• Just in case you didn't know, Father's Day is a week away on 20 June.
• Automakers like Ford, Renault, Volvo, and Volkswagen have online merchandise stores in South Africa.
• The items listed consists of t-shirts, mugs and keyrings.
• For more motoring stories, visit Wheels24.
Father's Day comes around once a year when most dads are treated to lavish praises, and even afforded a rare day of relaxation.
For those that are fortunate to still have their father figures walking the earth, is a blessing - though it is also worth remembering that there are women out there that play the roles of both.
Most people find a love for cars because of their Dad - whether they used to be a racer, or just love working on cars back in their day. Dads often bear most of the brunt when a teenager's fury is unleashed, possibly due to mood changes or the aftermath of that first breakup.
Getting the ideal gift
Some call them 'Daddy', others refer to them as 'Pops', or 'Timer', but there is always mutual respect between child and parent. Being present and involved in their lives no matter the situation is invaluable.
According to Fatherhood, respecting your children's mother, spending time with your child(ren), listening first, talking second and disciplining with love are some of the ways in which to be a better dad.
Do you have a petrolhead-inspired Father's Day story? Please email us here, or share your thoughts in the comments section below.
If your dad is an avid petrolhead, the likes of Ford, Renault, Volvo, and Volkswagen have local online stores with a whole host of products available like wallets, golfer shirts, and mugs which could turn the mundane items into really special ones.
Father's Day this year (20 June) might be just five days short of when most people get paid, but the great thing is that most of the merchandise advertised on the various sites are priced at R500 or below - not leaving too much of a dent in one's pocket.
The Franschhoek Motor Museum has also become a popular attraction to spend the day and gaze at the rarest vehicles ever produced. If there is still extra cash to splash, advanced driving courses is yet another option to consider.
If you're having a tough time choosing a gift to buy your or another petrolhead Dad something for Father's Day, these affordable options from various automakers are a real treat:
Ford (scroll left and right to view images)
Ford Mens Golf Shirt - R270.54
Ford Biltong Pro Knife - R362.79
Ford Oval 1LT Thermal Flask - R221.34
Ford Script Cap - R172.14
Renault (scroll left and right to view images)
Renault Tube Cooler with Sound Box - R337.15 (excl. VAT)
Renault Men's LS Kensington Shirt - R208.26 (excl. VAT)
Renault 3 Piece Braai Set Aluminium Gift Box - R258.26 (excl. VAT)
Renault Omega Eleven Gift Set - R170.66 (excl. VAT)
Volvo (scroll left and right to view images)
Volvo Baseline Backpack - R113.00 (excl. VAT)
Volvo Carafe with Oak Stopper - R481.70 (excl. VAT)
Volvo Butchers Block Carving Set - R216.48 (excl. VAT)
Volvo Mens Navy Golfer - R135.04 (excl. VAT)
Volkswagen (scroll left and right to view images)
VW Motorsport Team Cap - R259
GTI Redline Toiletries Bag - R329
VW Vintage Butcher Set - R299
VW Amarok Handy Braai Set - R360
Men's New GTI 8 Polo - R429