For the auto nut who's also an interior-design aficionado, custom graphic art producer Surface View will print a variety automobile cutaways -- pulled from the legendary Haynes Manual series of repair handbooks -- on everything from canvas to window blinds and even tiles. The selection of technical drawings is limited and British-flavored (Surface View is based in the UK) but includes such iconic vehicles as the Ford Capri and Cortina, Jaguar E-type, Land Rover MkII, Mini Cooper, Morris Minor, Porsche 911, and the VW Beetle, GTI ,and microbus. Non-automotive cutaways include a Spitfire warplane, BSA vintage motorcycle, and various circuit diagrams. Prints are available in black and white, neutral, primary, and vivid tones -- which means appealingly appalling combinations like a fluorescent pink VW bus on a field of lime. Custom orders are welcome, too.
View With A Vroom
Luxury eyewear designer Patty Perreira has a deep-seated love for sports cars. So much so, her latest limited edition piece, the Barton Perreira Stirling, has been greatly influenced in both form and function by expensive go-fast rides. These aren't another pair of generic aviators. Take a closer look, and you'll notice custom-colored carbon fiber imbedded in a 100% titanium frame. Lightweight and strong, these handcrafted sunglasses incorporate top-tier CR-39 Optical-Grade Plastic and Mineral Glass lenses as well as anti-slip bridges. They're polarized, too. Each pair is finely handcrafted in Japan and can be ordered in seven distinct colors. Like any precisely designed and built exotic car, the Stirlings don't come cheap. But given their quality and uniqueness, it's money well spent.
Brighten up your road trips with the new line of Icon LED flashlights. Two compact models are available; each features an aerospace-aluminum body for exceptional toughness and waterproof O-ring seals to keep the lights on whether it's raining hard or you drop the flashlight into water. The Rogue 1 design is smaller (4.5 inches) and uses one AA battery, while Rogue 2 is longer (6.5 inches) and requires two AA batteries. Both come in three stylish colors: silver, green and black.
The Can-Am Film Festival
Fans of classic auto racing will love this new DVD. "Can Am: The Speed Odyssey" captures all the sights and sounds of the Can-Am Challenge Cup from 1966 through 1973 -- a largely unrestricted series that showcased some of the fastest road-racing cars ever built. The film, created by Robert Nevision and narrated by racing legends Jim Hall and Sam Posey, includes rare footage gathered from old 16mm canisters, TV broadcasts, and even Super 8 movies filmed by the teams themselves. The top drivers are here, too: Andretti, Stewart, Gurney, Revson, McLaren, and many more. All in all, a magnificent, must-have tribute to one of racing's greatest-ever spectacles.