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The Momo Gilles Villeneuve Signature Steering Wheel is based on a design which Momo used for a number of steering wheels. The design has been used for a number of Volvo steering wheels, the famous Ferrari Dino steering wheel, the famous but rare Momo Alpina and of course, the sister steering wheel – the Momo Jacky Ickx Steering Wheel.
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Three things are different: one, the Momo Gilles Villeneuve comes with a horn pad and two, the center spoke of the Momo Gilles Villeneuve is not partially wrapped in leather – just like the Momo Alpina Steering Wheel and three, the Momo Gilles Villeneuve comes with finger grips all around.
The horn pad is a special design just for the Momo Gilles Villeneuve Steering Wheel. Most of the time, people used it without, that’s why it is so hard to find nowadays. The Villeneuve and the Ickx are the only two that are available in a smaller diameter as well, 320mm.
black Momo Gilles Villeneuve Signature Steering Wheel
black Jacky Ickx Signature Steering Wheel
back of the Momo Gilles Villeneuve Steering Wheel
back of the Momo Jacky Ickx Steering Wheel
That’s the Gilles Villeneuve Helmet Horn Button made by Momo. The horn buttons were available without the chrome ring only. These were available in black with a silver signature and yellow with a black signature, but I don’t have one to show.
Momo Gilles Villeneuve Helmet Horn Button
Back of the Horn Button
Gilles Villeneuve was born on January 18th, 1950 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada. He spent a bit more than six years in Grand Prix racing, for a short time with McLaren, then almost six years with Ferrari. He won six races and in 1979 he became runner-up of the Formula 1 World Championships.
Gilles started racing in 1967, first drag races, later he raced in the regional Formula Ford, then moved on to the Formula Atlantic. In 1976 he claimed the US and Canadian title, in 1977 again the Canadian title. But there was no money in it, instead he earned money racing snowmobiles.
While racing in the Formula Atlantic, Gilles Villeneuve impressed James Hunt and his McLaren Team in 1976 and eventually, they offered him a seat in the 3rd car for up to five races in the 1977 Formula 1. Villeneuve made his debut at the 1977 British Grand Prix, qualifying at 9th position between his teammates Hunt and Mass. Mc Laren’s team manager decided not to continue with Villeneuve so he moved on to Ferrari for the next six years. Villeneuve died after an accident during the qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder.
Gilles Villeneuve with his red toy
Gilles Villeneuve Steering Wheel Ad