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Old Lincolnian
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1 of 19  Wed 10th Jul 2013 11:58am  
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Did anyone else do this or was it just me and a few friends? Blush Looking back it seems one of the most pointless things to have done, but it was also one of cheapest. We used to go down to the main road to write down the numbers plates of cars as they drove past. The object was to collect all the numbers from 1 to 999 and also to collect each combination of registration letters (usually the last two letters, I seem to remember the first letter was the year of regstration) Ian Allen (of trainspotting book fame) and I-Spy both produced books of the registration letters so we could work out where the vehicles were first registered.
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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2 of 19  Wed 10th Jul 2013 12:39pm  
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We went to cars in the park in Lichfield on Sunday and there was a chap taking photos of all the cars and number plates. He said he was doing just that, trying to collect a car with each number.
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Old Lincolnian
Coventry
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3 of 19  Wed 10th Jul 2013 12:44pm  
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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4 of 19  Thu 11th Jul 2013 7:28pm  
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Didn't collect the numbers as a youngster, but the letters, yes! - the last two denoting the place of registration Coventry's were RW, WK, KV, VC, DU, HP Birmingham's were all or most of the O-'s Others I recall were CV (Cornwall), VV (Northamptonshire), MA (Cheshire), RE and RF (Staffordshire) Warwickshire had WD, AC and UE
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Old Lincolnian
Coventry
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5 of 19  Fri 12th Jul 2013 10:59am  
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I am pleased to know that we weren't the only ones. My local registration letters were FE and VL. We also used to collect car leaflets. The father of a friend on mine taught us how to write letters to garages to ask for a leaflet on a new model so they would think it was an adult asking and therefore a potential sale. Unfortunately this backfired on a couple of occasions with salesmen turning up at our houses offering test drives. Most saw the funny side though but when one salesman found out that nobody in my family drove he threatened to report us, stormed out to his car, slammed the door, started the engine and then promptly stalled it. He eventually drove off down the street red-faced with everybody sniggering at him Big grin
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TonyS
Coventry
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6 of 19  Fri 12th Jul 2013 5:37pm  
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EGX432 was my fathers first vehicle - a black 1952 Ford Anglia. His second was OHP331, another Ford Anglia. I know the second is local, but EGX? I'm sure someone will be able to enlighten me Thumbs up
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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7 of 19  Fri 12th Jul 2013 6:12pm  
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Just looked it up for you, GX was London South East
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pixrobin
Canley
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8 of 19  Mon 28th Apr 2014 12:12pm  
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I used to collect car registrations as a lad, but it was the letters rather than the numbers that interested me. Even the latest registration letters refer to locations. A list can be found here: Modern Car Registrations
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deanocity3
keresley
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9 of 19  Mon 28th Apr 2014 9:57pm  
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My dad had a Ford Capri PRW 82G, he sold it, and the chap he sold it to turned it into a Hot Rod racing car
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woodford
coventry
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10 of 19  Sun 11th May 2014 8:53pm  
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That's brought back memories! We used to collect numbers in Howat Road, Keresley End in the 60's - don't know why, as there were hardly any cars then! Big grin
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mcsporran
Coventry & Cebu
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11 of 19  Mon 12th May 2014 10:49am  
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There's a document describing the early history of the vehicle registration mark system here (pdf file).
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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12 of 19  Wed 14th May 2014 3:28pm  
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Whilst walking through the Oxfordshire market town of Bicester this morning, I noticed a 2013 Range Rover bearing a "cherished" number plate - AKV1 This would originally have been issued by Coventry - I wonder when it first appeared, and if there are any records/photos of it "in a previous life"? Oh my
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Slim
Another Coventry kid
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13 of 19  Wed 3rd Aug 2016 8:54am  
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I never collected car numbers, but remember, as young kid on holiday (in the UK of course, typically a caravan holiday in Devon, in the days before anyone could afford holidays abroad, cos we was poor...etc.), my father saying "that family is from Coventry". "How do you know, Daddy, do you know them?" "No, it's the number plate. VC - that's from Coventry. And RW, and HP sauce. O in the middle is Birmingham. WD is Warwickshire." He explained that he'd picked this up over the years simply by observation. WD was his favourite. He would have liked WD1 on his car, for WD were his initials.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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14 of 19  Thu 4th Aug 2016 12:37pm  
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Woodford. Yeh, I remember as a kid on a tram, between Longford and Bishop Street, I counted very tall factory chimneys, my sister counted not registrations but number of cars, and I had twice as many numbers as my sister.
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Slim
Another Coventry kid
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15 of 19  Thu 4th Aug 2016 12:49pm  
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Many moons ago, we were driving through Birmingham, and spotted the plate BERT on an old Allegro some way ahead. When we caught up with it at the lights, we realised it was actually 13 ERT, illegally spaced to read BERT!
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