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What’s Going On With Personalised Registration LEW 1S?

June 27, 2008
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by Nationla Numbers

F1 champ Lewis HamiltonI’ve been reading with interest the reports of Lewis Hamilton and the LEW 1S number plate he’s supposed to have bought.

Now, allegedly, Hamilton denies buying the plate, thoughtfully adding a bit of a snub towards number plates - something along the lines of: “why would anyone want to actually buy a number plate?”.

However there must have been some truth in the story because both The Telegraph and ITV posted news articles stating that Hamilton had bought the personalised number plate, for the grand sum of lb200,000.

Fellow number plate dealers have released a good number of press articles relating to the number plate story. One in particular proposes that the purchase was in fact a ruse masterminded by the private owner of the registration, property tycoon Bob Lewis, designed to generate hype and interest in the number plate by riding on the back of Lewis’s fame.

Whatever the truth is – it’s actually a fantastic number plate for Lewis! But, as with most things in life, there’s always room for improvement.

Nationla Numbers are now taking pre-orders for previously unreleased F registrations. This is the last big prefix release so Lewis had better move fast (although I’m sure that won’t be a problem!).

Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton, 23, born January 7, 1985 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, whose latest win was the 2008 Monaco Grand Prix, could pre-order the fast and furious F registration F1 LEW, or F1 LDH, both a nice way to combine the significance of Lewis’s career and his name / intitals in one registration!

Or how about a search which will hunt through ALL the 30 million registrations we have on our database? LEW 7S is a quality number plate in these results, or he could just browse all Lewis number plates.

There are so many ways to find what you’re looking for. Don’t be afraid to search for absolutely anything! The search really is that powerful and easy-to-use! Try our Number Plates Search yourself now!


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Number Plate Aficionados Prone to Road Rage

June 18, 2008
Posted in Uncategorized — Written by Nationla Numbers

Research by social psychologist William Szlemko at Colorado University has proven that drivers who sport car accessories such as personalised number plates, furry dice, and bumper stickers are more likely to suffer symptoms of road rage.

Amusingly, the greater the number of “territorial markers” a driver possesses in connection with their vehicle, the more likely it is that they will respond in an inappropriate manner to others’ on the road.

Szlemko says: “Just the presence of territory markers predicts the tendency to be an aggressive driver.”

Szlemko’s co-author, Paul Bell, agrees: “Territoriality is hard-wired into our ancestors from tens of thousands of years ago. Animals are territorial because it had survival value. If you could keep others away from your hunting groups, you had more game to spear … it becomes part of the biology.”

If you’re a territorial kind of person, number plates are certainly one of the best ways to personalise your car. Road rage? Your choice!


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Screwing the Number Plate Criminals

June 17, 2008
Posted in DVLA — Written by Nationla Numbers

Dewsbury people have been nominated for a crime prevention award following a local Police-led initiative to cut number plate theft.

Dewsbury residents, who belong to the most active Neighbourhood Watch Association (covering 150,000 households in the West Yorkshire area), have been nominated for their work towards community safety, including campaigns such as ‘Screw It Or Lose It’, which advocates protecting vehicle identity using secure number plate screws.

Screws are not the only solution to number plate crime – there have been other attempts to prevent car registration fraud.

The DVLA, the Police, and number plate manufacturers, have worked together to develop a plate material that will safeguard acrylic number plates when on the vehicle. The plate shatters when tampered with, making it impossible for criminals to remove.

Such advances in technology are welcome, as number plate crime becomes more and more prevalent. But each time a new technology is enforced, it would seem criminals develop a new way to circumvent it.

Stolen number plates are used to get around the London congestion charge and other toll roads. Most of these road systems use Automatic Number Plate Recognition to scan number plates and trace the driver connected to the vehicle. Criminals use stolen number plates to avoid fines and charges by disguising the true identity of the vehicle.

All this amounts to an estimated 30,000 number plate thefts each year – of which 10,000 are forecourt crimes (source: neighbourhoodwatch.net).

But why steal a number plate? Why not just get a set made? Nationla Numbers asks that all customers of acrylic plates provide their driver number and the first four digits of their document reference number from section D of the vehicle’s V5 logbook. This combination matches the registered keeper to the vehicle and prevents fraudulent orders.

If you’re looking to have acrylics made, a simple way to protect your acrylic number plates is to use a number plate lock kit, which can be bought cheaply from car outlets.

Or, if you need number plates for your vehicle, browse our easy-to-use acrylic number plates web site, or call 01642 363738 to speak to us about acrylics or securing your number plate.


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The End of the Road for Big Cars?

June 9, 2008
Posted in Uncategorized — Written by Nationla Numbers

The Smart CarYou may have read or seen on the news recently the stories reporting the slump in sales of vehicles dubbed “Chelsea Tractors” – the 4×4 and sports type vehicles that usurp fuel during outings to the nearest retail park or supermarket.

Sales of the fuel-hungry guzzlers dropped 18 percent last month, according to the Financial Times, whilst sales of small economical cars have rocketed. Whether or not the shift is a temporary state remains to be seen.

The reasons for the demise of the big car may not be as selfless as first appears – most drivers’ cite financial reasons over green concerns. With the ever-increasing hike in fuel prices, this comes as no surprise.

Perhaps Chelsea Tractor engines will be replaced by new, petrol-free alternatives such as the electric Range Rover engine being developed by newly-formed company, Liberty Electric Cars.

Clearly, sales of big cars are dwindling, but what will this downturn mean for sales of personalised registrations? Will Nationla Numbers take fewer sales of BIG plates; see a drop in JAG and BMW registrations and an increase in Smart and Ford searches?

Smart experienced the highest percent increase in sales, which were up 147% – and for good reasons – made by Mercedes Benz and highly personalised, the car is one of the most economical on the market.

Small cars are fun, affordable, and great for showing off a fantastic new personalised registration. If you own a small car it’s possible you might want to customise it with a new number plate.

You can search for anything that’s important to you on Nationla Numbers web site – try it with your name, initials, or pet.

We also keep a list of registrations for vehicle makes and models. And if you can’t find what you want on the web site – give our friendly sales staff a call on 01642 363738 – we’d be really happy to help!


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Goodbye Yee and Ashley!

June 5, 2008
Posted in Nationla Numbers News — Written by Nationla Numbers

Travelling for Yee and AshleyToday sees the sad departure of two staff members, Yee and Ashley, who are off to travel the world over the summer holidays before returning to University in the autumn.

The two have brightened the Nationla Numbers office for a year whilst undertaking work experience as part of their degree courses.

Everyone at Nationla Numbers wishes them the best of luck (and fun!) with their travels and studies over the next year.

Two plates for Yee and Ashley:

M155 YEEASH 13Y

Good luck girls!


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Ronaldo’s Dream Plate and Other Star Stories

June 3, 2008
Posted in Uncategorized — Written by Nationla Numbers

Cristiano RonaldoIn the Sunday news this week was a story about Manchester United‘s Cristiano Ronaldo, who’s got himself in a spin over the private registration CR 7.

Millionaire property tycoon Charlie Robinson currently owns the registration, and Ronaldo may well pay the lb175,000 Robinson is asking for the registration plate – the number features not only Ronaldo’s initials, but also his favourite shirt number and the name of his fashion store in Funchal. He’s even planning the launch of a nightclub bearing the CR 7 name – talk about branding!

Despite Ronaldo’s enthusiasm, the plate means a lot to Robinson who said, “that registration plate is close to my heart and I won’t be letting it go easily”. Robinson though is willing to relinquish rights to the cherished number in exchange for the registration CR 1.

Ronaldo isn’t the only celeb who loves personalised number plates. Many stars have invested in unique and interesting number plates that match their professions – one such celebrity is Toyah Willcox. Nationla Numbers brochure features an interview with the legendary Toyah, who talks to us about investing in number plates and her fantastically varied career. If you don’t yet have a copy, bag your free number plate brochure now!

The magician and entertainer Paul Daniels owns a registration that speaks for itself: MAG 1C.

Funny man Jimmy Tarbuck owns COM 1C, which fits brilliantly.

The personalised reg S8 RRY is owned by ex Take That band member and solo artist Robbie Williams – the “sorry” registration was a message to fans to explain the purchase of his very expensive car. He later ended up buying a moped!

Amstrad founder and The Apprentice star Sir Alan Sugar owns AMS 1 – which is absolutely perfect for his name and all of his business ventures.

Even her Highness Queen Elizabeth 2nd owns a private registration – A7 – a stately mark, fit for a Queen, and issued in London in 1903.

Dateless registrations like these really are the cream of the crop when it comes to the most personal of personalisations – why not try a search for your own star plate? Nationla Numbers Dateless Number Plates page or our Number Plates Search showcase millions of potentials – give them a whirl!


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