Dunlop Motorsport has celebrated the 40th anniversary of Spaghetti Junction with an impressive ten-truck drive-by stunt.
The tyres manufacturer organised for the convoy to take over three lanes of the M6 in honour of the UK’s largest and most complicated intersection.
Dunlop’s racing tyres are manufactured at the Fort Dunlop facility in Birmingham, and the company estimates that it has shipped more than 10-million tyres across the juntion since it was first opened in 1972.
The ten-truck convoy converged simultaneously on many of the different intertwined roads of the junction for an aerial photograph. The trucks then paraded through the city on the old Birmingham Superprix circuit, which made some of city streets famous for motor racing.
James Bailey, Director of Marketing and Communications for Dunlop Motorsport Europe, said: “We are very proud of our long association with Birmingham and that we not only design, develop and manufacture tyres here, but also provide many of the support teams for race championships across Europe and the world.
“The Dunlop Motorsport trucks are not just delivery vehicles. Once they are in the paddock at a race track, the sides open up, awnings are fitted and they are transformed into the ‘Dunlop Village’ – a tyre fitting centre from where the engineers will look after the tyre needs of racing teams before and during practice and racing. There are more than 20 vehicles servicing over 200 events around the world every year.
“As well as celebrating 40 years of being neighbours with the iconic Spaghetti Junction we also wanted to acknowledge the anniversary of motor racing on the streets of Birmingham. Although racing didn’t happen on Birmingham’s Superprix Circuit until the 1980s, permission for it to happen was first given 40 years ago, so it is appropriate to reflect on the city’s racing heritage.
“The Superprix was a great showcase for Birmingham and with around forty thousand people employed in the UK motorsport industry, maybe the time is right to highlight this contribution to the local and national economy with a return of racing to Birmingham’s streets.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office