Gift Guide: 7 Perfect Pieces of Automotive Wall Art
Time is running out to buy your loved one the perfect present for Christmas. If you plan on having it shipped, time could be really tight. Further complicating things, the car lover in your family can be at once both the easiest and hardest person to shop for. On the one hand, you know you could always get them something car-related, but on the other, you know that said individual will most certainly be a connoisseur of all things automotive. Simply getting them any old neon sign that just says “Garage” won’t cut it. You need to get them something special. Here are a few ideas.
Nestled in the hills of Tennessee, Bristol Motor Speedway is one of the most recognizable tracks on the NASCAR circuit. It can pack 160,000 into this high banked circuit, dubbed “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.” This panorama lets you take in the whole track, and given its size, its comical to see how much of the image is taken up by the rest of the valley.
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Say your loved one is more into vintage European racing. There is no greater era than post-war for Ferraris, and no greater race than Le Mans. This poster features the impossibly beautiful Ferrari 250 TR59/60 going all out. (The artist would not have seen the ’61 racers, and so painted the TR59/60 that won the 1960 edition of the race.)
Have someone in your family that likes classic American cars or that rough aesthetic of rusted metal? This old pickup in a field could be ideal. It is broken into several pieces to make a really dramatic statement in your living room.
Have a Porsche lover in your family? The great thing about the Porsche 911 is how it has kept its overall shape through the decades. And with this framed poster you can compare six generations of the car and see how it has evolved with the times.
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Speaking of Porsche, one of the greatest on-film appearances from the German automaker was the movie “Le Mans,” featuring Steve McQueen. In one iconic scene shown in this poster, McQueen throws up the “two-finger salute” which is basically Europe’s version of flipping someone off. For the McQueen or racing fan, this is a great get!
The previous-generation BMW M3 was a V8-powered monster, and a brute the likes we may not see again. The M3 GTS was the road-track machine that car nuts dreamed of. And if you own one or know someone who wishes they owned one, this bit of wall art of the M3 GTS is ideal.
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OK so you could go with any of the other options, or you could go big with a big-ticket art piece. This painting of the 1911 Grand Prix of France is one of those items that you could actually sneak on to a nice living room wall without being called out as a gear head.
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