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edesignuk
Oct 16, 2004, 04:45 AM
Look what I spotted in a car park I was in last night! This made my day :D

http://upload.yo-momma.net/uploads/images/bentlyiown.JPG

Wes
Oct 16, 2004, 05:07 AM
Very nice and true!

The best I've ever seen was in central London. There was a mint Aston Martin DB5 with just 'V8' as the numberplate.

stevehaslip
Oct 16, 2004, 07:21 AM
hehehe, sorry but thats better than the V8 one. more! i'll be keeping my eyes peeled!

edesignuk
Oct 16, 2004, 07:34 AM
hehehe, sorry but thats better than the V8 one. more! i'll be keeping my eyes peeled!Yeah, piles better that V8 I'm afraid Wes (though JUST V8 is very cool to, ESPECIALLY on an Aston) :p I couldn't quite believe my eyes when I saw it, so glad I had my camera with me! :D

Wes
Oct 16, 2004, 07:42 AM
Yeah, piles better that V8 I'm afraid Wes (though JUST V8 is very cool to, ESPECIALLY on an Aston) :p I couldn't quite believe my eyes when I saw it, so glad I had my camera with me! :D


Was this that camera you bought especially for these occasions?

edesignuk
Oct 16, 2004, 08:09 AM
Was this that camera you bought especially for these occasions?Exactly. and it'd beginning to pay off ;) :D

Mr. Anderson
Oct 16, 2004, 08:16 AM
That is quite good :D

I've seen some winners here in the states - and some losers. Although, until this, I don't think I'd ever seen a personalized plate outside of the US.

Can you get them in other European countries as well?

And what's on the mini? :p

D

AmigoMac
Oct 16, 2004, 08:38 AM
a very typical way in Germany (Maybe other countries as well) is the name and last name initials followed by the birthday ... :rolleyes: the easiest way to remind people to buy a gift.

winwintoo
Oct 16, 2004, 09:12 AM
WAS HIS on a Beemer wins.

Margaret

stevehaslip
Oct 16, 2004, 09:48 AM
That is quite good :D

I've seen some winners here in the states - and some losers. Although, until this, I don't think I'd ever seen a personalized plate outside of the US.

Can you get them in other European countries as well?

And what's on the mini? :p

D

!what! yup you can get personalised number plates in other countries, why wouldn't you be able to? i don't know if they are really popular in the states but in the UK you don't see them every day. When you do see them they're usually on cars owned by yuppies! all they do is draw attention to yourself and your car, celebrities don't tend to have them on their cars because it draws too much attention to themselves.

One of the best ones i've heard of is "FANG5" or fangs on a Dodge Viper, the plate went for 70,000 or something in a DVLA auction. That was a few years back though.

Mr. Anderson
Oct 16, 2004, 09:58 AM
!what! yup you can get personalised number plates in other countries, why wouldn't you be able to? i don't know if they are really popular in the states but in the UK you don't see them every day. When you do see them they're usually on cars owned by yuppies! all they do is draw attention to yourself and your car, celebrities don't tend to have them on their cars because it draws too much attention to themselves.

They're very common in the states....my wife even has one. Its just that I've never seen them anywhere outside the US and was curious.

You answered my question, though.

And here its not just personalized, but most states have plates for just about anything, from major universities to pet friendly to NRA :D

Virginia alone has over 180 different plates styles...

some interesting ones....

http://www.dmv.state.va.us/exec/vehicle/splates/category.asp?category=S
http://www.dmv.state.va.us/exec/vehicle/splates/info.asp?idnm=POW
http://www.dmv.state.va.us/exec/vehicle/splates/info.asp?idnm=NASM
http://www.dmv.state.va.us/exec/vehicle/splates/info.asp?idnm=PRTHD

even for Neeirds..

http://www.dmv.state.va.us/exec/vehicle/splates/info.asp?idnm=VSC
(and that's a graph graphic?!?!?! where's Dr. Q!)

I've never seen one of these and have to wonder how many they've made...
http://www.dmv.state.va.us/exec/vehicle/splates/info.asp?idnm=PHS



D

stevehaslip
Oct 16, 2004, 10:10 AM
your plates are alot fancier than ours! even the customised plates in the UK are only the bog standard plates with different characters. You can't get different plate designs like in those links. Anything but the standard ones are illegal here, you can't have different fonts. They have to be the same as the normal ones, you could get pulled over and fined etc. Different huh?

AmigoMac
Oct 16, 2004, 10:28 AM
WAS HIS on a Beemer wins.

Margaret

Yes! there is a winner!

evil_santa
Oct 16, 2004, 10:49 AM
When you do see them they're usually on cars owned by yuppies! all they do is draw attention to yourself and your car, celebrities don't tend to have them on their cars because it draws too much attention to themselves.


I use to live near where Paul Daniels (http://www.pauldaniels.co.uk/html/index.htm) lived, I use to see him driving about in his Roller with MAG 1C & his wife had a MR2 with DEB 1E.

Mr. Anderson
Oct 16, 2004, 01:22 PM
your plates are alot fancier than ours! even the customised plates in the UK are only the bog standard plates with different characters. You can't get different plate designs like in those links. Anything but the standard ones are illegal here, you can't have different fonts. They have to be the same as the normal ones, you could get pulled over and fined etc. Different huh?

The scary thing is in the US, every state has a different license plate and most now have custom plates...so we're talking 1000s of different styles.

Makes it a bit interesting on the interstates :D

D

LeeTom
Oct 16, 2004, 01:39 PM
I saw a really nice Benz with "ENVYUS" on it.
Also, a Prius with "WAKE UP" and a huge key scratch across the side.
Also, a big van with "DEADCAT".

There was a story in the newspaper recently about a younger guy that had "GOTMILF".. it got complaints from a few moms, and he got it revoked.

Lee Tom

Doctor Q
Oct 16, 2004, 02:03 PM
California has regular plates, 9/11 memorial plates, Arts Council plates, Coastal Commission plates, UCLA plates, Lake Tahoe Conservancy plates, Yosemite plates, Firefighter plates, Child Safety plates, Olympic plates, Veteran plates, and from 1998 thru 2000 we had Sesquicentennial plates. Each can be regular or personalized. There are also commercial vehicle plates, official vehicle plates, motorcycle plates, etc. And, to top it off, California allows very old plates to be retained, so you see cars with the current blue on white, or the older yellow on blue, or the still older yellow on black, or the even still older black on yellow. If you see two cars with the same type of plate on a given day, count yourself lucky!

bousozoku
Oct 16, 2004, 02:08 PM
The scary thing is in the US, every state has a different license plate and most now have custom plates...so we're talking 1000s of different styles.

Makes it a bit interesting on the interstates :D

D

We have over 40 custom plates just in Floriduh. Part of the cost goes to help fund the organisation which is shown on each.

I think the only one I've seen that looks the same from state to state is the Police Athletic League.

stevehaslip
Oct 16, 2004, 04:12 PM
We have over 40 custom plates just in Floriduh. Part of the cost goes to help fund the organisation which is shown on each.

I think the only one I've seen that looks the same from state to state is the Police Athletic League.

its crazy!! 40 plates in one state!!!

bousozoku
Oct 16, 2004, 04:34 PM
its crazy!! 40 plates in one state!!!

Actually, I've learned that my estimate was low. Take a look for yourselves.

http://www.hsmv.state.fl.us/specialtytags/tagsales.html

http://www.hsmv.state.fl.us/specialtytags/specialindex.html

edesignuk
Oct 16, 2004, 04:48 PM
I know it's not hard to get good plates in the US, but it the UK it's a different story, which is what made this so good!

bousozoku
Oct 16, 2004, 08:36 PM
I know it's not hard to get good plates in the US, but it the UK it's a different story, which is what made this so good!

You're right, of course. There must be a whole trade in number plates in the UK, as I've seen several advertisements in Car and Top Gear. However, the plates always have to start with a letter, don't they?

Mr. Anderson
Oct 16, 2004, 08:44 PM
its crazy!! 40 plates in one state!!!

Like I said above, Virginia has 180 plates!

That's probably one of the higher ranges though. Anyone know of any other states that might have more?

D

Wyvernspirit
Nov 2, 2004, 01:57 PM
They're very common in the states....my wife even has one. Its just that I've never seen them anywhere outside the US and was curious.

You answered my question, though.

And here its not just personalized, but most states have plates for just about anything, from major universities to pet friendly to NRA :D

Virginia alone has over 180 different plates styles...

some interesting ones....

http://www.dmv.state.va.us/exec/vehicle/splates/category.asp?category=S
http://www.dmv.state.va.us/exec/vehicle/splates/info.asp?idnm=POW
http://www.dmv.state.va.us/exec/vehicle/splates/info.asp?idnm=NASM
http://www.dmv.state.va.us/exec/vehicle/splates/info.asp?idnm=PRTHD

even for Neeirds..

http://www.dmv.state.va.us/exec/vehicle/splates/info.asp?idnm=VSC
(and that's a graph graphic?!?!?! where's Dr. Q!)

I've never seen one of these and have to wonder how many they've made...
http://www.dmv.state.va.us/exec/vehicle/splates/info.asp?idnm=PHS



D


Those are cheap, here in MA its about $50 for a plate not $10.

Wyvernspirit
Nov 2, 2004, 02:06 PM
I feel left out, we only have 11 styles besides the standard (which I dislike). New ones are being proposed, but we have a long way to go to get to 180.

You can check out the plate styles (http://www.mass.gov/rmv/express/plates.htm) if you like.

My girl and I have the MAC plate (http://www.mass.gov/rmv/express/mac.htm), which is the newest one. :p

_pb_boi
Nov 2, 2004, 02:08 PM
!what! yup you can get personalised number plates in other countries, why wouldn't you be able to? i don't know if they are really popular in the states but in the UK you don't see them every day. When you do see them they're usually on cars owned by yuppies! all they do is draw attention to yourself and your car, celebrities don't tend to have them on their cars because it draws too much attention to themselves.


I live in Northern Ireland, and I have to say, I see personalised plates ALL the time, loads and loads of times every day. Some are just the basic plates costing a couple quid extra to get a shorter one, while others go all out. One guy has a Roller with 'Uzi' as the plate. Don't like the car all that much though...

andy.

musicpyrite
Nov 2, 2004, 02:39 PM
My favorite:
http://users.adelphia.net/~roberts4/pictures/nube.jpg

emw
Nov 2, 2004, 02:39 PM
My girl and I have the MAC plate (http://www.mass.gov/rmv/express/mac.htm), which is the newest one. :p

Dang, I thought the license plate would read something like

00:0b:85:67:59:d0

Illinois has a number of plates as well: http://www.sos.state.il.us/departments/vehicles/license_plate_guide/specialty_plates/home.html

But 180?? Ouch.

edesignuk
Nov 2, 2004, 02:42 PM
My favorite:Like the plate, hate the car!

cheekyspanky
Nov 2, 2004, 03:23 PM
I saw "Y 5AVE" on a very expensive looking Merc driving through Portsmouth, and I've also seen "3D" in central London, and last week on a Bentley Azure "B8"..I wonder if it was to be used in a police sting or something..!

DarkSilver2
Nov 2, 2004, 03:57 PM
My favorite is the plate that says:
Insured By Mafia
You Hit Me, We Hit You!

petej
Nov 2, 2004, 04:37 PM
You're right, of course. There must be a whole trade in number plates in the UK, as I've seen several advertisements in Car and Top Gear. However, the plates always have to start with a letter, don't they?

There is a massive trade in UK number plates. Not all numberplates have to start with a letter. The early numberplates issued in the UK were formed from either 1,2 or 3 digits followed by 1,2 or 3 letters. or vice versa. i.e 999 AAA or AAA 999. The UK has never really planned ahead on number plate and of course rapidly ran out of available combinations - and kept on running out of combinations. There was a series of number plates that followed with 3 letters, 1,2 or 3 digits followed by another letter. Then came a letter followed by 1,2 or 3 digits and then 3 letters. And now we have progressed onto a system which should be ok for the next 50 years: 2 letters, 2 digits, 3 letters. So you can imagine the possibilities for designing number plates that somehow represent a word. Remembering that not all letters have been permitted to be used ( I for example since it can look like 1)

Despite the fact that deliberately misrepresenting a numberplate to look different from that intended (such as putting a 1 and 3 close together to look like a B or putting a black screwcap between 11 to look like H) is an offence, the UK government has capitalized on this market by auctioning off those number plates that would be the most marketable if misrepresented - turns out that the do-gooders from years ago didn't want number plates of this type appearing so they didn't issue them for new car registrations. Of course this turned into a big pot of gold for the government who sold them off.

For me I just say thank you to those who willingly paid extra tax to the Government when they purchased the numberplates and pay tax again each time they get fined for displaying the plate incorrectly (though this doesn't happen too often)

I realise that this all sounds very anal but the question was asked and I elaborated a bit ;)

kaylee
Nov 2, 2004, 04:50 PM
We have personalised plates in Queensland (Australia) with all different colours and themes. The prestige plates let you have the most freedom with what you can have on them but they go for a little over $AU2000. For around $AU400 you can pick a 2 number 3 letter, or 3 letter 2 number combination on a themed plate. $AU255 lets you colourise (choose background and text colour) a standard plate.
http://www.ppq.com.au

WinterMute
Nov 2, 2004, 07:35 PM
Not bad, but my favourite is the high-maintenance stunner in the Toyota Supra in Ealing, West London with the plate:

B1 TCH

Gotta love taste and money... :rolleyes:

robbieduncan
Nov 3, 2004, 05:04 AM
There's a whole thread of great plates on Pistonheads (http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=126638&f=23&h=0)

I particularly like the TVR at the bottom of the first page.

JFreak
Nov 3, 2004, 06:10 AM
Although, until this, I don't think I'd ever seen a personalized plate outside of the US.
Can you get them in other European countries as well?

at least in finland it costs 500 euros to have a special plate, and it's not for life but per-registration-fee (so every time you change car you have to buy it again if you want to keep the plate). it's not actually 100% custom, you still have to have three letters first followed by one to three numbers, but anyway.

the best i know is a ferrari that has "FANI" plates. (that's "FAN" in english in case you all can't read finnish). the car is located in tampere and belongs to a local gold smith; though he's a friend of my friend i have not yet got to drive it :P it is however nice enough just to be in it sometimes :D

(distant second is a lexus that has "OPTIO" plates, which means stock options. haven't seen that one for a long time...)

Wyvernspirit
Nov 4, 2004, 01:58 PM
at least in finland it costs 500 euros to have a special plate, and it's not for life but per-registration-fee (so every time you change car you have to buy it again if you want to keep the plate).

Here in Massachusettts, our "custom plate," casts $40 to get and $80 every two years. Most of the money goes to Animal Protections so i guess its all good (i wonder if that can be used as a tax deduction ;) )

173080
Nov 4, 2004, 02:32 PM
I saw a car (I believe it was a Corolla, not sure) in Mexico City with "UNIX" on it's license plate.