One of the side effects of the growth of the Internet has been the ability to buy all sorts of odd things that you never thought or knew that you needed, but as soon as you see them, you wonder how on earth your life could have felt so complete for so long without a singing jelly bean dispenser, or a dancing electronic fish. Not that long ago, you would have needed to be in the right place at the right time to have the opportunity to purchase some of these interesting pieces of memorabilia, and even just to know that such items exist. I have commented before on the wonderful museum at Donington Park in Castle Donington, and although I have mentioned the cafe before, I have not mentioned the shop, which sells all sorts of interesting motor racing related items, including helmets signed by drivers and riders, photos, paintings, model cars and bikes, and all sorts of motor racing related clothing. I went there to have some lunch with Mike, as we often do, and found that among the more interesting items for sale at the moment were a series of classic petrol pumps. I do not ever remember a need, practical or decorative, for such an item previously, but as soon as I saw them, it actually was an effort not to take one home with me.
If you do suddenly decide that you want a classic petrol pump, then now you know where to go. As you can see in the background of the pictures, the range of goods on offer includes t-shirts, flags, and even used tyres. I wonder how long, though, it will take to find a buyer for the petrol pumps?