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KJH
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PostSubject: BFG petrol coupons   18/8/2011, 16:26

Trying to work out how much it cost to drive home from Herford Germany to Sunderland UK to show off my new born daughter in 1968 but can't remember price of petrol coupons. Anybody remember?
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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   18/8/2011, 21:21

KJH wrote:
Trying to work out how much it cost to drive home from Herford Germany to Sunderland UK to show off my new born daughter in 1968 but can't remember price of petrol coupons. Anybody remember?

welcome"KJH"
answer CHEAP lol!
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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   19/8/2011, 17:09

thanks for the welcome john boy and your answer to my question, but I'm hoping someone will come with a more helpful answer than cheap, lol
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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   19/8/2011, 17:43

I too will be interested in the answer as I did a similar journey in reverse with a new born son from Durham to Bielefeld in Autumn 1971
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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   19/8/2011, 18:03

Hope we find out soon JPW. I am doing a small article for an ex Serviceman's Organisation (Fellowship of the Services) newsletter that I edit. I will be printing the newsletter over the weekend ready for the August Mess meeting next Tuesday,so had hoped for a quick reply. Nt to worry, I can always hold it over for the September edition.
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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   19/8/2011, 18:42

are BFG fuel coupons valid outside BFG, in my day you could only use them inside BAOR, would interest me to know that's all.
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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   19/8/2011, 18:49

never heard of them being valid ouside BAOR
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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   19/8/2011, 20:06


I'm pretty sure you could use them anywhere in Germany.

In the 70s we were camping in northern Italy and the weather was vile.
I remember saying to my wife, "If we're going to get rained on, we might as well get rained on in Bavaria, at least we can use our petrol coupons there".

(They could only be used in designated filling stations, BP for a while, then it would be Aral).
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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   19/8/2011, 20:24

They couldn't be used outside BAOR. If a military vehicle was used for Adventure Training/Exercising outside BAOR then they had to use Official Duty Coupons, obtained from HQ BAOR. From around the early 80s BP Coupons could be used at Shell outlets.
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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   19/8/2011, 20:55

Back in the 50s and up to 1965 they were only valid in Germany. On one occasion I was running low coming off the ferry in Ostend. Made it to Germany just in the nick. ('E' on the gauge means "enough".)

As I recall we had BP for the most part, but Aral and Gasolin both snuck in at the odd time. Don't remember Shell coupons ever being issued.
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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   19/8/2011, 22:02

I cannot be sure, but wasn't there a BP filling station somewhere near Ghent or Wankum on the way to Ostende ,which accepted petrol coupons? Or was this the place where the jerry cans were thrown into the bush after topping up with 'procured' petrol.
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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   19/8/2011, 22:07

Galahad, are you thinking of Zeebrugge - the biggest Jerry can "Storage area" in Western Europe? affraid
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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   20/8/2011, 03:26

I seem to remember that there were Shell ones valid for Holland. Never used any there, but like Recce I remember coming of the fairy at Ostend and just getting into Germany to gas up.

Any body remember gas less Sundays after the 73 Israel/Arab war?
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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   20/8/2011, 08:00

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I remember coming of the fairy at Ostend

Was the fairy to your liking? Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   20/8/2011, 08:08

Hardrations wrote:
I seem to remember that there were Shell ones valid for Holland. Never used any there, but like Recce I remember coming of the fairy at Ostend and just getting into Germany to gas up.

Any body remember gas less Sundays after the 73 Israel/Arab war?

I remember those Sundays, odd numbers were allowed on the road one week and even numbers the next, I don't think the Germans paid much attention to the rules. Don't remember any fairies at Ostend although I do remember them at Euston! Embarassed Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   20/8/2011, 13:19

Okay, okay. Ferry. Very Happy Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   21/8/2011, 17:46

Hardrations wrote:

Any body remember gas less Sundays after the 73 Israel/Arab war?

More than that - In West Germany for 5 Sundays in 1973 there was instituted total "no drive" days for private cars in order to help with the fuel crisis.

I wonder if we could get away with that now?




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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   5/9/2011, 03:34

It was BP couplons in the 70's. i remeber having to take a scammel down to someplace in belgium to swap it for an AEC. we stopped at wankum to fill it up, took over 200 liters, and we traded in a few "left over" coupons for sunglasses each.
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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   5/9/2011, 13:40


Don't forget Aral, Steve !
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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   5/9/2011, 21:28

I am sure it was only ever BP in my day, or at least i only ever used BP. We used to get cigarette coupons as well i remember.
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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   6/9/2011, 16:30

BP were the main providers, Aral had the contract for a short spell in the late 60s. You could also use the coupons at Esso stations on the Autobahn.
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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   7/9/2011, 10:29

it was only BP in my day plus Shell on autobahns.
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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   11/9/2011, 18:04

Hi KJH,

Here is a photo of my BFG card from the 1960's which gives the details of driver, car etc.
I have been working out the price of the coupons which were in 10 litre denominations.
I seem to remember that a gallon of petrol from the BP outlets was equivalent to about
1 shilling & sixpence. At DM11.5 to the £Sterling THEN, that works out to about roughly DM2 for a 10 litre coupon. Anyway, here is my old card for the record :-

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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   12/9/2011, 08:34

Thanks Jimsigs 1. In that case the 800 mile journey must have cost around £1.50 (£1/10s). That's with jerry cans in the boot of course. Oh happy days! Keith
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PostSubject: Re: BFG petrol coupons   12/9/2011, 08:58

Oh happy days indeed cheers
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