Although I no longer work in racing, I still think of it often. And I have plans to remain involved in some way – more on that another time.

It doesn’t mean I’m going to become a racing blogger (I prefer to keep my racing opinions to myself)- and besides, there’s already a good group of bloggers covering that spectrum for all of us.

What do I know? I know style, gadgets, fashion, and cool stuff. So that’s what you get from me today (and possibly subsequent posts).

Whether you’re a driver, mechanic, photographer, blogger or dedicated race fan – you’ll find the following items, ideal additions to your racing season.

Add a little style into your life, while giving a nod to the sport you love.

First up – I’m going with an easy win. And it involves Steve McQueen. Grab a pair of these Persol Steve McQueen Special Edition sunglasses. They may cost you around $250.00, but how cool will you look walking around the Milwaukee Mile? Answer: exceedingly.

Steve McQueen™ Special Edition Collection
Steve McQueen™ Special Edition Collection

After you’ve eaten 6 brats and arrived home from the Milwaukee Mile, you’re probably going to want to sit on the couch and relax. If you’re tired of watching Driven over and over (I know I am), go ahead and treat yourself to Senna on Blu-ray. I’m a big fan of this film, despite no interviews with Gerhard Berger. Regardless, sit in your man cave and watch Senna drive the sh*t out of these machines.

I am in love with these Autodromo watches at the moment. They’re a bargain at $425 and combine a vintage race feel with a classic, contemporary look. Buy one and you’ll feel like Sir Stirling Moss or Juan Manuel Fangio. You will, trust me.

Beautiful watches from Autodromo
Beautiful watches from Autodromo
A comfy IMS t-shirt
A comfy IMS t-shirt

May is just around the corner and you’ll need a hip racing related t-shirt. This might be the most comfortable t-shirt I’ve ever worn (aside from anything produced by RobotoWear). So grab this from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway gift shop or online, for just $28. When you call in ‘sick’ on carb day, this shirt will make you feel better. Maybe you can get ZZ Top to sign it, too. Seriously, buy it.

This is slightly old news, but still decently cool. If you’re like me when you travel, you get lost constantly. I’ve learned to drive with an iPad in my lap using Google Maps and invariably missing exits, turns or a donut shop. If you like gadgets, driving and not getting lost, invest in a GPS device. Or even better, a TomTom device with voice instructions from Juan Pablo Montoya, Dario Franchitti or Scott Dixon. Here’s a quote from Franchitti, most likely written by a PR person or intern:

I’m lost without my TomTom, and use it daily whether I’m in the US or back home in Scotland. It’s impressive to see a company like TomTom leveraging their relationship with the race team and doing some real activation by getting all three Target drivers’ voices online for race fans. I hope a lot of people will get a kick out of this.

Who am I to judge? It’s a cool device and brilliant idea, so well done TomTom. Now how do I get a version with Tomas Scheckter giving directions and advice?

Spitfire tie
Spitfire tie

People don’t wear enough ties. So whether you’re going on a job interview, a date, an awards dinner or prepping for a court appearance, you always need a good tie at your fingertips. What says “I’m an affluent race fan” better than this Spitfire inspired tie from The Goodwood, Festival of Speed online shop? For one, it’s INSPIRED BY A SPITFIRE. That’s enough by itself. But it’s also got strong ties (see what I did there?) to Goodwood – one of racing’s holy lands. And let’s face it, it’s a rather dapper tie – I’m wearing three right now.

I used to want to be Nelson Piquet when I grew up – so I hung up posters and got stickers and so on. Nowadays, technology lets us get even closer. Now you can pretend to be Nelson Piquet, Jr., with this incredibly well (and beautifully) designed SimRacingWorld Steering Wheel. It’s compatible with a slew of video games/platforms, including the incomparable iRacing. Boot up your Commodore 64, don your Piquet Jr. sweatpants and start racing with this geekalicious steering wheel. Oh to be a kid again…

One amazing steering wheel
One amazing steering wheel

That’s it for now, but I plan on adding in some more ideas as the race season progresses. Start shopping – it’s not a bad way to spend a $1000.

If you’ve got suggestions or ideas, I’d love to hear them. Zoom Zoom.