motorsports Journal's annual stab at helping you find that perfect gift for the motoring maven on your list.

Cars, Clothing and collectibles from Porsche of the Village and Maserati of Cincinnati, on Plainville Road, near Mariemont.  Die cast models of your favorite Porsches from the beginning of the marque through the present day models and some of the most memorable racing machinery are available in miniature.  It is important to accessorize and nothing feeds that need like clothing emblazoned with the Porsche emblem or the Maserati Trident.  Set your motorsport enthusiast apart from the crowd with shirts, jackets, hats and other fashion items from the boutique. 

If the swag is too soft for your target consider the Champion line of products for Porsches and get some serious performance upgrades.  Porsche Tequipment offers personalization items for the entire line of cars and SUVs that will make the vehicle even more unique and functional.  At Porsche your individuality is limited only by the bounds of possibility and almost everything is possible.

The last item on our Porsche of the Village list is the new 911, what the heck, who wouldn't like to have one in their driveway with a giant bow on the windshield?  The latest in the line of the world's most iconic sportscar the new 911 can be ordered today, stop in and see our friends Bruce or Ruth to get the details on owning or leasing for that special someone on your list, even if that someone is you!  513 271 3200  www.porscheofthevillage.com.

            If that new Porsche or Maserati does match the recipient's needs, check out the 2012 Fiat 500 at King's Fiat at King's Automall.  The Cincy Motorsports Journal staff enjoyed an extended test drive recently in a 500 and found it a wonderful little car with an exemplary ride and performance all around.  The Italians have always had the handle on ride quality and the Fiat 500 is a continuation of that expertise; the comfort level is that of a much larger car.  Fiat has eliminated the harshness usually associated with small cars without compromising the characteristics that make these cars fun to drive such as steering response, stopping power and cornering capabilities.  Interior room is copious and the appointments modern and comfortable with a vintage style not found on many new cars in this class, add the charm and quality to the size and efficiency and the Fiat 500 makes a great gift.  Stop by King's Fiat at the Automall and take a test drive, once you experience this car you will want to spread the joy, and they too look great with a giant bow on the windscreen!  www.fiatusaofcincinnati.com or 888 903 FIAT.

             We all have folks on our list that are excessively pragmatic and are always suggesting that they really would appreciate practical gifts.  (I personally love people like this, but then I bought my honey Snow Tires for Valentine's Day a few years ago "” and she still talks to me on a regular basis!)  European Auto Specialists in Blue Ash has the perfect answer for these folks-Service!  Most of us don't relish taking the car for service of any kind, this activity usually ranking right up there with invasive medical procedures on the holiday Fun-O-Meter.  If you're shopping around to please such a person, talk to Lee or John about getting their car in for some service, upgrades or restoration work over the winter whether it is a European, Japanese or American ride they can provide the expert technicians to get the job done right.  513 891 8450   www.euroautospecialists.com

             GoPro Cameras, available at Honda of Fairfield on Dixie Hwy, are designed for motorsports and extreme sport applications such as motorcycling or automotive track days, boating adventures and general aviation.  GoPro cameras are used by more motorsports professionals, race teams and core enthusiasts than any other camera in the world. The HD HERO2: Motorsports Edition is the most advanced GoPro camera yet. Wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197"¢ (60m), capable of capturing professional full 170º wide angle 1080p video and 11 megapixel photos at a rate of 10 photos per second, the HD HERO2 is the world's most versatile camera. Whether your goal is to capture footage of a spirited rip through backcountry roads or you want to capture and study lapping footage to learn how to set a new track record, the HD HERO2: Motorsports Edition is going to be one of your favorite motorsports purchases of all time.  After you capture your fast laps, race wins, big spins, or other motorized fun, send the Cincy Motorsports Journal.    www.hondaoffairfield.com.

            Racers all know the saying "To finish first, first you must finish" however Tow Pal Inc of Westchester reminds us the "To finish first, first you must get to the track."  Trailers can be a very useful utility item, but when you have a problem on the road it can be tremendously stressful; Tow Pal offers a subscription service geared to anyone towing anything that can help eliminate problems before they become catastrophic issues and park you on the side of the road.  Tow Pal placards are placed on the towed vehicle, trailer, camper etc. and feature a toll free phone number that fellow motorists can use to notify the driver of any problems.  Check out the website at www.towpal.com for more details, give the gift of protection this holiday season!    877-4-TowPal.

             Now that you have the car ready, you're dressed properly and have a new GoPro to record the fun you need an experience to top it all off and several local enterprises can help you with the "Gas it and G' portion of your holiday gift giving program.

The Motorsports Country Club of Cincinnati offers the opportunity for the family to get on track with a membership program that delivers European Style Karting in the Greater Cincinnati area.  The Silver Membership offers access to the track, guest passes and kart storage at the facility just like a traditional country club does for its golf and tennis members.  A scenic location in Clermont County on Route 50, the Motorsports Country Club of Cincinnati offers a 25' wide, 15 turn professionally designed road course with a variety of configurations on a seven tenths of a mile asphalt surface.  A selection of fast and slow turns are complimented by a 17 degree banked corner, proper safety barriers throughout, kart storage, kart repair and maintenance, Pro-Shop and an automated timing system that displays on flat screens in the clubhouse.  The Silver membership is available for under $2500 for a season of family fun.  Check their website at www.mccofcincinnati.com or call 513 304 1177 for more details.

For our two wheeled fans Cycle Options once again will be hosting several Track Days at Putnam Park in Greencastle Indiana.  Kenny Baker and his crew put on safe, fun events for those that enjoy the thrill of riding Sportbikes as they were meant to be ridden.  Groups that cater to novices that have not yet enjoyed riding on a track to the hardened veteran testing for their next race are featured each weekend.  The website www.cycleoptions.com has all the details and registration is open for the 2012 events.  Have Fun!

Track Days abound for the four wheeled aficionados also with 10/10ths Motorsports gift certificates.  Bill Neal and his group host track days with some twists that can add to your fun and excitement at several tracks including Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Putnam Park.  With a well defined program for everyone from the novice to the most experienced racers, 10/10ths Motorsports can get you on the track for a day filled with acceleration and adrenalin.  More details at www.1010thsmotorsports.com.

            While we are on the subject of Tracks, we cannot forget the area's jewel for motorsports facilities "” The Kentucky Speedway!  2012 Season ticket packages have just gone on sale this week and feature five NASCAR races for your enjoyment and entertainment. Priced from $179 to $279 for the season the seats at Kentucky are a significant bargain compared to other tracks and as we have seen, the racing is close and spectacular.  During a recent visit with Mike Schmaltz, Director of Communications, I got a glimpse into the improvements for the traffic flow and parking problems that plagued the Sprint Cup in 2011; look for RT35 in front of the Speedway to grow several lanes wider and a huge new parking area directly across from the Speedway gift shop and office complex.  Speaking of the gift shop, they carry a huge selection of genuine NASCAR memorabilia along with the Kentucky Speedway items.  Gift Certificates are available for tickets and swag for $25, $50 and $100 that will make you a winner with those on your list.  More information at www.kentuckyspeedway.com


 
 
Kurt Niemeyer is editor of Cincy Motorsports Journal. He has longtime ties to the racing and auto show communities. Visit Cincy Motorsports Journal online at www.cincymagazine.com for more facts and in-depth information. And connect with CMJ on Facebook "” Cincy Motorsports Journal "” to get weekly updates.