Early on, they had to scrounge for any support on the project, but that changed some when the Michelin family's top brass—Francois and Edouard Michelin—took a liking to the project.
Both Rhyne and Cron are now retired from Michelin, but they remain close friends and have lunch together on a weekly basis.
For the record, they say they don't talk about the Tweel during their lunches, and do indeed have separate interests. Cron is a self-proclaimed "frustrated farmer" and a beekeeper.
Rhyne is a car guy, spending time combining a 2005 Corvette and a 1969 Chevelle. The vehicle looks like the Chevelle but most of the working components come from the Corvette.
In case you're wondering, the combination is known as a "Corvelle." If it had been the other way around, it would be called a "Chevette," to which Rhyne added, "Chevrolet ruined that name."
Having owned one many years ago, I know exactly what he means.
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