Milestar StreetSteel Classic Performance

This is the tire that was fitted to the Pontiac GTO that I drove in Vegas. Milestar Tires Review says the Milestar StreetSteel is perfect for muscle cars, hot rods, custom street rods, and classic cars that demand a period-correct retro inspired tire with modern characteristics and performance abilities.

The Milestar StreetSteel can be easily identified by the classic checkered flag sidewall design and the solid raised white letters similar to the tires fitted on the muscle cars of yesteryear.

This tire is equipped with angled siping and a notched center rib to improve stability and grip in wet and dry pavement. Featuring circumferential grooves that quickly evacuates water from the main treads for enhanced handling in wet weather, the tire is also engineered with an angled shoulder design to aid better handling, more responsive steering, and better cornering.

The problem with test driving muscle cars is the shock factor.

Your brain will immediately absorb the styling and the sounds of the machine with no regards to the refinement and handling. Muscle cars are all about excitement, so it is hard to judge the merits of the car based on modern standards of NVH and refinement.

With that in mind, I strapped myself inside the 1967 Pontiac GTO and prepared for launch.

The burnouts were surreal, and dry grip was fantastic especially if the tires are properly warmed-up. I also appreciate the ride comfort since I also drove the GTO around the streets of Vegas.

Milestar MS775 Touring SLE

The Milestar MS775 SLE is a touring tire for all-season driving. This tire is available in a black and white sidewall option with the latter offered in a narrow white-striped sidewall option for low riders, classic cars, and custom coupes.

The Milestar MS775 Touring SLE is equipped with interlocking circumferential blocks that aids traction and grip while improving the directional stability of your ride. The circumferential grooves and open shoulder tread blocks are all engineered to swiftly dissipate water for superior traction in wet or icy weather.

My test car is a 2006 Toyota Avalon fitted with aftermarket 15-inch wheels with wider Milestar MS775 touring tires with black sidewalls.

I am aware that the 2006 Avalon came with 16-inch OEM wheels but the owner decided to downsize the wheels and install wider tires to achieve a meaner and more aggressive stance.

The Avalon is a terrific highway cruiser. It seems the Milestar MS775 Touring tires were a perfect fit for the personality of the car. Traction and grip in the dry were commendable while wet weather traction is not bad either. The ride was comfortable while road noise was directly proportional to the speed since the tires were a bit noisier when traveling over 90 mph.

Ugliest cars from famous Italian body builders

The works of renowned Italian designers in the circles of automotive enthusiasts speak up with religious respect. To say that “this car was drawn by Pininfarina” or “that body was made by Giugiaro” is a sign of honor, and even a seemingly dense machine will help to get off the dull gray to the pedestal of Italian elegance. But even Italian body builders (and their employees) are just people, and sometimes they have to work with what the customer gives them and assigns. So, just as Picasso certainly got drunk and painted something awful, and Jackson Pollock undoubtedly sometimes stained the canvas in an impossible way, famous designers sometimes designed an ugly car. However, their disadvantage is that you can hardly impose an ugly car as a ‘shocking conceptual abstract art’ and you have to face the fact that it is simply nasty.

Pininfarina

When you say “famous car designer”, “Pininfarina” comes first in response. From a small body shop, founded by Battista “Pinin” Farina, it has evolved into a company producing tens of thousands of cars. And her name appears in addition to the Italian classics on the body of cars, from which we might not even expect.

Rolls-Royce Camargue

And we start our list with a car born from a divine connection, which should guarantee an absolutely exceptional result. And an exceptional result was expected because it was the most expensive car in the world at the time. Rolls-Royce Camargue, a super-luxury coupe / GT based on the platform of the then Silver Shadow sedan and the Corniche convertible, was supposed to be the pinnacle of the British automotive industry. In addition to the traditional 6 ¾ liter eight-cylinder, it also offered Citroën’s traditional hydropneumatic suspension and the world’s first dual-zone air conditioning system. But the design… was just so weird. The combination of an Italian swing with a sedentary British elegance tends to be strange and appealing, but good work is not always successful. Just as the Jaguar XJ Series III did not help Pininfarin’s hit the roof line, the Camargue looked like a car he didn’t quite know whether he wants to be Italian avant-garde or British settled. Finally, there was none. Maybe it wasn’t ugly and had something in itself in a special way. But that’s not enough for the world’s most expensive coupe…

Mitsubishi Colt

On the other hand, in the case of one coupé-convertible from Mitsubishi, a tragic result could be expected. Designing a small convertible is problematic in itself and the result is usually a strange, bucket-like creation. And you can drastically complicate the design of any convertible by choosing a bulky and usually bulky sheet metal roof. Combining both can only result in trouble - and often the designer himself cannot influence whether the trouble is larger or smaller. If you are trying to make a convertible coupé from something that looks like a refrigerator on wheels, the result will be just terrible.