1994-'95 NTDRA President James Faught and his wife, Jane, kick off the trade show in New Orleans. The Stump Hoppers, a dixieland band, greeted dealers at the convention's opening session.
The NTDRA booth evoked memories of an old-time general store, with staff in red aprons.
Christopher Conley, 15 months, son of Tony and Shelley Conley of Conley Tire, London, Ky., eyes a tire changer.
NTDRA officials said this year's trade show boasted the largest number of tire company booths in the association's history.
Ken Nelms, left, and Brian Myhres of Coastal Energy Co., Gulfport, Miss., check out a computer balancer at FMC Corp.'s booth.
``Blues Brothers'' Ken Kester, left, and Doug Winter Jr. of Progressive Computer Systems are on a mission to sell Gary Gabel of Tehama Tire Service, Red Bluff, Calif., a computer.
George Hitler, sales manager, associate brands for Michelin Americas Small Tires, goes over the company's Cavalier line with Dwayne Waters of Brisco Tire & Alignment, Denton, Texas.
Magician Charles McFarland and model Heidi Shaw baffled crowds at Exxon Chemical's booth.
Francois Michelin, left, accepts Hall of Fame award for Groupe Michelin founders Andre and Edouard Michelin from Rubber Manufacturers Association President Tom Cole .
`Nurse' Christine Turk and Bruce Dobbs, cener, of C.A.T. Products Inc., explain C.A.T.'s Run-Rite fuel system cleaner to Brian Purcell of Purcell Brothers Firestone, Batavia, Ill.
The NTDRA's booth sold out of many association-sponsored charts and publications.
T.N. ``Norm'' Rhea of the Louisiana Independent Tire Dealers Association welcomes conventioners.