Big Bill Muffler Man

Vinita, Oklahoma

OklahomaRoadside Attraction

Meet one of the newest muffler men on Route 66: the Big Bill Muffler Man in Vinita, Oklahoma. Find the roadside attraction right outside of Hi-Way Cafe.

In 2022 the synthetic motor oil brand Mobil 1 held a national event called “Keep Route 66 Kickin’.” With the mission to promote Route 66, they traveled across The Mother Road, stopping at small businesses along the way. With a custom Mobil 1 muffler man in tow, they set up fun events in various locations and set out to set records everywhere they went.

The tour started with a fanfest at Santa Monica Pier, made its way to Delgadillo’s Snow Cap Drive-In in Seligman, Arizona to set a record for most milkshake flavors, went to Albuquerque New Mexico’s Clowndog Hot Dog Parlor to set a record for most corndogs eaten in 3 minutes, and ended at the Litchfield Skyview Drive-In in Illinois where it broke the world record of most dogs attending a film screening.

In Oklahoma, the Route 66 event stopped at Hi-Way Cafe in Vinita to set the record for Most Stickers on a Car. Using a 1963 American Rambler (a car from the same year the restaurant originally opened) more than 100 volunteers placed 60,066 half-inch stickers around the car’s body to create a mosaic-like image and set a Guinness World Record.

As part of the “Keep Route 66 Kickin’” campaign, Mobil 1 brought a custom Muffler Man with them as they journeyed across Route 66, setting the giant up at each of the record-breaking stops to serve as a centerpiece for the festivities.

Muffler men roadside attractions are fiberglass giants who stand anywhere from 14 to 25 feet tall. Each has a similar design and was built between 1963 and 1972 by International Fiberglass in Venice, California. With signature stances, these big men stood outside of muffler shops and other businesses to call attention from the road.

After the tour ended, the owners of Hi-Way Cafe were able to procure the giant and bring him back to be displayed there permanently. In July 2023, he came back to Oklahoma and is now proudly displayed outside the Route 66 restaurant.

The 21-foot-tall muffler man wears a red work shirt and blue pants and stands tall next to a suitcase that is covered in stickers commemorating the stops on his Route 66 road trip. Since coming to the cafe, he’s been renamed “Big Bill” after the owner Beth’s father, the late Bill Wood.

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Big Bill Muffler Man/Mobil 1 Muffer Man at Hi-Way Cafe in Vinita, Oklahoma Route 66 Restaurant

Big Bill Muffler Man

Address:
437918 US-60, Vinita, OK 74301

Hours:
Visible 24/7

Cost:
Free

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Big Bill Muffler Man/Mobil 1 Muffer Man at Hi-Way Cafe in Vinita, Oklahoma Route 66 Restaurant
Big Bill Muffler Man/Mobil 1 Muffer Man at Hi-Way Cafe in Vinita, Oklahoma Route 66 Restaurant
Big Bill Muffler Man/Mobil 1 Muffer Man at Hi-Way Cafe in Vinita, Oklahoma Route 66 Restaurant
Big Bill Muffler Man/Mobil 1 Muffer Man at Hi-Way Cafe in Vinita, Oklahoma Route 66 Restaurant
Big Bill Muffler Man/Mobil 1 Muffer Man at Hi-Way Cafe in Vinita, Oklahoma Route 66 Restaurant
Big Bill Muffler Man/Mobil 1 Muffer Man at Hi-Way Cafe in Vinita, Oklahoma Route 66 Restaurant
Big Bill Muffler Man/Mobil 1 Muffer Man at Hi-Way Cafe in Vinita, Oklahoma Route 66 Restaurant
Big Bill Muffler Man/Mobil 1 Muffer Man at Hi-Way Cafe in Vinita, Oklahoma Route 66 Restaurant

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to the Big Bill Muffler Man in Vinita, Oklahoma, here are some things to know before you go.

  • While this muffler man is visible 24/7, the diner has more limited hours.
  • Park in the restaurant’s parking lot to admire this roadside attraction up close!

Where to Stay Near Big Bill Muffler Man

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest at one of these hotels near this Route 66 attraction. While there are a couple of options for hotels in Vinita, nearby Tulsa also has many hotels to choose from and is just a short drive away.

Western Motel

You can’t get any closer than this. Across the parking lot from the Hi-Way Cafe find Western Motel. This small hotel is clean, affordable, and right on Route 66!

Relax Inn

Relax for the night at Relax Inn in Vinita. Guest rooms offer air conditioning, a seating area, cable TV, WiFi, coffee maker, and a compact refrigerator. On site parking is available for cars and larger vehicles.

Hotel Indigo

Hotel Indigo is a boutique hotel located on Santa Fe Square in the Blue Dome District of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Blue Dome District is one of Tulsa’s most popular entertainment districts with a wide variety of local restaurants, bars, and venues. The interior of this Tulsa hotel pays homage to the surrounding area with an industrial-inspired modern look. Murals and artwork throughout the hotel are inspired by local attractions and history.

The Campbell Hotel

The Campbell Hotel offers a luxury experience in lavish and historic accommodation that is on National Register of Historic Places. Originally opened as the Casa Loma Hotel inside the Max Campbell Building in 1927, the property was conveniently located at the end of the trolley line that ran from downtown to Delaware Avenue on 11th Street.

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