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Old 02-16-2008, 03:29 PM
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Why do so many people put Sunoco stickers on their cars?

Gotta admit that I'm a little confused here. I see these stickers all the time on the road. Are people really that passionate about their gasoline choice and, if so, why don't I ever see stickers from other gas stations?
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Old 02-16-2008, 04:06 PM
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Never seen them, just a few hours away from you in Jersey.
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Old 02-16-2008, 04:12 PM
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If you read the rest of the sticker, you'll see why.

See here.

For those of you who steadfastly refuse to click on links because it's just too hard to do it, Sunoco is the official fuel of NASCAR, and the people who put the stickers on their cars are uber-fans.
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Old 02-16-2008, 05:09 PM
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Ah, I see. Thanks Airman. Guess I never noticed the NASCAR logo or somehow mentally blocked it out because it's so ubiquitous.

ETA: It really is amazing how effective those damned race cars are at advertising things.

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Old 02-17-2008, 04:01 AM
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It was a promotional thing as well. There was suppose to be some Sunoco people on the look out for the stickers and if they spot your car with one you could be chosen to win some money.

I think the promotion is over but the stickers remain.
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Old 02-17-2008, 07:33 AM
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The bumper sticker promotion gets lot's of hopeful players every time a place tries it. It was more of a last millennium phase of advertising. Radio stations used this promotional avenue often.
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Old 02-17-2008, 08:11 AM
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So was the contest angle behind the 70s (or was it in the 80s?) fad for putting an orange Union 76 ball on a car antenna?
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Old 02-17-2008, 09:05 AM
Harmonious Discord Harmonious Discord is offline
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So was the contest angle behind the 70s (or was it in the 80s?) fad for putting an orange Union 76 ball on a car antenna?
I don't remember when they did that, but I remember the balls on antennas. It was from before most antennas were part of the windshield. I would have to guess the 70's as more likely, because more people put a lot of crap on the cars back then.
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Old 02-17-2008, 09:20 AM
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So was the contest angle behind the 70s (or was it in the 80s?) fad for putting an orange Union 76 ball on a car antenna?
I was just about to ask that...I haven't seen that in a while.
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Old 02-17-2008, 09:49 AM
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I just realized people might not know that Union 76 was a common gas station at the time and has nothing to do with the Bicentennial.
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Old 02-17-2008, 09:59 AM
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Misread as

Why do so many people put Sunoco stickers on their ears?

Fuelish question...
(puts hands over head, runs)
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Old 02-17-2008, 11:41 AM
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So was the contest angle behind the 70s (or was it in the 80s?) fad for putting an orange Union 76 ball on a car antenna?
Union 76 was the official fuel of NASCAR before Sunoco took over the contract. What they get for that is a logo sticker on every fuel can on every pit stop, a sticker on the fender of every race car, and the right to have cute young women hand out stickers to every fan walking into a NASCAR race

People put the antenna balls on in hopes of finding their cars in a big parking lot. That is, it narrowed down the search to the 68 orange balls in the lot.
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Old 02-17-2008, 12:31 PM
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The orange balls had another purpose in Wisconsin. During the winter the snow gets very high, and intersections can have hard to see approaching traffic. It was a recommendation during these conditions to put a high visibility ball or flag on the car antenna.
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Old 02-17-2008, 05:35 PM
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We had Union 76 balls way back in the 60s. One of my earliest memories is one of those balls on Mom's '65 Mustang, for some reason.
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