Hayward, California: Big Mike the Muffler ManTowering fiberglass statue in the Paul Bunyan style, made in the 1960s. Spent decades as a car wash symbol holding a scrub brush, then a tire salesman until the business closed. In 2013 he reappeared at a plastics fabrication business.
Visitor Tips and News About Big Mike the Muffler Man
My dad put up that giant. We owned Morris Car Wash. I remember the day he went up... it was so cool. Years later some kids got on the roof and cut the cables -- poor giant landed right across Mission Blvd. Shut the street down most of the day. We had it towed to a lot for repair... we got to climb all the way into his head, it was dark and spooky, and so much fun.
Glad to hear he's still there. My dad will be so thrilled..[Vickie Morris Mendoza, 08/14/2011]
The Hayward muffler man is in pretty good shape. He's not holding anything any more. It is located at Tyre Treds LTD.[kjfitz, 02/21/2007]
September 2010: "Big Mike" is up for sale, along with the tire business that owns him. The city is reportedly considering buying the Muffler Man and making him the centerpiece of "Big Mike Park."
As a native of Hayward, just want to add family history to this existing listing: Before becoming a tire salesman, the Hayward giant held a large scrub brush, offering to wash cars, as the building used to house a drive-through car wash. Mr Clean, eat your heart out.[Jenelle Hardin, 12/27/2005]
His name is Big Mike -- he has had a muffler and some food sign in his hands. He also used to have a brother up the street that was torn down some twenty or so years ago. But the main thing is to save Big Mike. The mayor of Hayward says he's an eyesore and is trying to have him torn down soon[jerrie, 04/08/2001]
Muffler man in front of Tyre Treads Store at 22314 Mission Blvd. Paul Bunyan appearance. It's been there over 15 years since I moved to Hayward.[Carol Kato, 01/19/2001]
Big Mike the Muffler Man
- 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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