Momo was created by Giampiero Moretti, an amateur racing driver. He had a unique steering wheel made for his race car. Aside from being a smaller diameter than a conventional racing wheel of the day, the most distinctive part was the large diameter handgrip, that made the car far easier to drive. It attracted the attention of many racing drivers, amongst them John Surtees, who drove for the Ferrari F1 team at the time, and had the Moretti wheel fitted to his 1964 race car. It was a great year for Surtees and Ferrari, who won the F1 World Championship, and also for Moretti’s steering wheel, which had its share of the glory. Requests for the steering wheels began to appear and in 1966, Momo was born (Momo coming from Moretti-Monza).