Gift Guide: Wheels 3D book

For the next three weeks on Wednesday, I’ll be showcasing new auto-themed products that you might find useful or could make a fun holiday gift. Today it’s a book—“Sports Illustrated Kids Wheels 3D”—that’s aimed at kinds but will make a great gift for gearheads of any age.

wheels3DRegular readers of this blog know that I’m a fan of 3D photography, especially of cars. (If you missed my previous 3D posts on this subject you can see them here and here.) This new book from Sports illustrated photographer, David Klutho, is filled with every kind of vehicle from monster trucks to RC miniature cars, motorcycles to muddy BMX bikes. At 11×11-inches, the book is oversized and reproduction is spectacular and the 80-pages won’t challenges younger reader’s attention spans.

For motorsports fans there’s Klutho’s impressive photographs of NASCAR races and racers but my favorite section is about John Force Racing with images of his racing operation and two knock-your-socks off portraits of his daughter Courtney, a serious funny car racer. These two side-by-side images clearly show the power of 3D photography and the use of pop-off-the-page images elsewhere in the book will keep you and your gearhead offspring entertained during the holidays.

The subject matter in the latter part of the book is clearly aimed at kids and filled with photographs of BMX, skateboards and RC cars. The section on motorcycles is lots of fun with great images of dirt bikes and motocrossers that literally and figuratively jump out off the book. The brief text supports Klutho’s amazing photographs and hey, maybe your kid might learn something too. But reading it together with them—there are two pair of 3D glasses included—will be a guaranteed bonding experience during the holidays and afterwards.