About PetrolBlog

PetrolBlog is the unashamedly unfashionable car blog, championing the rare, the obscure, the mundane and the forgotten.

Occasionally PB will wander back to the 1960s and 70s, as well as taking a glimpse at modern metal, searching for the PetrolBlog heroes of tomorrow.

The majority of stuff on PetrolBlog is waffle and some of it is bunk. But it’s all original and unique, so you won’t find guest posts on on wiper blades, insurance comparison sites and stuff that isn’t interesting.

PB has never chased unique visitors, page views or hits – a niche car blog isn’t going to rule the search engines. So pour yourself a glass of Blue Nun, grab some cheese footballs and join PB in the lock-up for some nostalgic waffle and bunk. There’s never anything good on TV.

Hopefully you’ll find at least one sentence of PetrolBlog remotely interesting. If not, sorry. Have you ever been to a Harvester before?

Here are some key features:

1970s cars: Flares, Showaddywaddy and the TR7

1980s cars: Shoulder pads, Duran Duran and the 205 GTi

1990s cars: Flannel shirts, Jesus Jones and the Clio

2000s cars: Ugg boots, Coldplay and the Avantime

Regrets: Cars you regret buying, cars you regret selling

Whatever happened to: Those have slipped off the radar

Shatchbacks: Hateful things with boots

Bangerwatch: The lifeblood of PetrolBlog. Bargain motors

Major Waffle: Blog-style waffle from MajorGav

General Bunk: Random musings of Team PB

New Car Reviews: Searching for modern PB Heroes


  1. February 22, 2010
    Dill the dog

    I would like to raise a serious issue.
    What happened to the vinyl roof?

    • February 22, 2010

      It got removed, along with the leopard-skin seat covers and louvered rear window.

  2. December 16, 2010
    Classic Car Pictures

    Love the Citroen AX GT!!! great Blog Major!

    • December 17, 2010

      Thank you sir! Keep the photos coming! 😉

  3. July 27, 2012

    I’m one of your followers 🙂
    There’s this “One Lovely Blog” award thing, and I’ve chosen your blog as one of my nominees! Check it out here: http://venomsblog.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/one-lovely-blog-me-oh-stop-it-you/

    • July 27, 2012
      Gavin Braithwaite-Smith

      Ha! Brilliant. Thank you for that.

      • July 27, 2012

        You’re welcome! ^_^ Keep up the awesome work!

  4. December 14, 2012

    Great blog! I think I’m going to spend quite some time on it, so many interesting cars and topics 🙂

    • December 14, 2012
      Gavin Braithwaite-Smith

      Thank you!


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