Sitting alongside the Allen Park section of Michigan's I-94 is a unique roadside attraction – the Uniroyal Giant Tire. It appears to be nothing more than a large advertisement, but looks can be deceiving. In actuality, the world's largest tire was actually a part of the 1964-1965 World's Fair in New York City.
US Royal, the precursor to the Uniroyal, built the tire and erected it as a ferris wheel. Gondolas were located around the perimeter of the tire, and the Uniroyal ferris wheel provided entertainment for nearly two million fair-goers. In 1966, once its fair duties were over, the tire was relocated to its current location in Allen Park.
Over the years, the tire has been updated to reflect current Uniroyal products and match current styling trends. In 1998, the world's largest tire was punctured with the world's largest nail to highlight the brand's Nailguard line. That nail has since been removed but the 80-foot tall brand ambassador remains, standing tall as a Detroit icon. Hop the jump for a video showing the Uniroyal Giant Tire in its ferris wheel attire.