Blue Ridge, Georgia: Muffler Man - Mr. Hobby

Fiberglass giant Mr. Hobby holds a model airplane. Moved in 2014 to Georgia from atop a Chicago car repair shop, where he'd been known as Mr. Bendo for 50 years.

Free Time Hobbies

Address:
47 Dunbarton Farm Rd, Blue Ridge, GA
Directions:
West side of GA-5 at Davis Rd., across from the miniature golf.
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Muffler Man - Mr. Hobby

Free Time Hobbies has sold their building, along with Mr. Hobby, to a dental business. Presumably Mr. Hobby's hand-held P-51 model airplane will be replaced by.... a toothbrush?

[James Pernikoff, 11/21/2019]

P-51 Mustang fighter plane.

Muffler Man

The location is not actually open for retail business, which seems kinda odd. But the Muffler Man is in terrific shape as of Dec 2018. Easy to get to, and plenty of parking for taking pictures. The P-51 Mustang fighter plane he is holding has terrific details.

[Rob, 12/30/2018]

Mr. Hobby.

Mr. Hobby

Mr. Hobby the Muffler Man clutches his toy airplane outside Free Time Hobbies.

[Brandon, 08/04/2015]

Formerly Mr. Bendo of Chicago, this Muffler Man began a new career as Mr. Hobby in 2015.

Mr. Hobby.

Mr. Hobby - Muffler Man

Mr. Hobby has arrived at Free Time Hobbies! This "muffler man" was built in the early 1960s. He stood for about 50 years atop Ced's Mufflers in Chicago. Free Time Hobbies purchased him last year and had him restored. Instead of a muffler, Mr. Hobby holds a P-51 Model Airplane.

[Free Time Hobbies, 06/24/2015]

Mr. Bendo, still broken.

Muffer Man - Mr. Bendo

During a harsh Chicago wind storm in 2010, Mr. Bendo of Ced's Muffler Shop lost the upper portion of his body. The guys at the shop set the broken portion next to the shop, and within a few days his head went missing.

It's going on 2 years now that our neighborhood icon has only been half the man he used to be. Is there anyone we could turn to for help?

[Dean Hickstein, 02/11/2012]

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