Escondido, California: Muffler Man - Joor Man

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Address:
302 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA
Directions:
Take Valley Parkway east from I-15 to Grand Avenue and continue east to Juniper, then turn north (left) two blocks to intersection of Juniper and Valley Parkway. Grand Avenue is the eastbound one-way complement to Valley Parkway.
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Joor Muffler Man.

Muffler Man - Joor Man
The giant, fiberglass Joor Man holds a large muffler and is dressed up seasonally. One of hundreds of similar 1960s era roadside statues. Roadsideamerica.com Report...

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Joor Muffler Man in Santa garb, 2019.

Joor Muffler Man

For the first time in ten years the Joor Muffler Man was dressed in a custom Santa outfit this past Christmas. For 25 years the shop's owners dressed the 20-foot-tall fiberglass Muffler Man as Santa during the season. A decade ago his suit wore out and the owners couldn't invest in a new one. Along came a couple who purchased a fabric and upholstery shop across the street, and they came to the rescue. It seems they both grew up in the neighborhood, fondly remembered the Santa-clad statue, and volunteered to help him get redressed -- so today's kids could have great memories in the future. Well played!

This suit looks a lot better than the photos I've seen of his Santa outfits of yesteryear. He's at a very busy intersection, so be careful when you stop to take a photo.

[Tim O'Brien, 02/21/2020]

Joor Muffler Man.

Muffler Man - Joor Man

"What's my job? I fix mufflers!" The Joor Muffler giant projects confidence and expertise, as he has since the 1960s, when he assumed his role fronting for a venerable business well-known to Escondido jalopies since 1931.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 05/07/2017]
Muffler Man

Muffler Man used in Money Magazine advertisement for Travelers Insurance, page 19 of the July 2007 edition. [The Joor Muffler Man has been doctored to appear as if his hand and muffler have fallen off and crushed a sports car.]

[Terry Birley, 07/21/2007]

Joor Muffler Man in Santa duds.

Muffler Man

The Joor Muffler Man got a new Santa suit this year, as seen in this photo taken in December.

The best news was that they have commissioned the seamstress who made the Santa suit to sew a Hawaiian shirt for him to wear this summer! Totally awesome. I just love the Muffler Men. I grew up in Lakewood California and in nearby Long Beach there was a Carpeteria Man, who held a roll of carpet.

[Wendy Barker, 02/06/2007]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Grape Slide, Climbing TwigsGrape Slide, Climbing Twigs, Escondido, CA - < 1 mi.
Mexican Food in a Big BarrelMexican Food in a Big Barrel, Escondido, CA - < 1 mi.
Queen Califia's Magical Circle GardenQueen Califia's Magical Circle Garden, Escondido, CA - 3 mi.
In the region:
Creation and Earth History Museum, Santee, CA - 20 mi.

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