GCR Muffler Man.

Stan the Muffler Man

Field review by the editors.

Birmingham, Alabama

Type: Classic

Arm position: Both palms turned up

Accessories: None

Birmingham Landmark

Though Birmingham's mighty furnaces are long cooled, the city still pays tribute to the old gods of productivity, with its towering statues of Vulcan the Iron Man, lightning-haired Miss Electra, and Lady Liberty.

Stan the Tire Man (or Muffler Man), not quite as tall or mythical, has been a local promotional presence dating back at least to the early 1960s (reports of his existence in the 1950s appear out of kilter with the timeline of Muffler Men manufacture). For decades the lantern-jawed giant stood on a business rooftop east of busy I-65 (damaged in a 1998 wind storm, then repaired). Currently he looms in a fenced commercial yard on the property of GCR, a truck tire company.

The White Glove Treatment

Stan is well maintained. An unexplained detail we noticed: aside from his non-standard "two palms up" configuration, Stan's hands and wrists are painted white, like a pair of gloves.

Also see: Muffler Men Home Page

Stan the Muffler Man

Address:
Vanderbilt Rd., Birmingham, AL
Directions:
NW side of city. I-20/59 exit 128. Drive north on Tallapoosa St. through one stoplight. Stan is on left, a quarter-mile.
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