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The thing i love about this story,the Michelin classic it ,is the fact that this is what i was brought up on, all these different types of Michelin’s bring back great memories to me.
The tyre industry has brought me a great life. And I feel very proud when I look back, that I started off in the sixties and except for a spell of a couple of years, I have worked in the tyre industry, for all my life.
This Michelin classic article helps me bring many memories and the good times that I have (and still do) working in tyres.
Michelin classic is the true word when it comes to their history and the string of classic tyres that they have produced over the years, beginning with the classic “X” radial tyre, the tyre that was the envy of the tyre world. Michelin then proceeded to improve on the “X” tyre, bringing out such well known favorites as the “ZX” and the “XZX”.
These steel belted radials will be well remembered by the older guys, because no other tyre company could match the impressive mileage that you could get from these tyres. The only slight downside that I remember was that they were a little prone to skidding in wet weather, but never the less these were still the tyres to beat for quality and high mileage.
In the early days I worked for a Dunlop tyres owned outlet. I can always remember that the Michelin product, (that is now referred to as a Michelin classic) . Hence, would be slagged off by the guys from Dunlop. But I realised later that it was just jealousy . I soon realised that whatever tyres we sold you could not escape from the quality and class of the Michelin designed products, that have now become a Michelin classic in their own right.
A little later on in my career I diverted to truck and earthmover tyres. So I missed some of Michelin’s car design tyres. As a result ,such as the “XAS” and the “XVS”. Which were developed for the faster and more comfortable cars . Hence, that were coming out mainly from Germany. For example, such as the BMW’s and the Mercedes sedan type cars. These tyres provided
comfort and safety. As well as the now legendary Michelin high mileage. Michelin were one of the first tyre companies to bring out their tyres. Thus, with different speed ratings . That would suit this new type of car. That we were now seeing.
Hence the French tyre giants have always commanded a premium price for their tyre products. But they have proved that time and time again the extra money has been well worth paying and in my opinion they are still the number one tyre company in the world, always striving to create better tyre products and new innovations.
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