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Old 29 Sep 2021, 17:30 (Ref:4076320)   #1
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If you think the standard of bike riding is declining, you should have been at Mallory today. The IAM ran twenty one, 20 minute sessions during which we had riders & Instructors riding round with their Visors up, overtaking under yellow and waved red flags multiple times, and two riders black flagged on the authority of the organisers because of their dangerous riding.
Funniest part of the day was when I was driving out, I counted 17 bikes in a queue to get petrol @ £1.55 a gallon.
Looking forward to normality on Friday when No Limits return, although before that we have the unknown of the 6th Gear Driving Experience tomorrow, making their first visit to the circuit.
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Old 29 Sep 2021, 17:40 (Ref:4076323)   #2
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Funniest part of the day was when I was driving out, I counted 17 bikes in a queue to get petrol @ £1.55 a gallon.

I only wish that we could get it that price up here! And they say that everything is cheaper up North!
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Old 29 Sep 2021, 18:02 (Ref:4076327)   #3
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I only wish that we could get it that price up here! And they say that everything is cheaper up North!
I only wish we could get it that cheap down here in Aus where it is supposed to be so much cheaper! I paid A$1.40 (c. £1.05) per LITRE of Premium Diesel yesterday.
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I only wish we could get it that cheap down here in Aus where it is supposed to be so much cheaper! I paid A$1.40 (c. £1.05) per LITRE of Premium Diesel yesterday.

I believe that the national average for 95 Octane Unleaded is about £1.35 at the moment. However, the cheapest around here is £1.287.
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Old 29 Sep 2021, 19:39 (Ref:4076341)   #5
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I paid £1.33 for normal diesel @ Morrisons here on Friday, came to£98.15 to fill up!
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Old 29 Sep 2021, 20:33 (Ref:4076343)   #6
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I only wish we could get it that cheap down here in Aus where it is supposed to be so much cheaper! I paid A$1.40 (c. £1.05) per LITRE of Premium Diesel yesterday.
That's cheap! Diesel is getting close to EUR 1.50 per litre here, & that's the supermarkets.
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Old 29 Sep 2021, 21:37 (Ref:4076345)   #7
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I only wish we could get it that cheap down here in Aus where it is supposed to be so much cheaper! I paid A$1.40 (c. £1.05) per LITRE of Premium Diesel yesterday.

I suspect you'll find the Fat Clerk's quoted £1.55 per gallon should have read £1.55 per litre We haven't had fuel at around £1.55 per gallon since the 80s
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You're quite right, many apologies it is £1.55 per litre................sorry
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You're quite right, many apologies it is £1.55 per litre................sorry
No reason to be sorry, sir, we should never had litres thrust upon us in first place, I always work on miles per gallon.
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Old 30 Sep 2021, 02:49 (Ref:4076367)   #10
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No reason to be sorry, sir, we should never had litres thrust upon us in first place, I always work on miles per gallon.
Im with you there Baub.... my car tells me on the trip computer in litres per 100k and k's per litre, but I have a conversion list in my glovebox for l/100k to UK mpg.
10l/100k= 28mpg and 6litres/100k=48mpg always stick in my mind because thats the variance I get on my car for short stop start town stuff and long runs.
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No reason to be sorry, sir, we should never had litres thrust upon us in first place, I always work on miles per gallon.
I believe that there were a couple of reasons why fuel changed from being sold by the gallon to being sold by the litre, both ignoring EEC intervention.
Firstly it was done to make the headline advertised price less eye-watering (and to mask the price increases). The second reason was a more practical consideration. Due to the actual cost of the fuel the actual 'money' dials on the pumps were whizzing around at such a speed there were concerns of mechanical failure. Slowing the fuel delivery down would have made filling a tank of fuel very time-consuming but by converting to selling by the litre these dials were slowed to less than a quarter of their original speed!
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I'm down to fumes on the work hack and have drained 2 Lambrettas to fill No3 for work today, haven't seen a petrol station open with fuel for a few days, clearly they're getting filled at some point then a mile long queue. until its empty again

If I can't get any tomorrow I'll pump the Cortina out and use it in the scooter for a few days. lifes too short to queue with a load of panic monkeys topping up £20

The roads are nice and quiet though. I suspect people are 'working from home' and guarding their jerry cans in the shed.
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Old 30 Sep 2021, 09:34 (Ref:4076387)   #13
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£20.00 topping up. A friend filled up last weekend and the dial on the pump from the previous customer registered £6.71. Topping up an almost full tank or a 5 litre can presumably. Whatever, it added to the queuing unnecessarily.
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Topping up an almost full tank or a 5 litre can presumably. Whatever, it added to the queuing unnecessarily.
You may be correct - but it could also be a false assumption.

The individual may have been filling up a can for a lawnmower (or other petrol tool).
The person may be on limited means, and towards the end of the month they can only afford a small amount to keep them going (youngster on a scooter maybe?).

I agree that there are a lot of people 'topping up' without real need and adding to the problem, but not all small transaction can be classed as such.
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I saw a guy on the internet yesterday filling a bin bag in a plastic bucket!!!

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