Bridgestone’s roots date back to the establishment of Bridgestone Tire Co., Ltd. in 1931. Founder Shojiro Ishibashi was already a successful businessman, thanks to the creation of Jika-tabi (socks with rubber soles used as work shoes) and thriving rubber shoe trade. Passenger vehicles were growing more popular, and Ishibashi realized the potential in providing tires for this new mode of transportation, so he took revenue from his family business to start a tire company. Ishibashi used an English translation of his surname, stone bridge, to name his new venture.

Bridgestone focused on manufacturing tires based solely on Japanese technology. At first, the company met many challenges in producing and selling the tires, but it quickly improved product quality and the business rapidly expanded domestically and overseas. Throughout the 40s and 50s, the company’s production levels made Bridgestone Japan’s number one tire maker. In 1967, Bridgestone began selling radial tires for passenger vehicles. Around this same time, the company opened more locations overseas, including a sales headquarters in America. Throughout the 70s, locations opened in Indonesia, Iran, Taiwan and Australia. But the decade also brought a sad end to an era—founder Shojiro Ishibashi died on Sept. 11, 1976.

The 80s cemented the company as a leading global tire manufacturer. In May 1988, Bridgestone acquired The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, which transformed Bridgestone into one of the world's largest tire and rubber companies. The acquisition of Firestone gave Bridgestone a large number of production sites in North America, Central and South America, Europe, and other locations.

In the past two decades, Bridgestone has taken even more steps to expand and diversify, including establishing new headquarters for their European and American operations, returning the Firestone and Bridgestone brands to racing, and acquiring tire retreader Bandag, Inc. As Bridgestone approaches its 80th anniversary, the company remains committed to being a world leader in tire technology, developing the most advanced tires and rubber products and providing world class customer service. The company’s culture and mission remains rooted in the words of founder Shojiro Ishibashi, who said Bridgestone is dedicated to "serving society with superior quality".

The Tire Rack® team, your Performance Tire and Wheel Specialists®, consists of expert enthusiasts trained to provide friendly, accurate fitment and performance advice. In fact, team members spend approximately 80 hours a year in the classroom or behind the steering wheels of our test vehicles at our on-site test track and in "real world" driving sessions. These experiences give them the knowledge to help you choose the correct products for your vehicle, driving style and conditions.

The Sports Car Club of America's Milwaukee Region was created as a not-for-profit corporation in 1952. It was formed to encourage the preservation, ownership, and operation of sports cars. It acts as a source of information on the rules and regulations of the SCCA, provides and regulates events and exhibits for the owners, and encourages careful and skillful driving on public highways. The Solo Rule Book is now available online, at onsite event registration or you can order one online from the national web site. In addition, we offer three additional Street Tire classes to compete in, (FWD, RWD and AWD). Any other local rule changes will be posted at the event or in the supplemental regulations. Remember, we are a club run by it's members and participants. That means you and I. No one is getting rich putting on Solo events. Entry fees cover the lot rental cost with just enough left over to maintain the bus, cones and timing equipment. We do this for FUN!

We are the nation's largest and oldest distributor of racing supplies tailored for Solo, amateur racing and track events. Since 1984, we have been providing the highest quality products at great prices to amateur racers throughout the USA. The owners of our company participate in SCCA Solo competition and track day events. We leverage this experience to provide the products you need.

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Grassroots Motorsports is the how-to magazine for the serious sports car enthusiast. Each issue of GRM is created by motorsports participants and enthusiasts and contains practical tips for helping real-world sports car fans to improve their skills and their cars. From serious track racers to daily driven economy machines, GRM is there to help achieve maximum performance. To receive a free trial copy of Grassroots Motorsports, request one online at or call the magazine's offices at (800) 520-8292.

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