No, Marshall Roth and Harry Blasco -- owners of the downtown hot-dog restaurant, Dog Nuvo -- do not serve Oscar Mayer wieners. But the opportunity to have their photograph taken next to the iconic (and 75-year-old -- who knew?) Oscar Mayer Wienermobile was too tempting for the two local frankfurter vendors.
"We're telling people we want to buy it as a corporate company car," Roth says.
The famous hot-dog-shaped automobile isn't for sale, alas. But it is on public display today, until 4:30 p.m. at the Lenexa Community Center (13420 Oak in Lenexa) as part of an event co-hosted by the Community Blood Center and the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce Leadership Alumni. The event is an awareness-raising affair celebrating National Blood Donor Month.
Registered donors and guests may receive a free tour of the vehicle (and a complimentary Oscar Meyer Weiner Whistle). A grand prize will be given away: a Wienermobile ride for four people.
The Wienermobile is a converted Chevrolet four-speed with a V-8 engine. It was created in 1936 by Carl Mayer, nephew of the company's namesake founder, Oscar Mayer.