supply of gearknobs in Elm burr were originally produced by
an RV8 enthusiast Terry Starkey and were and continue to be
very popular. In making new batches he gradually found sourcing
elm burr became difficult and then sadly he passed away. Stuart
Middlemiss took over making the gearknobs and on contacting
him he has said "I'm afraid I had to give up the supply
of the gear knobs some time ago, owing to the scarcity of burr
elm of a high enough quality. Shortly after, Roger Moran managed
to find a small block of elm burr and had just a few gear knobs
made but then he too encountered the same problem. It's a great
pity it became too difficult; the gear knobs meant a good deal
to Terry Starkey and after he died, I enjoyed keeping it going
for him really. The odd one occasionally comes up on ebay, where
someone has sold their RV8 perhaps so posting a "wanted"
advert on the V8 website might find one".
who would like to try and find one available for sale can
post a "wanted" advert on the V8 Spares for Sale
& Wanted webpage - information on posting a "wanted"
to earlier articles on the Elm burr gearknob using a key word
search on the V8 website using "elm burr gearknob":