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Charles Croke

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Pickin' Punkins...

"Parking is on the hill" he shouted as he pointed to the freshly cut pasture across the street. What stood between a parking spot and the car was a recently flooded field stream and the tiretracks of…

The family Battle Wagon on the WRG3s

Last weekend was spent sprinting around trying to enjoy the Fall season in Connecticut. This meant a lot of back roads and twisties. The Honda Pilot handled nicely with our old Entyres. I mean it handl…

"...it will be like driving a tank."

The salesman peered over the tires on my the Honda Pilot. "Maybe another month or two. Check back with me in November." We walked back into MGB Tires and started discussing options. I could stick w…

My Prius has left the building...

A few thousand miles shy of 100k, we decided to put the Prius out to pasture. The car served us well, but it was time to move on. Our two oldest sons have ceased being "little people" and the back se…

Did I reach the half-life of my WRG3s?

The other day I noticed my tires telling me something. No, they didn't squeal, nor did the slip. The wear indicator only displays a "4". Alas, the 8 and 6 are no more. It was the first time I have th…

35k miles with the WRG3

"How much?" Dad was not buying it. Tirerack.com is an enabler for people who focus way too much on their tires. Just when I thought I could get him to take a ride to MGB Tires in Thomaston and enjo…

Toliet seats and snow tires...

Installing new toilet seats is like painting a room. It's the same old room, but it just feels new. If I am making no sense, try it. You will see. The snow was scheduled to move into the area during…

A recent WRG3 Observation

I am a former two snow tire guy.  In the past, my "common sense" and my "wallet" didn't have much of a relationship. I would allow my wallet to rationalize that two snow tires (front tires) we "good…

February and my WRG3s

Mother nature is catching up for a slow December and January. Like most of you, we have gotten hammered with snow. I completely expected the WRG3 to slip in snow performance. Dry handling and braking…

The state of the WRG3s after Year One

I wanted to share a picture of what my tires look like today. About a year ago MBG Tire in Thomaston, CT installed my Nokians. After a year, my tires have been very good to me. Absent is noise and soft…

The other slick stuff...

Tis the season for falling leaves on the motorway. I am just around 20,000 miles on the WRG3 tires. In August I finally got around to getting them rotated...I know...very late. The ever informative wea…

Summer Driving with the WRG3

We have come a long way from the ice and snow of the winter. The WRG3's continue to impress even during the warm seasons. I recently had the tires rotated. Didn't see any premature wear at all. On the…

Looking at the past and into the future

Hopefully yesterday was winter's last gasp. The highways were backed up, so I had to take to the back roads to get to work. The half inch of frozen muck was actually one of the more treacherous obstacl…

Into the spring I go with the WRG3s

My mind is made up. They are staying on the Prius. I was up in the air in regards to keeping the WRG3s on the car for the warmer months. Part of me wants to yank them off for the warm months. I guess t…

To swap or not to swap...

My beloved WRG3 tires, do I extend your life by swapping you out for all seasons as the warm weather draws near? I am sure the Nokians would perform without fault during the spring and summer. However,…

How about a diversion? Let's discuss the EnTyre...

The WRG3's continue to impress. However, there are things the Prius can't handle - namely the massive snow pile the plows leave at the top of the driveway. I found myself having to take my wife's Pilot…

A case for the WRG3

I can't but help but look at them everywhere I go. How many people have them? What kind are they? I am talking about snow tires. After driving on them since November, I have become a bit of a snob - fo…

This doesn't get old...

Winter performance on back roads continues to impress when met with snow and slush. Dry handling remains secure and quiet. My driveway probably doesn't look to daunting to you. It scares the hell out o…

WRG3 - Is the message getting out?

Within the past few weeks, two people have crossed my path who have embarked on a search for new all-season tires. In an effort not to sound like a mad man, I take a deep breath. I ask, "Have you ever…

The WRG3s are seeing it all!

The weather is taking on a teenager's temperament - one of extremes! Did you ever run into a deep puddle in the road and experience something akin to a "levitational" experience? I feel the car separat…

This is a little different...

Yesterday was cold, and then it got colder. The weather from last night and today is putting the WRG3s through some paces not seen or felt before. There is no slush. The plows have ensured there is not…

The WRG3 Experience

Continue to be impressed with my WRG3 tires. Feeling better about encountering roads like this. Fuel consumption is improving, which always makes me happy.

May the WRG3 deliver you from evil...

I've got to admit it's getting better(Better)A little better all the time (It can't get no worse)I have to admit it's getting better (Better)It's getting betterSince you've been mine  (Beatles) Anyone…

The WRG3 Winter Experience

Can I get an Amen! The wet cold stuff has finally arrived! We have gotten something of an ice storm and a winter storm in the past few days. Let's see how the WRG3s are working out. The snow crunched a…

Where the rubber hits the road...

The long holiday weekend is upon us. Judging from the lack of cars on the highway, I think people are taking some time off. MGB Tires in Thomaston, CT (where I got my Nokians) is probably swamped wit…

Our journey begins...

The smell of new tires in the garage is a good thing. I did not attempt to make a statement about anything when I purchased the Prius. It is simple transportation that is relatively comfortable and get…