Steering Wheel Knobs - the art of collecting steering wheel knobs | Hagerty Magazine


Perhaps the most infamous of automotive aftermarket devices is the steering wheel knob. For this, we can thank a daredevil named Steve Brodie who actually had nothing to do with the device. His connection is more spiritual. Under a cloud of controversy, he claimed to have jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge in 1886. He passed away in 1901, but his name became synonymous with doing anything dangerous or flamboyant. In his honor, hot rodders in the ’50s would use their steering wheel knobs to spin the wheel back and forth while rapidly accelerating, thus “laying a Brodie.”

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2012/07/04/spinning-wheels