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Driving gloves - yay or nay?

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Well, this is exactly what it says in the title. A little poll in order to determine how people here at the AACA feel about that time-honored automotive accessory. I personally am in the camp of YAY because I'm in Florida, a naturally hot and humid place (also the reason why I prefer fingerless ones as seen in this fun little video I made some time ago.) Also, my Stude just so happens to have MANUAL steering and a four-speed MANUAL (Borg-Warner, T-10) transmission, so it is good for that too!

 

 

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Benefits of AACA Membership.

When I drive my 1937 Ford during cold weather, I use gloves. 

 

They are not driving gloves. 

 

They are gloves issued by FoMoCo for vehicle assembly.  

 

They are not really warm, but are good for what I use them for.  

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I've always worn driving gloves, the leather ones with the vent holes in them. Haven't embraced the tweed cap yet though.

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good for driving convertibles in cool weather ( and not looking like an idiot with the side windows up)

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I wear gloves when grabbing a gas pump handle.

 

Have some plastic T-handles for temperature extreemes.

 

 

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Looks like quite a bit of steering wheel play!

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I'm thinking about going back to them.

 

My skin is naturally slippery (says the guy who still wonders why he wan't the starting goalkeeper on the high school soccer team) and our skinny steering wheels and manual steering are calling for gloves.

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One of our AACA region members, who also posts on

this forum, has original bear-fur gloves from the early

days of motoring.  They're think and heavy with fur.

I tried them on indoors once, and very soon my hands

were getting hot.  Clearly, they worked extremely well

in those old open-motoring days!

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3 hours ago, Mike "Hubbie" Stearns said:

I would vote yes. With no power steering in a heavy front end they are a must in my option 

 

 

Yup, they sure help in this department. 

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Nope, doesn't get cold enough here and the car gets plenty toasty inside 

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Wear the ones with holes in back every time take old car out regardless of weather keeps steady hand on steering wheel no slip.

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Brass-era cars have pretty grippable wheels and tillers, so I don't need to wear gloves for grip.  I wear them on cold days for comfort, but not on warm days, also for comfort.  But I always have some sturdy gloves with me if I'm driving the steam car, because anything I need to tinker with on the road will be HOT!

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I am not really for them or against them, although I do usually drive bare handed. I would say the ventilated and especially fingerless driving gloves are just part of the uniform if you have an old British roadster, or some sort of a barely-legal track car. I wouldn't mind having a pair if I owned a car with really heavy steering, although my manual-steering 36 Pontiac doesn't really qualify. It is easy to drive. The wooden steering wheel on my 1913 Studebaker is a little slippery. It might not hurt to have some for that.

 

Where I grew up we had really cold winters, and I don't remember seeing many fingerless gloves. Gloves used for driving were extremely soft, tight fitting, no liner, and no holes. The idea was to keep your hands from freezing until the heat started to work, but not interfere with any hand motion. They were excellent for grip too, though you probably didn't need that with the big American cars most people were driving. You see gloves that look about like them all over, but put one on and they aren't. They should be like a second skin. Sometime in the late 80s my boss showed up at work with some gloves like that, the real thing. I hadn't seen any in years. They were made of deerskin, and he told me he got them at a gun show. I am not a shooter, but I went to a couple of gun shows looking and came up empty.

 

Last year on a road trip I finally got some. They were at a truck stop out in the middle of the USA somewhere. They had several sizes, deerskin, pigskin, cow leather, black, brown, tan, etc. These are nice, really soft and fit like they should. I have not used them yet, but the Pontiac has no heater and I have a feeling they are going to come in handy.

 

Now I should find some proper fingerless ones like yours too...   Nice Hawk, BTW!

 

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Edited by Bloo (see edit history)

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9 minutes ago, plymouthcranbrook said:

Back in my sports car era I did but now, no.

 

Did they say "Ping" or "Titleist" on them ?

 

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I've had to work for a living all my life, so driving gloves are something ladies may wear. Work gloves in the winter, heater doesn't work that well. Bob 

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Posted (edited)

I take some to the car shows..If I detailing the car at the show it cut back on finger prints.. on the chrome..

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I don't use gloves now but if I ever did use them I would use some very light weight deerskin motorcycle summer gloves.

I have a pair I use when I ride and they end up conforming to your hands perfectly.

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1 hour ago, nick8086 said:

I take some to the car shows..If I detailing the car at the show it cut back on finger prints.. on the chrome..

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Am I right in assuming that that's a Kaiser-Darrin? If so, cheers to you! I always though Kaiser in general got a rotten deal in the automotive world and the sliding-in doors were a neat trick.

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