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.
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.
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)
In 1995, the Wienermobile grew in size to 27 feet long and 11 feet high.
The bizarre vehicle sparks curiosity among bystanders.
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.
In 1969, a Wienermobile toured overseas for the first time.
The body is made of styrofoam and fiberglass, with a DeLorean-style gull-wing side door.
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.
Weinermobiles always sport vanity license plates, from YUMMY to IWSHIWR to RELSHME.
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.
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