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Car enthusiast gift ideas for Father's Day

June 12, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
At a loss for what to get dad for Father's Day? You might want to think about cars. And while a new vehicle may be out of your budget, there are several other ideas that could be perfect for dad.

Most every dad likes cars. So why not surprise your dad with a classic beauty this Father's Day? No, you don't have to buy one. You can rent.

"Give us a call, go to our website, make a reservation, just let us know when, where, and how long you need it, and we'll deliver it," said Scott Mojonnier, Beverly Hills Rent-A-Car.

Beverly Hills Rent-A-Car offers the unusual option of renting a vintage car starting at about $400 per day.

Or maybe your father prefers to just admire old cars. If that's the case, plan a day for him at world class car museum The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar.

"Actually, it's the best-kept secret in Los Angeles," said Jack Nethercutt. "And dad would enjoy it, I'm sure. He'll be seeing cars that even he can remember."

It's not just cars there: vintage musical wonders are part of the show too. The Nethercutt is open Tuesday through Saturday, so plan a day there other than Father's Day. Admission is free.

The beauty of the Nethercutt cars is that they get out into the public, and they all run. One particular Duesenberg at the Nethercutt was used in the original "Great Gatsby" movie. It will be on the lawn at the Dana Point Concours d'Elegance.

The Dana Point Concours d'Elegance is another great gift idea for dad. It takes place June 23, has lots of great cars in a great setting, and it benefits several charities.

"The ocean and the sound of the ocean on the golf course, the green course with 200 cars is pretty spectacular," said Jeff Spellens, president of the Dana Point Concours.

If dad's into unusual car experiences send him on a vacation to the desert. That's where car companies test prototypes, and spy photographers try to capture images of them. One veteran photog has put together a "spy camp." If dad doesn't mind the heat, he can get pointers on how to catch the prime targets with his lens.

But if he's not into roughing it to see interesting rides, load up the car and head to Beverly Hills.

This Father's Day, Rodeo Drive will once again be shut down for the annual car show on one of the most famous streets in the world -- and it's free.

Sometimes the best gift doesn't cost anything, like spending time with dad doing what he likes.


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