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#251 Giraffe

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Posted 09 May 2010 - 22:19

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No, it wasn't on a Morris Traveller

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You've got to be quick......................

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#252 Hamish Robson

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 11:10

Saw T1P OF on a 4x4 crew cab the other day

#253 Hamish Robson

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 07:40

One for you bike fans this morning:

1 WSB



On an Astra van...?

#254 Giraffe

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 22:08

No gremlins though, I hope............

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 23:09

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Does anyone know if 250 GTO photographed here at Silverstone was for real or just informative ?

I am sure there used to be an Opel Manta HOP 1N in Birmingham.

And a brown MGB that used to show up at Silverstone in the late 70's 1 CKX possibly a marshals car it always seemed to be somewhere between Maggots & Stowe.

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#256 David McKinney

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 05:41

250GTO was/is the number of Nick Mason's eponymous Ferrari
He frequently drove it on the road, so I presume the number's legit

#257 Vitesse2

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 08:36

Yes, I think that's Nick Mason's car, although these days the front plate is "Italian style" and painted on the nose below the grille and it no longer has a Scuderia Ferrari shield on the scuttle.

#258 Giraffe

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 08:57

Nick Mason's 250GTO at last year's Festival of Speed.

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#259 Red Socks

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 09:01


V12 BRM and V8 BRM belong to Hall and Hall - unsurprisingly BRM specialists

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#260 Red Socks

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 09:02

One for you bike fans this morning:

1 WSB



On an Astra van...?

What has Watneys Special Bitter got to do with a motor bike?

Edited by Red Socks, 17 May 2010 - 09:03.


#261 kayemod

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 09:52

250GTO was/is the number of Nick Mason's eponymous Ferrari
He frequently drove it on the road, so I presume the number's legit


Nick tells the story of how he once drove his children to school in that very car one frosty morning. Apparently everything else he owned was either blocked-in, or wouldn't start. The GTO fired up no problem, and according to him handled the conditions with aplomb. The only problem was that his kids kept pestering to be chauffeured like that every morning from then on, I bet it caused a stir when they arrived at the school.


#262 arttidesco

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 16:34

Thanks for the low down on 250 GTO david, Vitesse2 ( I saw a red one just now here in Brissle but it was moving so I couldn't snap it J reg it was) Giraffe, Red Socks and Kayemod :-)

I can imagine once you have turned up at school once in a 250 GTO you get addicted and turning up in your regular beige Volvo 244 DL is a bit of a comedown :-)

#263 rwills

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 01:26

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Nice pair....


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#264 bradbury west

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 11:51

I recall that Nick also had a modern Alfa sports car a while ago regd. P1NKF.
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#265 David McKinney

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 12:36

I think that was actually daughter Chloe's
(She was a bit embarrassed about it, actually :) )

#266 Doug Nye

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 18:20

An Alfa 8C-owning friend of mine runs a modern Alfa compact saloon as his everyday transport - reg: TAZ 10.

John Aldington of AFN Porsche Cars GB once offered me 'NYE 911'. I gracefully declined, not my kind of thing - poncin' about with personalised numbers, give me a break...etc. Dear old John understood - entirely.

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#267 bradbury west

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 20:23

But of course, Doug, we have this little gem showing around the paddock approach at Goodwood Revival each year.......which I have always taken as Charles March's personal tribute to your omnipresent wisdom making the cogs move smoothly
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#268 Doug Nye

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 21:22

Good heavens...never seen it...

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#269 retriever

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 21:38

An Alfa 8C-owning friend of mine runs a modern Alfa compact saloon as his everyday transport - reg: TAZ 10.

John Aldington of AFN Porsche Cars GB once offered me 'NYE 911'. I gracefully declined, not my kind of thing - poncin' about with personalised numbers, give me a break...etc. Dear old John understood - entirely.

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Good on you - I am forever tempted to say to the vain owners of such adornments that they could feed a whole village in africa for a year or more on the money they paid for their pointless car jewellery!

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#270 Hamish Robson

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Posted 02 June 2010 - 21:17

:wave: Both seen at the Grand Prix Masters festival, both apparently genuine, according to the tax discs...

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#271 Barry Boor

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Posted 02 June 2010 - 22:04

Hope that Jaguar never comes up here. The law will be onto him in a flash for that digit spacing. Must keep the law-breakers under control.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 15:45

Hope that Jaguar never comes up here. The law will be onto him in a flash for that digit spacing. Must keep the law-breakers under control.


I really admire the subtlety and imagination of the various registration numbers in the UK, illustrated so well on this thread. This country, like so many others, has been run by very bureaucratic agencies that were responsible for equally bureaucratic and boring license plates.

However, this has been eased quite a bit during the last few years, at least to the owners of cars older than thirty years. I recently added a Jaguar Mk II to the household motor vehicle collection, a car which was imported from California some eight years ago.
Its previous owner made sure the car sports an old-style one-letter-and five digits number plate, which at first glance looks nothing special: B-63238.

But hold on...B ie the old county code for Ostfold (A used to be Oslo, our nearest neighbours) which is where we reside... the car is a '63...(Mk)2...3.8 (litre.) Too bad the license plate could not include Man/OD as well ;)

#273 Barry Boor

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 06:53

I noticed the highly amusing D 1 ENW in Waitrose car park in Menau Bridge the other day.  ;)

#274 Geoff E

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 07:27

I saw a camper van the other day with M1 4OME

also RE04ERN (REDFERN?)

#275 cavvy

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 03:36

Coombs Jags: I see regular mention of BUY1 & BUY12.
At Aintree in 1962 Australian Bob Jane drove Roy Salvadoris regular mount VDV 698. Not gimmicky.
Are any other Coombs Jags registrations famous or just the gimmicky ones.

#276 Giraffe

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 11:41

Oh my God!

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Excuse me! (Oh, I see what you mean! :blush: )

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#277 Giraffe

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 09:01

Now I know TNFer Michael Oliver's books are wonderful and I'm sure they sell well, but surely not that well! :eek:

Spotted at the Oulton Park Gold Cup yesterday.....

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#278 Giraffe

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 09:11

Mmmmmwaaaaahhh! I love Chevron F5000s! :love:

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#279 Twin Window

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 10:57

:lol:
PEN 15 belonged to Steve Parrish, ex-GP bike racer and truck-racing champion, now MotoGP commentator on BBC...

And still does; I took this at the British MotoGP after I'd parked next to him...

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#280 Barry Boor

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 18:01

Shouldn't be allowed - I am deeply offended.

And anyway, why didn't anyone pick up on my interesting D 1 ENW ?

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#281 Roger Clark

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 18:07

There is, I believe, a phrase common in the modern vernacular "dumbing down". What does it mean?

#282 Barry Boor

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 18:18

I'm afraid I'm too dumb to know.

#283 Frank S

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 19:46

There is, I believe, a phrase common in the modern vernacular "dumbing down". What does it mean?

Could you rephrase the question, please?

#284 h4887

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 20:46

Spotted in an Essex village a few days ago: W1FEY. Couldn't see what it was on, but nothing special.

#285 Vitesse2

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 18:16

At first sight, M3 TAT might be taken to refer to some sort of twee knick-knack inscribed "Souvenir of Fleet Services". ;) It is in fact attached to a BMW M3 which I spotted today parked outside a tattoo parlour in Melksham.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 18:29

Spotted in an Essex village a few days ago: W1FEY. Couldn't see what it was on, but nothing special.


OK, but what was the car like?


#287 h4887

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 19:54

I can't be expected to remember something from 3 months ago! Now, where was I?

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 19:51

DOES ANYONE KNOW ABOUT A MINI COOPER S REG EPH2B?? I KNOW EPH4B BELONGED TO ONE OF THE THE BEATLES. THE CAR IS A GREEN/WHITE 1275 'S' EARLY PRODUCTION CAR.

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 06:58

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I think Bentley move this plate around a bit ... usually see it at motor shows on new models..

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 08:11

Not very nostalgic, but saw EJ 08 DAN spaced as E J08DAN on an Audi 4x4 the other day. Reminds me of the hilarious 'Just say no to drugs' tale.........

#291 Giraffe

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 10:48

Spotted on a Ford GT Fiorty at Donington yesterday....

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I'm guessing that this rather unique number belongs to Masters Series patron, Ron Maydon?

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 13:25

DCN

Small world TAZIO on a black Alfa parked on the drive the house of which I was visiting on Sunday.Cotswolds.


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Posted 05 September 2011 - 15:05

Now I know TNFer Michael Oliver's books are wonderful and I'm sure they sell well, but surely not that well! :eek:

Spotted at the Oulton Park Gold Cup yesterday.....

Knutsford businessman (Petro-Chem valves, etc.) has at least one vintage Bentley and, I'm told, bought Fred Dibnah's traction engine.

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 17:53

Seen on a Toyota truck in New Zealand. Maybe a Trans-Am Ford fan?
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Posted 05 September 2011 - 18:13

Seen on a Toyota truck in New Zealand. Maybe a Trans-Am Ford fan?


Perhaps he's a fan of Elmo Lewis, Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, Manfred Mann, The Blues Band or The Manfreds, the real P Jones sang with all of them.


#296 BRG

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 10:54

Or he shops in Sloane Square?

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#297 Red Socks

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 12:54


Spotted on a Ford GT Fiorty at Donington yesterday....


By giraffe138 at 2011-09-05

I'm guessing that this rather unique number belongs to Masters Series patron, Ron Maydon?


This should go straight to Blood Pressure-firstly one cannot qualify unique and secondly of course it b well unique. There wouldn't be much point in having two the same would there ?

#298 arttidesco

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 16:38

Spotted on a Ford GT Fiorty at Donington yesterday....


By giraffe138 at 2011-09-05

I'm guessing that this rather unique number belongs to Masters Series patron, Ron Maydon?


This should go straight to Blood Pressure-firstly one cannot qualify unique and secondly of course it b well unique. There wouldn't be much point in having two the same would there ?


Call me pedantic, but given that UK vehicles still need to display registration numbers front and back it might be argued that one would be breaking the law not having two the same, though they ought to have different colour back grounds :stoned:

#299 kayemod

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 16:51

...one would be breaking the law not having two the same, though they ought to have different colour back grounds.


With a more modern vehicle yes, but not in this particular case.


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#300 Giraffe

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 16:53

Call me pedantic, but given that UK vehicles still need to display registration numbers front and back it might be argued that one would be breaking the law not having two the same, though they ought to have different colour back grounds :stoned:


How did they get away with this, silver on black both back & front?

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