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Mickey Richaud
09-06-2011, 06:30 PM
OK - just curious here. My recollection is that Chevron bought out Gulf Oil some years ago, and BP took over.

All of a sudden, after a couple of decades' absence, I'm seeing a few Gulf Oil stations. Complete with the old Gulf logo. So, what's the deal? :confuse:

And who else remembers "No-Nox" and "Gulftane"?

NutmegCT
09-06-2011, 06:52 PM
No-nox? Gulftane? pish tosh & tiffle. Small potatoes!

Now if you were talking Sinclair ... how 'bout Dino and Dino Supreme?

https://www.gasglobes.com/gallery/d/46-2/dino.jpg

Now back to topic:

https://gulfoil.com/

T.

aerog
09-06-2011, 06:52 PM
From Wikipedia:

<span style="font-style: italic">...The rights to the brand in the United States are owned by Gulf Oil Limited Partnership (GOLC), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cumberland Farms and operates over 2,100 service stations and several petroleum terminals; it is headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts. The corporate vehicle at the center of the Gulf network outside the USA, Spain &amp; Portugal is GOI, a company owned by the Hinduja Group. The company's focus is primarily in the provision of downstream products and services to a mass market through joint ventures, strategic alliances, licensing agreements, and distribution arrangements.[1] Gulf Oil International has its head office in the City of Westminster, London.[2]</span>

Basil
09-06-2011, 06:54 PM
No-nox? Gulftane? pish tosh &amp; tiffle. Small potatoes!

Now if you were talking Sinclair ... how 'bout Dino and Dino Supreme?

https://www.gasglobes.com/gallery/d/46-2/dino.jpg

Now back to topic:

https://gulfoil.com/

T.




I still have a Sinclair Dinosaur soap-on-a rope somewhere stashed away from my boyhood days.

aeronca65t
09-06-2011, 07:05 PM
I saw a Sinclair gas station in Evergreen, Colorado a few weeks ago.

Banjo
09-06-2011, 07:13 PM
Finzios' Sinclair.....

Mickey Richaud
09-06-2011, 07:14 PM
All of that notwithstanding, Gulf was the sponsor of the Porsche entries that slayed Ferrari back in the day. The light blue and orange really meant something back then.

I remember when it was Esso, then Humble, then Enco, and now Exxon. And, of course, before all that, Standard Oil.

American Oil, then Amoco. Etc., etc. Oh, and they had no-lead gas before it was required! "White gas", we called it.

Guess it doesn't matter, really. "All we are is dust in the wind..."

NutmegCT
09-06-2011, 07:22 PM
Sinclair Refining has *quite* a history (as do many of the early companies). Anyone remember the Teapot Dome scandal?

My dad was personnel director of the southwest division of Sinclair back in the 1950s and 1960s. He'd sometimes drive home in a "test car" - with more gizmos than you could shake a stick at. Was designed to test blends of gasoline, carb settings, etc.

One day in the mid 1950s, dad brought me and my brother a "toy" gas station. Very cool. Sure wish I still had it.

https://www.diecast.org/data/sac_cars/1367.jpg

A few days later I sketched out an idea for a "new" gas pump: a tall "box" with the hose on the side. Gave the sketch to my dad, who took it to the head office. A few years later, Sinclair changed all its pumps from this:

https://www.bitw.com/images/newbitw/bitwga62.jpg

To this:

https://i1113.photobucket.com/albums/k520/Rick_Johnson/Sinclairpump.jpg

Coincidence? who knows. But Dad always told his employees that his son designed the new pump. (Dad's like to make their sons feel good ...)

T.

AngliaGT
09-06-2011, 09:10 PM
I saw some Phillips 66 stations on my trip back East.
Then there was Flying A.
Back in the '70's,right before I left on a trip to LA,
my Dad gave me a Phillips 66 credit card to use "just in case".
I went to use it in Santa Maria,but they had just closed all of
their stations down.
I made it home somehow,using my free Denny's coffee cards.

- Doug

swift6
09-06-2011, 11:32 PM
I saw a Sinclair gas station in Evergreen, Colorado a few weeks ago.

Quite a few Sinclairs still around out here.

Mickey Richaud
09-07-2011, 06:13 AM
Sinclair Refining has *quite* a history (as do many of the early companies). Anyone remember the Teapot Dome scandal?

My dad was personnel director of the southwest division of Sinclair back in the 1950s and 1960s. He'd sometimes drive home in a "test car" - with more gizmos than you could shake a stick at. Was designed to test blends of gasoline, carb settings, etc.

One day in the mid 1950s, dad brought me and my brother a "toy" gas station. Very cool. Sure wish I still had it.

https://www.diecast.org/data/sac_cars/1367.jpg

A few days later I sketched out an idea for a "new" gas pump: a tall "box" with the hose on the side. Gave the sketch to my dad, who took it to the head office. A few years later, Sinclair changed all its pumps from this:

https://www.bitw.com/images/newbitw/bitwga62.jpg

To this:

https://i1113.photobucket.com/albums/k520/Rick_Johnson/Sinclairpump.jpg

Coincidence? who knows. But Dad always told his employees that his son designed the new pump. (Dad's like to make their sons feel good ...)

T.


Neat stuff, Tom. Yes, I remember the scandal. (At least, remember studying it; I think it happened around the time my dad was born - '23?) Also remember well those toy gas stations. Remember the ones with the drive up the side of the building to park on the roof?

And Doug - my first credit card was a Gulf card in '68. Guess they helped kick-start my fiscal education!

Rhodyspit75
09-07-2011, 06:43 AM
Not from wikipedia:

The Haseotes family started Cumberland Farms as a milk business. Back in the day they sold "cheap milk". In the early 50's the eldest Mr Haseotes went door to door selling milk. Then came what we now call convience stores followed by the convience store with gas pumps. This time it was "cheap gas" they were selling.

Cumberland Farms still sells Gulf and most other things. Now kind of famous for "cheap coffee".

Dairy farm is gone now US295 cut it in half in the 60's and the rest is houses. If you ever go to Fenway Park you will see Cumberland Corner under the big Cumberland Farms sign.

Some of the family still lives in Cumberland. My home town. Only in America!

PAUL161
09-07-2011, 07:16 AM
My uncle owned a Richfield station. Someone told me they were linked to Sinclar some how. But it's only heresay, I really don't know if it's true. PJ

martx-5
09-07-2011, 07:34 AM
When I was growing up on Long Island in the late fifties, there was a one mile section of Hempstead Turnpike in Bethpage/Levittown that had about ten gas stations. There were constant gas wars with each station looking to be the cheapest. It was always the Gulf station that came in with the lowest prices. 17.9 was the lowest I ever saw them sell gas for. Fifty cents worth was good for a whole nights' cruising! :laugh:

Mickey Richaud
09-07-2011, 07:40 AM
I mentioned "Gulftane", which was their first introduction of a midgrade gas. Came out at some point in the early sixties, I believe. Before that they had two grades - regular or "Good Gulf", and premium "No-Nox".

I would imagine that most of us gearheads-to-be dreamed of a summer job working at a gas station...

NutmegCT
09-07-2011, 07:47 AM
I would imagine that most of us gearheads-to-be dreamed of a summer job working at a gas station...

You knew I was going to do this ...


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We had gas wars in Fort Worth too. I remember four stations at one intersection, that dropped the price one penny at a time, keeping an eye on each other. Lowest I ever saw was 12.9 cents/gal. So the gasoline itself was .9 cents, because the tax was 12 cents!

T.

Rhodyspit75
09-07-2011, 07:49 AM
We had spilt sessions when I was a freshman in high school. I went in the afternoon. I pumped gas at a Jenny station in the morning.

Mickey Richaud
09-07-2011, 07:50 AM
:lol:

That, and the scene from <span style="font-style: italic"> Back to the Future </span> where Marty sees the Texaco guys swarming around the car, washing windows, airing up the tires, checking the oil...

And all dressed in uniforms with hats and bowties!

NutmegCT
09-07-2011, 07:55 AM
:lol:

That, and the scene from <span style="font-style: italic"> Back to the Future </span> where Marty sees the Texaco guys swarming around the car, washing windows, airing up the tires, checking the oil...

And all dressed in uniforms with hats and bowties!

Mickey - you sure opened up a flood of memories with that one! Remember the opening segment of Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theater?


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Mickey Richaud
09-07-2011, 07:56 AM
Yep - "Trust your car to the man who wears the star!"

JPSmit
09-07-2011, 08:07 AM
I saw some Phillips 66 stations on my trip back East.
Then there was Flying A.
Back in the '70's,right before I left on a trip to LA,
my Dad gave me a Phillips 66 credit card to use "just in case".
I went to use it in Santa Maria,but they had just closed all of
their stations down.
I made it home somehow,using my free Denny's coffee cards.

- Doug



cool! errrr, how'd you get the car to run on Denny's coffee? :confuse:

AngliaGT
09-07-2011, 02:41 PM
I had one of those top-secret carburators - the ones
that got 280 mpg.But don't tell anyone.

- Doug

healeylvr57
09-08-2011, 10:00 PM
Ah the memories 1969 my 53 mercury flathead v-8 ran best on gulftane 5 gallons for a dollar tried hi-octane one time thought the engine would blow up!

billspit
09-09-2011, 11:06 AM
I mentioned "Gulftane", which was their first introduction of a midgrade gas. Came out at some point in the early sixties, I believe. Before that they had two grades - regular or "Good Gulf", and premium "No-Nox".

I would imagine that most of us gearheads-to-be dreamed of a summer job working at a gas station...

There was also a Gulfcrest grade.

Mickey Richaud
09-10-2011, 05:30 AM
I mentioned "Gulftane", which was their first introduction of a midgrade gas. Came out at some point in the early sixties, I believe. Before that they had two grades - regular or "Good Gulf", and premium "No-Nox".

I would imagine that most of us gearheads-to-be dreamed of a summer job working at a gas station...

There was also a Gulfcrest grade.

Oh yeah - forgot about that one. Think that came later. Musta been during those days that... never mind.

William
09-10-2011, 04:50 PM
OK - just curious here. My recollection is that Chevron bought out Gulf Oil some years ago, and BP took over.

All of a sudden, after a couple of decades' absence, I'm seeing a few Gulf Oil stations. Complete with the old Gulf logo. So, what's the deal?

Like most things in the American oil industry, it's kind of complicated. Both Chevron and BP (and Cumberland Farms) owned the rights to the Gulf name, in different markets. All three companies phased the Gulf name out by the 90's (I don't think I've seen one since the 80's, on a vacation with my folks). Chevron still wned the trademark until 2010. As noted upthread, Gulf Oil Limited Partnership (GOLP) had licensed the North American rights from Chevron and is opening new Gulf stations in the States (and bought full rights in 2010). And, since things can never be really simple, Cumberland is part owner of GOLP, and IIRC there may still be another refining company that's using the name under a previous license from Chevron.

As an interesting side note, in 2009 Chevron licensed their various logos to Old Navy, for a series of t-shirts. Vintage Texaco, Chevron (with the wings on the V), Standard (which is basically the current Chevron logo with the Standard/Amoco/American saga*) and.....GULF! I bought the set for eight bucks a pop.

-Wm.

*there is not enough room here to go into the Standard/Amoco/American saga.

JamesWilson
09-14-2011, 06:52 PM
I remember how the Gulf sign dominated the Houston skyline in the late '60s:

https://www.texasescapes.com/Houston/Images/HoustonTXGulfBuilding1970sWWBryant.jpg