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Over 100 ideas in the 2011 F1 Fanatic Gift Guide

2011 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Update: Find the new F1 Fanatic gift guide for 2012 here:

Whether you’re an F1 fan with a wish list, or looking for a gift for the F1 Fanatic in your life, find over a hundred gifts ideas below.

This year’s list includes a range of new F1 DVDs, a fresh crop of books and a ??1,000 Scalextric model of Suzuka.

Find the right F1 gift for you below.

Videos | Games | Clothes | Mugs | Books | Pictures | Models | Race tickets | Calendars | More


2011 F1 season official review DVD

It’s long overdue, but the official F1 season review is available in high definition for the first time this year.

But you’ll have to wait until after Christmas to get your hands on it. Due to the late finish of the season the review, “He’s Done It Again”, is not in the shops until December 26th.

Buy the 2011 F1 season Blu-ray DVD | Buy the 2011 F1 season DVD


This terrific documentary of Ayrton Senna’s F1 career, constructed entirely out of period footage, will be an essential purchase for many F1 Fanatics.

Buy Senna on DVD
Buy Senna on Blu-ray
Buy Senna ‘Triple-play’: Blu-ray, DVD and digital versions plus ‘Making of’ production notes

Grand Prix Heroes series

Grand Prix Heroes DVDs
Grand Prix Heroes DVDs

A new series of 11 videos published by Duke which cover the careers of F1 drivers including Jackie Stewart, James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jody Scheckter, Mario Andretti, Ronnie Peterson, Clay Regazzoni and Peter Revson.

Another video tells the history of Frank Williams and his team, the last in the current series looks at Mika Hakkinen’s path to Formula 1.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011

Always a highlight of the racing season, the Goodwood Festival of Speed attracted countless great Formula 1 cars.

Buy the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011 review DVD

The DVD review of this year’s Goodwood Revival has also been released:

Buy the Goodwood Revival 2011 review DVD

Other motor sport DVDs

Season reviews and films from other racing championships:

More F1 season review DVDs

Fill the gaps in your collection:

Not enough for you? Here’s some more F1 video gift ideas.


F1 2011 – The official Formula 1 game

The second generation of Codemasters’ F1 game now features the safety car plus more players in multiplayer mode, as well as all the cars, drivers and tracks from the 2011 season.

It’s also now available for Nintendo 3DS as well as PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Buy F1 2011 for Sony PlayStation 3
Buy F1 2011 for Microsoft Xbox 360
Buy F1 2011 for PC
Buy F1 2011 for Nintendo 3DS

After you’ve grabbed yourself a copy, get gaming with the many other F1 Fanatics playing F1 2011 in the F1 Games groups.

Other racing games


F1 Fanatic T-shirts

Official F1 Fanatic wear is now available in a range of three styles:


F1 Fanatic "Real racers don't need team orders" mug

And you can get the same styles in mug form too:

Find all the F1 Fanatic gear in the Unlap F1 Fanatic shop


Memories of Senna

Prolific Senna biographer Christopher Hilton sadly passed away earlier this year. This is his latest book on the great Brazilian driver, published this year:

Buy Memories of Senna: Anecdotes and insights from those who knew him

McLaren: The wins

A history of McLaren’s racing victories. Also available as a boxed set with “McLaren: The cars”, detailing all their road and racing cars up to 2008.

Buy McLaren: The wins
Buy McLaren: The wins and McLaren: The cars boxed set

Red Bull Racing 2010 F1 car Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manual

Not quire everything you need to know to service an RB6, but this mock Haynes manual offers some interesting insight into modern F1 car design.

Buy the Red Bull Racing 2010 F1 car Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manual | Read the review

No Angel: The secret life of Bernie Ecclestone
No Angel: The secret life of Bernie Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone biographies

Just two months after Susan Watkins’s book on Bernie Ecclestone appeared, another biography of the F1 tycoon arrived from Tom Bower.

Watkins’ “Bernie” and Bower’s “No Angel” make for an interesting comparison in how different two books on the same subject can be: the former serious and quite sympathetic to its subject matter, the latter written with more flair but lacking in attention to detail in places.

Both are also available in paperback.

Buy Bernie: The biography of Bernie Ecclestone | Read the review
Buy No Angel: The secret life of Bernie Ecclestone | Read the review

In the name of glory: 1976, the greatest ever sporting duel

Soon to be the subject of a feature film, Tom Rubython tells the story of the 1976 F1 season and championship battle between Niki Lauda and James Hunt.

Buy In the name of glory: 1976, the greatest ever sporting duel

Tiff Gear: The autobiography of Tiff Needell

Fifth Gear (and former Top Gear) presenter Tiff Needell only had a brief career in Formula 1. But his autobiography, published this year, is packed with interesting anecdotes from the world of motor racing and motoring television, and plenty of Needell’s trenchant opinions.

Buy Tiff Gear: The autobiography of Tiff Needell | Read the review

Derek Bell: My racing life

Another former F1 driver best known for his driving in other disciplines: in this case Derek Bell’s remarkable sportscar racing record, including five victories in the Le Mans 24 |Hours.

Buy Derek Bell: My racing life

Driven by Desire: The Desire Wilson story

Desire Wilson’s claim to fame is being the only woman to win a race for F1 cars – not a championship event, but a round of the British series in 1980 at Brands Hatch. Wilson also tried to qualify for that year’s British Grand Prix, and makes some damning claims about her treatment at the hands of other F1 drivers.

Driven by Desire: The Desire Wilson story

Competition Car Aerodynamics

This updated second edition of Simon McBeath’s guide to racing car aerodynamics is very much one for the technically-minded.

Buy Competition Car Aerodynamics

Other F1 books

Collage - Jackie Stewart's new book

Some of the popular F1 titles released last year:

F1 annuals

Autocourse 2011-2012

The latest edition of the leading Grand Prix annual includes an electronic copy of the 1971 book.

Buy Autocourse 2011-2012

Autocourse eBooks

Autocourse are in the process of offering vintage editions of their earlier motor racing review annuals. The 1971 book is the only one available on CD at present, some other copies are available via their website:

Buy Autocourse eBooks

Autocourse: 60 years of world championship Grand Prix motor racing

An extra edition published last year to mark the first 60 seasons of the world championship.

Buy Autocourse: 60 Years of Grand Prix Motor Racing

Other F1 annuals

Alternative annuals with less expensive prics tags:

Not found the F1 book you’re looking for? Find more in the F1 books section.


PJ Tierney posters

Check out PJ’s fabulous series of Formula 1 prints.

Car-a-day by Rob Ijbema

Rob Ijbema paints a range of racing car pictures and supplied one for the runner-up in the 2011 F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship.

Darren Heath

F1 photographer Darren Heath’s spectacular pictures are available to buy as prints.


You can get cars for all the different drivers and teams – here’s a small selection of choices.

Race tickets

Start, Monaco, 2011
The Monaco Grand Prix

What could be a better present for an F1 fan than tickets to see a race?

Buy tickets for the race of your choice via the links below. Several of them offer “early bird” discounts if you buy tickets far in advance of the race.

And remember to join in the F1 Fanatic groups for each race to see who else is going:

NB. Tickets may not be available for all races yet.


A simple ‘stocking-filler’ idea:


Scalextric C1253 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:32 Scale Race Set

Race as Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button in this slot car set complete with cars, tracks and controllers.

Buy the Scalextric C1253 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:32 Scale Race Set

Suzuka Scalexrtric by JadlamRacing
Suzuka Scalexrtric by JadlamRacing

Suzuka Scalextric

Got plenty of space in your front room? Have more than a grand to blow on the ultimate slot car racing circuit?

This model of the Suzuka Circuit, home of the Japanese Grand Prix, comes with six cars which can race simultaneously and is built from 87 pieces of track. It’s yours for ??1,099:

Buy the Scalextric Digital Set SL43 Suzuka JadlamRacing Layout with six cars

Brooklands banking

Brooklands are selling the rights to sections of the banking to raise money to protect the historic circuit. Portions of the old track are sold by the square yard and prices start at ??95:

Ferrari Opus

This was included in last year’s gift guide – although it’s four-digit price tag put it beyond the reach of all but the richest Ferrari fans.

However there are now cheaper, cut-down versions of the book available for a variety of tablet devices and e-readers. Find out more here:

Amalgam 1:8-scale F1 car models

Huge 1:8-scale F1 car models with price tags to match – these cost around ??3,000 each.

Are you buying or hoping to receive an F1 gift this year? Share what’s on your list in the comments.

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