Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

Time for a good DIG

I just realised I haven’t seen many registrations of this format in recent years.

DIG 4446 seen on a 2014 Vauxhall Mokka (I’m so far out of touch I’ve almost never even heard of that model, clearly around for at least five years too – oh well).

I wonder if the owner is a keen gardener?

It’s a form of number I’ve never known the significance of for owners who are prepared to buy them, and seldom forms a recognisable word or name, so maybe the number, (always four digits) rather than the letters, is the key feature for them. I can’t recall ever coming across one with any text/caption below the number, explaining the choice.

Maybe someone will give me a clue.

2014 Vauxhall Mokka [DIG 4446]

2014 Vauxhall Mokka [DIG 4446]


30/03/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Sometimes… it’s easy to ‘read’ a plate

As registration number sales people get more and more desperate to sell somebody a plate and make their commission, the looney interpretations they put on numbers, to convince buyers they read as letters, gets dafter and dafter over time – see this reference I made to MAR 573N recently, when somebody sent me a pic of it spotted on a Bentley.

Good plates don’t have to be contrived (or illegally spaced) to make their point.

I like this simple example a lot more than the effort mentioned, where a fast-talking sales rep talked somebody into believing a ‘3’ looks like an ‘O’.

I’m surprised they didn’t throw in a few plastic bolts as well – a black one to make up the missing part, and a white (or yellow) one to obscure the horizontal stroke.

I’m NOT criticising the owners (who have to take what they can get as there is limited supply/choice sometimes), but having traded a few plates myself, think the selling agents can be a little TOO imaginative at times.

2013 Nissan NV200 [R23 MFL]

2013 Nissan NV200 [R23 MFL]

18/03/2019 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

1 DUN forgot this one

Another one that slipped through the net, and a pic so old the car attached to the plate has fallen off and been replaced, currently by a 2018 Jaguar F-Pace R-Sport (sadly, another diesel).

Previously on a Mercedes CLK 270 (but a CDI) when it almost managed to slip past me, traffic lights helped for once.

I know it’s not, because he and his family all have a series of plates which represent their initials, this could have been ideal for my wealthy entrepreneurial neighbour, as the head of the family, he could have claimed the best plate.

Mercedes CLK270 [1 DUN]

Mercedes CLK270 [1 DUN]

Funny thing, I usually spot locations fairly easily when looking at bits of Glasgow caught in pics, but this one has me slightly lost. There is an identifiable feature – but the business it represents has two adjacent locations, and one looks quite different from the other. I thought I’d found the wrong spot – until I looked next door (at the one not given as the address).

19/02/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Who runs with 1 WH

It’s taken me so long to throw this one up – the owner’s dumped the car and bought a new one!

I had thought I might find out who 1 WH belonged to, since I came across in the car park at Celtic, Parkhead, but as I simply don’t move around ANY football related cliques, that never happened.

Caught on a genuine Mercedes AMG S65 saloon (as opposed to the sad ‘AMG Line’ kid on), 1 WH is now to be found on a 2018 Rolls Royce Ghost V12 EWB Auto.

The S65 price tag is at least £186,000 not counting any factory options (if there are any), and it delivers something like 621 bhp and 737 lb ft from a twin-turbo 6.0 litre V12, reaching 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. But, slower to 60 by only 0.1 second, the lighter S63 is probably a better bet and nicer to drive, and saves too, being only around £125,000. Oh, get the 155 mph limiter upped to 186 mph as part of the £2,755 AMG Driver’s Package, which also includes a spot of driver training.


Sad to say, that still means no 200 mph (on the Autobahn of course, not the M8), so you’ll still be getting passed.

The Rolls is £237,600 – on the road, 6.6 litre and 575 lb ft, and delivers 572 bhp. 62 mph arrives in 4.9 seconds. Limited to 155 mph.

Mercedes AMG S65 [1 WH]

Mercedes AMG S65 [1 WH]

Oh well – back to normal, and reality.


02/02/2019 Posted by | photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Appropriate registration is… appropriate

There are a few fairly expensive registrations which owners have found for their businesses, and some of them are very good matches.

But I rather like some of the simpler and more common options (as opposed to a completely unique plate), which are affordable, and need no imagination to make the connection.

This is an old(ish) pic I misplaced, but was intrigued to see the same vehicle still carries the plate

2011 Toyota Hilux [Y6 MOW]

2011 Toyota Hilux [Y6 MOW]

31/01/2019 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Familiar number not seen often

One of those numbers I always recognise, but seldom see, and never seems to be the same place twice.

No idea what it ‘means’.

I always wonder where they go when they switch between being seen often, then vanishing for a while.

This was a chance sighting on some ‘spare ground’ a while ago, and I thought I’d just dig it up as I noticed the info for it showed it was now on the same type/colour of car, but a newer one than caught in the pic.

Interesting that someone would get near enough exactly the same car as a replacement – I’m used to seeing surprising changes when my neighbours change theirs, or worse still, convert to hulking great brutes of (dirty diesel) SUVs or 4x4s.

Oh… the Jag’s a diesel.

Jaguar XF D [268 LDV]

Jaguar XF D [268 LDV]

28/01/2019 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

What does File Transfer Protocol have to do with sectarianism?

Sometimes I think those who make up claims they are subject to abuse can be worse than those who actually carry out such abuse.

Take this silly case of the Catholic Church which has just call for a crackdown on licence plates which it has suddenly decided are’sectarian’.

It might be worth noting that they’re a bit late making up this one, since these registration numbers have been around for years, LOTS of years. And, I might add, been driving around Glasgow for years, apparently without issue – until today.

This is really a case of people with too much time on their hands, LOOKING for things to make a problem of, and CAUSE problems.

The Catholic Church have called for a ban on “sectarian” licence plates after one bearing the letters FTP went on sale in Bearsden.

The reg S6 FTP was advertised on Gumtree by a seller near Glasgow for around £1000.

The ad – which has been taken down– suggested it would appeal to Rangers supporters, according to the Daily Record .

It added that the plate was originally on a fans’ minibus.

A spokesman for Call it Out, who campaign against anti-Catholic and anti-Irish hate crime, said: “It is clear from the sale of a number plate bearing these three letters that both seller and buyer recognise the value they have for those who wish to showcase their intolerance in this fashion.”

Catholic Church calls for crackdown on ‘sectarian’ licence plates after FTP one goes on sale in Glasgow


These registrations have been around for years, clearly visible on cars all around the UK.

This is NOT about the registration.

It is about a SAD response to a Daily Record article, written as almost malicious, trouble-making clickbait, which the church, and its supporters, should not have risen to, or taken up with the Daily Record, whose writing and intent were clearly to stir up trouble, or at least a reaction.

Involving, or targetting the DVLA was a silly move.

Thanks to the Church, and the Daily Record, there’s probably a load of genuine bigots looking for these plates (who would not have bothered before) now that they know the Church’s reaction, and that it is worth the effort/cost.


I just had a look at one of my cherished registration number dealers.

The have some 200 similar letter plates on offer.

And that’s just ONE dealer.

Genuine H8 Plate

Given its hysterical reaction to the innocent S6 FTP on offer.

What might the church’s response be to this genuine H8 plate, coincidentally currently on offer for £700.

H8 FTP Yours for £700

H8 FTP Yours for £700

17/01/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Not sure – BJ 7

First interesting registration seen this year (well, locally, not in Glasgow city, where it’s too easy), and I’m not sure I’d want to live behind it.

I’m sure the jokes about BJ 7 would soon become boring, or worse.

Apart from that, I like it – even if I do hear the theme song to ‘BJ and the Bear’ echoing in my head every time I look at it – EVERY… DAMNED… TIME!

Sad to see a BMW X6 with a depressing diesel too, so this one was doubly disappointing.

2018 BMW X6 D [BJ 7]

2018 BMW X6 D [BJ 7]

This particular pic has confirmed a new irritation in WordPress (which is becoming quite irritating for a number of other reasons – and I don’t really want to change platforms) – when I upload a pic, the code now seems to change all the file name characters to lower case, so I have to edit it to keep it spelling and grammar correct in captions and the like.


11/01/2019 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Nice and short Mercedes 89 P

I do quite like short registrations, usually meaning a really old/historic number has been saved from obscurity or loss.

I miss the earlier day, when it was possible to buy books listing the owners of such numbers. Now, every Tom, Dick, and Harriet can have one, and apart from a few extremely expensive examples, they don’t stay with the same owner.

I didn’t even realise I had been standing beside this one for a while (grabbing pics of something else), so collected it while I was there.

I guess the only grumpy thing is that it’s a diesel, and an AMG Line, meaning it has AMG cosmetic parts, but is not really an AMG.

I shouldn’t really moan, I did this to all my lesser cars – but then again, the factory wouldn’t.

2017 Mercedes C250 AMG Line [89 P]

2017 Mercedes C250 AMG Line [89 P]

05/01/2019 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

What’s a HUL1E?

I almost forgot about this, spotted a while ago.

I think I’ve been spending too much time in Glasgow recently, where there are plenty of interesting plates, and spotting them is not as interesting there as it is closer to home, amongst all the east end poverty the media tells us of, where nobody should be able to afford such frippery, and has to deal with the hassle of parking it around the corner, out of sight of the food bank they’re visiting.

I had a quick look for this as a name, but came up empty.

Spotted on a 2010 Volvo XC90, HUL 1E, obviously personal, but nothing obvious.

2010 Volvo XC90 [HUL 1E]

2010 Volvo XC90 [HUL 1E]


Sad to say, (almost) nobody ever rises to a question or query raised in the blog nowadays, even if I try to provoke one.

I ended up answering this question for myself while reading about some events.

I’m not giving the answer away (but there are two or three possibilities, so this avoids picking one and being wrong), but suggest that in the rare event anyone is remotely interested, then look for ‘hoolie‘.


31/12/2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

A neighbour’s interesting pair

It goes back a few years, but we used to have some friends who lived nearby. But they weren’t young, and we eventually lost touch, then noted their house was for sale, then sold, then tarted it up, then for sale, then sold again.

The buyer didn’t have far to come, and I thought they’d bought a second home, near their first, since I know most of the local personal plates.

This isn’t hard to do, especially if they’re particularly notable, like this almost matching pair.

Although there are one or two ‘close’ or ‘similar’ pairs that float around, I can never catch them.

But they’re not as good as these two.

Even the paint matches.

I don’t usually guess (wrong too often), but maybe this time, Ryan?

2011 Audi A6 [V7 RYN]

2011 Audi A6 [V7 RYN]

2016Vauxhall Vivaro Sportive [RYN 7V]

2016Vauxhall Vivaro Sportive [RYN 7V]

30/12/2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

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