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The Show on the Road: Our Favorite Art Cars


If you live along the US eastern seaboard, you might have caught a glimpse of an extremely over-sized boot-on-wheels rolling through your neighborhood in the past few weeks. The L.L.Bean Bootmobile made its debut last month in support of our 100th anniversary and has been turning heads on highways and byways ever since.   The Bootmobile joins a cadre of road-tested head-turners that combine iconic products or symbols with four- (or more) wheeled vehicles. We’ve got some great company in the league of art cars – from gigantic foil-wrapped chocolate treats and peanuts to enormous lobsters, moose and dogs.   Here are a few of our favorites:

 

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

 

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile – in its various forms – has taken to the road each year since 1936 to promote the company’s products. But did you know that the fleet of eight hot dog-shaped cars (six like the one pictured, along with a food truck and mini version) recently was joined by one more, albeit, wee-bit-smaller fleet member? Neither did we until this video surfaced on YouTube, featuring another familiar-looking vehicle.

 

The Planters Nutmobile

Mr. Peanut’s sweet, um, salty ride, the Planters Nutmobile arrived on the scene early in 2011 with an admirable mission: to bring awareness to The Corps Network, a service and conservation organization dedicated to maintaining green spaces. We’re simply nuts about the car and its cause.

 

Hershey’s Kissmobile

 

This car is a real stinker. No, really. The Hershey’s Kissmobile – in addition to featuring three oversized chocolate Kisses – employs a special “stinker” device that blows the aroma of chocolate behind it to entice following traffic and passersby. Interesting fact: each Kissmobile (there are three of them) can store up to 230,000 Hershey Kisses in its refrigerated compartment.   And here are a few other art cars that caught our eye:

 

 

Do you have a favorite art car out there on the road, or have you spotted the Bootmobile in a town near you? Share Your Story with us.




  1. Donna-Gator | February 23, 2012 | 12:33 pm

    I saw a red chili pepper car in Key West a few years ago, parked outside of the Peppers of Key West store. I don’t know if it’s still there.

  2. eileensideways | February 23, 2012 | 2:19 pm

    i saw a “mussel car” at a local restaurant, maine license plates. it had millions of mussels glued to the entire body of the car. if u ever hit it, u would do major damage to your own.

  3. Laura | February 23, 2012 | 2:19 pm

    I have been in the marshmallow Peeps car. Fantastic!!! It’s from Bethlehem, PA but has travelled all over the US. Bootmobile should come to the midwest.

  4. Chuck | February 23, 2012 | 7:04 pm

    The BootMobile Rocks!!! Way to go L.L. Bean


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