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June 13, 2010

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Father's Day finds: Car-driven gifts for all kinds of dads

Special to NWautos

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"The Allure of the Automobile: Driving in Style, 1930-1965"; the Power Hunt High Performance Personal Coffee Maker; Mariners car mats; Kangol knit driver's cap.

Dad may be the hardest person in the family to buy for, but if he loves cars and driving, Father's Day gift giving will be a cinch this year. Here are a few ideas for all types of dads.

For the dad who needs a little practice
Whether he is a great driver or could use some pointers, any dad can benefit from the driving schools offered by the BMW Car Club of America, Puget Sound Region. The chapter hosts two programs at Pacific Raceways throughout the summer -- the Car Control Clinic and the High-Performance Driving School. Car Control Clinic: $125; High-Performance Driving School: $235. bmwpugetsound.com/driving_schools.html.

For the dad who's a die-hard fan
If he bows at the Mariners' feet, put the Major League Baseball team at his with a set of Mariners car mats. Complete the theme with tickets to the team's Father's Day game against the Cincinnati Reds. Car mats: $37 for a set of two, Seattle Team Shop (various locations). Game tickets: prices vary, mariners.com.

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Wheelskins Deerskin Driving Gloves.

For the dad who loves the classics
Dad can dare to dream when he browses through "The Allure of the Automobile: Driving in Style, 1930-1965," by Ronald T. Labaco and Ken Gross. This recently released book presents 18 of the world's most coveted cars from brands like Bugatti, Porsche and Ferrari. $26, amazon.com.

For the dad who's dapper
He might have his sights set on that Porsche, but his budget isn't exactly cooperating. At least he can feel like he's in the elite by donning a pair of deerskin driving gloves or a classic driver's cap. Wheelskins Deerskin Driving Gloves: $56, autoseattle.com. Kangol knit driver's cap: $35, Nordstrom.

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The Nap Zapper Driver Alert Alarm.

For the dad who needs a wake-up call
If he has a long commute or simply finds himself nodding off after a long day of work, a Nap Zapper Driver Alert Alarm can (quite literally) be a lifesaver. This lightweight device slips over the ear and sounds an alarm if the driver's head tilts forward more than 30 degrees. $6, amazon.com.

For the dad who's a road warrior
No Starbucks nearby? Dad can get his morning coffee hit right from his car. The Power Hunt High Performance Personal Coffee Maker plugs into a 12-volt cigarette lighter (an additional power strip is recommended) and brews coffee in just three minutes. Its stainless steel mug has a magnetic base to prevent it from sliding out and an automatic shut-off prevents overheating. $50 (plus $31 for the power strip), roadtrucker.com.

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Mechanic's Lip Balm/Hand Salve.

For the dad who enjoys pampering
This isn't Mother's Day, so forget a gift certificate to the spa. But you can still appeal to Dad's softer side with a line of herbal skin-care products that can tackle even the dirtiest, greasiest hands. Mechanic's Hand Cleaner, $7; Mechanic's Lip Balm/Hand Salve, $7; Mechanic's Muscle Easing Salve, $7; Mechanic's Sun Block, $5. bustedknucklegarage.com.

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