We all can't live in Southern California, where every Sunday seems to afford open roads and ideal temperatures for an afternoon of driving classic cars. That's why we never take a perfect summer day for granted—and you shouldn't, either—as vintage rally car season is upon us. After you've collected some friends with drivable classics and plotted a route, you'll need to assemble your gear for a day or two of motoring. With these tools on hand, you can spend more time paying less attention to wherever the ribbon of asphalt leads you.
Autodromo Prototipo Chronograph - Brian Redman Gold Edition
Racing legend Brian Redman has an illustrious career racing the Porsches, Fords, and Ferraris that have become collectible classics, and our pals at Autodromo have the commemorative piece to honor his successes. To our eyes, the Prototipo Chronograph Brian Redman edition, which takes its color scheme inspiration from Redman's Porsche 908/02, contrasts brilliantly against a thin, wooden steering wheel of an open-top classic. Interested? Better get your order in now, as Autodromo will for $775, including 100 with 18-karat gold plating for $1200.
CRKT Get-a-Way Driver
It's no secret that maintenance is part and parcel of running a classic car. Oregon-based has the answer for most quick fixes, the Get-a-Way Driver: a screwdriver, angle driver, flashlight, wrench, pry bar, and hex bit driver. The multi-tool won't replace your toolkit outright, but it'll definitely lighten the load, and It's also useful for cracking open an icy Fentiman's after a long stretch on the road. It's $19.99 at CRKT.
Leatherman Carabiner Accessory
There's nothing we appreciate more than simple, functional technology. (Witness our affinity for straightforwardness in automotive form.) It's easy to appreciate the lack of pretention in the design of the Leatherman Carabiner Accessory, which doubles as a tool in a pinch and the guardian of the many car keys in your life. We see countless potential uses for this conduit tool, but we don't recommend its use when your pal's Spitfire needs a tug. , it's a steal.
GoPro Hero+ LCD
The novelty of the GoPro portable HD video camera refuses to wear off. It's the next best thing to having a co-driver with a degree in cinema studies—and, unlike said co-driver, it's practically indestructible. The Hero+ LCD adds a compact screen to the back of the wi-fi- and Bluetooth-enabled camera, making it easier to get exactly the hero shot you need. Consider the rally recap video already in the can. .
Herschel Novel Duffle
Overnighting along the journey? You'll need to pack lightly, with only the essentials. Luckily, the Herschel Novel Duffle is the perfect accouterment for a day of driving. Available in no fewer than 30 colors and styles, you can easily grab the compact (11.5 x 20.5 x 11 inch) duffle by the handles and hoist it into almost any boot. Fold your tweed jacket over the top, once stored, and you're ready to go. We'll have ours in .