In October 1995, the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the association and its convention and trade show. At the same time, we will be recognizing the independent tire dealer, major industry milestones and the many accomplishments that have transpired during these past 75 years.
Whether you are a member of the NTDRA or not, every facet of this great industry has benefited from the long years of service this association has contributed to it. Over the years, the independent dealer strength has benefited tire manufacturers, industry suppliers, vendors, industry media and a host of ancillary groups such as educators, consultants and other associations.
This is a genuine, heartfelt request from a former tire manufacturer employee, independent dealer and past NTDRA president to all segments of the industry to plan now to participate in the upcoming NTDRA convention and trade show.
By doing so, you will not only honor the memory of all those who have gone before us and helped us achieve whatever level of success we have enjoyed, but also honor this great industry, which has been so good to so many of us. No less important, you will be honoring yourself, the tire manufacturers, industry suppliers, vendors, associations, media and the independent tire dealer!
We all have so much to gain by joining together to salute our great industry and by putting aside our differences and dedicating ourselves and our budgets to this once-in-a-lifetime milestone.
You can expect to see a trade show floor full of tire displays mixed in with other products and services the independent dealer offers the motoring public, motivating and knowledgeable speakers, and seminars and workshops packed with eager dealers trying to cope with this rapidly changing industry and trying to carry on the true tradition of service. There will be opportunities to renew old acquaintances, exchange ideas and personal experiences, and to party and celebrate together. All of this should go a long way toward ``mending fences'' and make us all very, very proud of this industry in which we have chosen to be an active participant.
I look forward to the greatest amalgamation of all the members of the tire and automotive repair industry next October.
Joseph A. DePaolis
Wants information about MAP
Thank you for your Nov. 28 article ``Auto service reforms on the way.'' Being the owner of 12 tire and auto repair locations in the Chicago area, the regulations that will be part of the automotive reform will affect our business greatly.
In reference to the Maintenance Awareness Program (MAP) repair guidelines mentioned in the article, do you have information on where to obtain a copy of these guidelines or to contact MAP President Larry Hecker?
W.J. Cassidy Tire Co.
EDITOR'S NOTE: MAP and its parent, the Automotive Maintenance & Repair Association, are located at: 808 17th St., N.W., Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20006; phone (202) 223-9669. Fax: (202) 223-9569. Repair guidelines are free to MAP members; $5 per copy for non-members.
Where can ST tires be used?
Why can't tires with the designation ST (special trailer) be used on pickup trucks? Is it illegal to do so? If there are one or more reasons why this tire has limited service, I suggest a warning be molded on the sidewall.
Trans State Tires
EDITOR'S NOTE: It's not illegal to use such tires on pickup trucks. But Gloria Bartholomew, manager, technical and standards at the Rubber Manufacturers Association, advises using them only in the application for which they were designed-as trailer tires on the highway. They're not recommended for drive- or steer-axle use. Only safety warnings-not information about applications-are molded on sidewalls, she added.