Post Updated 26th Dec 2013
Early Radial Car Tyres; car tyres my beginnings and the tyre law
My very first job in the auto trade was as an apprentice mechanic in a small Yorkshire garage. I only spent four years there and after having an argument with my
boss we decided to part companies. The best thing to come out of my old job was the fact that I became interested in tyres. Very strange you may think but that’s the truth. I had to repair all the punctured tyres and fit new tyres using a tyre lever, a very difficult thing to do until I got the knack of it.
Most punctures in those days were to tyre inner tubes. Most Early Radial Car Tyres in those days were fitted with tubes and tyres were used right up to the tyre becoming completely bald and beyond. There were no tyre laws in my early days this would come later on in my career.
I was now at home under my mother’s feet looking for, a new job. To my surprise, a vacancy for a tyre fitter appeared in the local paper. My mother rushed me off to the tyre centre within minutes of the advertisement appearing. The then manager a guy called Brian Pitchforth interviewed me and was very impressed that I could take off car wheels and fit and repair tyres by hand using tyre levers.
I received a polite letter saying that I had got the job. My mother was more pleased than me because I would be no longer under her feet and she would have my board money coming in again. I started work the week after and soon got settled into the job. I truly loved my new job and settled into my new role as tyre fitter.
This was to be the begging of my lifetime love for the tyre industry and was to set me up to run my own business in years to come.
The company was called The Tyre House, a local company soon to be bought out by the ever-expanding Dunlop retail outlet called Brigg’ s Tyres. Briggs were a group of tyre companies and were soon to merge with another group called Marsham Tyres, this was later to become National Tyres a wholly owned company of Dunlop Tyres.
In those days, the major tyre manufacturers were hell bent on buying out any tyre distributor to consolidate their share of the tyre market. This was due to the
ever increasing market place as cars were becoming affordable to more and more people as jobs became more plentiful. Therefore more people needed Early Radial Car Tyres,
The first radial tyres came out and I was promoted to office manager
for my enthusiasm and it was beginning to get easier promotions in a large company such as Dunlop. I eventually left National Tyres and moved to Goodyear Wolverhampton and a Goodyear owned company in to try my hand with giant earth mover tyres, but will never forget the friends I met some of whom were friends for life and my first job in the tyre industry.
About Eric Roberts
Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre
, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.