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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

Oh look – A Vauxhall T1 GRA

Much as I’d liked to have collected this one for myself, I’m limited to Glasgow, and this one was actually spotted some way away, and I’m grateful to the spotter for the contribution.

Not much I can add to this one by way of detail, but I do applaud the owner for resisting any suggestion to turn a nice plate into an illegal plate, and lose the space between the ‘1’ and the ‘G’.

I’m also not sure about the fate of this plate (this is not a new pic, and was captured some years ago) since I’m obviously not going to cough up the readies for a paid report, and none of the ‘free’ services or places I can enquire appear to recognise it.

Be nice if it was spotted again, and we got a hint.

Vauxhall Tigra [T1 GRA]

Vauxhall Tigra [T1 GRA]

Coincidence

While I was messing around and putting this post together, the procrastination actually turned out to be useful, as a very similar plate was featured online:

AstonMartin[TI GER]

Aston Martin [TI GER]

Would sit nicely on something like a Sunbeam Tiger, or a Hillman Avenger Tiger, but I doubt any Tiger owner would pay the possible asking price for this one.

August 14, 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

Two letters and two number on clean white Golf

There’s some irony in giving this post showing a 2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD  a title that includes the word ‘clean’.

2014 means it is bound to be one of Volkswagen’s ‘Dieselgate’ emissions cheat cars, which had software in the engine control that detected when emissions testing was being carried out, and switched to a cheat mode that reduced its emissions for the period of the test, then cancelled itself and restored the engine to normal operation for road use.

After being fined millions, and having to sort things out for drivers, a number of reports from drivers who had their cars ‘fixed’ reported they became almost undrivable, with stalling and hesitation on the road, Volkswagen was not popular with some.

But the real problem was not so much Volkswagen, but the revelation that diesel is, and ALWAYS WAS, dirty, unhealthy, and polluting, and most of its advantages (in terms of small diesels in cars) turned out to be lies and fantasy.

I can’t say that I shed a tear over this, having had many arguments about diesel – usually on the basis of how much better it really was than petrol – yet whenever I did any independent reading/research comparing the two, I found that petrol was the better of the two, or that any diesel advantages were contrived, or aided by legislation or taxation.

I least I don’t have to argue now, and just whisper the word ‘Dieselgate’ if anyone still tries to sell me diesel.

Anyway, while this one doesn’t come from a house near enough to be classified as “Neeb’s Wheels”, it is one I see quite often as it generally lives in the yard of a nearby business.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen the front!

Volkswagen Golf GTD [13 RB]

Volkswagen Golf GTD [13 RB]

July 13, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Nice ONE for a nice sunny day

Last time I had a legit test drive of a Porsche was not long after the 911 was given water-cooled engines to replace the ageing air-cooled offerings. I remember the squeals from the faithful who saw this (vast improvement) as some sort of betrayal, and vowed never to touch such a heretical device. But the reality was that this was long overdue, and persevering with those air-cooled models may have been very clever, making them work at the performance levels demanded, but was at the end of its practical life, and water cooling was a desperately needed upgrade.

Barring a few early niggles, I can say even those first water-cooled cars were already gems – used to wringing my own ‘ordinary’ car to silly revs and having to “run up and down the ‘box” for full performance, the ‘new’ water-cooled, 6-speed, 911 was immediately impressive. It didn’t really care what gear was in use one it was rolling, and flooring the throttle in any of them started a launch. I deliberately tried this in all of them to see if it would bog down, but it refused.

I’d be interested to feel how other in the family compared nowadays, but that’s not going to happen (unless I con my way into the showroom for a test these days).

A look at the price/performance lists for the various ranges is intriguing. While other car makers seem happy to overlap models as regards this, making buyers chose between a fully loaded cheaper model, or bottom end model from the next range up, Porsche seems to keep each sufficiently separate, so each model tends not to stray into the next, but stay in its one niche.

Caught this ONE waiting for the lights to change, and managed to dig out a camera before it made its escape.

Porsche Cayman S [1 WAT]

Porsche Cayman S 2013

July 3, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Two letters and two number again

That was quick – and lucky I shoved the compact in my pocket on a pouring wet day or I’d have missed it.

I’m really not sure about the so-called Mini, which BMW may have retained the rights to the name, if not the original spirit of Sir Alec Issigonis’ original creation.

While it seems to be a fine car with references to the original, that’s really as far as it goes, as from what I hear/read, is considered a step on BMW ownership ladder for those a little short of the readies to buy something with that actual badge attached.

However, the car is neither ‘mini’, not cheap, as in following the low-cost philosophy of the original.

I think the size is thing that spoil it for me.

If you see claims that the new Mini is the same size as the original Range Rover – I’m sad to say that this is neither a myth nor made-up story.

It’s TRUE!

Dig out the original dimensions of the fledging first Range Rover and compare them to the new Mini – while an exact comparison will reveal that the comparison is not wholly accurate, the difference is mere centimetres.

While you might speed an original Mini through a gap that the original Range Rover would have squeezed through, you will have to squeeze a new Mini through that same gap unless you don’t mind losing some paint.

Mini Cooper [79 SG]

2011 Mini Countryman Cooper [79 SG]

June 22, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Two numbers and two letters – nearly always nice

While I don’t think I will EVER come to terms with the horror that is the SUV (by whatever euphemism), or forgive BMW for working its magic on the X5 all those years ago and making it handle, I’ll also probably always like registrations with two numbers and two letters.

I think it’s nothing more than their neatness (obviously shorter than normal), and symmetry (compared to one number and two or three letters) that makes them notable for me. I could list some more ‘features’ but that’s not my intent. But might add I like the cur-down short number plates too.

In this case, lumbered by a fairly huge, black, 2014 Audi Q7 S Line + TDI Quattro A.

It may have been nice and shiny, but this 7-seater mobile cave was taking up the road to carry a tiny kid almost lost n, and able to run around the passenger footwell and get lost. Do people REALLY need a small private bus to themselves?

Audi Q7 78 EC

Audi Q7

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

Glasgow Humane Society Lifeboat car – nice one

Nice surprise while wandering around Glasgow Green recently, the Glasgow Humane Society lifeboat car.

Reasonably sure I haven’t come across this before, but with my memory, who knows?

That thought’s added to by the registration number A2 OAR being attached to it, as I’m also sure I haven’t spotted that sitting around either.

Lifeboat Car [A2OAR]

Lifeboat Car [A2OAR]

Interesting – I thought it had suffered a flat tyre, meaning a grotty steel spare replaced the smart alloy as seen on the front, but… BOTH rears are steel.

June 12, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Would you go for a date in this car?

I’d actually walked past this Mini in Shettleston before the potential of the registration number occurred to me, but I almost automatically run the options in my head as I read a plate.

I don’t like personalised registrations that need the utilisation of a code-book (and illegal character spacing) to work out what the owner had in mind when they bought it.

Letter prefix ‘D’ means this is originally a 1986/7 issue, so not original to this 2005 Mini Cooper and a deliberate choice by the owner.

And it doesn’t take much imagination or effort (or a code-book) to read ‘Date Kill’ from ‘D8 KLL’.

Mini Cooper Registration D8 KLL

Mini Cooper

May 12, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography, 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.

Mercedes

Mercedes

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

How to collect TWO personalised registrations at once

I don’t always trust my eyes, and there’s little point in me claiming any great abilities as regards my memory.

But I thought both had joined forces one day, and were conspiring to make sure I lost whatever little faith I might place in them.

I’d wandered past some road works and noticed the number plates on one of the lorries, and made a mental note to catch a pic on my way back.

On my way back…

Well, I’ll let the pics tell the story, and explain why I thought my eye/memory were playing tricks.

Looking good on the approach, and an interesting number:

Daldowie Trailer EEZ 2227

Daldowie Trailer

A little further on:

Daldowie Lorry RHZ 1622

Daldowie Lorry

 

March 21, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

   

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