Secret Scotland

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The illegals P24 ORN

Maybe I’d better not say too much this one, spotted on a 2017 Vauxhall Corsa as it whizzed past my bus.

No doubt about the illegal spacing, but more interesting at what it looks like, since DVLA supposedly withholds any registrations that could look ‘questionable’.

No real doubt about the intent, especially as it has an ‘Instagram this’ sticker attached.

2017 Vauxhall Corsa [P24 ORN]

2017 Vauxhall Corsa [P24 ORN]

30/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

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

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

I miss everything, even on my own doorstep

While I might not be too upset about missing most of the action around me (it usually involves some sort of serious injury or death these days, and I’m glad not to have been anywhere near it at the time), I was ever so slightly irritated to have missed something almost outside my door.

I had even seen the signs, but trees blocked my view of the scene.

I’d glanced at the rear of a strange car in a neighbour’s drive, attracted by what looked like flashing, coloured LEDs in the rear light housing. After looking closer, I realised it was the amber warning lights on a vehicle I couldn’t see because of trees. This is not unusual (even the street sweeper has strobes), and I didn’t pay any more attention.

A few hours later I headed out to the shops, and found out why there had been flashing light behind the trees.

The broken grille and various other bits from a Vauxhall had been swept off the road – clearly there had been a collision, but with only the breakable parts from the front of the Vauxhall (and some recognisable bits from inside the grille area), I could only guess the driver had not noticed ‘the car in front’ slowing down, or even stopping, as it got ready to turn right at this junction.

Unfortunately, there’s not much to break, or have fall off and get left behind from the back of most cars, compared to the front, so there was nothing lying around except these Vauxhall bits.

A handy reminder of how hard it can be to take a decent pic of items on a wet road, due to the way the layer of water acts as a mirror-like reflector, making it hard to pick out items thanks to the small size of the lamps on lampposts. And, down here at least, we seem to be quite far down the list for getting LED street light updates.

The low-light sodium yellow shot needed a fair bit of shadow/highlight tweaking to make the broken bits appear under the monochrome yellow light.

The flash actually fared little better, and also needed a lot of manual processing. This is because the flash is little more than a point source on the camera axis, and the wet surface act like mirrors, so most of the light is lost as it reflects off it into the distance, and only a little is reflected back to the camera.

Both pretty poor, even after processing, but you can at least see the evidence of a Vauxhall – although the other bits are still hard to see.

Collision Low Light

Collision Low Light

This really is the same scene, photographed a few seconds after the first under the street lights, but using flash.

The two different light sources make quite the difference, and could be significant if pics were being taken for use as evidence. Taking a lot, of each, would be a really good idea if that was their purpose.

Some items appear to missing when the pics are compared, and even the detail on some objects appears to be different when they are matched.

Collision Flash

Collision Flash

Quite a surprise when I got the original back and saw how bad they were.

Then again, it’s so long since I took pics like this, I’d almost forgotten about the hassle of rainy, wet pics as I tend to prefer staying dry these days.

Weird observation…

Later(as in days, not hours), when I passed this again, it looked as if someone had thrown a bag of that white stuff used to mop up oil and chemical spills. Given the rainstorms of the past say or so, I think that might have been a waste of time, and was needed when this collision happened, not days later, after heavy rain.

13/10/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

The illegals – B11 OPT

This one’s been around for a while, but never left sitting where it’s been convenient to add to the collection.

I think the pun or joke works fine without the illegal spacing, so the risk of a £1,000 fine for it seems pointless.

Afraid this is still a sodium light street, hence the odd colours.

PS – Look at the small print near the top left corner (they’re breeding here).

Vauxhall [B11 OPT]

Vauxhall [B11 OPT]

04/05/2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Another ‘miss’ from my collection

I’m always surprised when I pass this one, TRA 44.

Currently on a 2007 Vauxhall Corsa, a surprisingly humble host for this registration.

This one’s a little odd, as it would qualify as a “Neeb’s Wheels” entry if was on a supercar or similar, being so close, but I don’t think I’ve ever tripped over it parked anywhere, or ever even seen it on the road – hence classifying it as a ‘surprise’.

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

Vauxhall Corsa [TRA 44]

Vauxhall Corsa [TRA 44]

16/04/2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Michelle Mone moved here

Michelle Mone moved in – and nobody told me!

Only the Baroness could afford this registration (yes, I’m just kidding).

Vauxhall Bra [P25 BRA]

Vauxhall Bra

Going from memory (risky!) I think we only have one other BRA wandering the streets, and if my memory is in fact working, it’s on a Ferrari. But it never stops here, so I’ve never managed to catch it.

07/01/2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Another EV (REX) surprise as I trip over an Ampera

After being haunted by multiple BMW i3 sightings, on the same day I got another electric car surprise, when I came across a Opel Vauxhall Ampera (sorry, as noted before, my info usually come from US sources, rather than generally moronic coverage of cars with battery power, so I recognise this as an Opel Ampera). To be even more honest, I really see it as a Chevy Volt, which is what it was originally developed as, years before it went on sale.

This is not a pure EV, but a hybrid, or REX (range extended) vehicle. From memory, you have around 50 miles of battery only range, then a 1.4 litre engine kicks in to extend the range. I’ll say no more – having read all the arguments and debates about HOW that system works, other than to note you can have the battery charged by the engine, or plug it in,

I have to confess to watching the Ampera on the forecourt of the dealer around the corner, when it was introduced, and thinking about conning them out the test drive on offer, but chickened out. Although I’d done this a few times when picking a new car, I didn’t feel like finding out what they did when I turned up on foot, without a current car to leave behind when I drove off in their demonstrator.

Oh well.

The Ampera is quite striking in appearance, and I’ve never seen in the wild, although as you can see, they been around for over three years at least.

Vauxhall Ampera

Vauxhall Ampera

07/10/2017 Posted by | photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Missed me again – but that will buff out

After I decided to let the ‘Missed me again’ joke wind down a little, and not bother with ever mangled railing that was mown down while I was not following a particular route, it seems that this has just meant the Murphy (you know who I mean, the famous Murphy of Murphy’s Law) has upped his game, and is going to try harder.

I’m back on my old Shettleston loop, which I’ve missed for a while.

Not exactly related to my ‘Missed me’ them, I’ve noticed an interesting side street where a number of white Transits are parked.

Nothing interesting about that, until you look at their wheels – nearly all have flat tyres (but only the bottom part!), and this has been the case when I’ve looked for some nights now, after spotting the first one.

Anyway, back to the real subject, and it was nice of this van to put in the effort to mark my return to some waddling along the streets of Shettleston for a while.

As an aside, I have noted a number of people look at similar crash collision damage, sneer, and point to it as an example of how rubbish modern cars are compared to the ‘tanks’ of yesteryear.

That’s a gross error and demonstrates a fair degree of ignorance.

It forgets, or ignores, that the front end of a modern or current car is designed as a crumple zone, intended to deform progressively in a controlled manner and absorb the energy of a collision rather than allow it to be passed back to the passenger compartment, and ultimately to the occupants.

Modified Vauxhall

Modified Vauxhall


They’re not going away (unlike the Vauxhall, gone the next day when I passed)!

Those Transits I mentioned are coming and going (but who can tell one or more white Transits apart?), and still have flat bits on their tyres, and still only at the bottom:

Flat Tyre Transit(s)

Flat Tyre Transit(s)

For what it’s worth, the valve caps all seem to be on, and there’s no obvious damage.

We used to have something similar in our works vans, when we visited some customers who were less than careful with the dross the their manufacturing areas and let metal shaving get carried into their yard.

We’d find our tyres kept deflating overnight, and only twigged when we found small shards of metal in the tread.

Guess what – we didn’t park in their yard any more, despite the ‘favour’.

10/08/2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment


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