Big Blimpin' Up In LBC with the Goodyear "Spirit Of America"

There are a certain number of vehicles that impart absolute serenity, calmness, luxury and comfort to its lucky, boat-shoed occupants. The Buick LaCrosse that we recently drove might be considered. Possibly a Mercedes. Possibly a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, one that's been idling for the past three days in the… » 7/08/13 3:34pm 7/08/13 3:34pm

Drive and Learn: Bridgestone Horse Track Tire Party


A late season rain storm rolled into sunny Los Angeles a few Fridays ago, just in time for us to go down to the Santa Anita race track and blow our meager earnings on the ponies slide around on wet autocross course set up in the parking lot of the San Gabriel Valley horse track. Only a few journalists were on hand… » 5/03/07 4:30pm 5/03/07 4:30pm

UK Ad Watch: Goodyear Reminds Brits Changing Tires Can Be Dangerous

We're always leery of changing a tire by the side of the road at night, but that's got less to do with our abilities with a spare and more to do with being afraid of the dark. Still, these three humorous little Brit bits from the boys and girls at Goodyear remind everyone of the hazards of changing tyres (or tires… » 11/14/06 8:11pm 11/14/06 8:11pm

Akron to Boston in 28 Days! The Wingfoot Express

Goodyear's rolling out their Wingfoot Express 1917 Packard 3-ton truck, a replica of the first commercial truck to roll on pneumatic tires, to promote the opening of various Wingfoot Commercial Tire Centers. During the Wilson administration, the truck made the 740-mile trip from Akron to New England in 28 days, using… » 6/15/06 4:30pm 6/15/06 4:30pm

We Even Saw the Lights of the Goodyear Blimp...

One of the best parts of living in Pedro is the distinctive drone — and even more impressive sight — of the Goodyear Blimp overhead. Our blimp is called Spirit of America, which of course, is also a Beach Boys song about one of the fastest cars in history, while the one based in Akron is the more pedestrian, "Spirit… » 5/09/06 9:31pm 5/09/06 9:31pm

Tired and Feathered: Performance Tire Sales Grow, Some Consumers Shocked

A couple of months back, the man who asks, "Why can't there be more talk about buttsex on Jalopnik?" aka CTE blew a tire. Like, as in, it exploded. CTE, being the stylish man of means that he is, drives a Focus ZX3, which features a Blaupunkt stereo, crank windows and Pirelli tires that're some special half-inch size… » 12/06/05 1:06pm 12/06/05 1:06pm

The Wings of Goodyear to Carry Less: Tiremaker to Slash Production in…

Due to supply issues caused by the recent Gulf Coast hurricanes, Goodyear has cut output at its North American plants by 30%. The problems will affect Goodyear's nine North American plants, which make up roughly half of its worldwide production. While the company anticipates being able to fulfill its contracts for… » 10/05/05 12:50pm 10/05/05 12:50pm