Raleigh, North Carolina: Muffler Man

Large fiberglass statue -- member of a race of nearly-extinct commercial promotion giants -- wears big overalls and a baseball cap.
Address:
3729 Overlook Rd., Raleigh, NC
Directions:
Off of Gresham Lake Road, just north of the intersection of I-540 and Capital Boulevard. Reached by an industrial park road.
Hours:
In private lot, visible from I-540.
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Muffler Man. Muffler Man

To be honest, I was a little confused when previous tipsters said they couldn't see the muffler man at Bradsher Farms from the highway, so I drove by the other day to see what was up. Turns out he was being swallowed by trees growing around him and wasn't visible anymore. Realizing this, Mr. Bradsher had him moved to a new spot next to the main office. He's much easier to find now, as he's right by the road, not way in the back of the property like he used to be. In the process of being moved, he got a new coat of paint, too. GPS friendly address: 3729 Overlook Rd.

[Dean Jeffrey, 02/24/2012]
Muffler Man. Muffler Man

Two hours! That's how long it took us to find this guy -- unless we're both blind, it cannot be seen from the two highways mentioned, at least in summer. And, although the directions of "off of highway" are true, it's finding an exit that takes you there that's the problem. We were not familiar with the area, and maybe that was the dilemma, but honestly, it is tucked away among giant piles of mulch and behind acres of dense foliage. The road is teeny in an industrial park.

Still, seeing his almost smiling puss made up for our direction deficiencies. (And no, we don't have GPS!)

[Diane Plumley, 08/30/2011]
Raleigh Muffler Man. Muffler Man

The Bradsher Farms muffler man is up at his new digs. Great spot, too. He overlooks Gresham Lake and is visible from both I-540 and Capital Boulevard/Route 1. And he's been repainted back to the blue overalls and red shirt look from years ago.

He's on Overlook Road, off of Gresham Lake Road, just north of the intersection of I-540 and Capital Boulevard.

[Dean Jeffrey, 01/24/2008]
Raleigh Muffler Man.    Muffler Man - Moving

The muffler man north of Raleigh is slated to be moved to make way for development of the farm land he stands on. The "Giant Decorator," as he's been known in careers past, has stood in a regularly cultivated field for a number of years, promoting Bradsher Farms sand and soil business .

Now that the property -- some 260 acres -- has been sold out from under the big guy for housing and business development, he will move elsewhere with the owner...

[Roadsideamerica.com Team, 06/29/2006]
Repainted Muffler Man. Muffler Man another makeover!

It must be the "Queer Eye" makeover fad taking over. This muffler man, on 401 in Raleigh, is once again redone with a new spring look. All earth tone clothing with a classic blue cap. It's great to see he has a family looking out for him.

[Dave, 06/23/2004]

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