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Goodbye Goodyear's, Wolverhampton. 1927-2008.
Goodyear was founded in 1898 in Akron, Ohio. As the company began to expand beyond the United States of America, a branch sales office was opened in London in 1913. Due to rising unemployment in Britain after the First World War and the need to stimulate trade in British made goods, high tariffs were imposed on imported goods, which led the company to establish its own factory in England in order to continue to sell and distribute tyres. The site for the factory was a disused works of the enamel hollow-ware firm Macfarlane & Robinson at Bushbury, Wolverhampton. Goodyear bought the premises in July 1927 and the first tyre was manufactured in December that year. During the early 1930s the factory doubled in size due to the success of the company; a rubber sole and heel department was established in 1933 and provision for the manufacture of mechanical goods added in 1938. By 1939 the factory employed 1,700 people. The company was committed to the welfare of its employees, and workers benefited from pension and insurance schemes, as well as having the opportunity to take part in a number of sporting and social activities organised by the firm. The Wolverhampton factory continued production during the Second World War and made tyres for the armed forces, as well as hose for pumping water, petrol and oil. By 1940, it was Britain’s second largest producer of aircraft tyres. The plant was never attacked by the German Luftwaffe during WW2. Years later it was revealled that Luftwaffe maps of the area still had the factory marked as an enamel works! The factory continued to expand after the war, and Goodyear also established a factory at Garscadden near Glasgow and a plant at Craigavon, Northern Ireland. In 1971, more than 5,500 people were employed at the Wolverhampton plant, making the company one of the largest employers in the town. The plant has been affected by closures and job losses from 2000, and many staff have now been relocated to the company’s administrative and distribution centre at Tyre-Fort, Birmingham. In early 2008, the main part of the old Wolverhampton factory complex is being demolished to make way for housing. Photo; March 2008.Shelby GT500 Super Snake
Starting in 2008, previous 2007 Shelby GT500 Mustangs could be sent to Carroll Shelby's Special Performance Plant in Las Vegas Nevada to be rebuilt into a Super Snake, for an additional cost of $27,995. The Super Snake will offer a 605 hp (451 kW) (at the engine) 5.4L Eaton TVS supercharged version with warranty. A Kenne Bell twin-screw supercharged version with "over 725 hp" will also be available, without warranty and a 0-60 [mph] 3.5seconds-3.7seconds. The Super Snake is inspired by the 1967 GT500 Super Snake, a car made by Carroll Shelby for Goodyear Tires. The Super Snake also comes with a variety of other performance, handling and cosmetic changes including badging, gauge pod, 20" Alcoa wheels, fibreglass ram-air Super Snake hood, stripes, carbon fiber front splitter and skirts, larger 6-piston Baer brakes, front and rear brake cooling ducts, complete track setup suspension, aluminum driveshaft, 3.73 differential gears and cat-back exhaust system. As a side note, a Shelby Super Snake was the winner of Season 2 of BullRun on Speed Channel. Source: Wikipedia
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