My grandfather retired from Uniroyal, so to take a shot in front of the company’s tire has meaning to me.
According to Wikipedia:
The tire was first created as a Ferris wheel for the 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair. It was designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, the same architectural firm that designed theEmpire State Building. As the Uniroyal Giant Tire Ferris wheel, it carried over 2 million people, including prominent passengers such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Telly Savalas, and theShah of Iran. The wheel contained 24 barrel-shaped gondolas, each carrying 4 people. The wheel was capable of carrying up to 96 passengers and was driven by a 100 hp engine.
When the fair ended in 1965, the tire was disassembled and shipped by rail to Detroit, where it was reassembled as a static display without its passenger gondolas outside a Uniroyal sales office. Later, the sales office moved but the tire remained, becoming an icon of Detroit’s industrial power. The tire is anchored in 24 feet (7.3 m) feet of concrete and steel and can withstand hurricane force winds. The tire is not made of actual rubber, but instead uses a Uniroyal-developed polyester resin reinforced with glass fiber, which makes the tire flame resistant. Today this tire still stands tall as an essential symbol of Uniroyal’s heritage and to the city of Detroit.