Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

On Wednesday, May 8, at 10:00 a.m. the 22-foot tall Joor Muffler Man will have his first (and hopefully, final) fitting of the sporty new cycling gear he will be wearing for the overall start of the AMGEN Tour of California race in Escondido on May 12. 

The Joor Muffler Man is located at the corner of Juniper Street and Valley Parkway.  A crew from the Escondido Public Works Department, using a bucket truck, will assist in dressing the tallest man in Escondido.  His outfit was designed and donated by Michael Gilstrap, owner of Walz Caps in Oceanside.

The Joor Muffler man is one of hundreds that were installed nationwide in the 1960s and 1970s as a marketing ploy.  His outfit was designed and donated by Waltz Caps in Oceanside. He has been a part of Escondido for almost 50 years.  During that time he has periodically been dressed in various costumes, including a Santa suit which he last wore in 2009.

More information about the giant muffler men is available at