Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Number Plates have the X-factor

We know that number plates are popular with celebrities. And this is true with Aston Merrygold who recently purchased a registration with the letters JLS in honour of being a member of the newest boy band.

Read the full story Pop Success on a Plate for Boy Band Star

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

DVLA Number Plate Auction Round-up

Last week (Wednesday 5th Aug - Friday 7th Aug) saw the fourth DVLA number plate auction of the year. There was a total of 1600 number plates available over the 3 day event. As I reported on Friday last week, the third day of the auction saw the two biggest sales of the event.

The first lot on Friday morning was 4 O which was expected to have considerable interest and it didn't disappoint. Mr Kuwari, a London based member of a Qatar diplomatic family was there to bid for it. It has been reported that the family missed out on the previous 'O' registrations that were auctioned earlier this year. This time however, he managed to secure the registration 4 O for £63,128.75 (including fees and taxes).

4 O however, was not the highest price paid at the auction. Unexpectedly, the number plate 1 PNE, sparked an even bigger bidding war at the auction. A mystery bidder and a buyer who was representing a businessman linked to the football club, Preston North End went head to head for the plate. In the end the mystery buyer got his way with a winning total bid of £86,617.50. No-one before the auction could have predicted that!

Another great looking plate was ST08 ART. We wondered before the start of the auction if the Stobart Group would be interested in this and it seems we were right. Steve O'Conner has a 5% share in the group and is the Executive Director in charge of its Ports Division. Mr O'Connor paid £43,348.75 for ST08 ART. He also purchased two other unrelated plates at the auction.

Other notable ones that sold are:

PAL 4S: £19,366
JUT 1A: £14,915
HAY 33R: £13,432
888 MAX: £12,072
KHA 44N: £10,465
F1 HOT: £9,970
ANG 1M: £9,970
CO09 ERS: £9,476
AND 1P: £9,105
ARF 44N: £9,105
DAR 5H: £9,105
81 DW: £7,498

And a great one L1 CKS was sold for £18,624.

(All prices shown include fees and taxes)

Friday, 7 August 2009

DVLA number plate auction update

There is currently a DVLA number plate auction in progress at the RBS Williams F1 Conference Centre in Wantage, Oxfordshire.

Before the auction, 4 O was expected to be the star of the show. The registration 4 O is the fourth number to be auctioned this year as part of the 'O' series that started with 1 O being sold in January for £210,000 (including fees and tax). 2 O was sold in March for £142,248.75 and 3 O went for £63,128.75 in June 2009.

The auction finishes later on today and so far the two most expensive registrations have been sold on this final day.

As expected there was quite a bit of interest in 4 O which was eventually sold for £63,128.75 - the exact same amount that 3 O was sold for.

More surprisingly was the registration 1 PNE. There was considerable interest in this number plate. It even surpassed the price achieved for 4 O. 1 PNE sold for a total price of £86,617.50. Who could the winner of this be? If anyone has any ideas, let me know.

I'll write a complete roundup of the auction on Monday.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Number Plates Gallery

I am loving our number plates gallery! Have you seen it lately? Well, let me tell you a bit about it.

The gallery is a collection of cars with personalised number plates. These are photos that have been collected over the years or have been sent in by customers and number plate spotters. A huge thanks goes to Noel Woodall and Brian Heaton who have allowed to reproduce images from their books so that you can see the historical photos and really see the plate 'through the ages'.

So for example you can see the registration CRA 1G on four different cars.

You can also search on car make, so if you just want to see Ferraris, you can. Or you can filter the pictures by category such as business, celebrity or no 1 plates. Or if you are looking for a particular registration, maybe one that you have bought or sold, you can search for that too.

And it's not just UK registrations we are looking for. There is also an international category with photos from countries such as France, Poland and Hong Kong.

And if you your photo isn't there, why not send it in for inclusion? We are hoping that this will be the biggest and best collection of great cars and number plates on the web, so it would be great if you could be part of it.

So why not take a look for yourself - number plates gallery.

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Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Ramside Hall, Number Plates and a Competition

It's great seeing how companies use number plates to advertise their business. One example is the Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club situated in County Durham.

A little while ago, Ramside decided to add some branding by acquiring a number plate for the company minibus. As you can see from the picture below, they couldn't have found a more apt registration and it looks great on their minibus. is currently running a comptition in association with Ramside Hall Hotel. The prize is a night's bed and breakfast for two in the luxurious setting of the North-East's most prestigious hotel.

Why not have a go at

If you win, you may decide to go during a weekend when Ramside hold one of their many events. A particular favourite is the various tribute acts ranging from Dolly Parton to Elvis to Michael Jackson. Sounds like it should be great fun.

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Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Ferrari Concours 2009

Went to the Ferrari National Concours at Broughton House in Northamptonshire on June 28th. Was a very hot day and a there was a great turn with some beautiful cars. There must have been 200 Ferraris there that day. And of course a lot of them had great number plates on them.

Thought I'll share some pictures with you.

For more photos why not check out our number plate gallery.