Simple ideas can change the world. In 1888, while watching his son ride a tricycle, John Boyd Dunlop noticed his discomfort whenever he rode over cobbled ground.
He knew the tricycle's solid rubber tyres were to blame. The solution? He wrapped the wheels in thin rubber sheets, glued them together, inflated them with a football pump for a cushioning effect - and created the first commercially viable pneumatic tyre.
Dunlop patented the idea, giving his fledgling Dunlop tyre company a head start over automotive competitors who had already recognised the tyre's many advantages. Ten years later, Dunlop's invention had almost entirely replaced solid tyres.
In 1889, Dunlop opened its first tyre plant in Dublin and its first factory in Birmingham just two years later. From there, Dunlop's growth from pioneer to successful multinational corporation was swift.
We established operations in Germany, France, Canada, Australia, USA, and production facilities throughout the globe, for example, Japan's first ever tyre plant at Kobe. And with the Dunlop Rubber Company, the company proved itself a pioneer in technology and business.
A proud tradition
By the 1920s, we had developed tyres for cars capable of speeds over 200 mph - heralding our longstanding relationship with motorsport.
We were linked with many high-speed successes, including Sir Malcolm Campbell's 1935 land speed record in 'Bluebird'. During the 1950s - the golden age of motorsport - Dunlop tyres achieved an unrivalled Sixty six Formula One wins with eight world champions.
Our technicians were the first to apply motorsport tyre standards to the tyres of everyday vehicles. This unique approach offered motorists and their vehicles the quality, durability and endurance of tyres designed for the racetrack.
This proud tradition remains. For images, screensavers and lots more features reflecting our continuing involvement in motorsport, please visit the downloads section.
|ARROWMAX D103||D103||Sport Mileage|
|ARROWMAX GT501||GT501||Sport Mileage|
|D401 HARLEY DAVIDSON||D401||Harley Davidson|
|D402 HARLEY DAVIDSON||D402||Harley Davidson|
|D407 / D408 HARLEY DAVIDSON||D407 / D408||Harley Davidson|
|D427 HARLEY DAVIDSON||D427||Harley Davidson|
|D773||D773||Motocross Comp (Soft Terrain)|
|D908 RR||D908 RR||Desert Comp / Cross Country (Road Legal)|
|D952||D952||Motocross Comp (Multi Terrain, Durable)|
|ELITE 3||Elite 3||Touring & Cruiser|
|GEOMAX MX11||MX11||Motocross Comp (Sand)|
|GEOMAX MX31||MX31||Motocross Comp (Soft Terrain)|
|GEOMAX MX51||MX51||Motocross Comp (Medium Terrain)|
|GEOMAX MX71||MX71||Motocross Comp (Medium / Hard Terrain)|
|K180||K180||OE Road / Trail|
|K550||K550||Road / Trail|
|K81 TT100||K81 TT100||Classic|
|K82||K82||Classic & Lightweight|
|RUN SCOOT 207 RS||Run Scoot 207 RS||Sport Mileage Scooter|
|SPORTMAX D210||D210||OE Sport|
|SPORTMAX D218||D218||OE Sport|
|SPORTMAX D220 ST||D220 ST||OE Sport Touring & Cruiser|
|SPORTMAX D221||D221||OE Sport Touring & Cruiser|
|SPORTMAX D252||D252||OE Sport Touring|
|SPORTMAX D253||D253||OE Supermoto Street|
|SPORTMAX GP RACER D211||D211||Club Racing / Track Day / Hypersport Street|
|SPORTMAX MUTANT||Mutant||Supermoto Street|
|SPORTMAX QUALIFIER D209||D209||OE Sport|
|SPORTMAX QUALIFIER II||Qualifier II||Supermoto Street|
|SPORTMAX ROADSMART||Roadsmart||Sport Touring|
|TRAILMAX||Trailmax||Trail / Road|
|TRAILMAX D603||D603||Trail / Road|
|TRAILMAX D605||D605||OE Road / Trail|
|TRAILMAX TR91||Trailmax TR91||Road / Trail|
|SPORTMAX GP RACER D211 SLICK||GP Racer D211 Slick||Club Racing / Track Day|
|SPORTMAX SPORTSMART||Sportsmart||Hypersport Street / Track Day|
|SPORTMAX QUALIFIER (2010 COMPOUND)||Qualifier||Sport Mileage|
|GT502 HARLEY||GT502 Harley||Harley Davidson|
|GEOMAX ENDURO||Enduro||F.I.M. Enduro Comp|
|OE CRUISER TYRES||OE Cruiser Tyres||OE|
|SCOOTER TYRES||Scooter Tyres||Scooter|
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- Dunlop Moto2 & Moto3 Championships
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- 21 May 2012
- Dunlop Geomax MX11
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- 1 Nov 2011
- Dunlop Moto2 Valencia Preview
- Dunlop Moto2 Valencia Preview Dunlop will debut a new rear tyre for the final round of the Moto2 Championship as it returns to Spain for the fourth time this year for the Valencian Grand Prix, held on November 4-6 at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana.
- 11 Oct 2011
- Dunlop Moto2 Preview: Phillip Island
- Dunlop heads to the tough and testing circuit of Phillip Island for the Australian Grand Prix, the fifteenth round of the 2011 Moto2 Championship, held on October 14-16.