Tag: art cars

Nothing will ever beat the beloved Oscar Mayer Wienermobile for coolest promotional vehicle, but L.L. Bean, purveyor of outdoor clothing and equipment, is giving it their best shot with their brand new Bootmobile.

Designed after their signature Maine Hunting Shoe, the Bootmobile measures 13 feet tall, 20.6 feet long and 7.6 feet wide. Not to be confused with a giant roller skate, it's built on a Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup truck.

L.L. Bean rolled out the giant boot in commemoration of the company's 100th anniversary. For their 90th, they constructed an immobile version in 2002 outside their flagship store in Freeport, Maine. ... Continued

Weird Arizona fans should be well familiar with the decaying "meat rocket" that sat for years off Highway 69 in Prescott, Arizona. Purchased years ago by local Steve LaVigne, the 1950s-era rocket that once advertised Luer Quality Meats in parades across the country had been waiting patiently among a collection of vintage trucks and buses, its future up in the air.

On a return trip to Prescott for a recent book signing, I tried to get in touch with Steve to cash in on a promise to get a look inside the Luer Rocket and to find out if he had any new plans for the Space Age missile. Problem was, the contact information I had for him was out of date and I was unable to reach him.

However, by an amazing coincidence, Steve happened to be shopping at the Costco that was hosting the signing on the very day I was there, and spotted the image of the rocket on page 237 as another patron was flipping through the book. Once we each realized who the other was, we began to chat enthusiastically about the rocket, and that's when I learned the bittersweet news: the Luer Rocket was gone! ... Continued

Who doesn't love the Wienermobile? The analogous, frankfurter-shaped vehicles have been an ongoing Oscar Mayer tradition since 1936 and never fail to gather a crowd wherever they stop.

Unfortunately, the crowd that gathered last Friday in Racine, Wisconsin, weren't so much interested in getting their hands on the collectible Wienerwhistles passed out by the sausage wagon's drivers, but rather to get a unique peek at what is probably the most serious auto accident to involve a Wienermobile in its more than 70-year history.

The vehicle's driver reportedly took a wrong turn down a dead-end street, and as she attempted to turn around, accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake, subsequently barreling headlong into a residential home. ... Continued