Introduction Of A New 145/10 Tyre
Posted 19 June 2018 - 09:52 AM
Posted 19 June 2018 - 01:34 PM
Great news. I emailed them a while back asking if there was any news and I never heard back from them.
Posted 19 June 2018 - 08:33 PM
When the SP3 first came out in the 145 x 10 size they were really hard to get. In fact, you needed a contact at Dunlop Competitions Dep't and a competition licence to be able to buy them. I recall parking my Cooper rally car in Hitchin and a two guys were looking at it. When I went to get in one said "Wow, you have got those new Dunlops. Where did you get them"? Even on normal regional area championship rallies only a few people had them.
However, when I fitted them to my first Mk.1 Cortina GT they were not very good in the wet.
Now we need a source for the original 145 x 10 SP44 Weathermaster.
Posted 20 June 2018 - 11:35 AM
I thought you could still get 145x10 Weathermasters. I don't know if the pattern has maybe changed but there is definitely a Dunlop tyre in that size with that name available.
The SP44 was recently re-manufactured from new tooling when enough Mini and Moke owners responded with pre-orders for a set.
Posted 11 October 2018 - 07:01 AM
Has anyone heard any updates on this?
I emailed Blockley yesterday enquiring if they had a release date and expressing interest but haven't had a response just yet.
Posted 11 October 2018 - 07:33 AM
Latest email (June 2018) from Blockley to a Mk1 forum member below:-
"We have had all sorts of delays, and I'm sure you will have made other plans - but the Blockley 145R10 mould is nearly finished and the tooling for the steel belting also manufactured ready, so I should have the sample tyres by mid to late July, after which it's E marking etc and the production - so we're on the last stretch!
Best Wishes, Julian"
So I guess it will probably be into early next year before we see any tyres for sale....
Posted 11 October 2018 - 08:47 AM
Received an email back from Blockley this morning.
Thanks for your email.
Making the 145R10 Mini tyre has taken so much longer than I had ever
anticipated! But we are almost there.
The prototypes have been produced and tested, and we will have our
paperwork for DoT (for USA) and E marking (for Europe) very shortly. By
the time this is done and we book a production slot and so on, we should
have the tyres available for sale later this year. The tread pattern is
like most of the Blockley radials which is based on a early Dunlop tread
pattern that Goodyear did their version of shortly afterwards - so the
Minis will look fantastic on them! I am also making a good quality
thicker Blockley Butyl inner tube as most of the Mini wheels I have seen
are not the tubeless type (ie with the safety ridge inside), so should
be fitted with tubes, although I'm sure many don't.
I attach the 2018 Blockley brochure showing the tyres tubes and rim
bands that we currently produce. We guarantee that if any of the
Blockley radial tyres are not the best that a customer has ever driven
on, then we will offer a refund. If we are not making the best tyres /
tubes then there is no point in making them. The 145R10 tyre has twin
steel belting in the carcass construction.
We do not sell via the well known "Classic" tyre wholesalers such as
Vintage Tyre supplies at Beaulieu, or Longstone, because they need too a
big margin, and push the sales of whatever they make the most margin on
- so by selling direct we are able to sell the best product at a
realistic price that is inevitably lower than anything else. In this way
we have managed to have never increased a tyre price since we started
some 20 years ago! But then the reasons for starting Blockley is very
different from why others do this.
PS I'll keep you updated when the tyres are close to availability."
Posted 11 October 2018 - 05:50 PM
will be good to have another option available. it'll be interesting to see where they price them, and what size production run they're looking at
something else to put on the christmas list maybe..
Posted 28 October 2018 - 11:30 AM
Apparently the prototype 145 tyre is on display at Stoneleigh Restoration show today.
They should be available by the end of the year.
S speed rating and E marked.
Some preview photos on Mk1 Forum:-
Edited by mab01uk, 28 October 2018 - 07:04 PM.
Posted 28 October 2018 - 12:39 PM
I've written my letter and I'm posting early to Father Christmas.
Posted 12 November 2018 - 11:36 PM
The 145 tyres were on show at the NEC, £75 each in the Jan 2019 price list so on their way for the New Year.
Apparently a 165 will also be available at the same/similar price.
Posted 15 February 2019 - 09:59 AM
Blockley are at the London Classic Car Show with this 145 sample £63 + VAT & delivery. Same price for the 165 which is to follow.
They hope to have them in stock and on sale later this month or in March.
Edited by mab01uk, 15 February 2019 - 10:00 AM.
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