No more stars
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Up until the mid 1960's, a retailer could call their petrol, "Premium" or "Super" or anything they wanted, without having to prove it was as good as they claimed. The Government decided to act and in the later 1960s a 'star rating' was introduced for petrol, based on a British Standard set of octane ratings.
Under this system 1 star was the lowest grade (not used for road vehicles), 2 star was 92 octane, 3 star 95 octane, 4 star 98 octane and 5 star 101 octane. The lower end was for the low tuned / low compression older design of engine (and skinflints...) the middle range for more modern (this was the 1960's don't forget) higher compression engines and the skinflints who got sick of that awful pinking noise, and five star was for big, fast, powerful engines.
Also it's not often you see many small garages or general stores with a couple of pumps which are still in use these days as the big oil and supermarket companies have taken over, and also now that vehicles are more economical.
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