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Old Yesterday, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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I remember it being big in the 70s but even then it didn't make much sense. Now I come across this piece. Seems like the only place you see them are on men driving an MG with the top down.

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Old Yesterday, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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Early on, steering wheels were hard and often slippery (especially the wooden ones) plus they shook a lot. Nowadays with soft, grippy, vibration free, and even heated steering wheels the gloves are no longer needed.
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Old Yesterday, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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That's it. When you're driving an open car with a thin wooden wheel, something to keep your fingers warm and absorb sweat and keep a solid grip is a necessity.

An Escalade with a heated leather wheel, not so much.
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Old Yesterday, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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They're for the guy who posted here a week or so ago stating that he never uses his steering wheel heat because he wears gloves.
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Old Yesterday, 12:41 PM
 
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When i owned and drove several different Austin Healeys as daily drivers back in the 60's, 70's and 80's, I used driving gloves. Not because they helped me during the drive, but because I thought that's what the enthusiast wore. Along with a little flat topped snapped down front driving hat.
Once I began racing Healey's locally I realized I actually had better control without the gloves (mildly sweaty palms during a race actually helped grip the wooden or plastic steering wheels) and the hat gave way to a helmet.
Of course, I was never very successful, so in retrospect maybe I should have used the gloves. LOL
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Old Yesterday, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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When i owned and drove several different Austin Healeys as daily drivers back in the 60's, 70's and 80's, I used driving gloves. Not because they helped me during the drive, but because I thought that's what the enthusiast wore. Along with a little flat topped snapped down front driving hat.
Once I began racing Healey's locally I realized I actually had better control without the gloves (mildly sweaty palms during a race actually helped grip the wooden or plastic steering wheels)
I guess you can get away with that when it's what, 50HP in a Sprite? 150 in a 3000? Quadruple that in a lower curb weight and the gloves were not for show.
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Old Yesterday, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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Of course, they make you drive better. How did I miss that?
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Old Yesterday, 02:00 PM
 
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I guess you can get away with that when it's what, 50HP in a Sprite? 150 in a 3000? Quadruple that in a lower curb weight and the gloves were not for show.
For shame, my racing Sprite probably had 75 HP! A real beast, eh? Of course, I also drove my Z06 without gloves, but then again it was a more driver friendly steering wheel by then.
I will share my 67 GTO (post model) with beautiful turquoise plastic steering wheel didn't need driving gloves, of course it was only driven on the street and maybe once or twice on the drag strip (wasn't known for it's cornering ability).

Now back in the 60's/70's era of AC Cobras, Allards, Sunbeam tigers, etc. the driving gloves may have been mandatory.
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Old Yesterday, 02:14 PM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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For shame, my racing Sprite probably had 75 HP! A real beast, eh? Of course, I also drove my Z06 without gloves, but then again it was a more driver friendly steering wheel by then.
I will share my 67 GTO (post model) with beautiful turquoise plastic steering wheel didn't need driving gloves, of course it was only driven on the street and maybe once or twice on the drag strip (wasn't known for it's cornering ability).

Now back in the 60's/70's era of AC Cobras, Allards, Sunbeam tigers, etc. the driving gloves may have been mandatory.

Yea, the trick is to drive as close to 10/10ths as much as you can....better to drive 75 hp at 10/10ths than 450 hp @ 5/10ths. The sign over Carrol Shelby's garage door read " Speed costs money. How fast do you want to go?" ...The roller skates with big V8s in the 60s were pretty scary, weren't they?
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Old Yesterday, 02:29 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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This reminded me of stories my uncle told me about driving some sort of rustbucket Austin back and forth from college. In addition to gloves he wrapped towels around his left leg, left foot, left arm, neck, and wore a balaclava to keep from freezing to death. He'd hardly stop anywhere to avoid having to re-wrap/adjust everything.
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