- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Each year when the holiday season approaches, it’s the same question. What’s new and “in” for car-enthusiast gifts? If you know a special person whom you’d describe as a car lover/ enthusiast, here are some ideas that could make a special someone a happy car buff this holiday season.

These selections would make me a happy camper because the ones I usually choose are items I personally would like to have as a gift. One holiday gift pick is a must and it can be used all year. It’s a Dan Lyons award-winning car calendar. Dan, who has been photographing cars for years and winning awards for his work, each year produces a collection of great car calendars.

My pick of Dan’s 2005 lineup is the 2005 Mustang calendar, which is a great collection of Mustang classics from the 1960s to present. Each month features a different Mustang. The Mustang Calendar sells for $11.99 and is available from Wal-Mart stores or www.walmart.com.

Other calendars from the Dan Lyons 2005 collection include the 2005 Thunderbird (Ford’s “Little Birds” from 1955 to 1957), 2005 British Sports Cars (classic two-seat Jags, MGs Triumphs, Morgans from the 1950s to the 1970s), 2005 Muscle Cars (classic American muscle cars from the 1960s and 1970s), 2005 American Classics (favorite American cars from the 1950s to the 1960s), and the 2005 Sports Cars (late-model domestic and imported sports cars).

For information on Dan Lyons award-winning calendars, go to www.calendars.com or www.LyonsOnWheels.com. Some of the Lyons calendars are also available at Walden Books and Borders.

Many car buffs labeled 2004 the “Year of the Mustang.” The all-new for 2005 Mustang hit the streets recently and once again Mustang models instantly became hits. Both old and new Mustangs are a popular subject of conversation among performance and vintage car lovers, and that’s 40 years after the first pony hit the streets.

So what could be better as a holiday gift for that special car buff than the new enthusiast book, “Ford Mustang: Forty Years of Fun”? The book covers the history of Mustang starting from its inception and continuing for 40 years, including never-before-published accounts of this American icon. Along with the interesting facts and behind-the-scenes information are colorful Mustang photos of all vintages in full color.

This story of Lee Iacocca’s “better idea” car was compiled by the auto editors of Consumer Guide and is available by calling toll-free 800/871-2022. The 256-page book, item No. 102-2299, sells for $24.95 plus shipping.

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