Goodyear’s 1969 Idea of “Wide” Tires Narrows The Eyes
In these days where 300mm-wide rear shoes are commonplace, the idea that Goodyear’s “Wide Tread GT” tires advertised here were once considered fat is hilarious. One bit of copy boasts that they were “two inches wider than Goodyear’s previous performance tires”—perhaps they were confusing the automotive and bicycle departments? “Tested at 130 MPH” gives us pause while we imagine driving a leaf spring-suspended, drum-braked behemoth floating along at twice the average national speed limit on bias plys—“wide track” or not.
Tire technology has come a long way since these ads were new, and we’re very thankful it’s available in sizes and profiles perfect for a vintage look with modern performance—we’re die-hard old car fanatics, but we’ve also become accustomed to turning and stopping too.