Tyre tales go full circle
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