Jesse Trew, custom car expert: “The spinning rim was originally developed in the 1980s by inventor J.D. Gragg, who is from Tulsa, Okla. He eventually patented spinners and marketed the product under the American Tru-Spinners brand. Initially, American Tru-Spinners wheels were mainly installed on custom and concept vehicles.”
Gilbert: “In the 1980s, nostalgia-driven baby-boomers fueled a resurgence of car-related activities such as car shows and rod runs. These events again featured restored automobiles, street rods, custom-builds, and antique machines. It’s no surprise there were major wheel innovations around the corner.”
Perea: “In the early '80s, the vast majority of lowriders felt that wire wheels defined lowriding. Even with all of the other quality manufacturers of wire wheels, Dayton seemed to stand with their head above the pack due to their unique straight-laced design. This clean design harked back to the 1932 race-inspired wheel, with all of the spokes going straight to the center of the wheel, only being secured to the car with an adapter and a knockoff. Daytons were the epitome of what everyone wanted in a day when rims were generally inexpensive. These high-priced Daytons were not only the cleanest rims on the market, they were a status symbol of wealth and prosperity. Using an adapter and knockoff allowed the rim to sit without the lugs interrupting the elegant straight-laced spokes.