01-13-2014 6:31 AM
Starting this one a bit late.
On Facebook, I'm a member of a group that posts old pictures and stories from a local racetrack.
Who remembers Le/Paul Gas stations? I barely do but find nothing about them on the web. This photo was probably from the late 60's/early 70's at Sun Valley Speedway (now called Anderson Speedway). This is a Figure-8 car. Sun Valley would often have 80-100 figure-8 cars each week. 6 heats and 2 features! Wow! Tracks are now having trouble getting 80 cars in all classes, combined!
01-13-2014 8:04 AM
I can't find anything about the LE PAUL brand. Interesting.
01-14-2014 6:56 AM
At one time, my hometown of Fortville, indiana (population of about 2000 in the 60's) had 5 or so service stations: There was a Sinclair (love the Dinosaur), a Marathon (they also sold heating oil), a Texaco, a Deep Rock, and later came a "Milk/Gas Barn" which was our first convenience type store, and one other. Most had a garage and were full service with "a little greasy guy that would check your oil." Pardon me but I stole that line from a comedian named Tim Wilson. There were already 2-3 abandomnned stations, too.
Fortville also had three new car dealers, from the Big 3, of course but now there is none - unless the Ford dealer is back to selling cars - he had been only selling commercial trucks.
01-15-2014 10:45 PM
Looks like Le Paul was in about 5 states Dave. It was a foreign oil company which came to KY in 1964. Interesting it's permit was "revoked" in Indiana and maybe too many figure-8 races? Lol.
01-16-2014 3:11 PM
From Uni's list....it looks like Le Paul has done bit the dust. We had Deep Rock stations scattered around Central Missouri when my wife and I first came here in 1959. But none around anymore. Mostly just the big name brands now.....plus the quick-pickup stores and their pumps. Even the major supermarkets are in the gas/diesel business. No such thing as a true full service station anymore. I get my car's oil changed and other routine service take care of at one of the local Goodyear stores and service. For many years I did all the regular service on my own but not up to that stuff anymore.
Just got back from the senior center. Actually it is an activity center for all tax-paying citizens of our little town. They have a gym and basketball court.....exercise room....another room full of treadmills, weights & other equipment. We pay for it in our taxes and the use of it is free for us folks over 65. I desperately need to get exercise. Ever since Alfie died I no longer have my little four legged alarm clock to get me up at 7:30 AM and go for mile walks. I have alarms clocks but I can turn them off and go back to sleep. Alfie, however, could not be turned off. He would be absolutely insistant that it was time for me to get up and take him for our walk. But that has all gone by the wayside and I'm really in bad shape. Not particularly fat but muscles are really weak. So today I stopped by for a trial run at the senior center. Sat down on the pedaling machine and got going. At 1.5 miles I felt pretty good but I knew I'd better start slowly and work up over time. So I shut it down. Well....when I crawled off that thing I could hardly stand up. Had my oxygen supply turned up to deliver 4 liters per minute. But the old legs didn't want to support me. After a minute or two I was OK and made it back to my car. But I learned my lesson. Start slowly and work up to longer time and more distance. I need to get started on some light weight lifting also. My arthritic shoulders are really giving me a lot of pain when I move them just the wrong way. As we oldsters all say......getting old is such fun. Oh yeah!
01-17-2014 4:57 AM
Thanks Uni for finding something on Le/Paul. I figured that someone would have some memorabilia on eBay, but no dice.