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VIDEO: Delaminating the mysterious history of racing tires

Published in blog.hemmings.com

To quote Bobby DeNiro’s Al Capone in “The Untouchables;” “What is that which gives me joy?” A fresh set of slicks, thank you very much.

Nothing like the aroma of a new set of tires, amiright? But, as much as we talk about the importance of the right size and type of tire as it pertains to drag racing, street racing or just about any type of motorsport, how much do we really know about its history? How it’s actually made? Why it’s made that way?

Tires are much like motor oil: we all have our opinions and rubber is a dang-near religion. So, when we found this old documentary on the history of racing tires, it didn’t take long to realize there were a few things left to learn about them. And we thought you’d agree. So, enjoy. And then rule your next benchracing session. You’re welcome.