JAX Tyres Joins Motor Tyre Test
The JAX Tyres team has played a vital role in MOTOR magazine's annual tyre test for 2005.The story, by Philip Lord, in the December 2005 issue of MOTOR, pays tribute to the crew who changed the wheels and tyres tested by race and rally ace Rick Bates in the gruelling survey.
Over two days at Queanbeyan's Sutton Road Driver Training Centre, Bates and the MOTOR crew assessed a variety of high performance tyres including examples from Dunlop, Bridgestone, Michelin, Pirelli and Goodyear. The JAX Tyres crew was responsible for setting up the test car (an FPV F6 Typhoon) with each set of tyres - Bates was not allowed to see them. Representatives from most of the companies were on hand to ensure the test procedure was conducted fairly.
It involved wet and dry cornering and braking performances as well as Bates' impressions of each set of tyres. What journalist Philip Lord said: "The guys from JAX Tyres were the linchpins of this whole operation - we simply wouldn't have been able to get everything done without 'em. Especially because I wasn't allowed to use the rattle gun. And I wouldn't know how to operate a tyre fitting machine if it landed on me ((which it nearly did on Day Two when the boys learned I wanted to re-test everything).
"So, a V8 Supercar-like pit crew to get tyres onto rims and perfectly balanced was a bloody good thing. "The crew, consisting of Michael Palmer, from JAX Tyres HQ in Sydney,
Craig White, franchisee of JAX Tyres, Belconnen ACT, and Damien Hollows from JAX Tyres, Penrith, NSW, were consummate professionals. "The latest tyre-changing gear was brought down from Sydney by supplier Eagle SMF. Leon Vitagliani, owner and operator of Eagle SMF, with his brothers and father, put the new machines through their paces. "So, from all at MOTOR, thanks, we couldn't have got the job done without you." For the full report, check out the December 2005 issue of MOTOR. (Our thanks to MOTOR for allowing us to reproduce their words, and the photos, by Offroad Images.)