Can you help? Multi-purpose
Having reached the nostalgic stage of life, I wish to turn the clock back to find an old love. My wife and I owned this car back in the late 1950s to early ’60s. It was used for hill-climbing events as well as gymkhanas and a South Island tour. I am seeki
In a previous issue a reader had supplied a photo and history of a Duckhams product, and you suggested if there were any other relics out there, to let you know.
The photo shows a plastic 500g pot of Europa Multi Purpose lithium grease with a wordy specification on the rear, its applications, how to clean surfaces and components, as well as how to apply the grease onto wheel bearings and the like. The half-used pot does separate to a thick oil/grease, so is mixed and applied with the well-protected 100mm nail each time.
I remember this being in our boatshed in a remote part of the Bay of Islands in the 1970s, being used on watersupply pumps, door hinges, locks, outboard brackets, hand winches, and the like. The pot subsequently got to the Waikato in a cubby hole in a fizz boat. It is used again sparingly on outboard brackets, fishing reels, smudged on both house and automotive door hinges and other car components.
I believe the Europa brand was part of the Todd Empire, Brian Todd founding the Associated Motorists’ Petrol Company to import Russian-sourced fuel from 1931, thus prompting a price war. My last sighting of a Europa sign at a gas station was about 1990 in Putaruru, the station being briefly Atlantic (another lost brand) before it became the current BP service station.
Ian Ramsay, Tirau
P.S — After sending the initial email, I searched Wikipedia. It appears Bryan was one of three brothers that imported and distributed fuel from Russia, as well as setting up Todd Motors initially in Dunedin, Christchurch and Auckland, then the assembly plant in Lower Hutt. The price war with Mobil/plume, BP, Shell and Texaco brought in price regulations in 1933. After Todd/ tax department / Gulf Oil