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's drivel regularly appears in Practical Performance Car and GT Porsche magazines. He has also written for Classic & Sportscar, MogMag, Classic Performance and Retro, Banzai, Evo, and Modern Mini. He also did a book no-one bought. His hungover fizzog also often appears on CBS’s Carfection channel enthusing about historic motoring. Le Mans winner Derek Bell once refused to get in Rich's Morgan Three Wheeler with him at the wheel. Currently amongst the detritus in his garage is a 1972 Fiat 500 Abarth, a fat BMW and a Lotus Elise. Previous machinery includes a Porsche 968, an Alfa GTV V6 and a dreadful Sinclair C5. He also owns a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike.

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