Four British artists chosen in partnership by Cooper Tire Europe and the UK’s leading art store, Castle Galleries, have created visual artworks starting with tyres as effective canvasses. Based on three themes relevant to Cooper Avon products and their motorsport heritage, the artists spent 257 man hours crafting the pieces, which will be displayed at Artica Galleries, South Molton Street, London until 17 February 2012.
The DVLA's first auction of Personalised Registrations for 2012 got off to an explosive start when a mystery businessman paid nearly £80,000 for the registration DH11 LON.
Expectations surrounding the personalised registration were high, especially as Dhillon is a popular Asian surname, but no one predicted the hammer would come down on such a huge sum during the first day of the Agency's three-day sale.
It is nice to see that promises of better motoring are amongst the New Year’s resolutions recently made (and possibly already neglected). Fast fitter HiQ questioned 500 drivers about what they intend to change in 2012, and many indicated that an improvement in highway manners is on the cards.
In news that may get your barometer moving, Uniroyal Tyres has revealed its list of top ten rain-related songs. The wet weather tyre specialist polled 2,000 music loving drivers and found Prince’s mid-80s classic ‘Purple Rain’ to be the punters’ favourite. Runner-up honours went to the exuberant ‘It’s Raining Men’ from The Weather Girls, while Guns N Roses’ November Rain took third place.
Stowmarket specialist tyre supplier Fieldens has entered the world of stadium-bothering pop music once again, five years after supplying a series of large Bead Cheetah storage cylinders to a Rolling Stones tour. This time Fieldens helped Take That stage their extravagant tour centrepiece; a 60’ robot named OM.
The biology of tree frogs could provide innovative solutions to tyre design problems, according to a Scottish academic. "Tree frog feet may provide a design for self-cleaning sticky surfaces, which could be useful for…tyre performance and even long lasting adhesives," said researcher, Niall Crawford at the University of Glasgow.
New Zealand’s 3 News has reported the antics of Bruno, a seven-year old mastiff cross with a tyre phobia. Following a mini-rampage in which Bruno disabled three vehicles, including two police cars, by sinking his teeth into their radials, the tyre hating canine ended up in the doghouse – literally. However every dog is said to have its day, and after making an appearance on the evening news Bruno is having his, courtesy of New Zealand’s first pet hotel and day spa.
Buying a new car is one of the most significant purchases anyone can make but some motorists in North West considered it more important than choosing a new house, picking their own children’s names and even deciding who to marry, according to a new study.
On average local drivers take just under three months (2.74) to decide what new motor to buy, while almost a quarter (23.77 per cent) need up to six months to choose before they commit to one. The national average is 2.94 months.
Channel Four reality television show The Fairy Jobmother will feature a 24-year-old former professional wrestler and dancer from Birmingham now working for ATS Euromaster this evening (21 June). Sarah Baker, who has danced at the National Indoor Arena and acted at the New Alexander Theatre is now a full member of the Customer Response Team at the head office of tyre company ATS Euromaster in Aston, thanks to the Jobmother herself, Hayley Taylor, who helps people to find work on the show.
Motorists who dawdle at traffic lights annoy more people than bullying bus drivers, middle-lane motorway hoggers and caravans, a HiQ survey of 500 motorists has suggested. The fast fit network asked drivers what most frustrates them about life on Britain’s roads. Somewhat surprisingly, twee car stickers – including the slogans “sprinkled by fairy dust” and “cheeky monkey on board” – came third in HiQ’s Driver Frustration survey.
Public health minister Anne Milton MP has proposed banning cars from streets on Sundays to allow children to play in them. The move, she said, would help get youngsters off their computers and enjoy outdoor physical activities. With two-thirds of UK children predicted to be obese by 2050 if current trends continue, outside play is seen as a way of tackling the problem.
April 22 wasn’t a good Friday for the statue of Bibendum (the rotund white figure also known as the Michelin Man, in case you aren’t yet on first-name terms) gracing the entrance to Michelin’s Ballymena factory in Northern Ireland. The four-foot tall statue at the County Atrim plant was stolen in the early hours of April 22 and whisked away from the scene in an estate car. According to the BBC, the £2,500 local icon appears not to have left his post outside the Ballymena plant without a struggle, however – one of his feet remains in place.
Having witnessed the ascendency of private brands and exclusive budget labels in numerous European markets, the team at Tyres & Accessories has decided to pool its vast industry knowledge and release its own private tyre label. Known as ‘Tyrepress’, a subtle nod to the popular website the United Kingdom based company operates, this new range includes summer and winter sizes along with – in a European first – fitments specifically designed for spring and autumn use.
Software developer Turn 10’s Forza Motorsport series has yielded many plaudits for its hyper-realistic driving simulation – in tyrepress.com’s opinion the Xbox-exclusive betters even the impressive feats of the PlayStation-exclusive Gran Turismo series. But for the game’s fourth iteration, Turn 10 appears to have upped the ante, with what it terms the “most up-to-date simulation of how modern tyres grip or slip in a variety of racing conditions”. Tyre manufacturer Pirelli has reportedly provided tyre data to add to the almost photorealistic replications of cars and motorsport tracks from around the world. The game will be released this Autumn.
The sovereignty of Cyprus is a long standing source of tension between Greece and Turkey, and it now appears this territorial stand-off extends even as far as the tyre world. Greece’s Ministry of National Defence has denied reports published in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus that vehicles used by armed forces in the Greek controlled Republic of Cyprus, which covers 59 per cent of the island’s land area, are fitted with tyres manufactured in Turkey – an unthinkable situation in the context of the territorial dispute.