Islanders use whisky instead of petrol

* Scottish islanders reveal scheme * Cars do run on alcoholic drink * But needs tax loophole to save money...

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What Car? Staff
11 Aug 2008 10:40 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

Scottish islanders are planning to beat high fuel prices by filling their cars up on whisky.

The idea was sparked after petrol and diesel prices hit 128p and 145p respectively on the Inner Hebrides island of Islay.

As a result, Donnie MacKinnon and friends Roland Worthington-Eyre and George Middleton decided they would exploit a legal loophole that allows people to distil whisky for personal consumption without paying tax.

Teetotaller MacKinnon uses the fuel in his 1978 Rolls-Royce and told The Sun newspaper: 'Anything to try and cut the cost of running your car is worth it. Were experimenting at the moment. Its far from perfected but were working on it.'

However, fuel prices will have to rise considerably before the plan makes economic sense. A 50-gallon barrel of whisky costs over 2000 before tax. A similar amount of petrol would be around 300.

But Middleton says the key to the plan is being allowed to home brew whisky for personal consumption.

He said: 'We know whisky makes cars go. The question now is will we be allowed to distil our own and instead of drinking it, just pour it into our vehicles.

'Its all about cost, but with the way things are going whisky may end up being cheaper than petrol.

'Islay gives a lot to the Exchequer every year and we get very little back in return. Surely the Chancellor could grant us some leeway to develop whisky fuel.'