Big Mike first appeared at Morris Car Wash on Mission Blvd in Hayward, California in 1966. The sales man from International Fiberglass was touring the country with the statue on a trailer. The salesman made a deal with Mr. Morris for $50.00 a month. When the Morris Car Wash closed, Big Mike went to work for Tyre Treads until they closed in 2011. Oct 2011 Bell Plastics acquired Big Mike for more then $50.00 a month.
International Fiberglass made Giant Men from 1964 to 1972. In the late 1990s roadsideamerica.com coined the term “Muffler Men” for International Fiberglass’ Giant Men. It was a term they used to keep track of the Giant statue in house due to the fact a lot of them held mufflers in their hands.