Welcome to the Michelin UK centenary website
Text only | Close
You are in: Home > Timeline > 1975

An image of Bibendum getting inflated by a friend with an air line - don't try this at home - it only works if your name is Bibendum!

1975 - 1984 Bibendum beats inflation: The difficult years

By the mid 1970s the post war prosperity that continued through the 1950s and '60s had come to an end. Two energy crises, massive overcapacity and the emergence of global markets led to drastic restructuring and the closure of the Belfast plant. The period was not without its high spots. Michelin did extremely well in Formula One racing, securing four of the top eight places in the 1983 British GP. The image shows Heavyweight Boxing Champion Henry Cooper being shown how to regroove a truck tyre in 1979.

An image of Heavyweight Boxing Champion Henry Cooper being shown how to regroove a truck tyre in 1979.

Click a year below to discover what happened. (opens popup) 

< Prev 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 Next >