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Mike & Barb (7 replies)

Mister D
11 years ago
Mister D 11 years ago
Mister D
11 years ago
Mister D 11 years ago

Was a nice surprise to see that picture of you in yesterdays Classic Car Weekly in their feature on period tyres.

COOPERCO
11 years ago
COOPERCO 11 years ago

Surprise to us to!

The green car is Paul Holloways', he went all the way to Monte Carlo (& back) on Colway M&S tyres in September, there wasn't a lot left of them! They don't say anything about that in their article, infact they don't tell us a lot about anything.

The pic' was taken by Dave Richards from Classic & Sports Car, he was hanging out of the door of a 998cc Mayfair automatic which did the complete run (2,500 mile if I remember correctly). He would wave us forward into position then duck in to avoid on coming traffic, that would be our signal to assume single file driving:eek:

PeteC
11 years ago
PeteC 11 years ago

minorpart wrote: "When my first Mini needed a pair of front tyres all I could afford was remoulds (early 1970s). I can't remember the make but they lasted 1500miles:o. Lesson learned and I've never bought any since. However our Minor Convertible was bought with what looked like Michelin radials. They were fitted about 16-18 years ago by the previous owner when the car was restored and are actually Colway remoulds. It drives very nicely on them and I'm quite impressed. Colway must be quite selective in their casings and materials. I'll be replacing them soon because of their age and a little sidewall cracking but that is no worse than the original Michelin tyres on the rear of our Citroen which is barely 4years old yet:confused:.

I can see why some people do choose the Colway remoulds for a budget competition tyre. Actually, choices seem rather limited now for 10' tyres. I'm soon going to be after a set for my Mk1 restoration project and have no idea what to buy to replace the 1970s Dunlop SP Sports...

I didn't see the article above but yes, cameramen do sometimes pull some pretty crazy stunts to get that action shot don't they:eek:."

I've had pretty similar experiences with remoulds on my first car - a 1961 Minivan - which had 'new' Dunlop remoulds fitted when I bought it. They lasted about 1000 miles, although to be fair the 'van had some sterring problems (no not me!) because the rack had come loose and the geometry was out of kilter.

I also used Colway tyres on an Escort for road rallies and they were quite impressive, costing half what other tyres cost and they would last half a dozen rallies before a couple of them had to be renewed - usually the rears. Colway did select the carcases and occasionally produced remoulds on new carcases. They had a selection of compounds as well which were given different coloured spots like early Dunlop racers. They even had a racing slick tyre and were trying to get the (RAC)MSA to accept them for circuit racing. I seem to remember they were approved for short oval racing but not circuit racing. Pity they folded, but Fred Henderson who ran the comps side really looked after the club competitor.

I can't see the supply of new 10' tyres improving although the recent import of Dunlop CR65 radials has helped. With a deminishing market, and a dimishing number of tyre manufacturers, I suspect we will have to pay more and more for less and less in the future.
Pete

pete

hanlminiman
11 years ago
hanlminiman 11 years ago

I met Dave at the Gaydon World Cup 40 year event recently and learned that he had been appointed Editor of Classic Car Weekly; I think he has improved it considerably. I like the pull out sections such as tyres and look forward to reading more. I first saw Dave on the way to Dover in his Mini as I sped past him in my non-Mini on the M20 on the way to the first Minis to Monte. As we started driving the cols, I remember stopping by some Minis, Barbara & Mike included, who were smelling the air. My tyres and brakes were rather warm! 2004 was the first Minis to Monte and I am really looking forward to 2010 - IN A MINI COOOPER!

Mister D
11 years ago
Mister D 11 years ago

In the early 80s I had a set of Firestone Cavalino Wide-Ovals, 165/70x10's, love to find a good set now, they were great on my 1973 Mini 850.

minorparts
11 years ago
minorparts 11 years ago

When my first Mini needed a pair of front tyres all I could afford was remoulds (early 1970s). I can't remember the make but they lasted 1500miles:o. Lesson learned and I've never bought any since. However our Minor Convertible was bought with what looked like Michelin radials. They were fitted about 16-18 years ago by the previous owner when the car was restored and are actually Colway remoulds. It drives very nicely on them and I'm quite impressed. Colway must be quite selective in their casings and materials. I'll be replacing them soon because of their age and a little sidewall cracking but that is no worse than the original Michelin tyres on the rear of our Citroen which is barely 4years old yet:confused:.

I can see why some people do choose the Colway remoulds for a budget competition tyre. Actually, choices seem rather limited now for 10' tyres. I'm soon going to be after a set for my Mk1 restoration project and have no idea what to buy to replace the 1970s Dunlop SP Sports...

I didn't see the article above but yes, cameramen do sometimes pull some pretty crazy stunts to get that action shot don't they:eek:.

COOPERCO
11 years ago
COOPERCO 11 years ago

Here is the shot in question:eek:

[IMG]http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn114/COOPERCO/classicsportsmonte050.jpg[/IMG]

Must have been quite high up looking at the clouds in the back ground!

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