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Goodbye, Steve!

May 31, 2013

Steve is leaving us today for green pastures.

We will miss him, he always took Dress Down Friday very seriously!

Epic car collection found in

May 21, 2013
Posted in Cars,Interesting — Written by Nationla Numbers

Credit: The Savage Land Pictures

A respectable collection of classic cars found in what was essentially a jumble sale. Amazing.

See more here

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Personalised Coca-Cola? Well, I never …

May 20, 2013
Posted in Humour,Interesting,Media — Written by Nationla Numbers

I am sure many of you who have been to the shops lately have noticed a change to the red labels you are so used to seeing.

Turns out one of the world’s biggest brands has taken a page from Nationla Numbers’s book by offering personalised bottles of Coke to their customers.

The “Share A Coke” campaign, which is being called ‘brave’ by those behind it, simply replaces the classic Coca-Cola logo with one of 150 popular names.

“It is a brave move to replace the world’s most iconic brand with 150 names” said Jon Woods, Managing Director of Coca-Cola GB and Ireland. “It will drive huge buzz and drive engagement. No other brand has gone to this scale of personalisation.”

Indeed, personalisation is key to this campaign. It allows consumers to gift bottles of Coke to friends and family or buy themselves a little treat (if you can find your name). But … is it as unique as they say?

The private number plate industry, ever since its birth, has been based on this concept of ‘personalisation’. The idea is that a plain, everyday thing like registration numbers can be lifted to vanity product status, reflecting a little bit of the owner’s personality. This is how the business was built.

In this sense, Coke might be onto an idea, but where they differ from us at Nationla Numbers is that our products are all unique – there is literally only one of every registration in existence. Coke’s ‘personalised’ labels are still mass-produced.

To put that into perspective, Coca-Cola plans to put 100 million bottles into circulation. If there are 150 names available that means there is more than 6 million of the same product out there.

Alternatively, we have 34 million number plates on the market, each of them one-of-a-kind.

Number plates also have something for almost everyone one. Depending on how creative you are you could quite literally get any name on a number plate. Coke maybe catering to Laura, James and Chris but what about young Roslynn, who is giving her attention?

We’ve got you covered, Roslynn!

In terms of personalisation, Coca-Cola has a lot of catching up to do. However, it is only a one-off thing, and if successful they may even expand their selection to include more names. It wouldn’t be out of the question to see other brands try a similar campaign … your name on an M&M anyone?



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See the trailer for Gran Turismo 6!

May 16, 2013
Posted in Media,Other News — Written by Nationla Numbers


Posted yesterday by PlayStation, the official announcement trailer for the sixth installment of the Gran Turismo series.

As you will see, it is pretty epic.

Probably not enough of the cars to judge the true quality of the graphics, but with this intended for the PS4 release we can expect great things.

See the trailer below:

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The Iron Man Collection: Tony Stark’s convoy of cars

May 10, 2013
Posted in Famous Cars — Written by Nationla Numbers

In the wake of the epic Iron Man 3 and the delightful return of Tony Stark’s signature Audi R8, Nationla Numbers looks back in anger at the billionaire’s spectacular collection of vehicles. Most of which, sadly, did not last long in the dangerous and explosive world of Marvel Films.


Audi R8

The superhero’s go-to vehicle for everyday use is a belter. It is the one constant that has stuck with the movie franchise over the last few years, starting with the 2007 model in the original Iron Man film.

Iron Man 2 saw the arrival of the Audi R8 Spyder, a blissful soft-top version of the supercar.

The latest 2014 Audi R8 appeared several times in the third film, Iron Man 3, along with several other vehicles – news and classic – but none will likely have the staying power of the R8.

Audi’s supercar is as sleek and stunning as Stark’s own Iron Man armour, a perfect fit no doubt. A powerful 4.2-litre engine with 430 horsepower pushes this car from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds and comes with permanent quattro four-wheel drive. German engineering at its finest.


1932 Ford Flathead Roadster

This classic vehicle has been popular for many years with restorers and modders, so it is no surprise that Tony Stark, a committed tinkerer, would come to own one. To many it is very sentimental car, as fathers and sons would traditionally bond together by trying to get one back on the road.

John Favreau, who directed the first Iron Man file, did so with his father and expected to do the same with Iron Man by actually donating his own 1932 Flathead to the film. He had a quick change of heart when he found out the crew needed to dismantle it for a scene though!


1967 Shelby Cobra

A lightweight, no trills, take-no-prisoners type of minimalist sports car designed by the Brits and powered by the Americans; it is a real achievement in both design and engineering. The front-mounted V8 engine certainly packs a punch also, going from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds.

It is a shame that this vehicle doesn’t really get much attention in the film and ends up being crushed under the weight of Iron Man after a slight rocket-propulsion malfunction. By which I mean: he fell on it.

Saleen S7

It might be seldom seen in the Iron Man movies but you probably would have noticed the Saleen S7 thanks to its distinctive orange paint job. It has even been the centrepiece from time to time, finding pride of place amongst the collection. Going from 0-60mph in less than 3 seconds, the 750 horsepower machine is eye-catching and beautiful.

While it is nowhere to be seen in Iron Man 3, that is probably a good thing, as half of Stark’s car collection actually end up falling into the ocean. What a waste.


Tesla Roadster

One of the more unusual cars in the rich genius’s collection is the electric sportscar. While it is a nice touch, as Tony Stark does grow increasingly protective of the world around him, the car is actually seen amongst his collection early on. More than likely the man behind the Iron Man suit brought it in because of the advances in technology it represents. Plus, with a top speed of 125mph, who can say this won’t satisfy the need for speed?

What is more impressive is that the Tesla was not even released when the first Iron Man film came out, so Tony Stark had this in his collection before most people could even think about driving one!


1953 Cadillac Series 62 & 1949 Mercury Coupe

As American as apple pie and just as classic, these vehicles made their debuts together in Iron Man 2, appearing in Tony Starks garage along with the rest of his collection (probably replacing the crushed Cobra).

Both vehicles come to be very respected amongst classic car collectors so it is only natural that the billionaire was in on the action.

I hope they got out of there before the accident …


Rolls-Royce Phantom

This large, luxury car gets a lot of attention in Iron Man 2. Perhaps too much attention as it ends up being cut in half by the super villain Whiplash.

Over lb300,000 worth of damage there.

For a vehicle that is cool, sleek, sophisticated, powerful and worth a lot of money – a perfect vehicular representation of Tony Stark himself!

0-60 in less than six seconds, 453 horsepower, and 531 pound of torque, this is an awesome car.

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Ferrari Becomes Most Expensive “The Price is Right” Prize Ever

May 3, 2013
Posted in Humour,Interesting,Media — Written by Nationla Numbers

American daytime TV show, The Price is Right broke records this week by offering the most expensive prize in its history …

The Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder

We won’t be seeing prizes like that on Catchphrase any time soon.

What was the value of the luxury motor? And did the contestant win?

You will have to watch to find out:


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