It's very easy to get gloomy about the future for petrolheads. A ban on ICE, more and more traffic and, on the face of it, fewer people are learning to drive.
But there is a whole generation of young petrolheads who want to enjoy cars, and car-themed gifts are the perfect way to let their passion grow and bond with them too. Avoid the bad knock-off die-cast cars and get them something seriously cool with our guide to gifts for young petrolheads.
Best gifts for young petrolheads
1. Playmobil Porshe Taycan
A kids' model of one of the best-looking electric concept cars? Yes please. We at CAR rate the Porsche Taycan very highly so for Playmobil to now be offering a kids toy of the Mission E that inspired the Taycan is an awesome gift idea. Just don't get too jealous when you can't have a go.
2. Forza Horizon 4
Quite possibly the best car game on sale today, Forza Horizon 4 is a seriously impressive game. With arcade-like physics, it's easy for a child to play and with over 700 cars to choose from, it'll get them knowing about the coolest cars on earth. I mean, where else can you drive a Mercedes AMG 'Hammer', McLaren 600LT and an Austin Seven?
3. The Grand Tour A-Z of the car
A great book to get them hooked on cars, this book is filled with iconic brands and car-based trivia. If they're a fan of The Grand Tour then this book will be right up their street and help them learn about some seriously cool cars.
4. Junior sports car experience
What could be a better gift than letting them drive a sports car around a race track, and no we don't mean on Gran Turismo. For kids over the age of 10 (14 for Lydden Hill), they'll have a choice of a Porsche Boxster S, Subaru Impreza of Mitsubishi Eclipse. They will be accompanied by a trained professional too so you don't have to worry about them binning an Impreza.
5. Disney Mack hauler
A cool selection of models, Cars is a movie they'll have probably seen and will love. With all their favourite characters from the first movie, they'll have hours of enjoyment. Plus, when they'll all neatly fit back in the truck so you don't slip on one go flying down the stairs.
6. Airfix Ford 3 Litre GT
A model making kit, this Ford 3 Litre GT shouldn't be too hard for them to complete. Harbour their creativity as they learn how to paint and properly build a model car. Do it together or simply supervise but one thing is guaranteed, when they finish it, they'll take great pride in showing it off.
7. LEGO Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and Dodge Charger R/T
LEGO sets are always fun to play with and this is no exception. Two immediately iconic muscle cars and a drag strip set up will give them hours of fun. You can even swap in a huge supercharger to make the Charger R/T look even more impressive.
8. Ideapark remote control car
A nifty R/C car, this is designed for performing fun stunts. With a 4WD system and flippable sides, there is plenty of fun to be had with this. Drive it on nearly any surface or make it do the automotive equivalent of breakdancing like that Citroen C4 advert, only green. Plus we all love R/C cars at CAR so couldn't recommend one enough.