x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Go gear: Tyre covers

A cover over the spare tyre on the back of a SUV can add character or style to the vehicle.

Burst of Hirst

The British contemporary artist Damien Hirst has enjoyed mixing his professional flair with the auto world. This year he painted an Audi A1 that was sold at an auction, hosted by Elton John, for $527,000 (Dh 1.9million). For those without a couple of million dirhams to spare, this tyre cover offers a more affordable way to access Hirst's motor art. Available from www.othercriteria.com for Dh5,260.

The Hardy toys

Christian Audigier, the French fashion designer and entrepreneur, has established the work of the tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy as a fashionable brand here in the UAE. This tyre cover is part of the Ed Hardy Tiger series, which includes everything from travel blankets and neck pillows to seat covers and window shades. Visit the website www.edhardyauto.com for further details.

Go on ... be a devil

Tailgating is sadly a common occurence here in the UAE, but this wheel cover could prove an amusing way of reminding fellow motorists to keep their distance. The PlastiColour tyre cover protects against the sun, rain and mud. It is designed to fit tyres from 27-inch to 31-inch and requires no tools to fit. Available from www.autobarn.net for Dh88.