Tyre tales go full cir­cle

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Fuzz Town­shend’s con­cise his­tory of the mo­tor tyre ( CCW, 8 Fe­bru­ary) is spot-on in both in­ter­est and ac­cu­racy.

I worked as a sales­man for the Fire­stone fac­tory for about seven years from 1967. My first car there was a Ford Anglia and the sec­ond a 1.1-litre Es­cort MkI. I had a good boss and could fit what­ever tyres I fan­cied – pro­vided they were Fire­stone, of course.

In those days, though, Miche­lin had a patent stran­gle­hold on steel-ply ra­dial tyres and we had to make do with fab­ric ply ra­di­als. They never could do the dis­tance but were ex­cel­lent on grip. Keith San­ders, France

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