SUFFIELD, Ohio — Tire Business was there for the reveal of the new Goodyear blimp. In this video, Scott Rogers, Goodyear's chief marketing officer, talks to us about the features on the new semi-rigid blimp, changes from the recently retired blimp to the present and more.
The "Spirit of Goodyear" was Goodyear's longest continuously operated airship and went into retirement after the recent Daytona 500, which featured a rare appearance by two Goodyear airships at the same time.
Since its launch on March 15, 2000, the Spirit of Goodyear covered dozens of NASCAR races, as well as some of America's biggest events, Goodyear said, including the National Football League playoffs, Major League Baseball All-Star Games, National Basketball Association Finals, Preakness, Belmont Stakes, U.S. Opens and National Collegiate Athletic Association football games.
But as in most retirements, there is always someone or something waiting in the wings to take over. In the blimp's case, Goodyear is finalizing construction of a new Goodyear zeppelin — an all-new airship that, as of yet, does not have a name — at the company's Wingfoot Lake Hangar in Suffield, Ohio.