On 19 March 1899, Charles Cheers Wakefield set up an oil company. 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. The success of Castrol owes much to the original philosophy of Charles Wakefield.
Wakefield established the foundations of a specialist lubricants company committed to premium quality, high performance and leading edge technology. Through this company he played a key role in the developing transport industries and the pioneering days of record achievements.
Wakefield drew on the help and encouragement of his customers in developing his new Castrol Oil because he had the foresight to see that progress for both parties would be best achieved in partnership. This rationale is as successful and relevant to Castrol today as it was then.
In those early days, when aircraft, the motorcycle and the motor car were emerging, Castrol worked hand in hand with the pioneers of the time. It was natural that Castrol was the chosen oil for breaking world speed and endurance records, on land, sea and in the air. The land speed record alone has been broken 21 times by cars using Castrol lubricants.
With a century of experience in satisfying our customers' needs, we remain as committed today to providing the most technically advanced lubricants and services as Charles Cheers Wakefield when he founded the company.
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