Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has narrowed the choices of names for its new airship to 10 out of nearly 15,000 unique submissions to its national “Name the Blimp” contest.
The finalists are: Adventurer, Ambassador, Commitment, Excursion, Explorer, Goodwill, Inspiration, Pride of Goodyear, Resolute and Wingfoot One.
The company says criteria for selecting the finalists include how the name reflects the history of airships, the majesty of lighter-than-air flight and Goodyear’s track record of delivering performance and innovation.
The new blimp is larger, faster, and more maneuverable than the earlier generation. Goodyear will christen the new blimp this summer, activating it to continue the company’s tradition of providing aerial coverage of key events, offering charity opportunities, and serving as one of the world’s best-known corporate icons.
Fans can vote on their favorite name by visiting www.Goodyear.com/NametheBlimp through May 9. The individual who originally submitted the winning name will receive the grand prize of access to the blimp for a day. The other nine finalists will each receive a set of Goodyear tires.
For details about the new airship, see “Goodyear unveils blimp with no name!”
Bob Ulrich was named Modern Tire Dealer editor in August 2000. He joined the magazine in 1985 as assistant editor, and has been responsible for gathering statistical information for MTD's "Facts Issue" since 1993.