Five alive! PetrolBlog is back

And so, after what seems like an eternity left in the wilderness, PetrolBlog is back. In truth, the spirit of PB never really went away, it just wasn’t being spouted on the interweb. But the fact is, on the eve of its fifth birthday, PB just couldn’t stay away for any longer. So apologies for that.

A small crowd has gathered in the lock-up to witness the re-launch. Mavis from accounts has raided the petty cash to find 50p for the meter. Brian from personnel has sorted out the health and safety. And Bill, well nobody really knows what Bill does. But he’s wearing a party hat. So he’s welcome here.

With a mountain of Ferrero Rocher perched atop a wheel trim from a Vauxhall Cavalier and three bottles of Blue Nun chilling in the bucket, we’re almost good to go. There’s a small ripple of applause as the lightbulb hanging above the lock-up is turned on again, startling Geoff, who was just beginning to doze off.

Why has PetrolBlog chosen to return now? Nobody is quite sure, although there are big* plans for the future. There are new features to roll out. Road trips to organise. And plenty of waffle and bunk waiting in the locker. We’ve even got a few celebrities lined-up.

Oh yes indeed. Wordy, formerly of Look and Read, will be conducting some exclusive research into the world of driverless cars. Philippa Forrester will be embarking on a tour of the New Forest in a Subaru. And Bernard Cribbins will be telling us about the time he was a passenger in a Hyundai Stellar.

As before, the key focus will be on cars of the 80s and 90s, along with championing the obscure, the mundane and the unfashionable. Oh, and we’ll continue to look for the PetrolBlog heroes of the future.

What’s encouraging is that in the time PB has been away, the visitor numbers have remained static. This either means it has reached a glass ceiling in terms of potential, or there’s a small, but select group of people who don’t mind a bit of niche. If that’s you, pull up a chair and grab a Hobnob.

Speaking of which, new BlogNobs will be coming soon. And good food will always win over inferior content, right?

So without further ado, check out the half a dozen new posts and look forward to five more years of PetrolBlog. Thanks for your patience.

*’Big’ might be overplaying things slightly. The plans are smaller than that. Try bitesize.

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Gavin Big-Surname
The chief waffler and founder of PetrolBlog in 2010. Has a rather unhealthy obsession with cars from the 80s and 90s, and is on a one-man mission to collect the cars nobody else wants. Also likes tea and Hobnobs.


  1. February 17, 2015

    Oh my, this is all very modern.

    Lovely new look Gav, look forward to seeing where it goes.

  2. February 17, 2015

    God Grief Petrolblog’s risen from the scrapyard! restored to it’s former glory etc etc etc Now can we just get on with articles on proper cars. Thanks! Lots of Lurv Dogknob1

    • February 17, 2015

      please find attached the missing “o” from the first comment

  3. February 17, 2015

    Glad to see it back :-). Looking good.

  4. February 17, 2015
    David Milloy

    Gadzooks. PB is back. Just wait till I tell Matron…

  5. February 17, 2015

    vivre la difference! Welcome back

  6. February 18, 2015
    Peter Counsell

    In the words of Smash Hits “PetrolBlog is back!Back!BACK!”

  7. February 18, 2015

    I just discovered this blog two months ago, and feared it had died just as i found it!
    I needed my fix of 80s hatchbacks and shatchbacks badly, so i read the entire archive as fast as i could, fearing it might disappear at any moment…

    Glad to see it back!

  8. February 19, 2015

    It’s a remarkable but appalling truth that I’ve never once had a blognob.

  9. February 20, 2015

    zzzzzzzzzzz, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Eh, ummm, what’s going on? Oh, PB is back! Hoozah! Nice new fancy look as well.

  10. February 20, 2015

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, eh, ummmm. What’s going on? PB is back, hoozah! Looks nice and fancy as well.

  11. March 25, 2015

    Yaaaaaaaaaaay! PB is back 🙂 Love the new look too.

    • March 25, 2015
      Gavin Big-Surname

      Hello sir! Good to see you back, too!

  12. April 19, 2015

    Glad to see the blog is back it gets me through dreary days at the dealership. Big thanks from australia.


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