Wienermobile and “Hotdogger” Facts
Theresa Brenner and Benjamin Urkov shared many interesting details about their 1-year stint of duty as “Hotdoggers” for Oscar Mayer, as well as facts about the Wienermobile.
Theresa is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University and Ben is a recent graduate from the University of Missouri. They began driving and touring the Wienermobile together this past June. They will get a new teammate in December to complete their final 6 months as a “Hotdogger.” There are six teams of 2 “Hotdoggers” who travel across the U.S.A. representing the Oscar Mayer brand as a goodwill ambassador. Since the inception of “Hotdoggers” in 1988, less than 450 college graduates have held the prestigious position.
The Wienermobile is 11 feet high (24 hot dogs high) by 27 feet (60 hot dogs long). The width is 8 feet (18 hot dogs wide) and weighs 14,050 pounds (that’s a whopping 140,500 hot dogs!)
The unique shape of the Wienermobile is a grilled fiberglass hot dog resting on a lightly toasted fiberglass bun with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine is a v-8 6.0 liter 300 VORTEC. Spartan Motors in Charlotte, MI, assembled the Chassis.
Special features include a Gull Wing Door with an automatic retractable step, a hot dog shaped dashboard, the Ketchup Walkway, Condiment splattered carpet, Removable Sunroof, Blue Sky ceiling art, six Mustard and Ketchup colored seats, a Smiling Front Grill and an Official Wiener Jingle Horn.
Carl Mayer, nephew of Oscar Mayer, designed the first Oscar Mayer Wienermobile in 1936.
You can follow the “Hotdoggers” on their adventures on their blogs at www.hotdoggerblog.com.