Throwback Thursday: Residents in Oakland Oppose the Whistle Tip

OAKLAND (KRON) — It’s #throwbackthursday and today we’re going to look back at a viral video that KRON 4 first aired on January 14, 2003.

It was a fad that infuriated many Oakland residents. Many lined up bumper-to-bumper at East Bay muffler shops to get their cars fitted for the new “whistler tip.”

“It’s a piece of metal welded inside the exhaust pipe that makes the car audible for a mile,” said KRON 4 reporter Mark Jones.

Once installed, the tip would create a piercing sound and people complained that the screeching whistle was too loud.

“That’s only in the morning,” whistler tip fan Bubb Rubb said. “You’re supposed to be up cooking breakfast or something by then, so, that’s like an alarm clock — whoo whoooooo!”

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