1. BlueDriver Bluetooth Professional OBDII Scan Tool for iPhone, iPad & Android
All cars in the U.S. manufactured in 1996 or later come equipped with OBDII. With an ODBII Scan Tool like this BlueDriver Bluetooth Professional, you can easily plug it in, connect to your phone and see immediately what's causing that pesky check engine light. Even better, it provides the most common reported reasons for why you're getting the code, options on how to make repairs and the ability to clear codes, even enhanced ones. Our favorite tool is the "Smog Check". We recently had a pesky CEL on our Cayenne due to a problem in the evaporative system. 9 times out of 10 this is due to a faulty gas cap seal, but the resulting CEL won't let you pass the smog inspection test. Using our BlueDriver we were able to reset the light, and watch the "smog check readiness" section to know we could safely go to the garage and pass with no issues. Now, we just need to order a new gas cap! These make a great gift as they can be used on your Porsche or any other car in your family! Get yours on Amazon.com for $99.95
2. SONIC Tools Porsche 10MM rail
If you do any of your own Porsche repairs or maintenance, you know the need for a variety of 10mm sockets. It seems like you can never have enough of them, or have the one with the right angle. Well, we talked with the folks over at SONIC Tools and they put together this Porsche specific 10MM rail for us (here's our review). It's a great system, that comes with the organizational rail plus the following 8 sockets: Flank Socket 1/4" 6pt., Deep Socket 1/4" 6pt., Universal Joint 1/4", Cardan Socket 1/4" 12pt., Flank Socket 3/8" 6pt., Deep Socket 3/8" 6pt., Universal Joint 3/8", Cardan Socket 3/8" 12pt. Right now, you can get a rail for your Dad, your grad or for yourself for $74.99. However, you have to act soon as that special pricing is for FLATSIXES.com readers only and it ends on June 19th. After that regular pricing will be raised to $99.99. In addition to the rail discount, SONIC is also offering 20% off their Modular Storage and Shelving, http://www.sonictoolsusa.com/storage-systems/storage-systems-filled/modular-storage-mss>25% off all filled drawers and 10% off everything else.
3. Martini Beach Towel
When I first got this towel for John I thought he might be a little self conscious using it at the beach. Now, 3-years later, it's still his go to beach towel and gets packed into the 911 for any track event (you never know when you're going to need a towel). At 6.5' x 3.2' in size, this towel is huge. It's more like a sheet than a towel and works fantastic for lying on the sand. Even better, after 3-years of pretty heavy use the colors haven't faded and the towel is softer than ever. I was a bit hesitant when I purchased it given the price. Now, seeing how much use it's had and the quality of the towel I can confidently say this was a value buy. In fact, we've since bought 3 others so we have a set of 4. You can pick yours up on Amazon.com for $85.
4. Porsche Turbo: The Inside Story of Stuttgart's Turbocharged Road and Race Cars
As you can imagine, we receive books on a weekly basis. Editors want us to review them and we're happy to oblige. Of everything that's shown up recently, Randy Leffingwell's most recent book is one of our favorites!
Porsche made history when it brought turbocharging to the racing world in the form of the 917. When strict regulations regarding engine displacement took away the option of bigger engines, manufacturers turned to forced induction. In its wildest trim, the original 12-cylinder turbocharged Porsche racing engine yielded as much as 1,400 horsepower! Porsche's official philosophy was that racing cars must have a connection to street cars, so it was preordained that Porsche would eventually produce a turbocharged version of its air-cooled flat-six cylinder engine.
The resulting 930 Turbo appeared in the spring of 1975 in Europe. Acceleration from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour took a scant 5.5 seconds, and its top speed was 155 miles per hour. The Turbo's distinctive rear wing let the world know that this was something very special. It was nothing less than the rebirth of the high-performance automobile. At a time when the big-block engines in America's so-called "muscle cars" were putting out 180 horsepower and the engines in exotic supercars weren't much more ambitious, the lightweight Porsche was a genuine rocket.
Porsche Turbo: The Inside Story of Stuttgart's Turbocharged Road and Race Cars celebrates Porsche's five decades of turbocharged supercar performance, both on the track and on the street. It covers all of the major racing cars as well as the turbocharged street cars, including the 930, 935, 924, 944, 968, 911, and Cayenne Panamera. Don't let this one fly past you!
5. Turbo Charge Your Morning Coffee Mug
What better way to start off your morning than with your favorite cup of coffee in a Porsche themed mug. Designed for FLATSIXES.com by our friend and contributor, Brett Sloan, the artwork on our new coffee mug features iconic parts from Porsches across multiple generations (Big Red Brakes, 930 Steering Wheel, Boost Gauge, Fan, Shift Knob, Turbo and a Fuchs Wheel). At 15 oz. in size, this ceramic mug is generous in proportion, fits well in your hand and is dishwasher and microwave safe. We're producing these on demand so please allow at least 5 to 7 business days for delivery. Cost is $19.95 per mug (plus $5 shipping for the first mug and $2 for each additional one) and you're supporting your favorite Porsche related web site at the same time!
6. KDLINKS X1 Full-HD Wide Angle Car Dashboard Camcorder with GPS, G-Sensor & WDR Superior Night Mode
Technology has improved so much and prices have dropped to unheard of levels that it's crazy to drive around these days without a dashcam. Insurance costs are on the rise and the value of many of our Porsches keep increasing. Imagine the nightmare of experiencing an accident with no witnesses. With a dashcam recording everything that happens there's no more worry. The KDLINKS camera we feature here is the best selling camera on Amazon for its crystal clear video, GPS capabilities (will track your speed and location), ease of use and overall good customer support. It's the most expensive gift on our list, but at $169 it's cheap insurance that could pay off in a huge way in the unfortunate instance the the video is ever needed.
7.Porsche Design Drivers Polo
Available in three (3) striking colors: titanium white, hero blue and black, the Porsche Design Drivers Polo is unique in its hydrophilic finish to repel water and keep you dry. The collar zips closed vs. buttons and the branding is tastefully subtle. Cut for style, these polos run slightly small so be sure to check the sizing chart and order a size up if needed. Available on the Porsche Design web-site for $180.