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Ever since John Boyd Dunlop invented the pneumatic tyre in 1888, his name has been synonymous with industry-leading technical development in tyres. A string of milestone innovations powered the growth of a global brand that rapidly became a household name. his name has been synonymous with industry-leading technical development in tyres. A string of milestone innovations powered the growth of a global brand that rapidly became a household name.
When spectators gather to watch a local bicycle race in Belfast, Northern Ireland on May 18, 1889, they could not have known that they were witnessing the birth of Motorsport history. Riding for the very first time on pneumatic tyres invented the previous year by John Boyd Dunlop, local cyclist Willie Hume destroys the competition by winning four of the day’s five races, repeating the feat later that year in Liverpool. It is proof positive of the supremacy of air-filled tyres over their solid rubber predecessors, and the dawn of Dunlop’s intrinsic links with competition, on two wheels and four.
Keen to help tyre buyers select the best tyre for the 2010 warm season, the German auto club ADAC, Switzerland's Touring Club (TCS) and Austrian magazine AMTC (Automobile, Motorcycle and Touring Club) have already published this years group summer tyre test. The usual dry and wet performance tests have been performed, along with scoring for fuel consumption, wear rates and tyre noise in this extremely comprehensive test
Both Nokian and Hankook have once again proved their strength in the midrange category and finished the tests amongst the "big 6", where as the budget brands Goodride, Wanli and Sunny were described as being dangerous thanks to their woeful dry and wet performance.