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BFGOODRICH® TIRES: ADVENTURE IN ITS GENES

BFGoodrich® Tires was founded in 1870 by Doctor Benjamin Franklin Goodrich who opened North America’s first tyre factory in Akron, Ohio. Charles Cross, his son, later inaugurated the first research center on USA soil.

In 1903, BFGoodrich® Tires was chosen by Ford to supply tyres for the Model A, the first car to cross the continent from east to west. The aeronautical industry was expanding quickly at this time, too, and tyres from BFGoodrich® Tires were fitted to airplanes like the Curtiss N°2 which established a new airspeed record in 1909, as well as the Spirit of Saint Louis in which Charles Lindbergh became the first manto fly across the Atlantic in 1927.

An impressive record in motorsport

BFGoodrich® Tires' landmark achievements in the world of motorsport date back to its early days when, in 1915, it became the first tyre brand to win the Indianapolis 500 two years running. It later forged a reputation in off-road racing, winning the Baja 1000 through the deserts of Southern California and northwest Mexico for the first time in 1972. That was the first of the 21 victories it has since totaled on the event. Following the brand’s acquisition by Michelin in 1990, it went on to win competitions like the 1993 FIA Cross-Country Rally 2WD World Cup and the 1994 Pikes Peaks International Hill Climb with New Zealander Rod Millen in a Toyota Celica. BFGoodrich® Tires collected its first Paris-Dakar successes in 1999 and 2000 with Jean-Louis Schlesser before notching up a sequence of 10 further consecutive wins (see following page). In addition to its 14 Dakar victories, the brand can lay claim to 200 other wins in a variety of world class off-road competitions, including 24 Baja 1000 triumphs and a one-two-three finish on the recent Oilybia Rallye in Morocco.