Oakwood Village, Ohio: Waving Giant (Big Friend variant) (In Transition)

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26290 Broadway Ave., Oakwood Village, OH
I-480/I-271 exit 23. Drive southeast on Broadway Ave. for about a mile. After you cross Alexander Rd/Pettibone Rd, keep an eye peeled for a small trailer park on the right. Turn right immediately after the trailer park. The Big Friend is a little ways in, on the far (west) side of the building straight ahead. If you reach Thermo-Fisher Way or Richmond Rd/Shepard Rd while driving on Broadway, you've gone too far.
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Waving Giant (Big Friend variant)

The Big Friend variant, a waving giant, replaced a Muffler Man that moved to Cleveland.

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Waving Man.

Waving Giant

I was the owner of the Texaco Giant in Oakwood Village for the last 14 years, give or take. I wanted to update everyone regarding his finding a new home. I have met countless people from all over the country who have stopped to visit him and take his picture over the years. On the 29th of September, he left with his new owner to travel to the west side of Cleveland. Thank you for all of the years of keeping this giant, and all the others, on Roadside America.

[Bryan Jedinak, 10/04/2020]

Big Texaco Friend Muffler Man.

Big Texaco Friend Muffler Man

Big Friend is very handsome and very well kept. It took us a minute to find him, but if you follow the address, it's spot on. It feels strange to drive up what looks like a private drive headed by a plastic mailbox, but if you don't, you'll miss him!

[Kayti McMyermick, 07/25/2018]
Texaco Big Friend - Waving Variant

Not visible from the street. Turn into Broad Oak Industrial Park and head to the right.

[Pittsburgh Pauly, 11/23/2013]
Muffler Man Replaced By [Waving Giant]

My name is Bryan -- I was the owner of the Muffler Man (Cowboy) at the 26290/26310 Broadway address in Oakwood Village Ohio. He went to the Western Reserve Museum (Crawford Museum of Transportation and Industry, Cleveland, Ohio). This was about 2 1/2 years ago. I missed him by the shop so I acquired an actual Texaco Man this time, complete with original trailer. He last appeared at the Raff Road raceway, a go cart track in Canton Ohio, about ten years ago. He will be undergoing a complete and proper restoration.

[Bryan, 09/30/2003]

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