Watched that this morning, this is one of the reasons that I discussed insurance before I even started my build.Insured!
Almost no one is.Clearly I am not as cool as SuperfastMatt.
I would always vote for better gauge placement over omitting the top of the steering wheel. Although I realize that the dash and wheel don't line up well at the desired steering column position, a solution (even used in some production cars) is to mount the gauge cluster on the steering column.Why...To better see the gauge cluster and provide more leg room.
I completely agree that it is not as useful as a standard steering wheel. I may find that I completely hate it.