Petrol stations have been with us for 100 years. They have become etched on countless rural and industrial landscapes, sometimes blending in with their surroundings, and often becoming a linchpin of the communities they serve. Men, or women, often clad in slightly oily overalls, would fill up your cars tank, wipe the windscreen and even check the oil for you. Football coins, Green Shield stamps, soup bowls or wine glasses might be handed over to keep your custom - all in the days when a single GBP1 note was enough to buy 100 miles worth of happy motoring. This vivid, illustrated history takes the reader on a journey from collecting a two-gallon can at the local ironmongers to filling up on the forecourt, and on to the possibility of not using petrol at all.
NICK EVANS has been a career journalist for more than 40 years, mainly in PR and internal communications in a range of writing, design and production roles. For 20 years, he ran a successful communications business creating publications for clients including the NHS, Stagecoach, BT and Pfizer pharmaceutical. He has also produced a number of local history books, including the story of Dreamland amusement park. He lives in Kent.