981 Inspired Limited Edition - Really Unique Driving Gear!Limited production of only 9 exclusive bags hand made in Italy. Configurable for 981 owners. Exclusive to Planet 9.
What a great way to welcome our latest Planet-9 sponsor: The Driver’s Gear Box, an online store offering unique gear and accessories for sports car drivers. But before we get to this offer, let me share the back-story.
The story started in 2014 when Eric D’Amours from Toronto first test drove a 981 Cayman S. Eric had a number of powerful cars before but this test drive let him discover what “true” sports car driving is all about. Not long after getting his first “true” sports car, he realized that beyond the driving experience, the reality of sports car design was also about space management. Finding distinctive driving gear that worked with limited footwells and trunks became his quest.
But touring gear for sports car drivers is not easy to find. Eric spent a decent amount of time trying to find the right shoes for heel and toe driving to meet every-day spirited driving needs while being suitable for occasional track days. On his business travels to Europe, he also found a number of passionate people running small artisan shops producing exclusive accessories like motorsport luggage (which fits sports cars trunks!). This is when Eric decided to put all his findings together for the benefit of other drivers. His goal is to give us access to those hard-to-source, often limited-production driver’s gear.
If you have never driven your car with driving shoes, especially if you drive manual, I’m certainly encouraging you to try the experience. The Driver’s Gear Box offers a broad range of Piloti models, with rolling heel and asymmetrical soles for heel-and-toe. The fit and feel of each shoe is different - read his gear blog before you order to know more about which model is right for you.
If you get into driving shoes, you will need driving socks. Sports cars have low seats so your legs are sitting relatively flat on the heels. Driving socks act as "compression socks" to activate blood circulation and improve ankle support and breathability, especially for longer drives.
The highlight on The Driver’s Gear Box is the hand-made motorsport luggage collection, a first in North America. Named after the famous Italian circuit in Rome, Caracalla 1947 hand makes custom leather goods for Bentley, McLaren, Lotus and others, and works closely with famous names like Ayrton Senna, Stirling Moss and Nikki Lauda. British designer and owner Simon Jordan is the creator of all luggage, toiletry bags, briefcases and wallets. Each item is created to perfection by master craftspeoplein Tuscany, using nothing but traditional tools, treatments, vegetable colours (not chemical dyes) and techniques to create not only timeless quality but enhanced leather fragrance. No detail is too small for them: their cows are reared in controlled pastures, without barbed wire, to avoid injury and scarring. Hides are carefully inspected before treatment and only those of the very highest quality are selected.
Caracalla 1947 is all about exclusivity: this is where Aston Martin sources their interior leather so when the Vulcan was launched, they asked Simon Jordan to design a unique bag that would only be available to the few privileged owners of this supercar (even pictures of this bag are not available for us mere mortals to see!). Simon has also designed bags inspired by Porsche - such a vintage grey duffle bag, a “911” duffle bag and pieces that pay homage to Stirling Moss who was one of the first drivers of the Porsche 718 in the 1960s. Some of his most exclusive creations were inspired by the Porsche 917 and the Porsche Martini to name a few.
The Driver’s Gear Box carries a limited inventory of Simon’s creations for immediate shipping and you’ll be able to find some of the Porsche-inspired items. According to Eric: “These leather accessories match the quality of well known luxury brands at a fraction of the price. Because they are hand-made, in a small shop in Italy, they are also ultra rare, especially in North America. You’ll never see anybody else with a bag or a briefcase quite like yours!”
My personal favorite on the site is the Custom-Made section. You can design your own masterpiece to match your car and personalize it as you like. With the help of Eric who worked out the details, I created my own exclusive duffle bag to match the interior of my Cayman and to keep consistent with my yellow theme. I started from the idea of the existing Porsche 911 Inspired duffle bag in black leather and customized it as follows: yellow stitching, yellow piping and a special badge on a yellow background. The bag should arrive in May and will the first one ever made like this…can’t be more unique than that!
The Drivers Gear Box is proud to offer a customized hand-made leather bag inspired by Porsche 981. Only 9 bags will be produced. Only for Planet 9 members. The pictures below are a rendering of what it will look like as this model has never been made before. From the theme of the 3 colors of the Porsche logo, you can configure your bag by selecting the stitching color in black, red or gold. The cool part is you get to also configure the signature plate that is stitched close to the handles, with your initials or license plate (instead of the Caracalla logo). You’ll then be sure to have a one-of-a-kind leather weekender bag that is made just for you and your car! Please visit the Planet 9 offer in the gift section of his site to get more details and place your order.
Eric intends to keep adding exclusive or unique items over time as he continues his quest to discover them. Since The Driver’s Gear Box is a part-time passion, not his main occupation, there’s only so much time he can spend on it. He’s counting on getting some great ideas from his site visitors through the feedback section on his website - or email him direct as I did at email@example.com.
I’ll post some pictures of my new bag with my car upon arrival later this Spring!