Riding in the Wienermobile rules.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
“Please buckle your meat belts,” Caylen Goudie says as she turns the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile onto Seaside’s Fremont Street. As the 27-foot-long vehicle shaped like a hot dog on a bun cruises down the thoroughfare, people wave frantically and a woman holds a cell phone out her car window to snap a picture.
Being received like a rock star is nothing new for Goudie and her fellow “Hotdogger” Dan Olson. The two recent University of Missouri graduates make up one of 12 Hotdogger teams driving around the country for one year to promote Oscar Mayer, and they admit that the Wienermobile can cause adults to act like excited school kids.
The two were chosen from 1,200 applicants and sent to Hot Dog High in Madison, Wisconsin, where they learned how to drive the Wienermobile and about the history of Oscar Mayer. “We really cut the mustard,” Goudie deadpans.
When asked how fast the Wienermobile can go, Goudie admits that it has been tested at 90 miles per hour. “We like to haul buns,” she says, “but we go the speed limit.”
Just then, Weekly intern and photographer Nic Coury, who sits in the mustard yellow and hot dog red seat beside me, lets loose with his own pun. “So if you get late to a place, you have to play ketchup,” he says.
After driving a few miles around town, Goudie and Olson, who have spent the week in Monterey doing community service work at places like Dorothy’s Kitchen, drop us off. As we watch the Wienermobile disappear into traffic, I think, “Doggone – that was fun.”