The state-of-the-art Wienermobile that Hawk and I got to cruise around Philly in is one of six W-mobiles currently making a yearlong tour across the United States. This 27-foot long wiener on wheels is manned by a duo of hotdoggers, graduates of Oscar Mayer's Hot Dog High in Madison, Wisconsin, named Ketchup Kylie and Dy-icilous (yes, a hot dog-centric name is a prerequisite for all hotdoggers.)
Chosen out of 12,000 applicants, these two self-proclaimed lucky dogs were ready to answer all sorts of Wienermobile inquiries with plenty of hot dog wit. Each Wienermobile comes in at 60 hot dogs long, 24 hot dogs high, and 18 hot dogs wide and it's outfitted with a bunroof, six mustard and ketchup colored seats each with its own meatbelt, and a hot dog-shaped dachshund (or is it dachshund-shaped hot dog?).
Mustard Squiggled Floor
As soon as we piled into the Wienermobile our friendly hotdoggers warned us about the mustard spill on the floor!
Cushy Captain's Seats
The interior is cushy and comfortable with six red and yellow captains seats each featuring embroidered mini-Wienermobiles. Civilians (read: non-hotdoggers) aren't allowed to pilot the Wienermobile, but the second best seat is riding "shot bun," passenger side with great panoramic views of adoring Wienermobile fans.
Hawk Riding Shot Bun
Hawk got to ride in the seat of honor back and forth to local TV appearances.
Oscar Mayer Food Truck
Since the Wienermobile isn't equipped with a kitchen, the folks at Oscar Mayer outfitted a shiny new food truck for the occasion. This one was firing on all cylinders and turned out 1,000 grilled all-beef dogs in a little under two hours.
Hawk doling out the dogs
Hawk was stationed out front of the food truck, passing dogs from the grill straight to the hungry lunchers. And that guy next to him in the red shirt? Hot dog security, of course.
With dogs in hand, eaters made their way over to the condiment station where they could chose from five topping combos created by Hawk. The day's most popular with an overstuffed Colombian Dog topped with bacon, avocado, pineapple salsa, pink sauce, chimichurri mayo, and a handful of crushed potato chips.
Cabbage Cherry Pepper Relish Dog
Not content with workaday kraut and relish, Hawk came up with a tart, spicy Cabbage Cherry Pepper Relish to top his dogs. Finished with a scattering of finely diced onions, this one was another big hit.
Hot Dog Suit!
We're not sure who this guy is or how he had the foresight to be so appropriately dressed but we sure are glad he made it!