Todd DeFeo

Do you know the muffler man?

By Todd DeFeo / (c) 2010

Mr. Bendo
(Photo by Todd DeFeo)

INDIANAPOLIS – Do you know the Muffin Man?

Well, he lives on Drury Lane.

How about the Muffler Man?

He can be found across this great land – and he appears in all shapes and sizes. They stand tall above countless establishments, some holding axes or hot dogs and others merely standing to attract the attention of travelers or, more importantly, customers.

As Wikipedia puts it, muffler man “is a term used to describe large molded fiberglass sculptures that are placed as advertising icons, roadside attractions or for decorative purposes, predominantly in the United States.” They apparently first appeared in either the 1950s or 1960s, depending on the estimate

Meet Mr. Bendo (pictured).

He’s located at Ralph’s Muffler Shop on West 16th Street in Indianapolis, just down the street from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Like so many of his muffler men brethren, Mr. Bendo bears a striking resemblance to Paul Bunyan.

About Todd DeFeo

Todd DeFeo loves to travel anywhere, anytime, taking pictures and notes. An award-winning reporter, Todd revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He is owner of The DeFeo Groupe and also edits Express Telegraph and


  1. Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed the site.

  2. I came across your website doing a search for "roadside attractions," and I really like it. We've seen the Muffler Man in Stony Point, NY, who looks like Paul Bunyan.

    I wanted to let you know about my site, Go BIG or Go Home, which focuses on large roadside attractions. We write about what happens when our small-town family visits the “world’s largest”… whatever!

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