our sponsor and heritage

Castrol Classic Oils – Fastest Mini in The World

Thank you for inviting Castrol Classic Oils to sponsor the Fastest Mini in The World event. As the dedicated arm of Castrol’s Classic Automotive sector supplying specialist lubricants of the correct grade and specification for particular applications, we are delighted to continue Castrol’s longstanding motorsport association with the Mini marque.


CEN-09+(1)+(1).png On 19th March 1899, Charles 'Cheers' Wakefield set up an oil company in England. Ten years later, he produced a new lubricant that would revolutionise transport in the first half of the twentieth century. He called the new oil Castrol.


Charles_Wakefield.pngIn 1899, Charles 'Cheers' Wakefield resigned from the Vacuum Oil Company, and founded C.C.Wakefield - later to become Castrol. He launched their first lubricant for cars in 1906, and the company has been at the leading edge of motor technology ever since.

The new business was started at Cheapside in London, selling lubricants for trains and heavy machinery. Eight former colleagues from the Vacuum Oil Company joined Wakefield in the new venture.

Early in the 20th Century Wakefield developed an interest in the latest motorised vehicles, the aeroplane and the automobile. The company started to develop lubricants especially suited to these new types of engine. The oils needed to be thin enough to work immediately from cold at start-up, yet thick enough to remain effective at the very hot temperatures produced by the high engine revolutions.

Wakefield's researchers discovered that adding a measured amount of castor oil, a vegetable oil derived from castor beans, gave their lubricants the required properties for the harsh conditions imposed by these new engines. The new oil was named 'Castrol'.


CEN-37+(1)+(1).pngBy 1960, the Castrol brand was so well known that C.C.Wakefield renamed the company simply as Castrol Ltd.

The company remained at the cutting edge of lubricant technology, opening a state of the art research facility in Bracknell, and developing the product line to include oils specifically for car manufacturer's individual engines.

In 1966, the company was bought by The Burmah Oil Company.

1968 saw the launch of Castrol GTX, to the great acclaim of both professional drivers and the driving public at large. By this point, Castrol products were available from service stations and garage forecourts in more than 140 countries worldwide. Castrol remained a major sponsor for motor sports and world record attempts - including the 1970 London to Mexico rally, where 16 of the 23 finishers used Castrol lubrication.
In 2000, Burmah Oil and Castrol became part of the BP group of companies. Burmah Oil's operations were folded into the group, whilst Castrol carried on developing and selling lubricants under its own established name.

Castrol oil has become synonymous with world speed and endurance records. From the early days of Malcolm Campbell's land and water speed records, Captain Alcock's non-stop Atlantic flight, to the Mars Rover, Castrol has remained at the cutting edge of technology. With unrivalled quality and exceptional performance in the most adverse conditions, Castrol oils remain the number one choice of motoring pioneers today.


In the early 1990's Castrol steered the re-introduction of their early lubricant grades designed for veteran, vintage, classic cars and motorcycles, and Castrol's Classic Oils was created. Castrol's Classic oil grades use latest technology, low detergent base mineral oils in the appropriate viscosities on which early vehicles were designed to run. Making the right choice of oil has now become simply a matter of looking in the owners' vehicle handbook for the manufacturer's original Castrol recommendation. Castrol's Classic Oil range is widely available throughout the UK, continental Europe and numerous countries worldwide.