visitors, and even NCDOT ferry personnel on Hatteras and Ocracoke
Islands were surprised on Tuesday when they encountered a vessel that’s
even more famous than the ferry itself – The Oscar Meyer Wienermobile.
are currently six Wienermobiles cruising around the country, and they
are all manned by “Hotdoggers,” who are traditionally younger college
grads who take to the road to share the joys of hot dogs – and the
inherent excitement of spotting a Wienermobile to begin with. It’s a
tough job to land, and thousands of people apply for the opportunity to
take to the streets in the giant hot dog, and to share their adventures
via social media and surprising in-person encounters.
a reason why we’re all familiar with the concept of the Wienermobile,
too. Its prototype was created around 1936, and despite a few setbacks
over the decades – (like a fuel shortage that kept the Wienermobile off
the road during World War II) – the now famous hot dog-topped vehicles
have more or less been joyriding across the country ever since.
According to a wonderfully detailed story by the Ocracoke Current,
this particular Wienermobile was en route to Ocracoke Island for an
impromptu day of visiting friends by Hotdoggers Kayla Kawalec and
Taylor Lennox. But its brief presence on the islands certainly lead to
a ton of great photos on a number of social media accounts.
fact, even the North Carolina Ferry System shared a postcard-worthy pic
of the Wienermobile seemingly guiding the way on the ferry, courtesy of
a shot taken by Jason Wells of Jason's Restaurant, and boasting the
caption“Hey! Look what came aboard the Hatteras ferry today!”
Wienermobile didn’t stick around for too long, as it was on its way to
a NASCAR event in Charlotte where it will naturally meet up with the
Planters NUTmobile, per the Ocracoke Current. Nevertheless, it
certainly made many islanders’ Instagram and Facebook Feeds a little
more interesting on an otherwise typical Tuesday afternoon.