HUNTSVILLE, ALabama - You may have seen the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile rolling down the highway or in a parking lot during a promotional event such as the grand opening of the new Walmart in Huntsville last week. You may have even posed with family and friends for a photo beside this famous vehicle. But have you ever seen the inside of the Wienermobile?
The brightly colored interior with the sky blue ceiling “there are always blue skies in the Wienermobile” makes you smile. After all, when you ask what kind of mileage the Wienermobile gets you are told “1,000 smiles to the gallon.” The floor features a ketchup and mustard runway with condiment splattered carpeting. Hotdoggers, the official term for drivers wear “meatbelts” instead of seatbelts, and during parades can stand and wave out the “bunroof” rather than a sunroof.
This particular wiener on wheels is one of six making trips around the country for Oscar Mayer as part of their marketing strategy. Based out of Madison, Wisconsin (the Oscar Mayer headquarters) the hotdoggers graduate from Hot Dog High and hit the road as ambassadors for Kraft Foods. Mounted on a Chevy truck chassis, the Wienermobile is 27 feet long and weighs in at 7 tons.
There is now a free app available for your smartphone or tablet called Wienermobile. The app was developed in response to the three questions the Wienermobile drivers are most asked – where is the Weinermobile, can I take a photo with the Weinermobile and can I drive the Wienermobile? Using the app you can find the Wienermobile’s location, insert the Weinermobile in a photo you take and virtually drive the Wienermobile in a racing game. You can also get bonus points for the game by scanning Oscar Mayer products using your phone.
If being a hotdogger sounds like a job you would relish, check out the qualifications and apply for one of 12 annual driver positions available here.