The Oscar Meyer Wienermobile rolled into Keizer last week, spending a few hours at Roth’s Fresh Markets. Its “hotdoggers,” Caileigh Robertson and Taylor Hutchinson, took time to tell us a little bit about the legendary promotional vehicle.
• Six Wienermobiles are in operation crossing the country at any given time.
• The two ladies signed on for a year of driving the vehicle cross-country. Their nicknames are “Bacon, Lettuce & Taylor” and “Caileigh Con Queso.”
• The underlying vehicle is a 2004 Chevrolet truck chassis, with an eight-cylinder, 6.0 liter Chevrolet engine under the hood, er, weiner.
• There’s six seats inside, and a large stereo for playing music while at their promotional appearances.
• Robertson and Taylor aren’t allowed to disclose mileage, but claim to have dispensed “thousands of smiles to the gallon.”
• You’d think people have lots of questions, but Robertson said people mostly want to tell stories.
“Mostly they want to tell us when they saw the Wienermobile last,” Robertson said. “A lot of times it was 20 or 30 years ago, so it’s nice to reminisce and just remember the last time you saw the Wienermobile.”
• Since Robertson and Taylor signed on, they’ve gotten to help in tornado relief in Joplin, Mo. and helped a Minnesota woman check one item off her bucket list with a ride in the Wienermobile.
“That was extremely rewarding,” Hutchinson said.