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Ah!.... them were the days, of Happy Motoring (sorry, that was Esso`s advert!!)

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Ah!.... them were the days, of Happy Motoring (sorry, that was Esso`s advert!!)

Petrol Pump in St.Mawes, Cornwall.....
Should have made the title..... We`re going well, We`re going Shell...  Roll eyes

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Re: Ah!.... them were the days, of Happy Motoring

Eye that it was, as dad used to be our chauffeur Tongue  and we used to nag mum n dad until we were at our destination
I bet some of you can relate to some of the many phrases that we used and in car games we used to play like
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Are we nearly there yet
Eye Spy with my little Eye

And petrol was less than 0.40p  Wink
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And petrol was less than 0.40p  Wink

...a gallon!
And the attendant would come out to fill the car up with a smile on his face.

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Re: Ah!.... them were the days, of Happy Motoring

and there was
over 200.00p to the £
No mobile phones to potential cause crashe(s)
Less vehicles therefore less to no congestion (Unless Bank Holidays)
Vehicles did not need a crumple zone, because they had a chassis
in-car DVD players etc (did not exist)
We had to make our own in - car entertainment Tongue sometimes much to our mum n dads having to tell us off for squabbling etc
Did not need to hook up to a diagnostic machine as faults etc were easy to recognise and repair
Back then
ABS = Air Braking System on heavy goods vehicles
Can you think of any / many more ?? Tongue  Wink
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Re: Ah!.... them were the days, of Happy Motoring

4 gallons for one pound - I remember doing West London to Blackpool for One pound five shillings  Cool
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Re: Ah!.... them were the days, of Happy Motoring (sorry, that was Esso`s advert!!)

That pump has 2/3d - isn't that like 11p a gallon?  Certainly don't remember petrol being that cheap!  About the time I started driving it hit £1 a gallon.  Hard to believe the economists who tell us that motoring is cheaper in real terms now than it was back in the 60s and 70s Cheesy
I do get kinda nostaligic when I see old cars, but I have to say I really would not want to drive one!  I would hate to be without all the things we take for granted now that were like rocking horse droppings in the past: power steering, cruise control, stop/start, trip computer, central locking, air conditioning, bluetooth phone - even electic windows were a rarity until relatively recently: rear ones were on option on my last car, a 2003 A4.  Then there are other little things like decent brakes and road holding.
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4 gallons for one pound - I remember doing West London to Blackpool for One pound five shillings  Cool

That must have round about the time I had a Saturday job at a small independent garage - circa 1964-ish.
Two star petrol was 4s 11d, four star 5s 1d, and three star 5 shillings (half from each pump).
Paraffin IIRC was blue (Esso) or the pink stuff that we sold. Can't remember the name.
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over 200.00p to the £

240 to be exact and d not p Smiley
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Re: Ah!.... them were the days, of Happy Motoring (sorry, that was Esso`s advert!!)

'Esso Blue' was blue, the pink stuff was simply called 'Pink Paraffin' [Edit] originally 'Aladdin Pink'.
2/3d per gallon - yikes, that would fill my tank (about 9-1/2 gal) for 6d (2-1/2p)
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Paraffin IIRC was blue (Esso)

Remember the old Esso blue ad to the tune of the Platters' Smoke Gets In Your Eyes;
"They asked me how I knew
It was Esso Blue
I of course replied
With lower grades one buys
Smoke gets in your eyes."

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I seem to recall Esso Blee doolers Undecided
Esso Blue Dealers.
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The Esso sign means
'Appy Motoring, 'Appy Motoring!
The Esso sign means
'Appy Motoring!
So call at the Esso sign,
For 'Esso Golden'!
50 years ago, when I had me Beeza 500cc twin, petrol was slightly less than 5 bob a gallon. And, Jet petrol had just arrived and sold for about 4/3 a gallon!
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Get a tiger in your Tank !
Slightly off topic but one advert I saw for brake pads was, " If your car will not start you have a problem, if it won't stop you have an even bigger problem."
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'Esso Blue' was blue, the pink stuff was simply called 'Pink Paraffin' [Edit] originally 'Aladdin Pink'.
2/3d per gallon - yikes, that would fill my tank (about 9-1/2 gal) for 6d (2-1/2p)

Erm, 2/3d is 2 shillings and 3 pennies, nor two thirds of a penny. So it cost a tad more than 11p per gallon!
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Get a tiger in your Tank !

My dad would drive miles to find an Esso garage. Frequently, though, the car would judder when starting from cold and he would quip that they put a kangaroo in and not a tiger Cheesy

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