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motorpunk last won the day on June 16 2020

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    Previous owner of a scabby 1990 MK1 MX-5 (now with Paul P), tweaked 1972 Fiat 500, mega-mileage BMW estate car, Lotus Elise, a leaky Kayak and half a dozen old bicycles. Mostly broken. Form an orderly queue, ladies. Single mums welcome, no DSS, sorry. Wrote some books and that, see here - https://www.motorpunk.co.uk/articles/super-old-odd-interesting-obscure-abandoned-filling-stations/

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  1. Peeling lacquer not pictured. Surely the only colour to have an Alfa in?
  2. A few young (early 20s) people I know are mad for Minis. I can’t see them falling in price. I’m gonna stick my neck out and say classic Land Rovers look massively overpriced, and have a niche appeal. They can’t keep rocketing forever, can they?
  3. Had fun getting this up kerbs and down an alleyway for the pic. Leicester’s graffiti trail is great for backdrops. 😎 Love the colour contrasts.
  4. Loving that! The drive to England will be a ball-breaker 😁
  5. 4! It was a bit tatty but quite an experience to drive. PS - ok, ok.. I do like these wheels…
  6. I had some fun with this today. I think it’s AGIP giallo (aka positano yellow) which is exactly the same as my Fiat.
  7. Yeah, TBF Fuchs are beautiful like that
  8. No. They’re all horrible. You lose the definition of the alloys and they look lost under the arches, and they inevitable make the tyre rubber look grey. It’s a no from me.
  9. New arrival. I hate the black wheels. And I parked like that only for the pic (honest!). But yellow… yum. Will get a pic of this with my similarly yellow Fiat at some point.
  10. Here's a snippet from Lincolnshire. Thanks to shiter Tim for his help. Bullwinkles Garage was founded in 1938 when the current owner’s grandfather (a Henry James Bullwinkle) moved up from London and set up shop in the stables of what used to be the Red Lion pub next door in Baumber, Lincs. He was a skilled coachbuilder, turning Rolls-Royce cars into hearses, and served as the ARP warden during the war. When he passed away, the business came into the hands of his son, who realised that adding a motor dealership would bring more business and went to the Motor Show in 1970. Back then, only Porsche, Lotus and Citroën would consider signing up Bullwinkles as an official dealer as they didn’t have a showroom. So for a decade, this garage in Baumber, Lincolnshire, sold Lotuses and Citroëns. In ’71, an all-night pump was installed, whereby customers could pay 50p and get a pre-measured amount of fuel. There was also a vending machine. High tech! Bullwinkles invested in an automated car wash (the damn things still mangle cars even today, so I’m curious as to how good they were back then) which charged 12 ½ pence a go. By the late ‘70s, Lotus moved upmarket from their kit cars and insisted on a showroom, so Bullwinkles stopped selling them. They ran a breakdown recovery service, busy rescuing day trippers going to the coast in their distinctive pink and yellow trucks, including a Rover P4 saloon converted with a little crane on the back. By 1990, Bullwinkle parted company with Citroën and continued as an independent; few people nowadays can properly service the hydraulic suspension that these fantastic French cars use, the green LHM fluid looking like witchcraft to an amateur spannerman like me. The garage has served fuel from many brands over the years, including Jet, Power, Cleveland and National. National had a loyalty scheme that rewarded regulars with ‘merry sherry’ glasses, ‘dishy dishes’ and ‘mighty mugs’. National also gave away Smurfs, but rumours of a toxic batch temporarily put their production on hold. Philip, the grandson of Henry Bullwinkle, is to retire soon, with the garage being up for sale. A lifetime of fettling Excels and XMs means he won’t miss ‘em much. But we’ll miss this lovely old place when it’s gone. This place is now up for sale, see here - https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/77441986#/?channel=COM_BUY More like this here - https://www.amazon.co.uk/SUPER-interesting-abandoned-stations-Midlands/dp/B08LGMR1PX/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&qid=1631284346&refinements=p_27%3AMr+Rich+Duisberg&s=books&sr=1-1
  11. ^ That’s so cool! I rode an almost identical bike up the Worlds steepest road once. That last pic is awesome 😎👍
  12. That’s ok, actually, if it’s only the plate that gives it away. As long as the car is of a style present pre-‘80s then it qualifies. Drop me a DM if you’d like more details. Cheers.
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