This week, here in lovely Pensacola, the Wienermobile from Oscar Mayer was parked on a downtown street. This led me to wonder when the first such automobile took to the roads of America. I was surprised to see that it was actually in 1936. Yep! 1936- I mean, really, that long ago?
It was created by Oscar’s nephew, Carl Mayer to use for advertising purposes. The drivers have their own name- Hotdoggers- which cracks me up because when I think of hotdoggers, I think of dare devil kind of drivers- show offs, if you will. I don’t think you could pop a wheelie with one of this puppies, could you?
The drivers hand out Wienerwhistles shaped like the weinermobile. I had one of these whistles as a kid. I don’t eat hot dogs but I love the look and idea of this vehicle. A very clever AND long-lasting marketing ploy.