STONEHAVEN, England (June 14, 2000)—A section of Robert William Thomson´s original pneumatic tire will be displayed at the Stonehaven Heritage Society´s Exhibition 2000, June 23-25, according to an article in Scotland´s Aberdeen Press and Journal.
Held in this town of 10,000 in eastern Scotland where the inventor of the pneumatic tire was born in 1822., the exhibition is intended to stimulate public interest in area´s character and history. Admission is free.
The tire section, the property by Tom Walkinshaw, owner of the Arrows Formula One Racing Team, is valued at 15,000 British pounds or approximately $22,600 U.S.
Mr. Thomson´s family later moved to Middlesex, England, where the inventor spent most of his life. There, he developed and patented a leather-covered air-filled tire in 1845 but found no commercial market for it.
The concept lay dormant for decades until John Boyd Dunlop of Ireland re-invented the pneumatic tire and found a ready demand for it in the bicycle which then had come into popular use.
However, the existence of Mr. Thomson´s by-then-expired patent deprived Mr. Dunlop of a monopoly and the air-filled tire soon had many manufacturers worldwide.