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The illegals – M1 TGJ

Nothing special, apart from the illegal spacing on this one.

This is just a 2013 Mercedes-Benz C180, but has some extra goodies so gets badged as an AMG Sport.

It’s a pity Mercedes doesn’t make more fuss over improving the C180 – comparing the spec to today’s offering over one I had many years ago makes the earlier model look like a roller skate, and it had almost no ‘toys’ fitted, while the base model today looks like a top luxury spec by comparison with its past.

The motoring hacks used to trot out a standard line and kick Mercedes (and BMW) for having base models that had ‘everything’ as an option, and cranked the price up like a rocket, but I think they’d be out of a job if they tried the same jibe today.

Mercedes [M1TGJ]

Mercedes [M1 TGJ]


January 18, 2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

The illegals – DD08 NLD

If I could afford to change Mercedes this often, and run the risk of a £1,000 fine for illegal spacing on my plate, I think I’d put this plate on retention at the moment, and temporarily replace it with another from my little collection.

I’d be too embarrassed to be seen in public with it, at least while the ignorant orange moron baby was still able to keep up the payments to stay in power of the US.

Last year.

Badgeless Mercedes [DD08 NLD]

Badgeless Mercedes [DD08 NLD]

This year.

Badgeless Mercedes [DD08 NLD]

Badgeless Mercedes [DD08 NLD]

It would seem to be a Mercedes-Benz C 220 AMG Line Premium +.

Bonus Mustang

Not a GT but the possibly more sensible Ecoboost, parked behind the above, so not ignored.

Mustang Ecoboost

Mustang Ecoboost

I’m not entirely sure of the details, but I think this turbo version is easier on the pocket, develops the same horsepower as my V8 (which is twice the size), matches most of the performance, and uses almost half the petrol.

Such is progress, and that doesn’t even consider the performance of electric vehicles – of which this country seems to sadly lag about 5 years behind the reality.

January 10, 2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Two letters and two number still look good even if squinty

This was a nice surprise, spotted almost immediately as I stumbled out of Partick station recently.

68 NC on a trimmed plate fitted to a nice shiny black Mercedes-Benz C250 D AMG Line Premium + (as registered).

With the chances of me ordering a Mercedes these days, let alone an AMG variant, I’m no longer as familiar with AMG as I used to be, but it looks as if ownership of the formerly independent performance tuning operation by Mercedes in recent years has seen a marked reduction in the value of the badge.

While the true performance AMG is identified (usually) by a 2-digit model number such as C63, or a series such as the Black range, it seems that anybody and their dog can have an AMG badge tacked onto a fairly standard car to make it look better. Perhaps merely buying a set of AMG wheels is enough to qualify for the badge. I doubt if many/any of the numerous AMG badged Mercedes in my creaky old neighbours’ drives have any REAL tuning.

And they certainly SOUND nothing like the few genuine AMG C or Blacks that sometime accelerate past my front door.

So, back to Partick and my hint about something being squinty – while the plate layout and spacing is all nice and legal (thank goodness), it looks as if whoever lined up the numbers might have had little too much ‘falling down water’ before they started.

Mercedes C250d [68 NC]

Mercedes C250d [68 NC]

August 17, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

1VAN is rather nice… but still one of ‘The Illegals’

This was a lucky catch, after seeing this one speed past me on the road, and just managing to spot the imaginative use of illegal number and letter spacing on the plate, I later found the same car in the car park of the local supermarket.

If this was an American blog, I’d now be having a hysterical breakdown of some sort as the car is not only parked on the lines of the slot, in the ‘Parent and Child Zone’, but also not even in the car area of the slot, but on the marked area intended to be left clear for doors to open freely to allow parent to access child seats and carriers.

Americans are getting seriously scary about the hysteria they can raise on ‘social media’ sites with such a pic, and I think it is only a matter of time before someone is injured, or even shot. And this same madness is becoming evident here now (note I deliberately avoided this aspect, and could have taken a pic showing this clearly – but my observation/comment/point is on the US).

This one’s interesting for me for various reasons.

I really am behind on Mercedes models, and noting this as a 2011 Mercedes-Benz Cls350 CDI was a bit of a surprise, I really didn’t think the car/model was that old.

And, while I’m still not a great fan of the current UK registration number scheme, I rather like the way this one looks.

Mercedes CLS350 [CS51 VAN]

Mercedes CLS350

July 25, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Mercedes is back (A1 GPM)

Victim of the long dark nights, I clearly failed to spot the return of this Mercedes (recently?) after it suffered an encounter with an impatient driver.

See the original spotting of the incident, when it was totalled as another car drove into the side as it was turning right:

Modified Mercedes

Mercedes Collision 01


I said it would be back, or to be more specific and accurate, that the registration A1 GPM would be back.

Looks like it was repairable, as it still looks like a grey 2013  Mercedes-Bens CLS250 CDI Blue Efficiency. I had suspected the floor pan/chassis might have suffered.

I guess I must have passed this a number of times recently, comfortably parked this time, in the street it was about to turn into in the pic above. But, it’s usually been dark when I pass here until recently, and the chilly weather means ‘Eyes Front!’, and only the recent light evenings and less windy/chilly days means I can look to the side once again.

I wonder how long I’ve been passing it, and never noticed?

The original was back in November of last year.

This is Ogilvie Street, off Tollcross Road.

Nice and shiny – insurance is a wonderful thing (until the no-claim bonus starts to go downhill)…

Mercedes 2 [A1 GPM]

Mercedes 2

May 2, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

When Lois Lane’s Mercedes was seen in Dennistoun – 17 LL

Well, Lois probably have got a lift and been flown in by a ‘Super’ friend.

But we can still pretend, and if he’s busy she might still go for a drive.

Nice to see legit spacing preserved.

I wonder if 77 LL is floating around anywhere? That would look good.



April 14, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Lucky Mercedes spot

It always pays to stay alert and watch out for interesting cars in odd places, and for once I passed this with camera in hand.

The main catch was a classic Mercedes 230SL from 1966. I’m not sure if this one was on the classic circuit when I was part of it and attending shows, mainly because there were a few with single ‘R’ registrations, and my memory isn’t up to recalling the ones I knew back then, it was quite a few years ago.

There’s a nice little collection of cherished registration to be found here sometimes, and on this occasion the van showed a clear connection with the business, flooring if you didn’t notice the sign, and the van’s registration being F10 OOR.

That’s the kind of registration I like.

I definitely don’t like the recent trend I see where you need a ‘Code Book’ in order to work out the sad attempts to equate numbers and letters to make up names and words which frankly, they DON’T, unless you are delusional.

1966 Mercedes 230SL Van F10 OOR

1966 Mercedes 230SL Van F10 OOR

March 10, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Modified Mercedes

Came across a sad sight recently, as a local Mercedes was remodelled by a passing Ford.

Mercedes Collision 01

There’s a street to the right of the cars (where I was standing), and it looks very much as if the Merc was turning into it when the Fiesta (for some reason I cannot guess at as I was not there) seem to have tried to overtake it at the same time, ploughed into the driver’s door. Even if the Merc was not indicating (and there’s no way to tell as I arrived late), the Fiesta should not really have pulled out and passed at the speed the damage suggests. Well, I wouldn’t. I was trained to be cautious, and assume the the other idiot was going to pull out in front of me if things were not crystal clear.

As to the speed of collision, it’s clear that all airbags deployed in both cars, and you can see the new Merc has a full set of side curtain airbags on all the side windows. the Fiesta only had driver and passenger fronts.

A couple of onlookers were still talking about what they had seen, and I heard them say nobody had been hurt, and both drivers were nearby.

Although the road was not actually blocked, traffic was having to inch around the two cars, and the Merc was still drivable, and was taken round the nearest corner. Given the A-pillar crumpling and hinge damage, it’s surprising the door still works.

New safety tech is all very well, but on top of the chassis and body work needed here, there will be cost of six new airbags as well.

I’m wondering if it will be repaired – the impact into the side of the firewall (area behind the dashboard) could go deep, and be too costly to rectify.

Mercedes Collision 02

Mercedes Collision 03

I’m always late.

Usually I see the remnants on the road, or a wall of police surrounding something really nasty, and no inclination to take pics.

Last one was not that long ago, and the pic doesn’t really show the extent of the damage which occurred at a roundabout (not all that far way), where this car’s front suspension was broken and collapsed, and tyre deflated. I guess the car to the right of this one turned left, into it, and caught the offside wheel/suspension (that wing is crumpled), and it collapsed. Not sure about the other side either, as it may have impacted the kerb.

Broken Car

I have no idea what it is, other than one I wouldn’t be seen dead in, especially with one of those (usually) empty boxes on the roof.

And this one, a from a few days earlier.

Collision 3

I didn’t even notice it first time around, as I was walking towards the front, and it just looked like some pretty shoddy parking on the pavement.

But heading back home later, in the opposite direction, saw the modified rear end.

It’s dangerous out there!

November 14, 2015 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

I want the W1 TCH

It’s been a while since I saw a cherished registration I actually wanted, but when I came across the W1 TCH recently, I was immediately attracted to it.

I’m a bit of snob, or maybe just old-fashioned, when it comes to cherished registrations.

I have little time for those formed by the current numbering system, as introduced in 2001, as many of the supposedly interesting words and names formed by them seem to need the help of a code-book to decipher what the seller has in mind, with convoluted conversions of numbers into letters often needed to reach their interpretation.

But most of those created from the earlier systems seem to rely on much less of this nonsense – and can be read without resorting to a code-book in order to work out what they represent.

Such is the W1 TCH.

At least I know I can’t afford it. Even if it was on offer, I’d have to sell something from my own little collection.

Those tyres looked a little fat, and a check showed this to be a blue 2013 Mercedes-Benz C250 AMG Sport CDI of 2,143 cc.

The diesel engine torque means this gets to 62 mph in around 7 seconds, and this model’s (rear) tyres are suitably wider than standard, at 255 mm, so my eye is still working ok.

It’s some years since I climbed into a C-Class Mercedes, and looking at the specs for this one… all I can say is that the standard offering has come a long a way in that time, given what’s included.

Still more interested in the registration though.

Mercedes W1TCH

Mercedes W1TCH

February 10, 2014 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

New Highland home for only UK polar bear

Currently the only polar bear in the UK, Mercedes made an uneventful move from her home in Edinburgh Zoo to a purpose built enclosure within the Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig, Kingussie, this week.

Mercedes had been living in Edinburgh since 1984, when she was rescued from being shot after repeatedly visiting a small town in her home of Canada. Polar bears are dangerous, and if they begin to forage for food in towns have to be shot as there is no practical way to discourage them, and they can kill humans with little more than one swipe of a paw. However, in this case, a member of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RSZZ) had enough contacts, and the Mercedes car company assisted with transport, meaning that this polar bear was rescued. Although naturally solitary animals, Mercedes was paired and had two cubs, To-Nuik and Ohoto, with male Barney.

The new enclosure gives Mercedes over four acres of land to roam, and includes a large pool. The location will also be cooler than Edinburgh, and should see more snow – something that was provided by a snow machine at the zoo.

Great care was taken in the move, with preparations taking some six months in order to familiarise the bear with her enclosure for the trip, which took around three hours to complete, after which she wandered out and began to explore her new home.

Although her original enclosure at the zoo was adequate, it seems the public always wanted to see her have more space. An appeal was launched (the RSZZ is a charity that receives no funding from the likes of government sources) to raise the £300,000 needed to finance the move, and in the end, the society needed to raise only £75,000 in donation, as the Army stepped in and assisted with the provision of labour and machinery needed to construct Mercedes’ new home.

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The Highland Wildlife Park from above

October 23, 2009 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment


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