£5 gallon

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Mark, Nov 18, 2007.

  1. Mark

    Mark Guest

    Reached yesterday in Devon. 109.9p per litre for BP ultimate diesel for the
    cage.

    Mark
     
    Mark, Nov 18, 2007
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    Dr Zoidberg Guest


    A local independent garage selling "callow" diesel charges £1.10

    Typical price at a major chain is £1.03 at the mo - 10p a litre more than it
    was a month back.
     
    Dr Zoidberg, Nov 18, 2007
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    Rich B Guest

    Sucking his keyboard for inspiration, Mark typed:
    Well, that's taken long enough! During the oil crisis of 1973, I remember
    reading an article in one of the tabloids where they asked people how
    expensive petrol would have to be before they cut back on their motoring.
    The general consensus was that the price would have to hit a fiver a gallon
    before most people would take radical steps to reduce their mileage. This
    was at a time when 4-star had rocketed to about 70p a gallon (15.4p per
    litre for the young 'uns). Earlier that year, I had ridden from Leeds to
    Bangor (N Wales) with all my worldly goods on a C70 for the princely total
    of 30p.
     
    Rich B, Nov 18, 2007
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    Eiron Guest

    It's supposed to be 'The older you get, the *faster* you were.'
    not *more economical*. So what was the price of fuel in early '73
    and how economical was your C70?
     
    Eiron, Nov 18, 2007
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  5. But the weekly wage was ten bob and a fish supper was tuppence.
    --
    Dave
    GS850x2 XS650 SE6a

    Teach a man to fish and he and his pikey mates will have the
    river cleaned out in a day.
     
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Nov 18, 2007
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    Rudy Lacchin Guest

    I was a part-time pump-monkey in '72-'73 and I seem to recall it was
    37.5p/gallon - about 8p a litre. The pumps had pre-measures and most people
    put exactly four or eight gallons in - nice and easy to do the maths. I was
    being paid just under two quid for an eight-hour shift - enough for sixteen
    pints of ale!
     
    Rudy Lacchin, Nov 18, 2007
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    David Toft Guest

    I remember Jet being launched as a cut price petrol, you got 5 gallons
    for a pound.
     
    David Toft, Nov 18, 2007
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    Rich B Guest

    Sucking his keyboard for inspiration, Eiron typed:
    Genuine lol.
    Long time ago, but ISTR that when I made that journey (several times) it was
    in the region of 30p a gallon. The C70 had a capacity of 0.9 gallons, and I
    had to refill at Llanfairfechan, making the journey total around a gallon.
    This was before the M62, and the mileage was 150-odd. All of that could be
    bollocks, mind, as I've lost a fair few brain cells since then, and probably
    the ones with the correct information in.

    <fx: wavy lines, hypnotic music> Leeds - Huddersfield - over the Pennines -
    through Oldham and Manchester - Warrington - Connah's Quay - Rhyl - Bangor.
    With 14 stone of student, guitar in hard case, large rucksack on rear rack,
    small rucksack between legs, another small rucksack worn on back, two tiny
    panniers. I had some amazing state-of-the-art riding kit. Leather
    Brando-stylee jacket, nylon anorak over the top, jeans, long johns,
    fireman's boots with kneesocks, leather mitts. And a jet-style helmet with
    a bubble visor. ****, I must have looked a sight. And ****, it was cold in
    winter.

    Back in the room. That bike took me all over the country and never let me
    down. My first bike, I passed my test on it, and I loved it. Why I sold it
    for an East European POS that had bigger numbers on the side panels I will
    never know.
     
    Rich B, Nov 18, 2007
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    Rich B Guest

    Sucking his keyboard for inspiration, Grimly Curmudgeon typed:
    Never! Oh, *that* kind of fish supper.
     
    Rich B, Nov 18, 2007
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    Pete Fisher Guest

    Those were the days eh? I used to keep a halfcrown tucked away as a get
    you home petrol allowance.

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    Rudy Lacchin Guest

    <snig>
     
    Rudy Lacchin, Nov 18, 2007
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    geoff Guest

    70p/hour working 12 hour shifts at the local bakery

    and £10 / night playing middle of the road music in the local working
    mens clubs

    driving test cost £3.70
     
    geoff, Nov 18, 2007
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    ogden Guest

    I paid 112.9 for super unleaded in Norwich earlier in the week.

    Bargain.
     
    ogden, Nov 18, 2007
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  14. So a five a gallon in 1973, given inflation, would be equivalent to
    what now? Given the state of public transport in these parts, I can't
    imagine how expensive petrol would have to be for me to even consider
    an alternative.
     
    the man with no idea, Nov 18, 2007
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    ogden Guest

    This is, I presume, a 1973 fiver?

    The equivalent in 2007 money, based on a change in RPI from 10 to 207,
    is about 100 quid a gallon.

    I think I might change my driving habits long before fuel became so
    expensive it'd cost me a grand every 320 miles.
     
    ogden, Nov 18, 2007
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    Rich B Guest

    Sucking his keyboard for inspiration, ogden typed:
    The point was that in 1973, the prospect of a £5 gallon was a reality (or so
    we thought) within a couple of months. In fact, it took 34 years for it to
    reach that level. I won't argue with your maths, but it seems wrong. The
    "too-expensive" gallon felt like about £25 at today's prices, rather than
    £100. A bit like a fiver a litre would seem today.
     
    Rich B, Nov 18, 2007
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    ginge Guest

    More than a bargain if it got you out of Norwich.
     
    ginge, Nov 18, 2007
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  18. A pound a gallon was the fear point, not a fiver.
    --
    Dave
    GS850x2 XS650 SE6a

    Teach a man to fish and he and his pikey mates will have the
    river cleaned out in a day.
     
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Nov 18, 2007
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    Rich B Guest

    Sucking his keyboard for inspiration, Grimly Curmudgeon typed:
    Not the fear point, but the point at which the majority of those polled said
    they would either give up or substantially reduce their motoring. If we are
    disagreeing on whose memory is the least faulty, fine, but it's how I
    remember it.
     
    Rich B, Nov 18, 2007
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    geoff Guest

    I remember someone wanted to swap his 3.4 litre jag for my 850 mini
    around that time

    unfortunately not a practical swap on a student grant
     
    geoff, Nov 18, 2007
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