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#51 WDH74

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Posted 25 March 2004 - 01:01

Criceto-why on earth would there be an '87 LeBaron in Swindon???

Apparently there's a guy who got the one and only Illinois plate that says "Chicago" on it (7 characters max on a standard American tag, so it's the only one in the state). Kept getting stolen, over and over-he was shelling out tons of money on replacement plates. At that point, I'd have given the registration up. (Which a friend of mine did. Her initials were "D.D.", so she got some form of "Deuces" on it with a number or something. After the third replacement plate and ticket for not having two plates on the car, she gave up)

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#52 Frank S

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Posted 25 March 2004 - 02:58

I suppose the shortsighted fellow who chose the "NONE" tag didn't anticipate the hundreds of tickets that would land on his account, each one written on an illegally parked or abandoned car that had no plates at all.

#53 Option1

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Posted 25 March 2004 - 03:59

Doctors parking lots are always good fodder for number plates. At work most mornings I walk past a 'HPS N LPS'. Would have thought a plastic surgeon would spring for more than a Rav 4, but then he probably leaves the good cars at home.

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#54 FrankB

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Posted 25 March 2004 - 16:21

Originally posted by Option1
Doctors parking lots are always good fodder for number plates.


A1 DOC used to be parked outside Peterborough hospital many years ago, and a dentist in Stamford had the registration CAV17Y.

There was a story in the UK press a couple of years ago, about someone that bought A 15 LAG (A1 SLAG) for his wife. She responded by buying A 15 LOB for him.

#55 petefenelon

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Posted 25 March 2004 - 16:43

Originally posted by FrankB


A1 DOC used to be parked outside Peterborough hospital many years ago, and a dentist in Stamford had the registration CAV17Y.

There was a story in the UK press a couple of years ago, about someone that bought A 15 LAG (A1 SLAG) for his wife. She responded by buying A 15 LOB for him.



There is a crappy old Citroen Visa round these parts that has the ultimate vanity plate - VAN 17Y.

Now it could just be the case that that was a genuine issued plate.....;)

#56 WDH74

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Posted 26 March 2004 - 01:48

"There is a crappy old Citroen Visa round these parts that has the ultimate vanity plate - VAN 17Y."

That's fantastic!

-William ("No, it's not an MG. And I'm not Bob")

#57 Alan Lewis

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Posted 27 March 2004 - 18:16

It gets worse...

I was working at Heathrow on Thursday and, as I sat on the bus back to Terminal 1, we were passed on the Bath Road by a silver VW Golf registered "B16 DYK".

I speculated idly on how frustrated the owner must be that the British number plate format didn't allow him to add the "H34D" on the end, saving the rest of us the trouble of assuming it.

Ah, well.

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#58 Frank S

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Posted 27 March 2004 - 20:07

Just for entertainment value (heh), let me tell you about this:

Long ago and in a far country I knew a young woman of fair face and fine
figure.

During the same few months I had seen a young man of presentable aspect
driving a bright red DeTomaso Pantera in the neighborhood where the woman
worked.

I was interested in the woman because of her appearance, and because I knew
her profession required intellect and toughness.

I was interested in the man because I wondered how long it would be before
he met his comeuppance.

The woman was both statically and dynamically lovely, and when I could, I
would watch her walk from her office building, across an intersection and to
the site of her work performance.

I was certain that someday the man would not show up to make his customary
right turn at that intersection. My clue was: his car license plate read,
"NINE INS" (or close to that).

I was not mistaken: he did show up one last time, and I watched it. The
woman was waiting for the light to change so she could cross his path. He
rolled up to make his turn, but stopped dead in front of her. She bent to
look in to his car, nodded, then motioned him to round the corner and drive
into a parking lot. He did. I followed, to be within earshot.

You can imagine what he was expecting. What he got from her was, "You should
be more careful about who you expose yourself to." She showed him her Deputy
District Attorney badge, and arrested him.

I never saw him again, nor his car, but she became a Judge of the Superior
Court.


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#59 D-Type

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Posted 27 March 2004 - 21:00

Originally posted by Frank S
Just for ~ Court.
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Frank S

:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Thanks, I forgot my toothache for 5 minutes whilst laughing

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#60 Andrew Fellowes

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Posted 28 March 2004 - 21:30

Originally posted by David Birchall

How about Coombes MkII Jag "Buy 12", it actually means "Buy one too" or so I was told when working as a petrol pump attendant (Gas jockey) in the early sixties just down the road from Coombes garage.


& on the same theme wan't DAD10 -(that has been mentioned before), "Daddy Oh"

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#61 Frank S

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Posted 28 March 2004 - 22:54

One of my old (both kinds) bosses had an early personalized plate:

BAC 010 She was the tenth applicant satisfied with initals B A C and her place in line.
before it could emerge as a regular issue, which would have eventuated.

Everyone in her profession knew BAC 0.10 was then the 'legal limit' for blood alcohol content in milliliters per decaliter (?). It's now .08 in California.


I wonder if anyone would support my conjecture that the current "ego plates" evolved from the original apellation: "eco plates"; the extra funds generated by personalization went and still (I hope) go to environmental protection projects, "ecology", in a word. For a while they were "eco", then "vanity", now "ego". Something of a serendipitous evolution, eh?


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Posted 29 March 2004 - 00:13

I have seen pictures of a California plate bearing the Afrikaans insult "JOU MOER". (Roughly, "your mother.")

Thats pretty famous around South Africa.

#63 ian senior

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Posted 13 April 2005 - 11:25

Apologies for reviving this essentially fluffy thread.

In the 65mph traffic jam on the M1 yesterday afternoon, I drove along in proximity to a latest model Mercedes CL600. It was occupied by a couple in their 70s, who didn't look as though they had two ha'pennies to rub together, but which was obviously not the case bearing in mind the list price of those motors. The registration number was TW1. Somewhere in the back of my mind is a motor sport connection with this number - any ideas?

Needless to say, the Merc disappeared into the distance once the traffic cleared - the old boy behind the wheel was no slouch, and I didn't have a hope in hell of keeping up with him in my "for the day" Astra Diesel, even if I was travelling at points-acquiring speeds myself.

#64 Garagiste

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Posted 13 April 2005 - 12:09

Most of the racing numbers I can think of offhand have been covered already, but road wise:

PEN 15 - seen on a Merc at Brands, belonged to a racer I think.

The E Type roadster that was(n't) pushed over the cliff in the Italian Job had the appropriate 127 (I think) CRY.

What must be one of the most expensive UK plates - V 12 - I spotted on possibly the least appropriate car for it - a Citroen BX estate! :drunk:

#65 Rosemayer

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Posted 13 April 2005 - 12:45

We have a Plastic surgeon who drives a white Rolls Royce with a plate that says Schnoz.

#66 Macca

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Posted 13 April 2005 - 12:53

:lol:
PEN 15 belonged to Steve Parrish, ex-GP bike racer and truck-racing champion, now MotoGP commentator on BBC...............I still don't know how he got away with it......


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#67 Graham Gauld

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Posted 13 April 2005 - 16:10

How about northern racing driver Jimmy Blumers number FKU2 - he was lucky to get that one through.

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Posted 13 April 2005 - 16:38

The DVLA used to be a bit antsy with some combos, DT was not used for years as it suggested "delirium tremens" and AFAIK FUK has never been issued in Britain. But wasn't the RAC Rally once won by a POO?

And doesn't Les Leston's son have DAD 102? (Daddyo 2?)

The only plates in Britain where the serial number is zero are to be found on Lord Mayoral cars - LM 0 in London, G 0 in Glasgow and S 0 in Edinburgh. Some towns have the first registration from their 1 or 2 letter code reserved for the Mayor - e.g. Walsall's Mayor has the number DH 1. Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis has 1 AV on his Roller (probably could not get W4 NKA) and Blues chairman David Gold's "Goldsmobile" has H13 CFC.

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Posted 13 April 2005 - 21:10

There once was an ageing but well maintained Ford Popular based roadster going by the nick name 'Bessie', which had a 'stage name' plate of WHO 1. It had another plate for driving around on non-closed roads. The later Whomobile had a proper plate set into the resin IIRC. Bessie, still owned by the BBC made a comeback appearance for the final season of the series in 1989 after not being seen since 1974, well final until a month ago with the big relaunch which smashed the ratings with the ninth Doctor at the helm of the TARDIS (no car mind you)

This was all part of satisfying Jon Pertwee's addiction to gadgets, he would have loved Stirling Moss' flat. Pertwee actually owned the Whomobile, which was registerred, I think, as a motorised tricycle. It was supposed to be a hovercraft but underneath the fibreglass fairing sat three wheels and a small engine.

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Posted 13 April 2005 - 21:45

Does anyone know if 7 XTU has any story behind it?

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#71 Graham Gauld

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Posted 14 April 2005 - 06:25

Reference "Mayoral" cars I do not know when it started in England but I can tell you that in both Edinburgh and Glasgow the Lord Provost's cars, S0 and G0 respectively came about because the very first Glasgow registration number, G1 was taken up by R.J.Smith, the first secretary of the Royal Scottish Automobile Club and the first Edinburgh registration number, S1, was sold to W Keith Elliot, the Ford dealer in the city at that time. Both were later asked by local authority flunkies to donate their numbers for the respective Lords Provosts cars but both refused and so the local councils adopted the numbers S0 and G0.
The G1 number was later owned by Sir Hugh Fraser who founded the House of Fraser and then signed over to his garage company Callanders and it was the number used on their demonstrater for many years afterwards.

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Posted 14 April 2005 - 06:44

Essex County Council used to own F1 and 1F but I haven't seen them for some time.

#73 Alan Cox

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Posted 14 April 2005 - 17:14

Harking back to page 1, the 'OO' registration on various racing Escorts was (is) an Essex (Dagenham) suffix, so no real wonder there.

'WK' appeared on a numer of E-types (Briggs Cunningham, etc) - presumably a Warwickshire reg.

The greatest living Englishman uses SM 7 on his road car.

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Posted 14 April 2005 - 17:30

I saw ST 1 auctioned a week ago for £109,000

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Posted 15 April 2005 - 09:14

Bot FU2 and UPU2 were austin 7 specials ,regular visitors to the Abbey Hotel meets.
Teddy Yips pal Mario Deliotti had a Montreal with the reg MAR10.
Regarding Steve Parrishs' PEN15 -just about sums him up !

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Posted 15 April 2005 - 12:24

Originally posted by RTH
I saw ST 1 auctioned a week ago for £109,000


Now that really needs to be worn by a white XJS! :cool:

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Posted 15 April 2005 - 12:45

One of my favourites as a kid in the 60s was John Chatham's Austin Healey 'DD300' racing against John Quick's E-type 'W00 11'.

Later in the '70s I worked as 'gofer' on Nicholas Wattiez' F5000 Lola T330. His best mate was the boxer Joe Bugner who had '1 ON U' on his Roller.

As mentioned elsewhere Chris Meek has 'CM1' on his Ferrari and he also has '123 C_M' on a Maserati but not sure if his middle name begins with a U!

Another risky one is owned by the boss of sponsor SDC builders who sponsored several FF/F3 drivers in the 70s/80s 'FKT 1'
Has anyone mentioned Archie's Listers 'MVE 303' or 'VPP 9' ?

I read somewhere Nick Mason has PI NKF.

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Posted 15 April 2005 - 12:46

I recently saw a red Ferrari near Esher in Surrey (UK) bearing the registration ‘POP IDOL’. As it was clearly a UK registered car, I guess this must be a freeform adaptation of ‘POP 100L ‘ but it was VERY clearly all spelled out in letters, with no digits on the plate at all.

Being a Ferrari owner, he can probably afford to pay the fines if the law get sniffy with him over his non-compliant number plates. But I don’t know who it was – anyone know? Not Simon Cowell of course (he is more into bling-bling drug-dealer type Mercedes) but maybe the other Simon (Fuller?) who I think was the brains behind the programme.

#79 RTH

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Posted 15 April 2005 - 12:56

The law was reinforced recently on this subject, now incorrect typefaces, spacing, and mutilation of characters, if stopped by the police will earn you a £1000 fine AND the number will be confiscated without compensation, - because of course the worst crime in this country now is not to be identifiable on a speed camera and damage revenue intake.

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Posted 15 April 2005 - 12:59

A nice blond was seen under the californian sun in her cabrio with reg plate: HE PAID

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Posted 15 April 2005 - 14:12

002C (002C)
MK IV (J6)
330 P4 (0846)
1 LOLA (SL 71-32)

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Posted 15 April 2005 - 19:37

How about 666 DTV on Gerry Marshalls Vauxhall Firenza road car.
I seem to remember John Popes Vauxhall Magnum superloon with an Aston Martin engine had an unusual number plate, as he used to drive it to and from race meetings,does anyone remember it.

#83 D-Type

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Posted 15 April 2005 - 21:47

Originally posted by Alan Cox
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The greatest living Englishman uses SM 7 on his road car.

And at one time his kid sister had PAT 7

#84 Henk Vasmel

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Posted 18 April 2005 - 19:43

It seems this thread is taking on a split personality. On the one hand the most humorous or apt registrations on road cars, on the other hand famous registations on racing cars.

In the first category there is the picture of an Audi A2 (I drive such a car) a colleague once sent me with the German registration DÜW-ME..., which is dutch for push me.
I also remember the German Ford Team in the London-Sydney Marathon which all had K-UT... numbers, which in dutch is rather rude.

On the more serious front, I would politely like to point you to my web page (www.vasmel.com) where there is a vast collection of registration plates on racing cars. Especially intended at picture collectors who want to identify a car by its license plate. Of course this is far from complete, so if any of you can add somehing, please feel free to do so.

Kind Regards,

Henk Vasmel

#85 MKIVJ6

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Posted 20 April 2005 - 18:33

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#86 Simpson RX1

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 16:33

[QUOTE] Originally posted by Garagiste
[B]

Now that really needs to be worn by a white XJS! :cool:


Surely you must mean a P1800?!

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Posted 29 April 2005 - 12:38

A propos nothing at all..........

Down here in Cardiff in the 1980s there was a new Bentley running round with

OBO 110 X as a no.plate.

An estate agent had HOU5E and his daughter , who was into equestrian stuff, HOR5E

Many moons ago an eponymous friend had a 928 with the no SYM5.

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Posted 29 April 2005 - 12:44

Pure vanity I know, but for obvious reasons I always fancied the number SEN10R. Unfortunately, I understand that it's already spoken for, and attached to a Toyota Land Crusher Amazon. So if anyone out there spots it and thinks it's mine, it isn't, and I can't stand those "cars" anyway.

#89 RTH

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Posted 29 April 2005 - 17:14

It should really be on a rather more senior car, - something more like a DB9 perhaps?

#90 Gary C

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Posted 29 April 2005 - 18:12

saw a Bentley truck this afternoon with the reg.number 'STR 8' - nice, eh?

#91 Vincenzo Lancia

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Posted 30 April 2005 - 01:38

Small quizzz

4711 EA
LU 6789
XX XXX XX (?)

:)

#92 RTH

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Posted 30 April 2005 - 12:44

Originally posted by Vincenzo Lancia
Small quizzz

4711 EA
LU 6789
XX XXX XX (?)

:)


Didn't 4711 used to be a brand of cologne ?

#93 Vincenzo Lancia

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Posted 30 April 2005 - 13:31

Don't know - but not unlikely I guess. :)

Anyway - "license" is btw a sort of keyword in this connection. ( not speaking of the coulogne )

#94 Vincenzo Lancia

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 15:31

Originally posted by Vincenzo Lancia
Small quizzz

4711 EA
LU 6789
XX XXX XX (?)

:)


Well - as this quizz is obviously not a big hit :rolleyes: - here's the answer

JB 007 GB

(triple numberplates on a certain DB5) :smoking:

#95 Garagiste

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 14:57

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Simpson RX1
[QUOTE] Originally posted by Garagiste
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Now that really needs to be worn by a white XJS! :cool:


Surely you must mean a P1800?!
[/QUOTE]

Thought somebody might say that, but I'm post B&W and I don't do Volvos! :)

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 17:21

About the license number "250 GTO"

I swear I saw an sales ad in an old car mag. It was about a Lancia Aurelia B20 with reg. n° "250 GTO"...

#97 Graham Gauld

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 17:51

North eastern racing driver Jimmy Blumer managed to get FKU2 out of the vehicle licencing people before they twigged.

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 18:10

Originally posted by Alan Cox
The greatest living Englishman uses SM 7 on his road car.


Just wanted to see that 'Greatest Living Englishman' bit again in bold, but I'm sure I've seen him riding a Lambretta bearing that number.

And didn't the late Rob Walker have RW 7? I remember seeing it on a dark blue Facel Vega. The owner of my local garage knew the car, he told me that RW had the speedo recalibrated to under-read massively. Seems that Mrs Walker refused to drive it, saying it was much too fast for her, but apparently if she only saw 70mph on the clock when she was doing about 110, she felt much happier. Long before the advent of speed cameras of course.

#99 Terry Walker

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 09:41

Here in Western Australia, personal plates are allowed with pretty free format. My RR has RR 1970 (on it when I bought it). The only one I have seen that has raised a snicker out of me was on an accountant's Jag XJ6: 0REGRETS.

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 10:17

Just remembered another one, Louis Stanley owned BRM 10, I saw it on a dark blue Daimler, probably a Double Six. I'd not long passed my test, thought I was going pretty fast along the A1M, when this car swept past at well over 100, chauffeur driven with two imperious figures, Louis & Jean in the back, her hair was unmistakeable. As before, no speed cameras in those days, and I saw the car several more times after that, always passing everything else on the road. A few years later, I met Louis at his Cambridge home, most pompous man I ever saw, but I rather liked him. Probably a lot more than I'd like the present occupant of that same house, that pillar of moral rectitude Jeffrey Archer. They must have met, and I'd have loved to listened in to house-buying conversations between those two.