Allpart Supply Inc. has opened a training facility in Arlington, Texas, for wheel balancing and automotive lift owners and operators.
The bikes may be from the last century, but there's nothing dated about the recent performances from Avon-shod riders at the 2014 Bennetts 500 Classic TT, held on the Isle of Man.
Avon Tyres, based in Wiltshire, had a clean sweep of the top spots, with Ian Lougher on the Team Flitwick Paton taking the top step on the podium, Dan Cooper in second and Bruce Anstey in third. Anstey also took the Mike Hailwood Trophy for the top-placed single-cylinder two-valve bike.
The lead had passed from legend to legend, with John McGuinness, Ryan Farquhar and Michael Rutter all leading at one stage, before retiring from the race with mechanical woes.
All of the top riders were using Avon’s AM22 and AM26 Roadrider race tires at this year's event. These retro-styled tires use modern carcass constructions and tread compounds, giving 21st century levels of grip, stability and longevity – essential for the highest level of classic racing. Indeed, even the classic race bikes from BMW in Germany have been sporting Avon tires this year at races and on parade laps. Georg Meier's legendary 1939 TT winner, the Kompressor, was back at the Island proudly wearing Avon rubber on its rims.
One clear example of how well the Avons work is in the 2014 lap times. The Paton machines were lapping the Mountain course at 113mph in practice, with only a 500cc engine, and maximum tire widths of 110-section front and rear – narrower than the front tire on most modern commuting bikes.
After the highs of the weekend though, the Classic TT came back down to earth on Bank Holiday Monday, when all events were cancelled due to atrocious weather conditions. The revised schedule restarted on Tuesday 26 August.
The Manx Grand Prix, which celebrated its 90th anniversary last year, is part of the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling, along with the Classic TT races. Practice started on Saturday 16 August, and the event finishes on Friday 29 August.
Colleen Horn Doyle, a fourth-generation member of the McCarthy family, is the new corporate attorney for McCarthy Tire Service Inc.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is recalling certain Discover M+S Sport tires in 15- through 19-inch sizes. The potential number of units affected is 7,067.
Tire Factory Inc. members have rebranded the vast majority of their 206 stores to the Point S banner at a breakneck pace. And leaders of the Oregon-based cooperative are unveiling new programs with two big hopes: the momentum of current members continues, and more independent tire dealers join their network.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. posted net income of $69.3 million on net sales of $783.9 million for its fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2016. That compares to income of $59.2 million on sales of $775.5 million for the same period in 2015.
ATV Inc. has acquired six stores in the greater Los Angeles metro area. The purchase expands ATV's network of American Tire Depot stores to 98 outlets, all in California.
The Mid-America Tire Dealers Association (MATDA) has joined the social media content platform developed by the Tire Industry Association (TIA) and the Automotive Marketing Foundation (AMF).
Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. reported a net loss of 12.3 billion yen on net sales of 381.6 billion yen for its fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2016. That compares to net income of 1.6 billion yen on net sales of 407.8 billion yen for fiscal 2015.
Omni United (S) Pte. Ltd. has signed Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) golfer Jodi Ewart Shadoff as ambassador for its flagship Radar tires brand for the second straight year.
The president of Meineke Car Care Centers LLC says consumers want to do business with big brands, and he expects that overall shopping trend will affect the automotive aftermarket.
Giti Tire (USA) Ltd. will increase prices on GT Radial brand tires in the U.S. and Canada, effective April 1, 2017.
An upcoming free webinar, "Commitments: Understanding Customer Buying Decisions," will help improve your retail selling experience. It will be held today, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, starting at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT), and last an hour.
The last two months of the year proved to be busier than expected, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA). Way busier.
Margins on consumer tires helped boost Groupe Michelin’s net income 43% in 2016. Michelin posted net income of 1.7 billion euros on net sales of 20.9 billion euros for its fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2016. That compares to income of 1.2 billion euros on sales of nearly 21.2 billion euros for fiscal 2015.
The BFGoodrich tire brand developed its off-road identity four decades ago in the Baja peninsula in Mexico. Now Michelin North America Inc. is recognizing the region's importance with a $10,000 donation.