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    There was nothing like the distinctive smell of leaded 4-star and the exhaust fumes produced through the classic DYR era. Petrol stations have always been there, of course, but I still remember the National/Smurfs promotional tie-up of the 1970s/early '80s, and the Shell/Corgi promotion in the late '80s where 6 of fuel would get you a 'wheel' voucher - 4 of which would then get you a Corgi junior car in a funky-patterned box......and what was it with all the free wine glass offers?!

    Then there were the classic logos - the red & yellow shell, the BP sheild, the Esso oval, etc.

    There you go, pump number 4, the brown Allegro - that'll be 8.50, and there's your Green Sheild stamps.

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    My kids hate the smell of petrol, which I find odd as I used to love it! I think you're right that the old 4 star did smell different. I also remember our local garage used to have a machine for dispensing parafin I think. It was a little white pump with a pink cartoony type animal on it like an elephant or something. I also remember my father having a book full of green shield stamps.
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    It was my job to get out and press the button for the grade of star petrol we wanted. I agree that it had a different smell then. Weirdly I used to think it had a whiff of cream cakes in amongst its pungent petrolyness. I liked it.

    I only remember a few of the offers. My parents still have a couple of glass tumblers kicking around from the Shell garage, and I was given a few C60 blank cassette tapes that came from there too.
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    Shell, Gulf, Texaco, Esso, those and their logos are still around with the exception of BP's sheild.
    Four defunct stations I remember are: Butler, Fina, Action and Flare.
    On a related note, my dad (almost retired) worked for BP but Japs took over it and changed it to Zeon Chemicals.

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    Do Murco petrol stations still exist? I always thought they sounded like whoever named them was having a bit of a laugh...
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    What were the petrol stations that had a Viking's head as the logo? I think it was on a blue background, with the head in profile.
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    i love the smell of petrol stations, the fumes always remind me of my grandads garage. He was always tinkering with a car or something and the petrol station smell brings them memories flooding back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacqueline View Post
    Do Murco petrol stations still exist? I always thought they sounded like whoever named them was having a bit of a laugh...
    I believe we passed a few on the way to the coast.And we have one the other side of town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarcymarky View Post
    My kids hate the smell of petrol, which I find odd as I used to love it! I think you're right that the old 4 star did smell different. I also remember our local garage used to have a machine for dispensing parafin I think. It was a little white pump with a pink cartoony type animal on it like an elephant or something. I also remember my father having a book full of green shield stamps.
    Petrol used to contain lead,But they use a lead substitue now for obvious reasons.Plus modern petrol has other additives.So the smell would have changed.Plus they no longer have 2/3/4 star so i think it is more generic.
    How many people still have parafin heaters ?I would thought they were extinct now?

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    My Dad worked at a Local Garage and they had a Pink Paraffin machine, and yes the logo was a little pink elephant.

    Was the Vikings head yellow with blue & white National Benzole? later to become National? (SMURFS!)

    Anyone remember ZIP Petrol stations?

    And finally, the little stand in the middle of the petrol island with a red and white striped top on, Pascall Murray sweets were sold in bags from it, Marshmallows were my fave and chocolate eclairs?

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