LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 11, 2004) — S&S Tire celebrated its 30th anniversary this month with an open house event at the Rupp Arena in Lexington.
The gathering, held exclusively for S&S wholesale customers, employees and guests, included a reception as well as a trade show, the Lexington-based company said.
Various celebrities were on hand to sign autographs and meet people, including racing legend Mario Andretti, three-time NASCAR Winston Cup winner Jeremy Mayfield and University of Kentucky basketball coach Tubby Smith.
Tire makers also were involved in the event—Bridgestone/Firestone sponsored Mr. Andretti, Goodyear sponsored Mr. Mayfield and Yokohama Tire Corp. sponsored Mr. Smith. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. donated an autographed football from Ohio State University alumni and ESPN personality Kurt Herbstreit, Yokohama offered an $8,000 all-inclusive trip to Russell Racing school, BFS offered Mario Andretti Racing school experiences and Goodyear offered Richard Petty driving school experiences and other prizes.
S&S Tire was founded in 1974 by partners Paul Swentzel and Don Schneider. In its 30 years, S&S has grown from one retail store to seven distribution centers in six states, including Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama and South Carolina. S&S also operates more than 20 retail stores in Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio and South Carolina. The dealership is part of the Best One Tire and Service group.