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One Tasty Wienermobile

We often hear people joke that they want to take a bite out of the Wienermobile. Sadly our buns are not a real bun and the big dog isn’t exactly made out of all beef. What if there was a Wienermobile you could eat though?

With that inspiration, Deli Eliot’s mom and I spent an afternoon cooking up one deli-lectable hot dog creation.

The crispy treat shape was accented with licorice and some dog gone tasty chocolate mint cookie wheels.

It was ‘Mmm ‘Mmm franktastic!

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Haulin’ Buns for 13.1 Miles

Dijon know that I love to run? Frankly, that should come as no surprise by now! One of my favorite parts of the job has been hitting the trails in each new city.

From the mountains in Colorado…

To the scenic-kraut in Texas…

I relish any opportunity to do a race while on the road, and while Deli Eliot and I were in Lexington, KY I signed up for the Run the Bluegrass half marathon. Touted as “America’s Prettiest Half Marathon” it was supposed to be absolutely beautiful, but full of hills – perfect for working out the buns. To encourage other runners, I made this sign for the back of the Wienermobile, which was parked right at the race start.

Think the top dogs will let me put a 13.1 sticker for each half marathon I do while driving the Wienermobile? It could look like this car I spotted at the Run the Bluegrass race!

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Star Struck in the Southwest

One of the most common things we hear on the road when we pull up is, “I’ve only seen the Wienermobile on TV. I can’t believe it’s actually here!” Occasionally however, we are the ones star struck when we get to meat celebrities.

In Santa Clarita, CA Abe and I got to ketchup with sibling actor duo HannaH and Stone. We relished hearing about their roles in popular TV shows. Not only are their filmographies fully loaded with television appearances, but they have also appeared on the big screen in several movies.

Who knows, maybe one day we will get to pull up to the red carpet with them in the Wienermobile!

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27′ Hot Dog from 630′ Up

As a 27′ long hot dog on wheels you frankly might expect the Wienermobile to look jumbo-sized from any angle. This weekend in St. Louis Deli Eliot and I discovered that it actually can look like a cocktail wienie at times, especially from the top of the Gateway Arch.

While the Wienermobile looked tiny, it still drew a big crowd. We watched from the top of the arch as crowds gathered to get their picture with two American icons at once! I’ll never get full of taking the Wienermobile to tourist attractions and have relished all the photo ops along the road as a Hotdogger!

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Five Things You Learn on a Drive Day

Once a week Hotodggers pack their bags and haul buns to a new city in the Wienermobile. Drives can be anywhere from an hour to eight hours, depending on if you take the scenic-kraut or not. On those long drives you find out some fun facts about your teammate that probably wouldn’t come out over an everyday hot dog dinner.

1. That your partner has the complete musical soundtrack of every Disney movie made in the last 20 years… and knows all the words.

2. Just how awkward they were back in high school. (Those stories can last the entire drive across Iowa.)

3. That your teammate has a knack for I Spy and that they take the game VERY seriously.

4. Their answer to any given “would you rather” situation. Would you rather never do laundry or never brush your teeth?

5. Who their first crush was and every love interest since, including celebrities.

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From Hot Dogs in the South – to Chili Dogs in the Midwest

Good-bye West Coast, Hello Midwest Coast.

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Recently we made the big switcheroo! Halfway through the year, Hotdoggers change regions and partners. Before I introduce my new co-pilot, I’ve got to say good-bye to my BFF and co-corndog Abe.

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We spent seven incredible months galavanting across the country, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Grand Canyon.

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He indulged me in all those scenic-kraut stops at National Landmarks. This guy put up with the corndog that I am. He laughed at my jokes, laughed at my klutziness, and mostly just spent a lot of time laughing at me in general. But I love him.

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We finished up our time in the Southwest with a five day cross-country drive from San Francisco, down to San Diego, and up to Madison. Back at Hot Dog Headquarters Abe and I said our good-byes….

Now allow me to introduce my new teammate – Deli Eliot.

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He spent the first six months in the Southeast, so we’re going to both have to get used to being chili dogs in the Midwest and try not to freeze our buns off!

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The Wienermobile Returns to Hollywood Life

Abe-the-Ham and I recently whipped up our own Hollywood magic in the Southwest region. We were called upon to drive the Wienermobile for one of the new Oscar Mayer commercials, to air online in 2013.

I never sausage a thing as dog gone cool as the commercial filming process.

Frankly, while we won’t be starring in the spot, we will always know who was behind the bun when it was being filmed!

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Story Time with the Wienermobile

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While Hotdoggers frankly spend quite a bit of time writing press releases and pitching media, occasionally we get to author something a little bit outside the bun. This week I cooked up a special children’s book for story time at the local library in Albuquerque, NM. Hot off the grill, here is a reading of The Adventures of LTL LINK.

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First Annual Tacky Turtleneck Competition

There is no question about just how cool Hotdogger apparel is. Remember those swag flat brim hats? Believe it or not, our outfits weren’t always quite as stylish. Recently the big dogs at hot dog headquarters found an old stash of jumbo-sized Wienermobile turtlenecks from the ’90s, perfect for a Tacky Turtleneck Contest!

The first annual competition produced some real wieners!

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The Hotdoggers all had some franktastics creations, from a googlie-eyes and argyle look cooked up by Beefelicious Ben,

to stunning creations by Lotsa Ketchup Lisa and Anggie Dogg, worthy of fashion week.

 

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America the Bunderful

Over the last five months on the hot dog highways the Southwest Wienermobile team has taken this national treasure to several national parks. Seeing America the bunderful from the cockpit of a 27-foot-long hot dog has been something to relish in.

One of the first parks we braked at was Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.

We also cruised over to Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona. Abe-the-Ham and I made sure to stay on the scenic drive though. We didn’t want to accidentally hit a cactus with OSCRMYR and become a prickly pork sausage!

On our drive haulin’ buns to Lubbock, Texas we made a pit stop at the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. The largest gypsum dune in the world, seeing the White Sands in the middle of the New Mexico desert was as surprising as seeing a wienie-on-wheels cruising through the park!

 


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The Wienermobile Run


Six Wieners. One Winner.

Join. Share. Win. After years of touring supermarkets, state fairs and the like, we’re taking America’s most beloved vehicle and giving fans unprecedented access! Browse the different Wienermobile teams and join your favorite to receive a team bumper sticker (while supplies last), help them earn points, and have a chance to win a visit from the Wienermobile Run Champion! This summer you’re going to see the Wienermobile Vehicle like you’ve never seen it before.

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