On my travels in Scandinavia I often pass these abandoned petrol stations. They’re too cool just to drive by and I always stop for a quick iPhone snap. One has a spectacular hidden secret, too. Let’s take a look.

The BP garage pictured above is in a place that translates, in English, to ‘Nuts Island’. The pumps are perfect and I’m told there are occasional classic car meets held here. Next door is a workshop, still in operation, and behind the garage’s net curtains is a classic Fiat, left behind. This place hasn’t served 4 star for years but is still cleaner than Toddington is today. This is Scandinavia, after all.


This one (above) gives me the willies. I have no idea what flavour petrol they served when they were open, it’s on a remote road I use when going skiing. It reminds me of a Hopper painting; Flat colours, melancholy feel, but beautiful, too. What’s particularly creepy is that I can’t see it on google streetview. Just the one picture this time, taken from the warmth (and safety) of the car. Let’s move on to the next one.

There’s more to the Esso garage shown above than meets the eye. Click for bigger pictures. It is perfectly preserved; The shop still has stock on the shelves, abandoned overalls and displays of white-wall tyres. The magazine on the table looks untouched in decades. The owner is a collector and if you look round the back there is other retro petrol station memorabilia. In a concrete building behind that (not open to the public and covered by CCTV) hides this spectacular man cave that I was fortunate enough to explore a few years ago.

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Rich Duisberg

Rich Duisberg* has had work published in Classic & Sportscar, Practical Performance Car, Modern Mini, Banzai, MogMag, Evo, GT Porsche, Complete Kit Car, Absolute Lotus, Alternative Cars, Classic Retro Modern, and elsewhere. Rich often appears on CBS’s XCAR and Carfection channels, and Motors TV, plus JayEmm on Cars, enthusing about historic motoring. His latest book (find his work on Amazon) was described by SniffPetrol as "hilarious", although he was also threatened with legal action by elderly DJ Tim Westwood. In his Midlands man cave is a 1972 Fiat 500, a Lotus Elise, a BMW barge and a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike. Previous machines of interest include an Mk1 MX5 (owned for 14 years!), an Alfa GTV6, a Porsche 968 and a Sinclair C5. The Metro (right) was bought for an experiment, and abandoned in Africa. "I am not getting in a car with him" -  said Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. *A nom-de-plume inspired by the BBC's League of Gentlemen.

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