If you’ve never heard of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, it’s truly a sight to behold. This giant, branded, hot dog-shaped car has been touring the States since 1936 when the first one was built by Carl Mayer. Now, there are six different Wienermobiles that travel the country.
Recently, The Oregonian published a nostalgia-packed tale of the Wienermobile’s visit to the last Blockbuster on Earth in Bend, Oregon. They also reported that the vehicle had been on a four-stop tour of Central Oregon at the time. So, although based on the Wienermobile website’s tracker, the West Coast car is focused in Washington, it is only a matter of time until the dog is in state again.
True fanatics of Oscar Mayer or hot dogs and interesting cars — or anyone who wishes they, too, were an Oscar Mayer wiener, can request a visit from the Wienermobile.
Oddly, the Wienermobile does not sell any food, but instead focuses on handing out stickers and “Wienermobile whistles,” and offering cardboard cutouts to pose with. Oscar Mayer also sells Wienermobile paraphernalia, such as a parking sign, plushies, and even a Hot Wheels car.
In such changing times, sometimes it is comforting to know that something so strange, with such childlike and old-fashioned good humor, is still kicking.
By Ardea C. Eichner