Always an interesting post when we start talking brands, but are we all really sure what we are running on?
F'rinstance we have already had a preference for part worn Bridgestone instead of Chinese s***e, however Bridgestone is a direct translation of the company founders name Ishibashi - (stone bridge) - who is Japanese & the tyres are manufactured where???..............Oh & they also own Firestone.
Goodyears partners are the Sumitomo rubber company together they own or have majority shares in Dunlop & Continental, Dunlop tyres are sold as fulda, Falken, Sava & Arrowspeed, Continental as Barum & General. The tyres are manufactured in China, Slovakia & Poland.
Cooper Tyres partners are the Kenda Rubber Co in Shanghai, they own Avon, Micky Thompson performance & have a stake in Kumho - tyres manufactured in Taiwan, Coopers also marketed as Dean / Mastercraft / Starfire & under the Sears brand in the good ole USA.
Michelin own Tiga Kleber Kormoran & part of Uniroyal.
My point is there is around a 90% chance that most of us are running C s***e, or at least far east s**** even though we may not care to admit it.
Personally I have just replaced the front Dunlops that were on the car when purchased & still had 6mm tread with the latest Kumho Ecsta's - why ? the Dunlops were tramlining. Why Kumho, well Ive used them on my 420 TVR SEAC when I had it on the track, I've had them on my Esprit Turbo & providing the pressures are right they grip like S*** on a rabbits fur, I know I wont get the mileage of say a Michelin but I like em & at the price.
You pays yer money.....