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Temporary suspension of GM Activations

Some of you will be aware that the only petrol refinery in Scotland is being shutdown in preparation for 2 day strike. Shutdown will be complete by Friday. This is likely to have affects on fuel deliveries as restarting the plant takes about 1 month.

Drivers have been panic buying all day and all my local petrol stations are now bone dry.

No fuel means no driving to the summits and so until the fuel situation is resolved I wont be out activating. I assume that all the other regular GM activators will be in the same situation as myself and will be unwilling to squander any fuel they may have.

My governments ( I have two and they’re both useless ) have only just started trying to sort things out. But from bitter experience I doubt the situation will be resolved before several weeks of disruption have occured.

Andy
MM0FMF

In reply to MM0FMF:
Hi Andy

I hear you can make good bio diesel from used chip shop oil.

From what I recall during my forays north over “The Wall”, you wouldn’t have a problem finding the raw material. :slight_smile:

Seriously… I hope it doesn’t cause too many problems for you.

73 Marc G0AZS

In reply to G0AZS:
…I hear you can make good bio diesel from used chip shop oil…

Yes, but you have the complexity of filtering out the remains of the deep fried Mars bars first.
73 jim g0cqk

In reply to G0AZS:

Seriously… I hope it doesn’t cause too many problems for you.

I’m going to ride my bike to work tomorrow. Blowed if I’m going to use what’s in the tank unless I have to. It’s not a problem as it’s downhill to work. But my vast bulk in lycra padded shorts is not a sight for the squeamish!

Andy
MM0FMF

In reply to MM0FMF:

“Some of you will be aware that the only petrol refinery in Scotland is being shutdown in preparation for 2 day strike. Shutdown will be complete by Friday. This is likely to have affects on fuel deliveries as restarting the plant takes about 1 month.”

Except -as one intelligent industry commentator pointed out (unusual in journalistic terms) - the UK is an island and most bulk refined fuel is delivered by coastal tanker to distributing points. There are two terminals up here that I have personal knowledge of (Aberdeen and Inverness) and both are supplied by tanker from as far away as Milford Haven.

Never, ever, believe what the press says, it leads to panic buying (and incidentally global warming - another great myth!!!). I hope to be out on the hills playing SOTA as normal and if my car collapses from lack of diesel I can always use whisky (then, I can always use whisky)

Barry GM4TOE

In reply to GM4TOE:
Hi Barry
The way things are going , Whisky will be cheaper than petrol soon, smell that exhaust!
Regards
Don [G0NES]

In reply to G0NES:

Whisky will be cheaper than petrol soon

Don’t say that Don, they’ll put the tax up on it!

There are two terminals up here that I have personal knowledge of (Aberdeen
and
Inverness) and both are supplied by tanker from as far away as Milford Haven.

Luxury! I live just about 15miles from the refinery and the panic buyers have drained the area dry. There’s no shortage, the refinery is full of the stuff. And now so is just about every petrol tank in the Central Belt.

Andy
MM0FMF

In reply to G0NES:

The way things are going , Whisky will be cheaper than petrol soon,
smell that exhaust!

That comment brought the memory of Castrol R to my mind Don… hmmmm, a lovely excuse to fall behind someone using it rather than try to overtake!

A family friend at Bathgate who is a driving instructor has told us that he is snookered by the panic buying. It is likely to bring his business to a complete stop in a day or two.

73, Gerald

P.S. Andy, I have successfully managed not to envisage you biking to work!

In reply to G4OIG:

In reply to G0NES:

That comment brought the memory of Castrol R to my mind Don… hmmmm,
a lovely excuse to fall behind someone using it rather than try to
overtake!

Oh Gerald, you have just brought back so many fond memories of The Transatlantic trophy series at Oulton Park.
Barry Sheen and Kenny Roberts were the main stars, Percy Tait was the UK team leader, also memories of his famous “Slippery Sam”, but the clearest memories of standing trackside on the balmy sunny days with the sweet waft of Castrol R in the air!! Pure Heaven.

73 Mike

In reply to G0AZS:

In reply to MM0FMF:
Hi Andy

I hear you can make good bio diesel from used chip shop oil.

I have just finished a 300 mile round trip (not SOTA - I don’t have anything that close) on my first tank of home made “Chip Shop Diesel” It has worked well so far and may well enable me to afford a few more SOTA trips.

73,
James M0ZZO

In reply to M0ZZO:

In reply to G0AZS:

In reply to MM0FMF:
Hi Andy

I have just finished a 300 mile round trip (not SOTA - I don’t have
anything that close)

73,
James M0ZZO

Hi James, with your above statement in mind and in your capacity of AM for England, would you consider the inclusion of some presently non-Sota summits for G-Land?

73 Mike GW0DSP

In reply to GW0DSP:
Hear Hear ! :wink:

In reply to GW0DSP & G4OIG

Ahhhh-Castrol R - the only bike I had that used R was a 1928 KTT Velocette, came 2nd. in the Junior that year, the bike not me!
Regards
Don