We're Giving Away A Set Of Michelin Tires!…Just Answer These Three Questions


Apparently this is the summer of Hooniverse giveaways. We handed out a bunch of gear from Meguiar’s. I sent someone the new 3M Paint Defender to check out. Now, however, we’re on to our best contest yet because the winner will end up with a set of new rubber shoes for their ride. No, we didn’t team up with Sears to give away the cheapest set of 175s they have left over from 1982. Michelin stepped up and wants us to hand over their all-new Pilot Sport A/S 3, which is the same tire I sampled earlier in the year back in New Orleans.

We’re not simply going to give these to the first person to photoshop me in some ridiculous manner. Although, if you want to do that you know it’s always highly encouraged around these parts. For this competition, however, we are giving away the tires to the first person who correctly answers three questions. The questions are below the jump and, if you know this group of readers, you know you need to act fast to find the answers. There’s also a video down there to tell you a bit more about the tires.


Okay, here are your three questions:

  1. What unique, sustainable oil is used in the helio compound of the PS A/S 3 to allow greater flexibility in low temperatures while maintaining rigidity in higher temperatures?
  2. When was The Michelin Man first introduced in Michelin advertisements?
  3. After a careful study of market trends and monitoring the actions of its two major global competitors, Michelin made the decision in 1989 to purchase which tire company?

There you go… first person to get all three correct wins the rubber. If it happens to be the very first comment posted, so be it.


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50 responses to “We're Giving Away A Set Of Michelin Tires!…Just Answer These Three Questions”

  1. Mike Schilz Avatar

    1. Helio compound with sunflower oil
    2. 1894
    3. Uniroyal-Goodrich Tire company

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar

      So close…

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        Nunc est MDCCCXCVIII.

        1. dukeisduke Avatar

          Sorry for the downding – stupid iPhone.

          1. mdharrell Avatar

            No worries. I just figured someone didn't like my gratuitously smart-assed nudge towards the correct year.
            <img src="http://declarationsandexclusions.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8345239a669e20105363bbfd6970c-800wi&quot; width="300">

            1. Devin Avatar

              That ad gets a little bit more horrifying every time I see it.

              1. dr zero Avatar

                I now relate Bibendum to the book "Pattern Recognition" by William Gibson. You can see why he used it as a form of marketing that had such a large (negative) affect on Pollard.

            2. dukeisduke Avatar

              I always enjoy your smart-assed nudges. And that picture? Yeah, I'm gonna have nightmares.

        2. Vairship Avatar

          Too bad you didn't win. I would have loved to see you ask for a set of Michelin Pilots for your KV Mini…or the Saab… or the Maestro…or the Skyliner. Clearly you're at the heart of their target demographic!

          1. mdharrell Avatar

            Or the Freeway, or the MG Metro, or the Lyman. Yeah, I'm pretty sure they aren't available in any size I run. I was serious below in my comment about 4.00-8, as the KV did come with Michelin tires originally. KV vulcanized their own tread onto Michelin casings for the rear tires, but I concede that might be too much to ask.

    2. Jeff Glucker Avatar

      Per Michelin, they want the date he was used in an advertisement. Which you can also find pretty easily… if you revise this comment quickly enough, I'll mark you the winner.

    3. Mike Schilz Avatar

      The date it was used in an advertisement was 1898. I looked at the Wiki page too quickly and first saw 1894.

      1. Jeff Glucker Avatar

        Alright Mike, you're the winner… thanks for the correction.
        email me your address at Jeff@Hooniverse.com

  2. dukeisduke Avatar

    Way to go, Mike!
    Jeff. if the tires are made with sunflower oil, are they heart healthy?

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar

      I will eat some and let you know

      1. MVEilenstein Avatar

        Melt them down over a bed of fresh tortilla chips. Divine.

  3. James Avatar

    Helio compound w/ sunflower oil
    Uniroyal-Goodrich Tire Co.

  4. James Avatar

    no, wait 1898 in France

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar

      Yep, Mike beat you to it with his correction. Sorry James

  5. MVEilenstein Avatar

    Will these fit on my F-150?

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar

      Tirerack.com is your new best friend… but I think you'd probably be better off with some grabby BFGs for a truck application

      1. MVEilenstein Avatar

        Yeah, just having some fun. My tires are in pretty good shape right now, but I'll have to think about a new set probably next summer.
        I've got these on it right now. http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=… 4wd Pick-up&autoModClar=

      2. JayP2112 Avatar

        Yep. Tirerack makes it way to easy to get tires.
        UPS man should have my new set on my doorstep when I get home. I'm a little giddy.

    2. dukeisduke Avatar

      I used the Goodyear Wrangler GS-A, then the Michelin LTX M/S on my '95, and I usually got 36-40k miles out of a set.

      1. MVEilenstein Avatar

        See above. I like these a lot, but I'm not committed to Goodyear. If I find a good deal on Michelin's, I'll take it.

        1. dukeisduke Avatar

          I switched from the GS-As because they quit making them in a size I could use. I originally put on the 245/70-15, since it was a 70-series, almost the same height as the stock 235/75-15. I liked the asymmetrical tread design, but the one negative that I did notice about them was that they were very balance-sensitive; after they'd worn awhile, they would vibrate, and need rebalancing.

          1. MVEilenstein Avatar

            Duly noted.

    3. ptschett Avatar

      I've been happy with Firestone Destination A/T's on my Dakota… I'm on my 3rd set.

    1. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

      My first viewing of way back when this caused a reaction akin to choking. It still makes me giggle.

      1. muthalovin Avatar

        Me too. I was surprised that this was not a .gif yet, because I would watch that all damn day. Though it is nice to hear the roar and screech.

  6. Mike Schilz Avatar

    Awesome! I am about ready for a new set of tires on my GTI and was thinking about these.

    1. Kamil_K Avatar

      Now set up a IntenseDebate account and tell your friends how awesome Hooniverse is. 😛

    2. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

      Nicely done, Mike!

  7. Maxichamp Avatar

    Here is an evolution of the Michelin Man that I wrote about back in 2008:

  8. Number_Six Avatar


    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar

      Good try, 42 is usually the right answer to… everything.

  9. BobWellington Avatar

    Cheese Oil
    Alien Tires

  10. Gooberpeaz Avatar

    They probably don't make a 145SR-10 in that tire anyway.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      I feel your pain. Michelin still offers a 3.50-8 but has discontinued their 4.00-8, so that leaves me out.

  11. Devin Avatar

    You should do a snow tire giveaway in October. Except that instead of running a contest, just give them to me.
    Well it's worth a shot.

  12. OA5599 Avatar
  13. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

    We’re not simply going to give these to the first person to photoshop me in some ridiculous manner.
    Dang. Should've read the article first. I just heard "contest" and responded Pavlovianly.
    <img src="http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/7255/ba9r.jpg&quot; width=500>

    1. muthalovin Avatar

      Can you do this treatment to the video?!??!!?!

      1. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

        Oooh. . . I could.
        But it'd take more than 5 minutes. Dang.

    2. Gooberpeaz Avatar

      Disturbing on a lot of levels…

    3. Kamil_K Avatar

      Jeff, your new FB profile photo is here.

      1. Jeff Glucker Avatar


    4. FreeMan Avatar

      It's a word now…

    5. Jeff Glucker Avatar


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