“I’m not claiming to have inspired other people to fit their car with wheels - that’s been pretty standard for a number of years now. Specifically, I am talking about fitting black wheels. I first put them on my Morgan eight years ago, and the factory was surprised when I requested them. So surprised and unused to the idea, in fact, that it was a case of a bloke getting down a pot of black paint and daubing it on in the factory.
You can buy a Fiat 500 with black rims (I’ve got one, and they look great), the Land Rover Defender X-Tech Special Edition (God, but I want one) comes with black rims - they are, in fact, everywhere and might even be becoming the norm. I’d like to think that this was because legions of people feel compelled to follow my example and fit their car with black rims only so they can tell their friends they were inspired by the example of the short Brummie one from that car show, but I do wonder if there might be something else going on here…”—Richard Hammond on: fitting murdered out black wheels to cars.