Oral History: The Evolution of Car Rims

Pre-Combustion Engine: Before The Car, There Was The Wheel

Tony Thacker, British-born custom-car veteran, Executive Director of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum: “It goes way back to the days of Marco Polo, when people wanted to gussy up their wagons and their carriages. The impulse to decorate your ride is timeless.”

Mike Spinelli, custom-car critic: “You can go all the way back to wagon wheels in America. People used to paint them. The words, ‘hub cap’ refer to the cap that used to go over the hub of a wagon wheel. The phenomenon is not new.”

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