The years covered by the HAMB encompass both extremes of driving position. Piero Taruffi's 1959 book described them as two distinct approaches, with a correct way to do each. In the "close-by" position associated with the 1930s you sat with your elbows by your sides and your forearms pretty much horizontal, holding a fairly large steering wheel at 9 and 3, some 9" or so from your chest. This requires large movements but affords quite a lot of leverage. In the "straight-arm" position which became the norm after about 1960, you sit much further away from a smaller steering wheel, with the arms bent such that they are almost but not quite straight when gripping the top of the steering wheel. This allows small, quick movements but requires either a relatively light front end or power steering. I've always tended to the latter on my cars, though I've never owned a car with power steering. Even the Morris Minor lends itself to this, despite its 16" stock steering wheel. On the other hand, Nascar and oval-track racing seem to favour something more like the "close-by" position despite using smaller steering wheels. In recent years things like rally cars have tended to have steering wheels much closer to the driver than in 1964. What driving position is your car built for? What is your preference?