Vintage Tyre Supplies (VTS) has launched the first commercial white wall tyre specifically for the type 2 Volkswagen Camper – the 185 R14C (102/100R) by Duramax. According to VTS, Camper enthusiasts wishing to use white wall tyres have been forced to use car tyres which are often oversized and have insufficient load ratings. This is […]
Vintage Tyres has announced the launch of the Dunlop 145SR10 SP44 Weathermaster. According to the company, the firm had to go “right back to the drawing board and create a brand new mould to the original specification” in order to give the new product its current lease of life. The SP44 is described as the classic rally tyre for the Mini Cooper and with its rugged design was also widely used on the famous Mini Moke.
“A serviced tyre is a happy tyre,” that’s what the purveyors of fine vintage tyres at Vintage Tyre Supplies say. But old or not, as the only contact a car has with the road, tyres are perhaps the most critical factor in road safety and they are also a big investment. With this in mind, Vintage Tyres have created this unique tyre service kit as part of their 50th celebrations.
VTS is now offering 185R15 Dunlop Aquajet tyres. Following some subtle changes to the tyre’s construction, the tyre technicians responsible for the [re]creation of this classic product have reportedly been able to increase the maximum speed capacity of this tyre from 130mph to well in excess of 150mph (240km/h) enabling the tyre to once again be v-rated. This is particularly good news for any six cylinder E type Jaguar owner. It now also comes with a reduced price of £149.00 + VAT.
Hampshire based Vintage Tyre Supplies have become exclusive distributors of the Camac range of classic crossply and radial tyres. The company says this is good news for many 50s, 60s and 70s classic car owners who will remember fitting them to the likes of Beetles, Minis, Cortinas and Anglias.
Beaulieu based classic tyre specialist Vintage Tyre Supplies has recently expanded its Waymaster range of budget cross-ply tyres by adding 500/525-16, 575/600-16 and a 450-17 sizes. The new tyres are p riced at £62.50, £72.50 and £62.50 (+ vat) respectively. Their addition brings the range up to 28 tyres and covers cars and motorcycles from the early 1920’s to the later post war years.
Vintage Tyre Supplies reports that “2010 is set to be a record year” for the Waymaster brand, and eight new sizes will soon be added to the line-up. These sizes are: 715×115, 895×135, 450-17, 500/525-16, 550-16, 575/600-16, 560s15 and 520-14. All of these tyres, Vintage Tyres notes, will “uphold the Waymaster brand values of quality, authenticity and cost-effectiveness.”
Those of you fortunate to have an example of the classic 1950s Mercedes 180 or 190 in SL or saloon guise tucked away in your garage now have a new tyre at hand for your baby. Hampshire based Vintage Tyre Supplies now stocks the new 640/700SR13 Vredestein Classic Tyre, a radial featuring a raised curbing rib and suitable for speeds of up to 113 mph (180kmph).
In other Vintage Tyre Supplies news, the Beaulieu based specialist comments that, in the current climate of “recycle and reuse”, the company is well aware of the need to dispose of worn out classic tyres in a responsible way. VTS reports that its tyres are always collected and processed by an ethical tyre processing company; many tyres reappear as children’s playgrounds, conveyer belts and even new car tyres.
Recently however, VTS has been able to use its old worn tyres in a different way, as part of the new “World of Top Gear” at the National Motor Museum, located just a hop, skip and a jump from Vintage Tyres’ headquarters.
Mon Dieu, have owners of the unmistakeably French Citroën H van experienced difficulties sourcing their unusual metric sized tyres during the past few years. To remedy this Eiffel Tower sized problem, Vintage Tyre Supplies has been working closely with Dutch manufacturer Vredestein towards the goal of reintroducing an appropriate fitment.
The vintage tyre specialist reports that the 17R400 Vredestein Classic is now in stock at £117 + tax and is the only tyre currently available for these important classic vehicles that combines the correct size and load capacity
Hampshire based Vintage Tyre Supplies has confirmed that, after an absence of more than a decade, the Dunlop Aquajet in 165R13 size – original equipment on many cars in the late 60s and 70s, including Lotus and Ford models – is once more available. The addition of the H speed rated tyre, which is both E-marked and DOT approved, brings the size of the current Aquajet range to six tyres, ranging from 10 to 15-inch rim diameter.
Owners of Jaguar XJ40s and XJ6s from the late 80s and early 90s have had an impossible task locating their discontinued replacement tyres. However, Vintage Tyre Supplies is aiming to solve this problem with the re-introduction of the 220/65VR390 Avon CR39 Turbospeed. According to the vintage tyre specialist, Cooper Tire Europe (the home of the Avon brand) had been holding these moulds for the tyres in storage at its Melksham headquarters. So, following some mould refurbishment the first batches completed their test programme with flying colours and are now exclusively available from VTS
Vintage Tyre Supplies is the process of testing two new Waymaster Cord beaded edge tyres. Recognising that beaded edge products are increasing hard to come by, it apparently was an easy decision for the company to begin making its own products for this niche segment. “It seemed quite natural for us to take the brave step and develop our own brand, the,” company representatives reported in a customer newsletter.
The two new tyres currently being tested are: 760 x 90 and 895 x 135, which will soon be added to the range which also includes: 710×90, 810×90, 815×105, and 820×120.
Vintage Tyre Supplies (VTS) is publicising the launch of the new Avon Turbospeed in size 670R16 (97V). This completely new tyre was designed by Avon Tyres of Great Britain as a modern replacement for 650 and 670-16 cross-ply products.
“It has been introduced to enhance the driving experience by providing better grip in all conditions, it will not only last longer but provide a superior ride. And it has a special introductory price £179.50 +vat including free delivery to a UK mainland address,” VTS’s Chris Marchant told Tyres & Accessories
Popular applications include: Austin Sheerline and Princess, Bentley 4,1/4 and 4,1/2 litre, BMW 501, Rolls Royce Silver Dawn, AC 2 litre and Sports, Jaguar mk V and VII, Riley Pathfinder, Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire, Daimler Regency, Empress and many American cars.
Recently, Vintage Tyre Supplies celebrated the 10th anniversary of the company’s Waymaster private brand. So what? I hear you say. Just about every wholesaler has their own brand nowadays. But before you follow that trail of thought through, the Waymaster range is a little different and VTS isn’t your average wholesaler. To begin with, VTS only deals in vintage and classic tyres for cars and motorcycles, and we’re not just talking about 80 series radials like so many “classic” dealers. The VTS range goes back way further than this.
If you consider the changes that have taken place in the tyre industry over the last 10 years, you can multiply that by 10, because the VTS range starts around 1900, and that’s where the Waymaster range begins.