Every once in a while, we here at Lowrider magazine decide that it's time to hit the open road and visit a few of the shops that we consider to be part of our extended family. The first shop that started off our recent five-day journey was Coker Tires of Chattanooga, Tennessee. After a peaceful drive through some of Tennessee's most picturesque roads, we had the Coker factory finally in sight and quickly realized that Coker is all about making its presence known. The company has grown to be the world's largest supplier of collector car tires and wheels since their inception in 1958. Over their 55 years in business, Coker Tire Company has supplied collector vehicle enthusiasts with tires and wheels for countless applications and they're continuing to expand in more ways than one. With such brands as Firestone, Michelin, U.S. Royal and BF Goodrich, the product line at Coker Tires is filled with high quality bias ply and radial tires fit for any enthusiast or leisure driver.
When we pulled up to the shop we were greeted with open arms, just as Coker Tires does with all of their customers. We started off our tour in the showroom and worked our way to the other areas of the behemoth complex, which included the wheel-manufacturing department—one of our favorite stops. Once we got through the wheel department, we took a walk through the pristine museum and private collection that Corky Coker has accumulated over the years which was impressive to say the least. We were also given the opportunity to tour the warehouses which were stacked full of tires including our favorite section, the 5.20 which had a fresh new batch of tires delivered and ready for shipment.
A few years ago, Coker broke into to the lowrider market and started producing the Coker Premium 5.20. Since their introduction of the 5.20, they have been improving it continuously from the design to the quality involved in making this tire one of the best values for the market. With white walls that stay white and reinforced sidewalls, this tire is here to stay and we're not complaining.
Coker Tires' future plans include a possible radial and an even larger facility on the West Coast that is almost fully operational, making it easy to ship tires to any part of the country. However, in today's visit we purely focused on the East Coast headquarters and the impressive tour that we received. As we mentioned, Corky's private car collection was very impressive but what was even more surprising is that he opens his collection to the public for everyone to see. If you find yourself in the Chattanooga area, feel free to stop by and make sure to let them know that you've seen them in Lowrider magazine!