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Do I need more than one steering wheel? A very funny question, especially when a collector like me is asked. Well, the question was a little different: Why the hell do you have so many steering wheels?
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Well, as I told you before, it started very harmlessly. In my first (old) Porsche was an old, beat-up, patinated steering wheel that somehow fascinated me, even if it was way too big, bus driver style and the grip was too thin. Then I started looking around, on swap meets, in thrift shops and online. And then I discovered a lot of nice old steering wheels and bought them for whenever. A few I had on the walls in my former garage. But a lot of steering wheels also ended up in boxes in the warehouse.
Back to the initial question. How many steering wheels do I need? Generally speaking, one for each car. But I don’t want to make it that simple. Let’s put it this way, it depends. Do I need more than one steering wheel? I would say yes.
Momo Jackie Stewart, Momo Prototipo, Momo Mod 7
Lots of Momo Steering Wheels
Maybe you are like me, I use a car for the track and for the street, although on very different streets. In the city, on the highway and sometimes I just drive through the canyons, for example the Angeles Crest Highway. And without a joke, it often happens that I change the steering wheel for that particular purpose. I don’t have a quick release device, it brings the steering wheel too close to me and with my height of 6”4’ it becomes uncomfortable. So loosen 6 Allen screws each time, change the steering wheel and tighten again.
If I’m in the city a lot, I have to steer a lot at very slow speeds, I have to park, which all requires a lot of steering work, especially with the limited slip differential. At those times, I’m super happy with my semi dish 370mm Momo Prototipo. Due to the larger diameter, I need less force when turning in, which makes parallel parking in reverse at the side of the street much easier. The Niki Lauda 370 Steering Wheel would be a great option too, especially due to the thicker grip!
Momo Prototipo 370mm
Momo Niki Lauda 370mm
And if I want to drive through the canyons, I prefer to take a semi dish Momo Prototipo in 350mm diameter. The steering is a bit more compact, especially with faster turns and the grip size is perfect even with light gloves. And a little closer due to the semi dish, but still great for relaxed driving.
Momo Prototipo 350mm semi-dish
Momo Jackie Stewart Steering Wheel
Momo Mod 07 Suede Steering Wheel
Momo Mod 07 Leather Steering Wheel
What are your favourites? Let me know! And please always drive carefully and respectfully.