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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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