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Old 03.10.2011, 12:11
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Brit car show ?

ok.. this is a question I suppose for the local motorheads...

walking around the Brit Car show in Morges yest'd mrs. and I noticed that several cars, and the "7"'s in particular had their steering wheels removed.

Any ideas as to why? would they have been removed to keep grimy hands off valuable leather?

yes yes I know someone is going to come along and tell me about rampant car show steering wheels theives. ( do I look like I was born yest'd? )
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Old 03.10.2011, 12:13
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Old 03.10.2011, 12:13
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Re: Brit car show ?

It's to stop people jumping in and zooming off on the wrong side of the road. You see, those steering wheels are right hand drive wheels; you need Swiss-standard LHD wheels if you want to drive in Switzerland.

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Old 03.10.2011, 12:15
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Re: Brit car show ?

...don't know about steering wheel thieves, but having no steering wheel makes an easily hot wired car difficult to steal.
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It's to stop people jumping in and zooming off on the wrong side of the road. You see, those steering wheels are right hand drive wheels; you need Swiss-standard LHD wheels if you want to drive in Switzerland.
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...don't know about steering wheel thieves, but having no steering wheel makes an easily hot wired car difficult to steal.
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Re: Brit car show ?

Are you talking about Lotus 7's? If so, I believe that some of them can be removed to make it easier to get in and out of he driving seat. If you're removing the wheel to get out, it makes sense to keep it removed for when you want to get back in again. Also, it means that it can't really be stolen....
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Re: Brit car show ?

I just can't imagine it's for anti-theft reasons, it's much easier to take off the coil wire. Plus, with the coil wire gone a would be thief will look a fool and be easily caught as he cranks the spark-less engine with no hope of ever starting it .
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Are you talking about Lotus 7's? If so, I believe that some of them can be removed to make it easier to get in and out of he driving seat. If you're removing the wheel to get out, it makes sense to keep it removed for when you want to get back in again. Also, it means that it can't really be stolen....
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I just can't imagine it's for anti-theft reasons, it's much easier to take off the coil wire. Plus, with the coil wire gone a would be thief will look a fool and be easily caught as he cranks the spark-less engine with no hope of ever starting it .
Not really. They will typically be easy snap on and off steering wheels - so very easy. I had it on my old Elise in the UK too - for theft reasons.. Now I guess you hate to be a little paranoid to worry about theft of a car in a car show in Switzerland (unless these belonged to the public and were parked remotely).
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Re: Brit car show ?

it may also be to stop the steering wheel itself being stolen, removeable wheels are quite expensive and simple to just lean in and nick it.
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Re: Brit car show ?

No idea - but I was very lucky to learn to drive on a TR4, then hill race in a TR6- and I would have gladly nicked one of those red TR6s. If I win the lottery I'll defo get myself one.
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No idea - but I was very lucky to learn to drive on a TR4, then hill race in a TR6- and I would have gladly nicked one of those red TR6s. If I win the lottery I'll defo get myself one.
mrs. G's first car was a TR4 ... and she also drove a TR6 , altho not hill racing so we spent a bit of time looking around at them

as I think about it walking around she also told me about driving MG midgets and at least one Mini... that girls been thru a lot of cars.

and very oddly.. my oldest brothers first car.. Sunbeam Alpina was parked next to GG's cheese stand
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Re: Brit car show ?

Perhaps some of these cars belong to Rowan Atkinson ( a well known car collector) in his persona as Mr Bean - he had a habit of taking his Mini steering wheel with him - the ultimate theft deterrent!!!
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