On March 19, 1899, Charles “Cheers” Wakefield set up an oil company in England. Ten years later, he produced a new lubricant that would revolutionize transport in the first half of the 20th century. He called the new oil Castrol. To this day, the name Castrol is synonymous with premium quality, high performance and leading-edge technology in lubrication.
Working hand in hand with pioneering aviators and motorists of the day, Wakefield aimed to create the highest-quality engine oils—and then make them even better. It was only natural that Castrol was the oil chosen to help break world speed and endurance records on land, sea and in the air. The land-speed record alone has been broken an amazing 21 times by cars using Castrol lubricants.
Castrol products were tested and proven at the very limits of endurance—a technique we maintain to this day. Many of our lubricants that started out as competition grades have become available to the everyday motorist, allowing millions of people worldwide to share in the benefits of race-proven technology.
With more than 100 years of experience in satisfying our customers' needs, we remain as committed today to providing the most technically advanced lubricants and services as when Charles “Cheers” Wakefield founded our company.