Tire Trivia History

Uniroyal Tire Ferris Wheel

by EC
(Ann Arbor, MI)

The Uniroyal Tire Ferris Wheel,

The Uniroyal Tire Ferris Wheel,

If someone were to tell you that roller coasters needed tires that would't be too surprizing, but when you hear about UniRoyal created a tire for a ferris wheel, that's a bit more unusual.


They stopped making these and, incidently UniRoyal no longer exists, as an independent company. Did this have anything to do with it?


as seen here: http://info.detnews.com/redesign/history/story/historytemplate.cfm?id=198

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Tire Trivia: The Classic Michelin X Tire

by JV
(OH)

Michelin X featured in Peugeot Ad

Michelin X featured in Peugeot Ad

They don't make the Michelin X anymore, but I had a set on an '85 Oldsmobile 98 some years ago, and they were excellent tires(205/75R-14). My guess is the closest comparable tire in Michelin's current lineup is the Michelin Harmony.

I replaced them because of age, at around 55,000 miles, at which point the the car and the tires were about eight years old and the sidewalls had started to crack(they were the factory OEM tires). The tires still had substantial tread left, and I'm guessing that if the car had been driven more regularly they would have lasted to 65 or even 70 thousand miles with no problem.

I replaced them with a lower cost brand in the same size, and only then did I realize how good the X was, as the replacements had mediocre traction in the wet and weren't as quiet going down the road. Both were reasonably smooth-riding, but replacements had nowhere near the treadlife of the X.



(Ed. Michelin is now offering a tire they call the Radial DT with an 80,000 mile guarantee and currently guarantees its tires for 6 years from the date of manufacturer. That doesn't mean that the tires suddenly become useless after that age ... just that Michelin will not respond to a claim.

One of the greatest causes of sidewall deterioration is the sun -- specifically UV radiation. Vehicles which are parked or stored out of the sunlight can experience longer tire life. See the article on sidewall deterioration for more on this.)

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Color Me Blue

by George60
(California)

A more recent version of

A more recent version of "colored tires"

In the mid-1950's some Buick dealers offered color-coordinated tires to go with your new car.

I recall seeing 1955 and 1956 Buick cars with blue, green and red accent tire colors. In those tires the color was on the sidewall between the whitewall (always had whitewalls in those days) and the tread.

To clairify a bit: looking at the wheel you would see, in order, from the center out: the hubcap (wheelcover), the visible edge of wheel, the whitewall and the remainder of that side in the chosen color.

The colored tires weren't very popular and disappeared in a couple of years.

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Tire Trivia: Lee Tires Clock

by HC
(SC)

Lee Tires Clock

Lee Tires Clock

Does anyone remember Lee Tires?

Sometimes it's nice to remember the way things used to be, if for no other reason than to give us a reality check on the way times have changed. We've also changed the way we see time ... if this clock were made today it would stand a high chance of being digital.

This Tire Clock, was offered for sale by VintageClocks4U.com, for $335.00. on their website www.vintageclocks4u.com/20070316-leetire.htm

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