Another American icon has also reached a milestone this year. The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile turns 75 years old. Oddly enough, the Wienermobile shares a portion of General Motors history alongside the Corvette. Since 1969, the hot-dog-shaped vehicle has utilized a GM chassis, and the current Wienermobile is powered by a 6.0-liter Vortec V8 engine. The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is also making the trek to Effingham to join in on the Funfest activities.
While it's certainly an odd pairing, the Wienermobile and hordes of Chevrolet Corvette cars and fans will mingle under the Illinois sky. According to organizers, registration for the 2011 event is already 40 percent greater than Mid America Motorworks experienced for the 2010 Funfest.
Check out some photos from previous events in our gallery.
CORVETTE FUNFEST 2011 TO HOST THE OSCAR MAYER WIENERMOBILE VEHICLE
Mid America Motorworks Celebrates All Things Corvette, Chevrolet's 100th Anniversary and a
Unique Piece of Rolling Americana that Turns 75 in 2011
Effingham, Ill. (September 7, 2011)-Two beloved examples of American culture, Corvettes
and the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, are coming together for the first time at Mid America
Motorworks' 18th Annual Corvette Funfest Sept. 15-18 in Effingham, Ill.
This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the American icon in the shape of a hot dog and
bun. The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile will be on display throughout the weekend. The display
will give guests the chance to visit the hot dog on wheels and learn more about the legendary
vehicle from the brand representatives, affectionately called Hotdoggers.
"The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is about as American as you can get along with the Corvette,"
said Mike Yager, Chief Cheerleader and Founder of Mid America Motorworks. "I am beyond
thrilled that we will be able to host it this year and have it be a part of our Corvette Party."
At 27 feet long and 11 feet tall, outward appearances suggest the Wienermobile and Corvettes
are quite different, but it's what's on the inside that actually makes these distinctive vehicles
Just like a Corvette, the Wienermobile rides on a GM built chassis – a tradition since 1969 when
it was actually sourced from Chevrolet. Additionally, the Wienermobile is powered by a 6.0-
liter Vortec V8, which is also built by GM and shares many characteristics with modern Corvette
Registration for Corvette Funfest is up nearly 40 percent over last year, easily confirming its
status as the largest Corvette Party in the world. This year's theme is "America's Star Spangled
Corvette Party." There's no better way to celebrate America's Sportscar than with a red, white
and blue theme. A patriotic premium parking display will greet enthusiasts with red, white and
blue Corvettes as they enter the show field.
Corvette Funfest is scheduled for Sept. 15-18, 2011. Register and find the latest event details