Brad Penn Oil Changes to PennGrade 1
Trust the Tradition of PennGrade 1 Oil for Your Vehicle
PennGrade 1® Engine Oil has a long, rich tradition. In fact, it started around 1965 with racing oil being produced at the Kendall Refinery in Bradford, Pennsylvania. At that time, it was known as Kendall GT-1 Racing Oil and was a hit with racers, hot rod enthusiasts, and classic car owners.
Many of us are familiar with this product as it was known as “the original green oil.” We may have even seen the ads in magazines and on TV when we were younger.
Oil was discovered in the area in the late 1800s and Bradford quickly became part of the Pennsylvania oil boom. Oil from these wells is a superior quality crude with just trace amounts of sulfur and nitrogen and has excellent characteristics for refining into lubricants. The refinery that produces PennGrade 1 is the oldest continuously operating refinery in the United States, now running for more than 140 years.
There have been a few owners of the refinery over the years, but in the late 1990s, the refinery was sold to American Refinery Group (ARG), who introduced a new brand: Brad Penn (short for Bradford, Pennsylvania). Then, after racing enthusiasts asked about a fluid that matched the original green oil, Brad Penn PennGrade 1 High-Performance Oil was introduced. Produced from that same refinery – it still had that green color. More importantly, it was formulated using high-quality, premium base stocks and additives designed to improve performance and protect high-stress motors and racing engines. The Pennsylvania-grade base oil and enhanced zinc and phosphorus (ZDDP) package has been a hit with racers, hot rod enthusiasts, and classic car owners for years. They knew they could trust Brad Penn Racing Oil in their vehicles.
New Name – Same Oil
In 2015, D-A Lubricant Company, Inc., based in Lebanon, Indiana, purchased the Brad Penn division and changed the name to PennGrade 1. It is still the same oil, with excellent film strength and proven additive chemistry. There is a good reason it’s been around for over 50 years.
Unfortunately, some people questioned whether this “new” oil was the same as the “original green oil.” On the PennGrade1 website, D-A Lubricants Executive Vice President John Noal, stated, “We have continued to produce the same PennGrade 1 oil product that has been manufactured for the last fifty years. But if it is in a different bottle and is blended and manufactured in a different facility by a different company, people are likely to blame any performance issue on the oil.”
In November 2018, D-A Lubricants initiated a test to confirm the oil they were producing was the same formula made famous by first Kendall and then Brad Penn Engine Oil. Four blind-labeled lubricant samples were sent to an independent research and development laboratory. A current base oil and finished fluid as well as samples from the original Brad Penn Motor Oil were all analyzed.
The results inconclusively proved that PennGrade 1 High Performance Oil is identical to “the original green oil” produced as Brad Penn Race Oil and first introduced as Kendall GT-1 Racing Oil.
Customers who fell in love with and knew the quality of Brad Penn oil knew PennGrade 1 was continuing the tradition.
PennGrade 1 Quality
No matter the vehicle you drive, PennGrade has a fluid that will provide the performance and protection you want. If you’re ready for an oil change, PennGrade 1® Monograde High-Performance Oils deliver excellent shock load and high-temperature protection to heavily stressed engine parts such as bearings, camshafts, rings, and pistons. They reduce internal friction for increased horsepower output while maintaining their strong lubricating film protection even under the most demanding torque and extreme temperature conditions. These high-performance formulations also possess good anti-foaming and shear stability characteristics, excellent high-temperature protection from thermal breakdown, outstanding film strength, and strong anti-wear properties.