Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Tire on I-94

Of all the landmarks in Michigan that I've wanted a picture of, this one is probably the most difficult for me to get. Usually when I am going past it, I am the one that is doing the driving and I'm not quite sure where to pull off to get it. Today, my dad and I were heading down to the Lions game, so I had my chance.

The tire started out life as a ferris wheel for the 1964/65 World's Fair in New York. After the fair ended, it was moved to Michigan where it stands now. In the mid 90's it was given a facelift to make it look more modern. In 1998, it was given a nail for Uniroyal's NailGard tires. In 2003, it was given another renovation in preparation for the Super Bowl that was going to be in Detroit. It is definately an icon.

3 comments:

Pull Up A Chair said...

This is fantastic. I love this kind of Americana. When I was 4 to age 6 we lived in Inglewood, CA. and out my bedroom window, I could see "The BIG Donut" - Now it's called "Randy's Donuts" but back then, I think it was called "The Big Donut" ... but it was, and still is, big and brown. Iconic indeed!

Mikoyan said...

We used to have a sign that showed the US vehicle production.

priya said...

Amazing work guv. I'm so stunned, it hurts. Definitely keen to see how it turns out! Tires Florida