I had no idea, always wondered why they used wheel for the sudoers group.
I always envisioned it like a spoke on a wheel which gets rotated up to gain privileges.
I always thought it came from driving / ‘you take the wheel’.
I rather enjoyed the “wheel war” section :)
UNIX history is such a fascinating rabbit hole. Usually see more MULTICS references but you do see the occasional TOPS-20 one like this.