Cruising Downtown a driving force in Queen City come Saturday

August 30. 2017 3:59PM
One of the more unusual vehicles scheduled to be at Cruising Downtown on Saturday in Manchester is the Wienermobile, with its yellow “bun” chassis topped by a giant Oscar Mayer hot dog. 

MANCHESTER — Park yourself in the Queen City Saturday for Rotary Club of Manchester’s annual Cruising Downtown event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Last year more than 850 custom and vintage cars and trucks made a colorful spectacle along Elm Street and side streets.

Among the more unusual vehicles scheduled to visit this year is one of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobiles, with its sleek yellow chassis topped with a giant replica hot dog. Carl Mayer created the first Wienermobile in 1936. Today, there are a half dozen in motion around the country, and each is piloted by recent college graduates called “Hotdoggers,” according to OscarMayer.com.

Cruising Downtown planners also added these fun facts: The Wienermobile is 60 hot dogs long (27 feet) and 24 hot dogs high (11 feet), and it weighs the equivalent of 140,500 hot dogs (14,050 pounds.) It has six ketchup- and mustard-colored seats inside, a “bun” roof and mustard-splattered carpets, as well as a 23-inch flat-screen television.

Setting the scene, Permanent Vacation will be on the clock from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on the Mobile Stage, with covers of tunes by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Marshall Tucker Band, Sugar Ray and Green Day. Speed Trap then sets the pace with songs from the ’60s and ’70s from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Blacklight Band, a classic rock cover band inspired by the Kinks, Doors and the Fab Four, will play from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on the Veterans Park Stage. Nashville Rash will perform country fare from artists including Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Dwight Yoakam, George Strait, Johnny Paycheck and Dale Watson from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The Mill WMLL FM radio will do a live broadcast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Show-vehicle registration is $25, and will begin at 6 a.m. in the rear parking lot at Brady Sullivan Tower, 1750 Elm St.

Spectator gates will be open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Suggested donation is $5 per person or $10 per family.


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