26 Jul '15, 6pm

Meet America's mightiest Muffler Men

Meet America's mightiest Muffler Men

bisecting Illinois was once home to a small army of Muffler Men, with only a small handful remaining. Among the survivors is the Gemini Giant, a modified astronaut Muffler Man who cradles a rocket ship in his herculean hands. Clad in a green jumpsuit (like a true Muffler Man, he's wearing short-sleeves that show off his beefy forearms) and a headpiece that looks more like a welding helmet than something one would wear while exploring outer space, the Gemini Giant has towered over the town of Wilmington's family-owned Launching Pad drive-in since 1965. Several years ago, the Launching Pad closed after decades of slinging greasy grub — and top-notch milkshakes, apparently — to both locals and roadside architecture enthusiasts who traveled from near and far to pay their respects to one of old Route 66's last remaining fiberglass behemoths. The Gemini Giant, a silent space age...

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