Registration Numbers Club
Records, Records and Rallies
What a year it's been for cherished number plate prices. Roman Abramovich, the 37 year old Russian billionaire, paid a record price of £285,000 for VIP 1 earlier this year, a replica of which was used to mark the visit to Ireland of Pope John Paul ll and displayed on the famous Popemobile. Amazingly this record, too, was broken at the beginning of July when Bonham's sold M 1 during the Goodwood Festival of Speed weekend at Lord March's stately home in West Sussex. An original 1903 issue granted to the owner of Tatton Park in Cheshire for his 16hp Darracq, it sold for an all-in figure of £331,500, a staggering price when you consider that its auction estimate was just £80,000-£120,000. The plate was owned by the National Trust and the money raised will go to conservation projects on the estate. The lucky buyer wishes to remain anonymous but said he had bought it for his 6 year old son's birthday and that it will stay in the North- West of England.
The 2006 RNC Rally
On Sunday 25 June over 85 cars all bearing cherished number plates descended on a sunny Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire for the Registration Numbers Club annual rally. Several members and their partners stayed in the area for the weekend and attended an excellent dinner on the previous evening in Woburn village at the Bell Hotel & Restaurant.
Registration Numbers Club rallies provide a meeting point for members from all around the country to get together for an informal meeting and participate in a light hearted competition where their registrations are placed in different classes - best No.1 plate, best prefix plate, best name plate, farthest distance travelled, etc. with these being voted for by the members themselves. A splendid selection of trophies were awarded to class winners and a raffle with donated prizes raised funds to help support the club.
As with all organisations these days, the Registration Numbers Club does need a regular supply of funds to operate and we are indebted to several registration dealers for sponsorship of our not inconsiderable costs - marquee hire, site rental and trophies - and without whose financial assistance our rallies would not be as successful as they are.
For those enthusiasts in the far north of the country an additional regional rally was held this year near Aberdeen. The Grampian Transport Museum in Alford was the venue on Sunday, 13 August and all proceeds from this event were donated to UNICEF. This is being organised by one of our Scottish area members, Sam Murray.