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Hayward, California - Muffler Men Bobble Heads
Bruce Kennedy let us know that his two Muffler Men are now available as Bobble Heads. Big Mike (a Bunyan) and Big Don (a Cowboy) are accurately depicted -- and both hold axes. "If someone stops by they are $20.00 plus $1.80 sales tax. 1st class mail is $7.00. Or people can buy them on my website and pay by paypal. "[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 11/21/2013]
- 2020 National Ave., Hayward, CA
- Bell Plastics. In an industrial park. I-880/Nimitz Fwy exit 28. Drive west on Winton Ave. for one mile. At the stoplight, turn left onto Clawiter Rd, then make first right onto National Ave. Drive a quarter-mile. You'll see a blue building on the left; Big Mike is in the alley next to it.
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour
Buena Vista, Virginia - Robot Cyborg Muffler Man
Mark Cline originally modified this Muffler Man for a business named Galaxy Golf in Nags Head, NC. Hurricane Bertha destroyed it in 1996; Mark salvaged the pieces that remained and brought them back to the yard of his Enchanted Castle Studios.
In 2010 Mark was asked to portray Patsy Cline's second husband in a play about her life. The woman who played Patsy was married to a guy named Paul who owned several recycling businesses. He and Mark struck up a friendship, and Paul eventually paid Mark to rebuild the cyborg Muffler Man (with a head duplicated from Galaxy Golf remains) as the 24-foot-tall "Paulverizer" and stand it outside one of Paul's buildings. It was unveiled on October 19, 2013.
Mark told us that he's related to Patsy Cline's first husband, Gerald Cline (not the one in the play), and that the owner of Dinosaur Land, Joanne Leight, was good friends with Patsy; the two women would walk down the sidewalk together pushing their babies in strollers side by side.
"I'd have been about the age of those babies," said Mark, "and now I do work for Dinosaur Land. See how it all connects?"[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 10/26/2013]
- 1400 Sycamore Ave., Buena Vista, VA
- The Muffler Man stands outside Auto Recyclers. I-81 exits 188A or 188B. Drive east on US Hwy 60/Midland Trail for 3.5 miles. Turn right onto US Hwy 501/Beech Ave. Drive one mile. Turn right onto W. 16th St., then left onto Sycamore Ave.
- RA Rates:
- Major Fun
Carson, California - Muffler Man
When earth moving equipment started scraping dirt all around the golf-club-wielding Muffler Man in Carson, people began to worry. The giant golfer had stood next to the 405 Freeway for decades, beckoning weary commuters to enjoy a brief round of Executive Golf to soothe the frustration of their daily grind. And then it happened: he disappeared. But we did not lose this Muffler Man. It turns out that Porsche, owners of the land, were developing it as the new home of Porsche Motorsports North America and a Porsche Experience Driving Center.
They created a new version of the Muffler Man, the Porsche Motorsports Racer Man, outfitted in an authentic Stand 21 Driving Suit, holding a checkered flag! Since the Germans are known for their sense of humor this should have been no surprise, but we really have to celebrate Porsche for this gift to the world. I love it even more because they properly refer to the statue as a Muffler Man, and apparently did research on RoadsideAmerica.com for more information.
Bravo Porsche! Everyone who loves Muffler Men needs to show their appreciation by buying a 911 immediately.[Jim Jordan, 10/24/2013]
Bolton, North Carolina - Uniroyal Gal
After spotting a picture of this lady on Flicker, before she was painted and when she was laying in a field, I spent hours trying to pinpoint her location. Finally, success: I tracked her down to Graham and Dolce Fiberglass in Bolton, NC. She now stands a few miles east of town on the north side of Highway 74 and holds a giant beach ball.
Her owners eventually plan to open a putt-putt course here that will showcase not only her but two other Uniroyal Gals as well as a plethora of fiberglass animals.[Joel Baker, 10/20/2013]
Jackson, New Jersey - Muffler Man Dracula Head
Once again a very modified Bunyan head, made to resemble Count Dracula, is back gracing Route 537 at the seasonal "Dracula's Domain" attraction. This year the addition of red paint to his eyes and mouth looks like it was done by a teenager, or someone with less enthusiasm for Muffler Men in general. It definitely is a more "thrown together" look than seen in some previous years -- and with the accumulation of sheet rock screws in his jaw/beard, the threaded rod sticking out of his head on both sides, and the large cracked/damaged area in the back of his skull, this MM head appears to be in need of some TLC.[NJMM_Hunter, 10/18/2013]