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Neeb’s wheels 11

Spotted hiding ‘In the wild’ a while ago, this may not be one of the possible super cars some of my neighbour’s try to intimidate me with, but I would have to say that I’m rather impressed by this one. Dating from 2006, this blue BMW 525D M Sport A baulks the usual trend of not keeping a car for more than a few years.

While I’ve been in the position of being obliged to change my car every few years, with no option to retain it as the company policy is frequent renewal, I prefer to keep one I like, and look after it.

The treatment some of those cars, only a year or two old at most, got from the drivers was pathetic, and the manufacturer usually carried the can and bore the cost of their neglect and abuse. Having seen this first hand, I often wonder at the accuracy of many negative reports about some makes.

This one has lived along the road from me for years, yet I have no idea just what the significance of 234 GFJ means to the owner.


2016BMW525[234 GFJ]

2016 BMW 525 [234 GFJ]


September 17, 2017 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Coincidentally – 2 CFG suggests property is good business

After yesterday’s mention of poor cherished registration languishing on a street advert, on the same day I collected that one I could have been forgiven I was being stalked by another.

I spent that afternoon around Alexandra Parade, and it seemed that every time I stopped and looked behind me, the same white Range Rover Evoque was there. While the driver could maybe have used the exercise, she preferred to visit (apparently ALL) the estate agents along the Parade by driving between them, a distance that could easily be walked, and probably more rapidly on foot than by getting into and out of traffic, plus the time to find a parking spot.

However, the two registrations confirm the hardly surprising conclusion that property is good business, if you know what to do.

(I did look at the same area on Google, but there’s no sign of this one).

Range Rover Evoque [2 CGF]

Range Rover Evoque [2 CGF]

September 16, 2017 Posted by | Transport, photography | , | Leave a comment

17 WC – A shameful fate

I spotted 17 WC while wandering along Alexandra Parade towards the city, and it was a sad sight to see.

I’m not referring to its presence on a little Suziki (I’m sure that those who use such language would consider this to be ‘kewl’), rather the shame and embarrassment this cherished registration must be feeling after being attached to an advertisement.

If anyone renting or leasing from the business concerned thinks they are paying too much…

17 WC could be put to much better and fun use, perhaps by a plumber. (I haven’t got around to putting together my pics of “Connie’s” yet, but one of their installations would be ideal for this one. I’ll have to get to these pics soon).

Reading online reviews (if they are to be believed) would suggest that plumbers would be well able to afford this one.

I got a bonus with this pic, when I was checking the location on Google Earth/Maps.

I like to mock the rules that blackmail Google (and of course all the other providers) to blur things like registrations and faces.

This is to avoid those cheating on their spouses, or visiting sex shops, from being identified (and blackmailed instead of Google).

In this case, I get to show my pic matched with the Google pic, and showing the registration they were obliged to hide.

Suzuki [17 WC]

Suzuki [17 WC]

And, as spotted on Google:

Google Earth Suzuki

Google Earth Suzuki

Intriguingly, I happened to glance at the view down this street from the Parade. It’s different, and doesn’t show this one.

To be more accurate, the dates of the imagery change at this point, and this just comes into view with last east glance down the street.

September 15, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

The illegals – Still illegal even if you are S600REE

Spotted in a local car park, another illegally spaced plate which I guess the sales rep convinced someone it either looks like their name, or perhaps they are immigrants from Canada, and want to make sure everyone knows they are sorry via S600 REE, as displayed with no space on this grey 2015 Vauxhall Insignia SRI CDTI Ecoflex.

I’m only having a fun guess at this one, and might even be right in my interpretation, but as I generally note these days, I’m not really that impressed by the sometimes dire interpretation the plate sellers put on some of their offerings (reading private ads can sometimes be hysterical, when a seller’s imagination is possibly/clearly influenced by drugs or alcohol), when you need to spend time with a code-book to hand in order to work out what they mean.

Barring novelty plates, if you can’t ‘read’ it within a few seconds of seeing it, it’s a fail.

Maybe that’s why I have a soft spot for plates with only 2 letters – probably initials, and seldom needs guesswork or screwing up eyes to ‘see; what the salesperson saw.

But who cares? It looks interesting.

Be nice to know what it REALLY represents – if you know, please add a comment below.

Vauxhall Insignia [S600 REE]

Vauxhall Insignia [S600 REE]

September 8, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , , | 1 Comment

This plate could be a legal emergency

This is (yet) another of those pics I could (should?) have a number of versions of in my collection – had I been a little more awake as I wandered around in my usual daze.

From memory, it’s been seen on a number of vehicles over the years, but with my memory, there isn’t even going to be an attempt to name any. Suffice to say I’ve seen it so often I almost don’t notice it now.

This one looks a LOT newer, but is apparently a 2010 Lexus RX 450H Se-I CV. That said, current models are actually strikingly different in front appearance, and sport the more recent corporate theme of a full height grille.

Lexus RX 450H

Lexus RX 450H

But the real interest here is the cute little graphic embedded in the left of the plate:

999 LAW graphic

999 LAW graphic

Some say… look across the road, top left in the first pic, for a clue.

September 2, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Neeb’s wheel’s – 11

Technically not really a “Neeb’s wheel’s” member since I can’t just go for a walk and find it (I think), I’m stretching the point for this one on the basis of the registration number as it’s such an old friend. It’s also been some considerable time since I last saw it.

There was a time when this appeared on much lesser cars (going by memory, I think it was on a Ford Fiesta when I first started to notice it, but there was another one around at the time, so don’t quote me on this, I could easily be getting them confused after many years), and was often in my street and nearby, but I never saw it at a house.

That said, I think the same folk (another branch) might actually be neighbours as one of the ‘big houses’ just around the corner sports cars with the same name reflected in the registrations.

Like many I’ve watched over the years, this one has worked its way upmarket, and assuming my memory is halfway right about that early Fiesta, things have certainly improved with its arrival on a shiny new 2017 Ford Mustang GT Auto.

While the true enthusiast used to laugh at the old Ford Mustang on the basis that it could only go fast in a straight line (thanks to suspension designed to cope with American highways), that’s far from true today, with pony (and muscle cars in general) all benefiting from designs based on selling in a world market when that sort of flaw would be instant death to potential sales, even with enthusiasts for the type who might be willing to ignore such a mistake.

2017 Ford Mustang GT Auto [82181 PE]

2017 Ford Mustang GT Auto [82181 PE]

I don’t give away personal details online, but things on public display are… public, so I can hint that the ‘E’ on the plate, and the ‘E’ on the sandwich board that happens to be on the right, are related.

Nice to see 8281 again, it’s been too long.

August 22, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, 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

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]


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

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