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Go Gear: motor into 2012 with these car-themed calendars

Plan your year with three great motoring calendars.

Tom and Ray Magliozzi's Car Talk calendar.
Tom and Ray Magliozzi's Car Talk calendar.

Advice from Americans

What, you're not on the list for the famous Pirelli calendar? Then do a complete 360° with the wholesome and funny Car Talk guys and this light-hearted way to keep up with 2012. Each week, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, former mechanics, dole out advice, anecdotes and witty banter about cars on their National Public Radio show to listeners in the US or on their free podcasts. This calendar is full of tips, trivia and jokes, though you'll miss out on the brothers' Boston accents. www.amazon.com, US$6.49

A Top way to keep up with the days

Some say that 2012 is going to be a great year. You won't hear that from The Stig, but Top Gear's non-human, non-speaking racing driver will wish you a happy new year in other ways with this calendar based on the TV show. The Stig, along with fellow presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, bring you 12 months of fast cars, billowing tyre smoke and crazy stunts from around the world to whet your appetite for their next season. www.calendarclub.co.uk, £4.79

The countdown begins

Who cares about trying to remember your distant relative's birthday sometime in July; when's the next Formula One race? Go digital and put your mind at ease with Next Game Live for F1, a downloadable app for your iPhone. It has a digital countdown timer, right down to the split seconds, for the next F1 race on the 2012 calendar, to keep the most ardent fan up to date. It helps you plan those excuses you'll need to get out of family birthdays over the race weekends. iTunes store, free