[Healeys] Good quality petrol

WILLIAM B LAWRENCE ynotink at msn.com
Thu May 13 14:12:43 MDT 2021

All those years indoctrinating is that gasoline and alcohol don’t mix, and now look at is...
From: Healeys <healeys-bounces at autox.team.net> on behalf of Mark Donaldson via Healeys <healeys at autox.team.net>
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To: 'Bob Spidell' <bspidell at comcast.net>
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Subject: [Healeys] Good quality petrol

On Sat, May 8, 2021 at 5:11 PM Bob Spidell <bspidell at comcast.net<mailto:bspidell at comcast.net>> wrote:

"... $2.41 per litre for premium 98 octane petrol ..."

Before us Yankees get all excited, I believe this is per the 'research' method. In the 'States we use the average of the research and motor methods, and there's generally a 7-8 octane point spread between the two, so this would be equivalent to 93-94-octane here.

"... NO ethanol content ..."

Now, THIS gets me excited! I presume NZ doesn't have corn mega-agribusiness shoving their product into our cars.

Nope.  Not a whisper from ANY farming lobby groups down here.  We don’t like ethanol in our gas.  I don’t think some of us Kiwis realise just how lucky we are.

When I feel indulgent, I buy AvGas from one of the flight companies at our local Ardmore aerodrome.  The Healeys just LOVE it.  They don’t very often get to enjoy grey tail pipes.  ??


On 5/8/2021 4:48 PM, Mark Donaldson wrote:

Gentlemen, to put things into perspective,

Way down here in New Zealand we are presently paying NZ$2.41 per litre for premium 98 octane petrol guaranteed with NO ethanol content from selected Mobil, and some BP and Caltex stations around the country.

At the current USD v NZD exchange rate of 73 cents, that is US$1.76 per litre – or $6.66 per US gallon.  That is exactly NZ$8.00 per Imperial gallon.

I got 27.5 mpg from our tri-carb on a 2,278 mile trip to our National Rally in the South island in March. I’m very pleased with that.

The further south we got, the worse the gas got.  It seems to be more prevalent in the South Island.

The car LOVES being back home in Auckland.

In the Auckland region we pay an extra 10 cents plus tax to fund roading and transport projects.   At least, that’s where our government tell us it’s going.

Frankly, I think a lot of that money is funding the literally hundreds of thousands of orange road cones clogging up our roads!


Ardmore, NZ

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Subject: Re: [Healeys] Vapor lock gas

I feel your pain... But don’t worry, our politicians are busy working on ways to close that gap. Unleaded regular is up 60 to 70 cents in the last three months. Funny how that works.

Bill Lawrence

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