By Mark Vaughn, Crain News Service
LOS ANGELES (Oct. 17, 2013) — Sure, the Porsche Experience Center, opening in Los Angeles in a little over a year, will feature a variety of exciting track configurations from road courses to a drag strip-looking thing, as well as varying surface conditions on which Porsche road cars can be flung to the delight of their occupants.
But what about the iconic muffler man? That's what most people want to know, isn't it?
The muffler man stands about 19 or 20 feet tall by our estimate and has stood guard over the facility behind him for as long as we can remember—and we grew up not far away. He smiled down on passing traffic with a grin that was benign, almost beatific, and never the least bit creepy or terrifying at all.