RV8 replacement elm burr gearknobs
Terry Starkey (Le Mans Green 0786) from Norfolk made a replacement
gearknob on elm burr for himself and then a few friends, and found
they were a very popular replacement for the standard leather knob.
A replacement gearknob in Elm burr to match the interior timber trim
of an RV8 is now available from RV8 enthusiast Terry Starkey. It is
beautifully finished and a delight in the hand for gearchanges. The
first batch of his gearknobs was snapped up by fellow RV8 enthusiasts
from the UK to Australia. Now a new shape is also available, so RV8
enthusiasts can choose which one they would like although Terry says
"that by far the most popular is a new shape which I think looks
and feels superb". He adds the original shape has changed slightly
since the photo alongside was taken as the small flange at the base
of the knob has now gone so it makes a perfect shape.
See the alternative gearknobs below.
The gearknobs are
produced by his woodturner from an old burr elm that was felled in
his Norfolk village some 25 years ago. A specially shaped aluminium
insert is turned and bonded into the knob so that the leather gaiter
is properly supported. They are polished and then protected with a
two pack varnish. Each knob is unique in grain and pattern and they
look stunning. The gearknob can be fixed easily to the gear lever
and comes with instructions to reassure even those spanner phobics!
Delivery depends on his woodturner's workload and mood, but usually
takes about two to three weeks.
Orders are welcome for either style of gearknob at £45.00 each
plus UK post and packaging of £2.50. For overseas inclusive
costs, please contact Terry Starkey at terry((at))starkey.uk.com or
on 01508 470354 but as a guide postage to Japan is around £6.00.
reserved by the V8 Register, PO Box 888, London SW14 7YT