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Carson, California - Muffler Man aka "Golf Guy"
This Muffler Man, converted to a "golf guy," is currently AT RISK! The golf course has been removed and all landscaping, etc. is gone. He remains there alone, on the south side of the 405 freeway, just east of the interchange with the 110 freeway. Can anybody do something to save him?[Steve Gerdes, 03/30/2013]
The fact that he's still there after everything else was removed suggests that he may not be doomed, just heading elsewhere. The value of Muffler Men is usually recognized (ignoring the recent scrapping of the Pahrump giant). If this one is moved, we'll track him.
Hayward, California - Big Mike the Muffler Man
Big Mike, a Bunyan-style Muffler Man, is back on the job. He stood in front of the Tyre Treads warehouse on Hayward's Mission Blvd for decades, and before that at a drive-thru car wash. Tyre Treads went out of business, and Big Mike, exposed just a few feet from the sidewalk, was soon the target of morons with spray paint. Someone knocked a hole in his leg. In October 2011 he vanished; rumors circulated that the Muffler Man was still around, in a warehouse maybe, his fate uncertain.
The waiting ended on March 27, 2013, when Big Mike was wheeled into the parking lot of Bell Plastics -- only ten minutes from his old home -- and once again set on his two feet. It turned out that the Muffler Man had been bought by Bell Plastics' owner Bruce Kennedy, who also paid to have him completely restored.
Bruce told us that he had wanted to put Big Mike in front of his business, playing with Bruce's 21-foot fire truck, but his insurance company nixed the idea. So the fiberglass giant instead stands in Bell Plastics' parking lot, behind a fence that can be locked at night for security. "Everyone is welcome to come visit him and take pictures," said Bruce. Someone even dropped off a fully-wrapped axe with "To Big Mike" written on it, but it was the wrong size.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 03/28/2013]
- 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.
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- Worth a Detour
Boonville, Missouri - Cowboy Muffler Man for Sale
A fiberglass muffler man that stood for decades in Boonville was first auctioned off back in May 2000, acquired by a couple who intended to donate it to become a landmark statue in front of a planned children's museum near Kansas City.
The museum was never completed, and the M-Man, fully restored, remained stored in pieces by the couple who bought it. The owners decided in 2013 it was time to find a home for their cowboy giant. The cowboy giant is now for sale. Includes giant black cowboy hat.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 03/22/2013]
April 2013: Sold! The Muffler Man is on his way to the San Francisco Bay area.
- Ortley Beach, New Jersey - Barnacle Bill Muffler Man
Visited this place a few months after Superstorm Sandy. Much of the town is destroyed or heavily damaged. The mini-golf course where this Muffler Man once stood looks like it sustained damage. Barnacle Bill was nowhere in sight. A sad casualty of the storm?[Will Hill, 03/21/2013]
Barnacle Bill is usually stored in the adjacent arcade 1-story brick building during the off-season, so there's a fighting chance that he weathered the storm. If anyone spots him, let us know!
Seaside Heights, New Jersey - Muffler Men Cluster
I spotted three of the four Seaside Heights Muffler Men, and they all survived Superstorm Sandy. There is a Neuman overlooking the boardwalk, which is currently under reconstruction. A Paul Bunyan and the other Neuman are stored in a parking lot with rides and debris. The other Muffler Man Bunyan belongs to Barnacle Bill's, and is stored every winter.[Fran, 03/09/2013]
Alfred E. Neuman, mascot of Mad magazine, bears a striking resemblance to the Happy Half-Wit variety of Muffler Man. We'd heard that the big fellows survived the storm, but it's good to see them on the job on the remnants of the boardwalk.