The winner and the two runners up of this year’s European Custom Bike Building Championships all used Avon tyres.
A total of 64 top class builders from Europe and beyond entered 71 bikes in the AMD ProShow, held at the Phoenixhalle in Mainz, Germany.
The winner was Thomas Hebermann of Habermann-Performance in Germany with his S&S shovelhead-engined chopper named ‘Caligo’. The machine was fitted with an Avon Venom AM42 300/35R18 88V rear and 100/90-19 57V Supervenom front.
Influential members of the retreading community pulled off a successful media coup when their request for more widespread public sector use of retreads was featured in the Daily Telegraph. In the broadsheet article entitled “Green tyres get Government brush-off” RMA director, David Wilson, and former and current presidents (C-Tyres’ Gary Oliver and Bandvulc’s Richard O’Connell) spoke of their wishes to see the government support the retreading business. Its not an unprecedented idea. US president George Bush and Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi have both backed similar schemes in their countries. In the UK however, there has been no noticeable move towards enforcing the use retreads on the part of the public sector.
The Commercial Vehicle and Automotive Trade Show held last month, comprised of over 600 exhibitors, spread over 90,000 square metres and 11 halls making this year’s event the largest show ever held in the UK. Home to the UK’s road transport and automotive aftermarket businesses there were more car, van, truck, trailer, bodywork and road transport suppliers at the exhibition than at any other business to business show in Europe over the last year.
Nearly a thousand industry professionals attended an open house and trade fair held here at the world headquarters of Brahler Industries on 5 and 6 May. The open house featured a tour of the new Innovative Tread Replacement (ITR) facility, which is said to be the most advanced retreading facility in North America. Visitors had an opportunity to meet with representatives of Brahler’s Truckers Supply, Gaither Tool Company and Brahler’s Industrial Retreading, all operating companies of Brahler Industries. The trade fair offered visitors a chance to meet with top representatives of key suppliers such as Continental General Tire, Yokohama Tire, Michelin Ag Tire, Tech International, Marangoni Tread, Mid-West Truckers Association and others.
Continental Supports Chrysler Dealer Training Programmes
For the second year in a row, Continental has agreed to support the Chrysler Group’s dealer training and consumer marketing programmes. Continental will provide support for the Inspired Drives, Camp Jeep and Camp Jeep: On the Road US consumer programmes.
(Akron/Tire Review) Continental Tire North America (CTNA) announced that it will showcase Continental and General-brand tyres from 3-5 May at the 2005 WasteExpo in Las Vegas. The tyres, to be featured at CTNA’s booth #4044, are built “specifically for the heavy service demands of the waste industry,” CTNA said.
“A beach party atmosphere, in Yorkshire, in April, may seem a little different from the norm, but thats how we do things here!” So said Toyo Tyre UK’s marketing director Mike Rignall as the tyre company celebrated its sixth year as official sponsor of the live action arena at the Ripspeed Donny Show.
New York Auto Show Just Another Example of Pirelli’s Growth
At the beginning of the year, Guy Mannino, President and CEO of Pirelli Tire North America, announced 2005 as “The Year of OE at Pirelli.” With the New York International Auto Show just completed at the Javits Center in New York City and with major auto shows in Anaheim, Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago having run their course, it’s instructive to review the significant OE in-roads Pirelli has made in this it’s fourth year of aggressive expansion in North America.
Tyres played a significant part at this year’s Autosport Interntional/Aftermarket Show. Yes some of the biggest players (Michelin, Bridgestone and Continental) were noticeable by their absence, but the shows still managed to attract some 92,000 people of whom 25,000 were registered trade and international visitors. Importantly, a number of these visitors will have found themselves ‘crossing over’ to the other side, from consumer to trade or vice versa.
One of the highlights of the Aftermarket show, from a tyre point of view, was the Model Tyre Retailer display. Set up in the form of a Yokohama Advan Dealership, the exhibit was designed to be a demonstration of best practice. Each hour, on the hour, tyre technicians gave 30 minute presentations showcasing market leading products and services.
Speaking at the opening of the Model Tyre Dealer display, NTDA national chairman, Martin Rowlands commented: “The exhibit offers an insight into the type of equipment and services that modern, forward looking tyre shops are beginning to use. The pace of development for both tyres and vehicles has accelerated at a frightening speed over the last decade and there is now a need for better diagnostic equipment, better technical knowledge and above all premises that are clean, efficient and inviting! Customers have become better informed and more demanding, but also more receptive to service quality,”
The exhibit featured tyres produced by Yokohama, Pro-Align wheel alignment systems, REMA Tip Top Machinery and CP Designs tools. The organisational forces behind the stand were show organisers Haymarket Exhibitions and alignment specialist Pro-Align.
The Detroit Motorshow has increased Pirelli’s profile in America’s Original Equipment segment.
The P Zero product range was chosen for two OE fitments in the market. The new Jaguar Coupé will be fitted with 21 inch P Zero Nero tyres and the Ford Mercury with a concept P Zero tread design.
Fulda is hailing its participation at the recent Autosport Show as a success, saying it has kick-started 2005 with the launch of its Exelero high performance tyre. In addition to showcasing its latest release, the company highlighted the activities of the UK Fulda Challenge team and its support of the show’s live action arena.
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and Siemans VDO have unveiled the results of their cooperation as part of Fords latest concept car, the Ford Shelby GR-1. When the new vehicle was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit it would not have been immediately obvious that the concept coupe carried a fully functional “Tire IQ” TPMS. Even so, the companies behind the system highlight this feature describing it as the “most advanced tyre information system to be developed.”
Michelin has extended its ‘charming places to stay’ guide range with the introduction of German and Italian editions, and the launch of the 2005 edition to France.
This year’s range features a similar layout to previous editions where each section of the guide is colour-coded by geographical region, and each entry includes a photograph and short description, plus practical information.