Saw a Mercedes today in Branksome Park, Poole with the number plate "500 DFX". Any ideas on who the Dorset based fan of turbocharged Cosworth Indy engines might be?
DFX was a local Bournemouth number, the main reason I know that is that I once owned DFX 99, though I don't remember attributing much significance to the letters at the time. I had that plate on a Ferrari 500 Superfast, no I'm lying, it was actually on a Chrysler Alpine bought new from Hartwell's in Bournemouth in 1978. I was given the registration, fairly ordinary combinations like that had little value at the time, probably only about £50 or so, and I passed it on when I swapped the Alpine for a Capri from Col. Ronnie Hoare's Ford dealership in Poole, though they always pretended to be in Bournemouth in adverts and on their letterheading. For some reason they thought that was a 'better' address, though they were actually several hundred yards on the wrong side of the county boundary. As I said, the plate had no great value, except maybe to someone with the initials DFX, and there can't be many of those. A friend suggested that I offered it to Chinese premier at the time Deng Xiaoping, though being a good communist, I doubt if he'd have been interested in such capitalist fripperies. Rob Walker had the only number I've ever wanted, RW 7, but the closest I've ever got to that was buying a Fiat 124 ST from one of his eponymous dealerships, Rob had the number on a magnificent dark Blue Facel Vega in those days.