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

47 Dunbarton Farm Rd, Blue Ridge, GA
West side of GA-5 at Davis Rd., across from the miniature golf.
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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]

Damaged muffler man.

Muffler Man - Mr. Bendo

Storm damage on Friday, June 18th damaged Ced, the Muffler man on Grand Ave near Pulaski. The legs are standing but the torso and head have fallen to the roof. I only have this bad picture taken at sunset on Saturday the 19th.

[Ed Twohey, 06/30/2010]

Mr. Bendo.

Mr. Bendo Muffler Man

The Mr. Bendo Muffler Man is still alive and well in downtown Chicago. Thanks to the assistance of the new map feature at Roadside America, tracking him down was a relative breeze, provided you call stop and start driving through the middle of downtown Chicago a breeze.

[Josh Shepherd, 02/26/2006]

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