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International Fiberglass Miss Uniroyal Statues

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These 18 foot tall statues were produced in the 1960s by International Fiberglass for the Uniroyal Tire & Rubber Company. The company called this statue "Miss Uniroyal." These statues were originally moved around to different Uniroyal tire stores and gas stations for promotions and events. The Miss Uniroyal statue held a Uniroyal Tire sign in her raised left hand and wore a watch on her right wrist. These statues were all produced wearing a bikini. According to one source, Uniroyal received many complaints that the statues were too racy. The statues were all sent back to International Fiberglass for add-on skirts and blouses.

Tire stores could also purchase the statues directly from Uniroyal. Since there was no exclusive contract with Uniroyal, International Fiberglass began marketing these statues themselves as their "Miss America" model. It is not known how many were produced but there are 15 known to have survived. Over the years, as businesses closed, these statues have been moved around and adapted for many different types of businesses. Evidently, at least one mold found its way to North Carolina or one was made from one of these statues. The mold was apparently produced or used by Unique Fiberglass Figures in Rocky Mount, NC. A few Miss Uniroyal statues have been produced in Bolton, NC from this mold.

Miss Uniroyal
Blackfoot, ID

2008:

2014:
This Miss Uniroyal statue stands in front of Martha's Cafe. She held a plate with a burger and fries for many years. This statue was previously installed at the White Eagle Drive-Thru where she was a brunette. Before that, she was located at a gas station in town. In 2011, the statue was restored and repainted. The statue is a brunette again and she was given a diamond ring. There are no plans to reinstall the plate of food. The wristwatch is original. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Miss Uniroyal
Mount Vernon, IL (now Hayward, CA)
Miss Uniroyal
Peoria, IL
This Miss Uniroyal statue in Mount Vernon stood next to the Stan the Tire Man tire store when these photos were taken in 2010. This statue was originally installed at a nearby gas station. Around 1971, it was purchased by Stan the Tire Man. The tire store already had one of International Fiberglass' Paul Bunyan statues. The Paul Bunyan was later moved to the Stan the Tire Man in Salem. That statue is now located in Rocky Mount, NC. In 2015, the Mount Vernon store closed and the Miss Uniroyal statue was moved to Bell Plastics in Hayward, CA. There are several other International Fiberglass statues there including two Paul Bunyans, a Cowboy, and a Mortimer Snerd.

This Miss Uniroyal statue in Peoria is also known as "Vanna Whitewall." The statue first appeared at Plaza Tire's grand opening in 1968. It was stored there until Uniroyal moved it to another new store. Plaza Tire bought the statue in 1971 and it has been there ever since. The statue was restored in 1988. In 2005, the statue was hit by a car and had some damage to her right leg. It has since been repaired. Vanna's outfits are changed with the seasons: a sweater and skirt for the cold weather months and a bikini for summer. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. [map]

Miss Uniroyal
Rocky Mount, NC
This Miss Uniroyal statue in Rocky Mount stood for many years at Mosley's Shady Lake Motel in Rocky Mount. In 2000, she was moved to Men's Night Out, a private men's club. She held a beach ball at the motel. When she was moved, her bikini bottom became hot pants and she went from a brunette to a blonde. She also acquired a belly ring. That feature is now missing. For more, see this website.

Miss Uniroyal
Blackwood, NJ

2003:

2007 & 2009:
This Miss Uniroyal statue is located at Werbany's Tire Town. The "Big Broad", as the tire guys used to call her, is protected from high winds with two chains from her shoulders to an overhead pole. The owners say they were offered $6,000 for her but they turned it down. She was previously in Lancaster, PA and has been here since 1965. In 2007, she was repainted and transformed into Nitro Gal. "Nitro" refers to the nitrogen tire inflation system that Werbany's uses. For more, see this website. [map]

Miss Uniroyal
Lamesa, TX
Miss Uniroyal
El Paso, TX
This Miss Uniroyal statue in Lamesa stands in front of Reid Bethel Tire Co. She has been painted to look like a Lamesa Golden Tornadoes cheerleader. For more, see this website. [map]

This Miss Uniroyal statue in El Paso stands next to the Adobe Hacienda Dance Hall. [map]

Miss Uniroyal
Pearsonville, CA
This Miss Uniroyal statue has been here since at least 2007. It stands in front of a small park. For more, see this website. [map]

Miss Uniroyal
Taber, AB (Canada)
This Miss Uniroyal statue in Taber is located at Kirk's Tire. The statue was originally located at the Kirk's Tire in Lethbridge, AB. It may have been there since the 1960s. [photos thanks Corey Scheffler] [map]

More Miss Uniroyal Statues:
Bradenton, FL
Winter Garden, FL, later Ocoee, FL [now in storage in Illinois]
New Port Richey, FL [private collection]
Council Bluffs, IA [in storage; private collection]
Livingston, IL (previously in previously in Chincoteague, VA; then Kingsville, MD): 1; 2
Del Rio, TX [gone]
Gainesville, TX
Unger, WV
unknown location [vintage photo thanks Terry Nelson]
various cities

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