Story: Cars and the motor industry

The Michelin man

The Michelin man

A group from Montgomery’s garage in Nelson poses at an intersection around 1920 with the Michelin man – someone in a suit made of rubber inner tubes. The car is an Overland – an American make. Les Montgomery, who ran the garage, was an agent for Overland and for Michelin tyres.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Frederick Nelson Jones Collection (PAColl-3051)
Reference: 1/2-028989; G
Photograph by Frederick Nelson Jones

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Eric Pawson, 'Cars and the motor industry - Licensing, safety and limits', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2023)

Story by Eric Pawson, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Dec 2014