WRECKER: Reserved Wienermobile Parking

Ryan Wrecker
July 09, 2018 - 10:00 am

I wish I were an Oscar Mayer Weiner
that is what I truly like to be
‘cause if I were a Oscar Mayer Weiner
Everyone would be in love with me

The Batmobile. The Back to the Future DeLorean. The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.  It’s part of the group of icon cars in American history.

Last Friday I spent a few hours cruising around St. Louis in a hot dog. It was everything I wanted it to be.  Sam from our digital team grabbed a camera and started rolling as soon as Kyle “Classic Style” and Ann “Mar-weenie” pulled up.  We got a brief tour, and off we went to Forest Park.

Inside was impressive.  There were 6 bucket seats, each decorated and branded. On the floor board was what looked like long streams of ketchup and mustard.  Even their dashboard had a hotdog glove box.  But what I liked most was the sunroof.   

Much like when I was a kid, this was an attention grabber. Some would smile, others would wave. But I liked seeing kids tug on their mom’s shirt and point.  If they didn’t, Kyle would push the jingle button. That’s it took.

Not a lot of traditions have lived as long as this one.  The first was created in 1936, but the one I like the most is the one in the Henry Ford Museum outside of Detroit. It’s the 1952 version. Near is was one of those machines you could put a few quarters into and take something back home with you.  Instead of pressing a penny, it would pour hot wax into a mold and lead you with a little figurine.  I kept that on my shelf for many years. 

We gave a few tours, we took a mom and her son for a ride, we heard puns, and then they took us back to the station with a whistle and a sign.  And just like that, it was gone. 

There was something that changed in me when riding around that car.  If they can pull off making this thing look and feel cool, what kind of eccentric thing can I do in my life that would be as memorable?  I wondered if colorful shoes were the answer.