The Swinging Sixties gave way to some of the most recognizable roadside attractions still in place today. Amongst those is the Uniroyal Gal, a giant fiberglass woman either donning a somewhat conservative skirt and top or a more provocative bikini. The statues stand (very) tall at 18 feet tall and weigh 230 pounds (though, really, you should never ask a gal her weight…). These fiberglass roadside attractions that are similar to Muffler Men (like the Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois, the Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man in Springfield, Illinois, and the Bunyan Muffler Man in Roanoke, Virginia) were constructed in the 1960s by International Fiberglass for the Uniroyal Tire & Rubber Company.
These female muffler men called Uniroyal Gals can still be found across the United States. One such stood at “Stan the Tire Man” in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. This Illinois roadside attraction was one of the more conservative giantesses with a blue skirt and red top who had stood at that location since the 1970s.
Unfortunately, the Uniroyal Gal was taken down in 2015 when the store closed and she no longer lives in Mt. Vernon, as an Illinois attraction. But she still has a long, sunny, life ahead. Bruce Kennedy purchased this Uniroyal Gal and relocated her to Bell Plastics in Hayward, California where she can live life in the sun as a California roadside attraction.
Former Location: Stan the Tire Man, 1213 Broadway St., Mt. Vernon, IL Current Location: Bell Plastics, 2020 National Ave, Hayward, CA 94545
Date: May 2, 2009