On Friday 17th I head up to Sydney to collect my new car – a silver 1985 Saab 900 Aero. I’ve been wanting to hold some sort of competition here for some time, and this is the ideal opportunity.
As I’ll have to re-register the car here in Tasmania, I figured we may as well decide what the new plate will look like here on the website.
So YOUR job is to come up with my new number plate!!!
Fully customised plates (i.e. any combination of letters and numbers) are very expensive here in Tasmania, but there’s an affordable alternative available and I think some creativity could come up with a suitable combination.
So here’s what you’ve got to work with:
The “L” stands for ‘letter’ and the “N” stands for ‘number’. It’s a 3-letter followed by 3-number combination. So if I was putting it on a Datsun 180B, for example, I might get DAT180. That’s the only restriction – three letters followed by three numbers.
There’s some other tips and regulations at the bottom of this post so please make sure you read the whole thing.
Thanks to long-time site supporter Elkparts, I’m even able to offer a prize for the winning suggestion.
The winner’s creativity will be rewarded with not just one, but two fantastic Saabs!! All you’ll need to do to get in them is shrink yourself down to 1:43 scale.
Yes, Elkparts will be sending the winner a package with two 1:43 scale models – one of UrSaab and one of the Aero-X. Two classic Saab masterpieces worth around A$120 in one package and all you have to do to win them is have a little fun and be a little creative.
Elkparts have been an informal partner with this site since a very short time after it was created. That relationship continues because of the belief that we both have in each other’s work. I’d gladly recommend Elkparts to anyone as the range of stuff is huge, the prices are more than competitive, the products are first class, as is the service.
Click here to go and visit Elkparts. You know you want to.
Enter your combination in comments. I’ll pick the one I like the most and the first person to have entered that combination will be declared the winner.
The competition will run until 12 noon on Thursday the 23rd of August (i.e.almost a full week) and there’s a clock that tells you my local time in the left sidebar. I’ll announce the winner very quickly after entries close and order the new plates.
Obviously I’ll need to contact the winner after the competition closes, so make sure you enter your actual email address in the appropriate field in the comment form. Don’t worry, your email address will not be passed on to anyone, which is normal site policy.
A couple of terms, conditions and tips.
NEW COMMENTERS MODERATED, BUT STILL COUNTED
Comments are recorded on this site in chronological order. If your entry into this competition is your first ever comment here, then the comment will go into a moderation queue like all first-timers do.
Don’t worry, once it’s moderated and approved it will take its rightful place (as at the time you entered it) and if you’re the first person to come in with that combination then you’ll be recorded as such.
ENTRIES ARE RESTRICTED TO THREE (3) PER PERSON!!!!
I don’t want one hyped up individual entering 60 combinations and ruining it for everyone else. You have three opportunities so make them good ones.
And don’t try to hide behind a fake name as I have your IP address. And don’t try and mask your IP as I have spies watching all of you. I do. Really. OK, I don’t, but let’s play fair, eh?
KEEP IT CLEAN
Firstly, the registration people here in Tassie have a filtering system and suggestive plates won’t be allowed.
Regardless of that, I don’t want to be driving around in DIK666 anyway, so I won’t choose it.
Here’s some relevant info that may give you some ideas:
My name is Steven Wade. The car is a 1985 Saab 900 Aero with a 2 litre, 16 valve, turbocharged engine.
The creative amongst you may realise that a number ‘0’ can also be a letter ‘O’ in the right setting. A ‘1’ and an ‘I’ can look quite similar, too. ‘S’ and ‘5’ get confused sometimes and an ‘8’ can look a little like a ‘B’ when you squint hard enough.
Over to you…