Wienermobile Secrets

The strange and amazing Wienermobile, from the streets of Manhattan to Your Town USA, attracts attention and promotes Oscar Meyer hot dogs.  

What does the weird car look like inside?  Scroll on.

Although perhaps not loved by “kids who climb on rocks” *see note, bottom the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile always brings out the photobugs, as this page of images attests.

Day 52: The Wnr Mble
photo credit: thezartorialist.com

First constructed in 1936 and still called “the” Wienermobile, in reality a fleet of six full-sized vehicles currently tours American streets and highways, each assigned to a different region.

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photo credit: gotbob

I Wish I Were An Oscar Meyer Driver

Known as “Hotdoggers,” drivers hand out Wienerwhistles, toy whistles shaped like the Wienermobile.   Only college seniors who are about to graduate are eligible to apply to become drivers, and hold the job for only one year, from June 1 to June 1.  Recruited from a pool of an average of 2,000 applicants, 30 final-round candidates are brought for interviews to Kraft and Oscar Mayer headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin every March.  Each vehicle in the fleet of six can hold two Hotdoggers and twelve drivers are hired each year.  

There are about 300 former Wienermobile drivers, including a U.S. Congressman.  Can you guess who? (see below for answer)

March 14, 2006: Or Are You Just Glad to See Me?
photo credit: Matt McGee

 In 1995, the Wienermobile grew in size to 27 feet long and 11 feet high.  

The bizarre vehicle sparks curiosity among bystanders.

Pennsylvania Wienermobile
 photo credit: MattHurst

Below is a 1950’s Wienermobile in the Henry Ford museum piloted by “Little Oscar.”  In the ’50s, Little Oscar would visit stores, schools, orphanages, children’s hospitals, and participate in parades and festivals. 

Oscar Mayer Weiner Mobile
photo credit: randychiu

 In 1969, a Wienermobile toured overseas for the first time.

BratFest 2006: Weiner Mobile at BratFest
photo credit: cometstarmoon

 The body is made of styrofoam and fiberglass, with a DeLorean-style gull-wing side door.

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photo credit: betsyweber


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It was actually this funny.
 photo credit: betsyweber                                                                   photo credit: GoonSquadSarah

 Congressional Connection

No it’s not who you think.  It’s U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district, employed while in college as a Wienermobile driver.

 

The Wienermoblie!
photo credit: Jinx!

Weinermobiles always sport vanity license plates, from YUMMY to IWSHIWR to RELSHME.

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photo credit: Slideshow Bruce

Current versions are mounted on a GMC W-series chassis with Pontiac Firebird taillights, powered by a 6.0L 300-5700 Vortec V8 engine. Hot Wheels has issued two diecast versions of the strange vehicle.  

 * Kids who climb on rocks, as well as children afflicted with chicken pox, love Armour hot dogs.  Fans of the Wienermobile horn, which plays the Wiener Jingle in 21 different music genres, of course wish they were an Oscar Meyer wiener. Source: Wikipedia.

If you like the Wienermobile, you might like other Crazy Cars.

And now for a treat for Wienermobile fans!

Take a 360 degree photo tour inside the Wienermobile

Author: AstroGremlin

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4 thoughts on “Wienermobile Secrets”

  1. hey Astro, this car looks quite similiar to me, think i saw it in Twisted Metal 4 (a game from Sony PS 1). I’ve never imaged that this car can come into real life!

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