Giant tire constructed for 1964-65 World's Fair in New York
DETROIT, May 20, 2015 — Uniroyal Tires today marked the 50th anniversary of its famous giant tire landmark in Detroit by hosting the Automotive Press Association (APA) for an event alongside the Motor City's gateway icon, the largest tire model ever built.
Across six decades, the Giant Uniroyal Tire has stood as an important symbol of Uniroyal's 123-year heritage. During this time, The Giant Tire, which is located adjacent to I-94 in Allen Park, Mich., has welcomed visitors to Detroit from Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Facts about the Giant Tire:
"We're proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Giant Uniroyal Tire, one of the most enduring icons representing the 'Motor City' and a nation known for its great industrial and automotive history," said Ray Fischenich of Uniroyal. "The Uniroyal team has been dedicated to updating and renovating the Giant Tire as our tire technology has evolved over the years. We're committed to continuing these updates so that the tire will remain a landmark for many years to come."
The Giant Uniroyal Tire was given its first update in 1994 with neon lighting and a new hubcap added to the tire's body. In 1998 it was modified again, this time with a giant nail embedded to promote Uniroyal's innovative self-sealing NailGard® passenger tire.
The biggest renovation occurred in 2003, when Uniroyal invested nearly $1 million to refresh the landmark as part of Detroit's I-94 corridor revitalization effort. Those updates included replacing 30 steel beams inside the tire, installing asphalt and storm drains, painting the exterior, applying reflective lettering, and completing other structural improvements — all made to ensure the longevity of the Giant Uniroyal Tire.
For more information on Uniroyal and the history of the Uniroyal Giant Tire, please visit http://www.uniroyaltires.com/about/gianttire.html or follow Uniroyal on Facebook #GiantTire50.
Uniroyal® Tire is one of the world's leading tire brands for passenger and commercial cars, pick-ups, light trucks, minivans and sport utility vehicles. Dating back to 1892, Uniroyal Tire has developed a reputation for providing high-quality, affordable tires including its Tiger Paw® and Laredo® tire series. A number of the Uniroyal® tires can offer just the right combination of dependability, traction and grip in almost every weather condition, and come with one of the industry's leading warranties. Visit Uniroyal Tire online at www.UniroyalTires.com.
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