IT HAS BEEN 17 MONTHS since our last REPORT on an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile crash. But yesterday (Friday) brought it back into the news again when one of their six Wienermobiles crashed into a house in Racine, Wisconsin.
The 22-yr.-old driver had inadvertantly turned down a dead-end street and then pulled into a driveway to turn around. But she neglected to shift the transmission from Forward to Reverse and when she mashed down on the accelerator the Wienermobile luched forward into the deck and garage of Nick Krupp’s home that he rents from his mother. Nobody was home at the time of the wreck.
Journal Times / Tom McCauley photo
The Racine Journal Times adds:
Like a 23-foot-long, curved battering ram, the fiberglass frankfurter had slammed into the house foundation, garage door and deck that overhangs the driveway.
The impact lifted and snapped joists supporting the deck, cracked the house foundation and pushed the garage door inward.
A 12-foot tire skid mark showed how fast the wienermobile — powered by a V-8, 350 Vortec engine, according to the company’s Web site — must have accelerated.
Surveying a piece of fiberglass left at the scene, Krupp asked, “That’s part of the bun, right?”
Neither of the two Oscar Mayer employees were injured. WTMJ-TV Milwaukee has this video report:
The Journal Times has the full STORY HERE.
Oscar Mayer has been sending Wienermobiles on public relations journeys around the country since 1936. They hire a fresh batch of Wiener-ambassodors each year, taking on 14 recent college graduates who sign up for a one-year contract to travel around the nation promoting their products.
The Wienermobile WEBPAGE.
Back in March KTVK-TV in Phoenix got a tour of the inside of a Wienermobile:
Sadly, Oscar G. Mayer, retired chairman of the Madison, Wisconsin-based meat processing company that bears his name, died at the age of 95 earlier this month on July 6. The Associated Press reported:
He was the third Oscar Mayer in the family that founded Oscar Mayer Foods, which was once the largest private employer in Madison. His grandfather, Oscar F. Mayer, died in 1955 and his father, Oscar G. Mayer Sr., died in 1965.
Mayer retired as chairman of the board in 1977 at age 62 soon after the company recorded its first $1 billion year. The company was later sold to General Foods and is now a business unit of Kraft.