National Customized Wheel and Tire Day – February 28, 2023

National Customized Wheel and Tire Day, occurring every February 28, was established with car lovers in mind. Let’s face it — car lovers put so much effort and money into ensuring their vehicles reflect their personalities and undeniable love for automobiles. This day honors them and pays homage to where tires came from, how they have developed over the years, and the inspiring future ahead. Wheels and tires are one of the many elements that make up a car. You could even argue that they’re the most important ones (apart from the engine) and the most expensive to maintain. We love how many people admire and respect their cars or ‘wheels!’

History of National Customized Wheel and Tire Day

People have been buying cars for ages to get from one destination to another. They’re how we go to work, go on road trips, and transport valuable pieces of furniture and large appliances. You can go almost anywhere in your car! But where would we be without wheels? Naturally, without wheels, you can’t use your vehicle. And imagine having to use your feet like the Flinstones — not likely!

Did you know that the exact location and date of the wheel’s invention are still unknown? Most scholars and experts believe the Mesopotamian civilization invented it. There is also early evidence of wheeled carts discovered in the Middle East, Europe, Eastern Europe, India, and China.

We’ve celebrated National Customized Wheel and Tire Day every year since 2020 to honor the invention that allows our cars to run and makes life easier. Although many vehicles, whether a simple sedan or S.U.V., come with a basic wheel setup, some cars and other more sporty modes of transportation require specific wheels. Petrol heads or car fanatics spend thousands of dollars upgrading and ‘pimping’ their rides. This day was specifically established for them. It’s all about appreciating the different custom wheels and tires people put on their vehicles.

National Customized Wheel and Tire Day timeline

Circa 3300 B.C.
Wooden Wheels

The potter's wheel is created and becomes the earliest solid wooden wheel.

2000 B.C.
Wooden Spoked Wheels

Wooden spoked wheels make their first appearance in the Krivoye Lake region of Russia.

1960s
Alloy is the Way to Go

Early light-alloy wheels made of magnesium alloys become the most popular choice for drivers.

1970s
Going Digital

‘Mag wheels,’ a term coined in the 70s, are associated with die-cast wheels made from modern aluminum alloy, plastic, or composite wheels.

National Customized Wheel and Tire Day FAQs

How many wheels are made in a day?

Approximately 364,000 bicycles are manufactured daily, amounting to 132,860,000 bikes and 265,720,000 bicycle wheels annually. If you count five tires — counting a spare tire — for each of the 77.9 million motor vehicles manufactured in 2020, that’s another 389.5 million wheels!

What inventions use the wheel?

Potter’s wheels were the first to be invented around 5,500 years ago in Mesopotamia. Meanwhile, the ancient Greeks made the wheelbarrow, a cart with one wheel.

How did wheels evolve?

The oldest wheel, a potter’s wheel, was invented in Mesopotamia around 3500 B.C. Three hundred years later, wheels were used to move Mesopotamian chariots.

National Customized Wheel and Tire Day Activities

  1. Gift a friend a new set of wheels

    When our friends can share our hobbies, we get more joy out of them, especially when it involves things people can enjoy together, like cars and motorbikes. Gifting a friend a new set of wheels is a great way to celebrate National Customized Wheel and Tire Day. You can ride off into the sunset or stay home and admire your cars together.

  2. Go to an automobile museum

    There are so many automobile museums in the United States. They’re the perfect spots to learn more about cars and their wheels. These museums can teach you a lot about wheels, and they will probably have some antique wheels in-house.

  3. Subscribe to car magazines

    Car and motorbike magazines provide hours of pleasure to car lovers, especially those who fantasize about customized vehicles and wheels tailor-made to complement their dream cars. It’s also an excellent gift for car-loving friends to keep up with trends and have visual aspirations to put up on their walls or in some inspirational scrapbook or file.

5 Interesting Facts About Wheels

  1. Wheels catapulted civilizations

    The wheel’s invention is considered one of the primary reasons civilizations have advanced.

  2. Water wheels are very versatile

    Many countries have used water wheels for water distribution and grain grinding for bread and other foods.

  3. Trees inspired the wheel’s evolution

    It is believed that the first wheels were round branches from trees.

  4. Before wheels, there were planes and levers

    Before the wheel was created, inclined planes and levers were used to move things around.

  5. Wheels came a long way

    Some scholars estimate that it took 300 years for wheels to be used for transportation after being used in pottery and toy making.

Why We Love National Customized Wheel and Tire Day

  1. Customized wheels and tires are personal

    Forget “Pimp My Ride” for a moment, and let’s think about the thought and effort that goes into customizing cars, especially their wheels. While wheels are largely practical, many petrol heads and car enthusiasts believe every car element should be customizable. It has become a form of artistic expression, and many people pour tons of time and money into building their dream cars.

  2. We can appreciate unique vehicles

    Think about how you feel when you’re stuck in traffic, and a beautifully customized car or motorbike passes you. We’re so numb to the basic S.U.V., sedan, or truck that we feel pleasantly surprised whenever we witness custom wheels and tires on the road. We love how this day celebrates that feeling.

  3. It celebrates cars and motorbikes

    Through the years, our cars and motorbikes have significantly evolved — from their designs to their colors and speeds. The one constant is their ability to make our lives easier by allowing us to move around more frequently and quickly. We use them every day and sometimes take them for granted. Let’s go back to honoring our modes of transportation and the wheels and tires that carry them.

National Customized Wheel and Tire Day dates

YearDateDay
2023February 28Tuesday
2024February 28Wednesday
2025February 28Friday
2026February 28Saturday
2027February 28Sunday

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