|Circa 2000. Classic Michael Schumacher victory dance. Legendary car.|
If you've got some soul, like me, you'd rather spend your Sunday afternoon watching a re-run of the F1 race, maybe going for a steer, or I don't know, bang your head against the table. No really, anything but learning about fridges would do it for me.
In order to avoid becoming an expert about trivial, uninteresting things, I simply stay loyal to brands I know will sell me a good product that will last me a reasonable amount of time. When I buy a TV, it's a Sony Bravia. A computer? An entry level Mac. A pen, it's usually a free fancy hotel pen. A camera? Nikon, but never the very latest. Gin? It's gotta be Hendrick's. Jeans? Albertos, always. But when it comes to tires, I'm lost.
|Witnessed this moment in person. 2009 Festival of Speed. Lewis Hamilton. Hoonage.|
Because here's something that is such a significant component of my favorite hobby that I'm forced to take a closer look. I wish I had a favorite brand, but the truth of the matter is that not all cars can be fitted with a P-zero. And that's a good thing, or the entire world would be without rubber by Thursday. They're sticky and communicative, but you pay the price by becoming best friends with your local OK-tire franchisee.
|Jon Olsson's ski transporter on winter tires via http://www.jon-olsson.com|
I've sampled a great deal of the mid-range tire segment from Wrangler to Lexani on second hand cars I've purchased through the years. I've raced on Michelin Cup semi-slicks, road tripped on Conti Sports, and melted two sets of Michelin Pilot rears to the street. It's probably fair to say that I've sampled most performance tires on the market. However, the problem is that I've never paid a lot of attention to which tires were fitted to the cars I drive, which means I was completely useless today at deciding which set to get for my MK5 GTI.
|Pitted for off-road tires as part of the JMB Racing 'cutting corners' strategy.|