[Healeys] Cool aftermarket stuff accepted in concours

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Thu May 2 05:47:42 MDT 2013

Just to be clear, a white or W/B car with black interior would have black piping?

I have a wood-rimmed steering wheel on my BJ8.  It's very timeworn and was on the car when I bought it 30 years ago.  By 
all appearances it appears to be an original Derrington.  However, it's mounted 'Mercedes style,' with one spoke 
pointing up.   This way, both the speedo and tach are easily visible when driving in a straight line (it always seemed 
to me this should be the correct mounting).


On 5/1/2013 10:04 PM, editorgary at aol.com wrote:
>   Another period aftermarket item that is accepted without deduction is a
> wood-rimmed steering wheel, provided it is a correct diameter (15 or 16 inch)
> and has spokes at 120 degree angles from one another, mounted with one spoke
> pointing down. I almost regret that we put in this exception, since it has
> meant that many otherwise fine original cars have dumped the lovely, graceful
> original wheel just because it wasn't as comfortable to drive with, wasn't
> particularly ergonomic, and is blessedly hard to restore in any lasting
> manner.
> But the original blueprints are VERY specific regarding the correct color of
> piping with each color of interior for each color of car, and there's no
> reason in the world to get it wrong.
> Gary
> Gary Anderson
> Editor-at-large, Austin-Healey Magazine
> Registrar, Austin-Healey Concours Registry
> Co-founder, AHCR

Bob Spidell           San Jose, CA            bspidell at comcast.net


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