As more and more people get used to applying trends from other scenes it's inevitible that certain aspects will look better than others. We've seen smaller diameter wide wheels pushed outside the confines of bodywork and a little (or a lot) of tyre stretch thrown in for good measure as the industry standard for the retro scene for a while now, but our prediction is that we're going to see an increase in tuck.
What is Tuck?
Pretty self explanatory really, it's when the top of wheel and tyre are covered by the arch. This can be as a result of large diameter wheel, extremely low suspension or even better, a combination of the two. That Audi says it better than my explanation could ever do:
Several sources, as it happens...personally I'm stuck in the 90s when Street Machine Mag (UK) and the like were telling me that big rims were cool on old cars but there are other theories. The air-cooled VW mob have been at it for a while, narrowing their beams for clearance reasons and for a bit of drag-race style. Naturally people have pushed the boundaries and in plenty of cases it's just for looks...not that it's a bad thing.
Another place you'll find some tuck is under the arches of a Pro-Tourer, a combination of racecar and pro street ethics that gives us awesome rides like this:
Of course those Pro Tourers are a development of something, the Pro part being relevant here, as in Pro Street:
...which was itself inspired by the Pro Stock drag cars that were around at the time when Pro Street cars started to appear :
Plenty of tuck on that!
But there's more, the rising popularity of adjustable (via air or hydraulics) suspension means people can now put their sills on the floor - unless the wheels and tyres get in the way that is, when you're faced with this issue there aren't many solutions, the three that spring to mind are; cut the bodywork, fit a smaller wheel and tyre combo or....
...add a healthy dose of tuck. I'm not suggesting that everyone will be chucking their small diameter ATS classics or SSRs in the nearest skip, but here at RSM Towers we think you'll be seeing more rims up in arches at the shows this year. Just before you go though...have some ultimate tuck from those South American boys...