Skip to Main Content

Uniroyal gal.

Uniroyal Gal: Vanna Whitewall

Field review by the editors.

Peoria, Illinois

Arm position: "Come hither!"

Uniroyal Gal.

Accessories: none, though she held a tire at one time

The 17-ft. tall statue along Washington Avenue, known as Vanna Whitewall, is that rarest of creatures. Only a few of these 1960s era commercial "spectaculars" still exist, and almost all have been conservatively attired. The Peoria girl, here since 1968, went from bikini to modesty mini-skirt and then back to bikini, with no troubles from many years. Like the reverse of a roadside forest fire thermometer, a Uniroyal Gal clad in a bright red bikini apparently meant "no heat" from the community.

A Crippling Blow

On the afternoon of July 29, 2005, an elderly woman who disobeyed a traffic signal was struck by another car and her car careened into the base of the Uniroyal Gal, breaking her toes and right ankle and damaging her high-heeled left foot.

The owners, who had the foresight to protect the statue with a $25,000 insurance policy, had it taken down for repairs. She returned in 2006, at first wearing a more conservative skirt and blouse. Then it was bikini time again!

Also see: Giant Women

Uniroyal Gal: Vanna Whitewall

Plaza Tire

1800 SW Washington St., Peoria, IL
Plaza Tire. On SW Washington St. south of downtown, near the Cedar St. Bridge.
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Milt, the MG Car PlanterMilt, the MG Car Planter, Peoria, IL - < 1 mi.
Statue of Richard PryorStatue of Richard Pryor, Peoria, IL - < 1 mi.
Scale Model of the Solar SystemScale Model of the Solar System, Peoria, IL - 1 mi.
In the region:
Lincoln Points To A Line, Peoria, IL - 1 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in Illinois

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in Illinois.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create Your Own Bizarre Road Trips! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Illinois Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Daredevil Graves of Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, New York (Jun 17-23, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings