Tyre Talk Column: Ray gets fast and furious with GT Radial

Ray Pantling, owner of Tyres Direct, road tests some top tyres…

Anyone who buys tyres from me at Tyres Direct will know how good they are. And there is a simple reason for this – because I make it my mission to see every tyre being tested so I know what each is capable of.

Driving at speeds of up to 150mph in cars and 100mph in trucks is what I personally do to test your tyres.

Recently I had another opportunity to test track the GT Radial brand at the highly secret test centre at MIRA – even my mobile phone camera was secured by tape so I could not to take photos.

They did kindly have their own photographer there on hand for the photos above. Throughout the day I got to drive and also be passenger on a range of tracks, finally ending in a classroom where the science of tyres was explained.

On the embanked curved track I got to sample G-force. I was also a sitting passenger with 10-time champion Stuart Oliver, who told me he kept the speed down to 100mph as he felt 120mph would scare me!

For pure fun, I was given the opportunity to drive blindfolded with someone verbally instructing me too. I was given licence to actually attempt to wreck and abuse the tyres in a day.

The GT Radial brand proved to be absolutely brilliant in performance in the tests.

For more photos and videos of the vehicles being tested visit @TyresDirectBletch on Facebook and tyresdirectmk on Instagram. Ray’s website is http://www.bletchleytyres.co.uk

This feature was published in the August 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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