FILL IT UP SUPER, PLEASE! If you own a vehicle or know someone who owns a vehicle, you've probably frequented gas stations. You've passed by Shell, Exxon, BP and more. Even though you see these stations every day, could you remember their logos? Could you identify the brand from half of it?
Cars have been around since the late 1800s. German inventor Karl Benz is credited with the first true car which had an interior engine. While these vehicles always needed gas to run, it wasn't until 1913 that the first drive-in gas station was built. It was a Gulf Oil gas station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Currently, the only way to put gas in your car is to go to these filling stations and do it yourself. If you're in the lucky state of New Jersey, a gas attendant will do it for you! When you choose to fill up, you probably have your favorite brand.
Do you prefer to go to Wawa where you can also catch a quick bite? Maybe you prefer Sunoco to Sam's Club. Are you stopping at Mobil or Lukoil? While you might recognize the logos as you pull up to the station, could you recognize them in this quiz? To make it a bit more challenging, could you identify the brand with half its logo?
There's one way to find out! Let's see if you've got enough gas to pass this quiz!
7-Eleven is an American-Japanese chain of over 56,000 convenience stores throughout 18 different countries. The store began as an impromptu setup in Dallas, Texas in 1927 and within a year was a chain going by the name “Tote’m Stores.” The name was later changed to 7-Eleven in keeping with the chain’s then 7 a.m. to 11 p.m opening hours.
The very first Costco gas station opened in 1995. The brand has since become quite popular, joining the trend in success seen by wholesaler-owned gas stations.
This Chinese oil and gas company has its headquarters in Chaoyang District, Beijing. Founded in 2000, the parent company of the Sinopec gas stations currently produces fuels, lubricants and petrochemicals.
The Wawa chain is made up of over 750 convenience stores. Out of that number, more than 500 Wawa locations also sell gasoline. The name “Wawa” is a Native American word for the Canadian Goose which is featured on the company’s logo.
BP (British Petroleum) operates in 72 countries and is one of the largest companies in the oil and gas industry. It has been plagued by various incidents which have negatively impacted the environment and led to the company having to pay very hefty fines.
Texaco began as The Texas Company but changed its name to Texaco after a salesman saw it abbreviated that way in a telegram. The initial logo design was suggested by a 19-year-old refinery worker who chose a green “T” (which has since been changed to white) and the red star in keeping with the Texas state symbol.
The Street Corner gas station and convenience store franchise was started by college student Peter LaColla. He and one of his lecturers, an attorney named Dan McCabe, formed the parent company McColla Enterprises, Ltd. which currently has Street Corner franchises across the U.S.
Royal Dutch Shell, headquartered in the Netherlands, is the parent company for Shell Oil Company which is based in the United States. Shell, a multi-national company, has more than 20, 000 gas stations in the U.S. alone.
American oil companies Conoco Inc. and Phillips Petroleum Co. merged on Aug. 30, 2002 to form ConocoPhillips. Conoco (which stands for Continental Oil Company) is now a brand of gasoline and a chain of gas stations operated by the parent company.
Currently, there are close to 1, 500 ARCO filling stations in the Western U.S and the company has started expansion into the Mexico market. ARCO was formed in 1966 and for a short while (2000 – 2003) was a subsidiary of BP oil company. The company is, at this time, owned by Andeavor (formerly Tesoro).
Speedway’s history stretches back to the early 20th century when it was named Speedway 79. The current company, operates approximately 2,730 stores in 21 U.S. states. Its website boasts that Speedway is the “nation's second largest company-owned and operated convenience store chain.”
This multinational French oil and gas company has over 15, 000 filling stations worldwide. The company also operates in the solar energy and renewable energies industries.
Irving Oil started out as a single gas station in New Brunswick, Canada in 1924. The company also operates a chain of truck stops under the brand name Big Stop.
BJ’s (in full BJ's Wholesale Club) operates over 210 convenience store locations in 16 U.S. states. More than half of the BJ’s locations also feature a gas station. The company is named after Beverly Jean Weich, the daughter of the company’s first president.
QuikTrip was founded in 1958 in Tulsa, Oklahoma – where the company is still headquartered. The company now operates over 700 stores in 11 U.S. states.
Spur Distributing Company was established in 1928, using mule-drawn wagons as mobile filling stations. When Murphy USA acquired Spur in 1959, the decision was taken to somehow incorporate Spur’s rich history into the logo of the new company – hence the choice of a rowel or circle at the end of a spur.
The ENEOS brand belongs to JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy – Japan’s largest oil company. The brand name is a combination of the English word “ENERGY” and the Greek word “NEOS” which means “new.”
Cumberland Farms operates over 600 locations in 11 U.S. states. This is a far cry from the company’s beginnings as a single-cow farm in Cumberland, Rhode Island in 1938.
Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores started operation in 1964 and now has over 400 locations in 41 states. Apart from convenience stores and gas stations, the Love's Family of Companies includes a fleet of over 600 trucks, sale of natural gas and over 50 trucking service and lube locations.
Sam's Club (formally Sam's West, Inc.) is owned and operated by Walmart. It was founded in 1983 and named after Walmart’s founder Sam Walton.
In 2014, Hess Corporation sold its over 1, 500 gas stations to Marathon Petroleum Company (operators of Speedway gas stations). Many motorists were very relieved to hear that the toy, collectible vehicles which the Hess gas stations had sold for over half a century at Christmastime, would still be available.
PetroChina is a state-owned company and the biggest oil producer in China. Its logo combines the rising Sun and a flower pattern in the country’s national colors.
Rutter’s Farm Store is a chain of convenience stores and gas stations which represents the Rutter Family’s 250-year heritage in agriculture. The company boasts the distinction of being the oldest vertically integrated food company in the U.S.
Sunoco traces its beginnings back to March 27, 1886 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. The company currently has roughly 4, 900 locations in 26 states in the U.S.
Holiday operates over 500 stores in 10 states in the northern U.S. The Holiday Stationstores (as they are called) form the 18th largest convenience store chain in America.
In 1926, M.B. Skaggs already had 428 Skaggs Stores in 10 states when he merged his business with the 322 stores Safeway had in operation. Today, there are over 1, 300 Safeway stores across America.
Petro-Canada was founded in 1975 while Pierre Trudeau was the Prime Minister of Canada. Pierre, who served as the country’s 15th Prime Minister, is the father of Justin – a very popular political figure and the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada.
Mobil is currently owned by parent company ExxonMobil. The company has had a long history in the oil and gas industry, beginning in 1870 when John D. Rockefeller led the formation of Standard Oil Company. Its name has changed several times over the years, with some examples including “Socony” (or Standard Oil Company of New York), “Socony-Vacuum” and “Socony Mobil Oil Company.”
The very first Pilot location opened on November 20, 1958 and by 1997 the company had 150 stores and was ranked 99th on Forbes’ list of the 500 largest privately held companies. The company merged with Flying J Inc. on July 1, 2010 to form Pilot Flying J.
Bob Sheetz opened the first Sheetz store in 1952. He bought the store from his father and hired his brother to work for him. It took him 11 years to open another store but the company has grown to currently operating over 500 locations.
Marathon Petroleum began operation in 1887 as The Ohio Oil Company. In 2016, the company earned Forbes Magazine’s Best Employer in the United States” title.
Chevron has several early predecessors, including Pacific Coast Oil Co. which began operation in San Francisco in 1879. Chevron is affiliated to both the Texaco and Caltex gas station brands.
Lukoil is one of the largest producers of oil in Russia and the world. The company, which was formed in 1991 and operates in more than 40 countries around the globe, produces petrochemicals, petroleum and natural gas.
State-owned Indian Oil is the largest commercial enterprise in India. The company produces petroleum, natural gas and petrochemicals accounting for just under half of the petroleum products market in India.
Aloha Petroleum is a subsidiary of the parent company Sunoco. It owns Aloha Island Mart convenience stores and Aloha Quality Gas filling stations in Oahu, Hawaii.
The company was founded in 1972 by Stewart Spinks. He chose the spelling “Spinx” as a play on the sound of his name. Spinx currently operates 81 convenience stores in the state of South Carolina.
Circle K began as three stores in El Paso, Texas in 1951. It now operates as a global brand in over 20 countries.
Valero gets its name from the San Antonio de Valero mission (the original name of the Alamo). The company was founded on Jan. 1, 1980 and currently operates in North America and the Caribbean.
In 1965, the City Service Company which had been in operation since 1910 decided to change its marketing brand. According to the company’s website, the new name “CITGO” gets is first three letters from the original company name, while “GO” was added as an indication of “power, energy and progressiveness.”
The Gulf Oil logo has gone through several changes since the company was established in 1901. It has, however, retained the basic feature of an orange or red disc with the word “GULF” running across it.
Barney Kroger used his life savings of $372 to open the very first store and now there are close to 2, 800 stores in 35 states across the U.S. Over 1,400 of these locations sell fuel.
The 76 brand has close to 2,000 gas stations across the U.S. 76 is affiliated to both Phillips 66 (its parent company) and Conoco gas station brands.
QuickChek is a family-owned chain of convenience stores. There are close to 150 QuickChek stores throughout New York and New Jersey.
Harry F. Sinclair founded the Sinclair Oil Company in 1916 and by the end of the next decade it had grown to become America’s 7th largest oil company. Sinclair Oil began using Dino the Dinosaur as an educational marketing aid in 1930, and the well-known %0D Apatosaurus has remained a part of the company’s logo since then.
Stewart’s Shops has over 330 convenience stores in southern Vermont and Upstate New York. According to the company’s website, two-thirds of its stores also sell gas.
Phillips 66 is just one of several oil and gas companies which were formed after a merger between Phillips Petroleum Company (founded in 1917) and Conoco (founded in 1875). The merger took place in 2002 with the new entity named ConocoPhillips.
Kwik Trip is a family-owned business operating a chain of nearly 500 stores under the names Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Kwik Trip Express, Kwik Star Express and Tobacco Outlet Plus. The company’s website boasts that they add close to 40 new stores each year.
Thorntons Inc. is one of the largest privately-held companies in the state of Kentucky. The chain of gasoline and convenience stores was founded by James H. Thornton in 1971 and currently has stores in 6 states.