With the holidays coming it’s time to think about gifts. My wife will be the first one to tell you that car enthusiasts are impossible to shop for. The stuff we want is so specific, whether it’s a particular part or book or Hot Wheels, that she would have to spend days on eBay or some Facebook group full of jackals to find an item, and then it would still probably end up being wrong.
As someone who has recently rekindled an interest in plastic model kits I think they make a pretty good home run present. There’s enough diversity to get the right car or close to it, and attributes like color won’t matter. They’re simple enough for the casual tinkerer but complex enough if you want to get really hard core about it with customization, and they appeal to a variety of age groups.
What’s the best gift for a car enthusiast?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What car will go extinct in the next five years?“.
Rarely has a QotW elicited such a high ratio of answers from the same manufacturer. Sadly, as reader Alan put it, there was a “whoooole lotta Nissans nominated here,” starting with his own pick of the Nissan Cube. Specifically, Infinitis appear to be particularly doomed, with Fruity B. suggeting the Infiniti G35, Jim Klein naming the Infiniti M45, MikeRL411 just throwing all Infiniti models into the ring, and Taylor C. putting forth the Infiniti brand itself. Ouch.
Non-Nissan noms include danny‘s HC Mazda 929, speedie‘s lament for wagons in general, and JJ hilariously hoping for the demise of the Dodge Journey. It’s true, we didn’t specify that it had to be Japanese, and it is a terrible car. The winner, however, was returning champion Land Ark, whose screed about the second-gen Acura TL made us weep for the once-respected luxury sedan: