Autogas LPG Taxi
Don’t quote me on this but I believe the taxi I ran in used something like an Astra or Vectra engine that had been de-tuned and converted to run LPG and it was genuinely a really nice vehicle to sit in. It clearly accelerated better than a regular black cab and engine-wise it was a lot quieter.
So the gentleman who contacted me and works for Autogas lives in Perth and didn’t know Edinburgh very well (he’s not a taxi driver per se) so we met by Edinburgh Castle where we were very quickly turned away (need to get a permit to take any commercial photos anywhere near the castle) and as I know Edinburgh extremely well nowadays we did a run of locations that I think look really cool, would attract tourists and locals would recognise.
Autogas wanted a mixture of stills and actions shots (sadly we couldn’t time it so a regular black cab taxi was following our taxi) but we headed to Ramsay Gardens which is infinitely pretty, a Shell station that supplies LPG, Arthurs Seat, Scottish Parliament, the Mound, Prestonfield Hotel and a few other spots.
A note about fuel prices, I run a mk7 VW Golf R so naturally I use Super Unleaded fuel. I used to shop at Shell but the price for Super Unleaded fuel at Shell nowadays is ridiculous. The last Shell station I visited (in an emergency) around a month ago was 135+p a litre. Costco by comparison, where I do a lot of my shopping, are 122p/ltr. A big saving for the mileage I do. LPG is around 67p/ltr. A LOT cheaper.
I think we only planned to take photos for around an hour or so together and we spent roughly 2.5 hrs taking photos but it was a fabulous day and a lot of fun. Seriously people, I want more jobs like this, I really enjoyed this job. Here is a very small selection of photos taken on the day.