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ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS… | Gearhead’s wish list

It is not easy to find the right gift for the discerning gentleman. This holds true especially for car guys, who spend every Sunday washing and waxing their four-wheeled mistresses. Their taste vary too and some of their car related accessories can be a bit tacky at times, like dashboard bobble-head of playboy playmates, shirts that say “VTEC kicked in FKR!” and brake dish ash trays that does not blend with the family room. If you’re out to buy your special guy (even if that special guy is yourself), let me help choose from an array of gift suggestions that might rev his excitement this Christmas.

Blaupunkt dashcam

Blaupunkt dashcam

Blaupunkt DVR Dash Camera

A relatively new brand for the ‘plug and play’ dash cam market, this dash camera is from the well-respected German manufacturer Blaupunkt, the DVR BP 2.0 and 3.0 FHD Is worth considering due to its unbelievable price of just P3,150 for the entry level BP 2.0, sleek and compact design; and it weighs only only 50 grams. Measuring at just 63 x 58 x 30 mm, both the the DVR BP 2.0 and 3.0 are discreet but still manages to record in full crystal clear 1080p HD. It also has a built-in microphone and speaker.

The Blaupunkt DVR BP 2.0FHD also has a superb 120 degree ultra wide viewing angle; making it ideal for capturing large amounts of action from the road ahead. Storing the footage is easy as the camera accepts micro SD cards up to 32GB and with this units excellent loop recording facility it will allow for continuous recording so you’ll never have to worry about missing that all important video evidence.

Another important feature of the Blaupunkt DVR BP 2.0FHD is its internal G-sensor, this sensor is fully adjustable and can be set at a high, medium or low level. This will ensure that in the event of a collision or harsh braking the motion G-shock sensor will automatically activate the cameras emergency recording mode. These video files are then fully protected and saved and can’t be overwritten by the loop recording function and can therefore be watched back at a later date and possibly used as evidence against another driver.

Maxliner floormat

Maxliner floormat

Maxliner floor mats

It is quite a hassle when a liquid substance is spilled in your car’s carpet. Not only will it leave a stench inside your vehicle, worse, you will have to pay a hefty amount of money to have the interiors of your car cleaned and detailed.

Maxliner, a known OEM supplier of bedliners aims to address this spillage problem with its 3D digital mapped floormats. It is an inexpensive and basic universal floor mat designed to provide some protection for your car’s carpet or spruce up an older car on a tight budget. Check out a full range of luggage, bicycle racks, bedliners and floormats at the Outdoors Club in at the Ground Floor of the Banco de Oro Bldg. 2, Ortigas Avenue, West Greenhills, San Juan.

Mitsubishi Pajero on Black Rhino

BR Pajero

Black Rhino wheels

Black Rhino wheels are engineered to carry the heavy loads often associated with Trucks and SUVs. “All of our wheels are either hub centric or supplied with centering rings to ensure a smooth vibration free ride. The wheels come in 17″, 18″, 20″ and 22″ sizes in a variety of finishes – Matte Black, Gloss Black with Machine, Matte Black with Matte Machine, 5,6 and 8 Lug, all depending on what perfectly suits your truck, lifted truck and SUV, says Ryan Gallagher, head of sales of TSW, USA.

The Black Rhino truck and SUV wheels lineup is built with two types of vehicles in mind. The first set-up is for Trucks or SUV’s with negative offset that works perfectly for those wanting an Extreme lift stance. The second is for more street friendly vehicles that you want to give that stylish look to set it apart from all other vehicles.

Those who want to level up their game, Black Rhino wheels are available in dealers nationwide or log on to

OMP compressors

OMP compressors

Emergency buddy from OMP

With numerous brands of small air compressors being sold in the market, finding the right one can be a bit tricky, but definitely worth your while when you find the prefect model for your requirements. OMP, a global brand recognized for its rich heritage in automotive racing has engineered and designed a compact air compressor which has a smaller motor for less noise and vibration.

Aside from its affordability, the OMP Meccanica series air compressor provides a quick and effortless inflation of automotive, motorcycle, bicycle tires, sporting equipment and small inflatable. A long three meters cord comes with it for easy access to inflating car tires. During night emergency inflation, four LED lights provide illumination while you work on your tires.

OMP’s line of compact air compressors and battery jump starters are available to Blade lifestyle shops in SM and Robinson’s malls around the country.

Rhino Wheels Volk

Rhino Wheels Volk

Wheels by Volk Rays Engineering

Rays has been involved in the world’s highest-level motor races, such as the F1 and GT1 World Championships, as well as in all categories of car racing that transcend the competitive level.

Rays has won championships in various categories of car racing, but victory is not the only reason why Volk Rays take part in car racing. The know-how required to make wheels lighter and stronger can also be leveraged in the manufacture of forged wheels and cast sport wheels, both of which are celebrated for their high performance, as well as the dress-up wheels that decorate sedan and minivan bodies. To that end, Rays has stuck resolutely to in-house development and production and, most importantly, production in Japan. All of this is exemplified by Rays’ slogan: “The concept is racing.”

Tamiya 4WD

Mini 4WD drive fun

Enjoy life in the fast lane in scale with these Tamiya Mini 4WD. These miniature off-road machines are AA battery powered plastic model race cars without remote control. All four (4) wheels are direct-drive, thus “4WD” for 4-wheel drive, as opposed to “AWD” or All-wheel drive. Horizontal side rollers guide the vehicle against the vertical walls of the un-banked track for steering, providing very fast speeds up to 65 km/H[1] (40 mph) on the track. In Japan, Mini 4WD is also known as mini yonku in Japanese

Tamiya Mini 4WD’s have a small electric motor equipped with four wheel drive drivetrain. Motor power is transmitted to the wheels via propeller shaft and worm gears just like the prototypes. Requires no cement for construction. These are action model kits that will provide hours of enjoyment in building and running.

Tamiya 4WD and model kits are available in Hobbes and Landes and in Blade Lifestyle stores in SM and Robinson’s Malls around the country.