Mack Trucks, Goodyear Partner on Contest to Name the Mack® Granite® Hauling the Goodyear Blimp
Mack Trucks recently launched its promotion of Goodyear’s social media contest for fans to name the Mack® Granite® model hauling the Goodyear Blimp. Winners will receive a certificate for a ride on the Goodyear Blimp in 2021 and an opportunity to see the Mack truck he or she named in person.
The contest is hosted on Goodyear’s Instagram page, where visitors are encouraged to suggest a name for the Model Year 2021 Mack Granite using the hashtag #NameTheGoodyearMack.
“Every Goodyear Blimp has had a name, so we decided that there should also be a special name for the durable Mack Granite hauling it,” said John Walsh, Mack Trucks vice president of marketing. “Just like mooring the massive Goodyear Blimp is an incredibly unique experience for Mack Trucks, we sought a way to reward Mack fans for their brand loyalty with an experience that would be unmatched for the winner. We are excited to see what our fans will come up with for the name.”
The unique Mack Granite model used to haul the blimp was built specifically for Goodyear by Mike Bloom, director of Mack Truck Sales at Nuss Truck & Equipment, Roseville, Minnesota, as a truck-mounted mooring system, known as a mast truck, rather than the previous system of mooring older, smaller blimps to the ground with temporarily constructed portable ground masts. Newer blimps, which are larger, require the more efficient truck-mounted option. The Granite model’s strong, durable frame is designed to easily haul colossal loads.
Featuring a Mack MP8® engine, Allison 4500 RDS transmission, Mack 180 series carriers with inter-wheel power divider and Goodyear G278 MSD tires in size 425/65R22.5 on the front paired with Endurance LHD tires in size 11R22.5, the truck is designed to efficiently get the job done.
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