The North Carolina Tire Dealers Association (NCTDA) will honor its 2017 Dealer of the Year and induct two new members into its Hall of Fame.
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.
Mark Peak of Peak Auto Service Inc. in Girard, Kan., won the grand prize in a recent Jeep Rubicon Sweepstakes from Friend Tire Co., a wholesaler in Monett, Mo. that's a wholly owned subsidiary of the Yokohama Rubber Corp.
Discount Tire has added a store in Sugar Land, Texas. It is the third Discount Tire outlet in Sugar Land, which is part of the Houston metropolitan area, and the 12th location in Fort Bend County.
Every year, Modern Tire Dealer breaks down "the year that was" in its January Facts Issue. It is the first publication with an in-depth report on the previous year's performance.
The 2017 Lexus LS sedan features the Turanza T005 run-flat tire by Bridgestone Corp. as original equipment.
The third annual North American Tire & Retread Expo will be held April 19-21 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
Tenneco Inc. wants to reward loyalty in a big way. That is why the company has launched the 2017 Expert Plus loyalty program for automotive service providers.
The January 2017 Facts Issue features a record 42 charts and graphs. That includes an expanded "Pricing and Sizes" section.
It looks like Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. will be the second tire manufacturer to announce a price increase or price increases three weeks into the new year.
Denso Products and Services Americas Inc. has added 14 part numbers to its selection of First Time Fit tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) sensors. The new part numbers add coverage for more than 10 million European and Korean vehicles.
Directors of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. have declared a quarterly dividend of 10 cents per share of common stock. The dividend is payable March 1, 2017, to shareholders of record on Feb. 1, 2017.
Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC) has named Jeff Barna chief operating officer. He will be responsible for sales, marketing and product planning.
Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Modern Tire Dealer will not publish Hotwire on Monday. Look for the next edition on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
Blackburn OEM Wheel Solutions Inc. is extending its phone order assistance hours to better serve its growing customer base. The new hours are effective immediately.
Everything automotive can be found at the annual North American International Automotive Show. The 2017 edition is being held in Detroit from Jan. 7 through Jan. 21.