Over the course of our history, we have been involved in pioneering events and record-breaking achievements. Here is a snapshot of our involvement in such events, and some other milestones in our company history.
1899 - 19191899
In March 1899, Charles 'Cheers' Wakefield founded CC Wakefield & Co Ltd, Later to become Castrol
The Wakefield Lubricator, patented in the 1890's for lubricating the axelbox of steam locomotives. It is still in use today.
Wakefield Motor Oil 'Castrol Brand' registered. This was the first use of our famous red, white and green colours.
Castrol 'R' was chosen by aviation pioneers' such as Alcock and Brown, who made the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic. It became "the finest aero-engine lubricant available".
1925 - 19301925
Malcolm Campbell sets a new World Land Speed record at Pendine Sands in Wales.
Walter Handley became the first rider to win two Isle of Man TT races in one week.
Le Mans 24 Hours won by Bentley. Drovers W. Barnato and B. Rubin. Average speed 69.1 mph.
Charles Wakefield commissioned the solid gold Wakefield Trophy to be presented to holders of the World Land Speed record.
Army Johnson became the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia.
Our competition department supported teams with a mobile unit run by E.J. Anderson- he became known as " Castrol Andy".
1935 - 19701935
New ' Patent Castrol" introduced with detergents to reduce carbon and sludge build in engines.
Geoff Duke pictured at the Belgian GP wins the 500cc World Championship for Norton.
The first semi-synthetic racing motor oil, Castrol R20, is developed in partnership with Mercedes Benz.
The luxury liner Queen Elizabeth II is launched.
Castrol GTX, the first multi grade oil with a 20W/50 viscosity rating, is launched- it is to become the most famous motor oil in the world.
96 cars started the London to Mexico rally. 23 finished,16 of them lubricated by Castrol.
1978 - 19901978
Bjorn Waldergard wins the Swedish Rally. In 1979 he won the first World Rally Drivers Championship.
Nelson Piquet wins the Formula One Drivers' Championship in a Brabham BMW.
American Freddie Spencer wins the 500cc World Title for Honda.
Richard Noble raises the World Land Speed record to 633mph (1020 kmh) in Thrust II.
Jaguar completes the double by winning the Le Mans 24 Hour race as well as the Daytona 24 Hour - A repeat of 1988.
1993 - 19991993
Wayne Rainey wins his third 500cc World title on a Yamaha YZR500.
The Toyota Castrol Team win both the Driver's title with Juha Kankkunen, and the Manufacturers' title.
Guido Cappellini wins his fourth successive Formula One Powerboat World Championship.
15th October, Black Rock Desert, Nevada USA. Thrust SSC smashes the World Land Speed record with 763.035mph (1227.983kph).
Andy Green, driver of Thrust SSC. The first man to drive a car faster than the speed of sound.
Our return to Grand Prix racing is rewarded as Jacques Villeneuve wins the F1 Drivers' Championship and Williams takes the Constructors' Championship.
We celebrate our Centenary and look forward to the next 100 years.
2000 - 20022000
Colin Edwards wins the World Superbike Championship in the debut season of the new Honda VTR1000 SP-1.
Guido Cappellini continues as the most successful F1 powerboat driver ever, winning his sixth title.
Teams using Castrol technology win 5 World Championships, including a tenth consecutive title for drag racing legend John Force.