Zim or Zam?

There is surprisingly little foreign traffic to be see circulating in South Africa, so when you see something, you stop to shoot it, just like big game(!)

However, I have been confusing myself more than usually this week as I squeal to a halt, and make for a rare Zambia plate shot in the university city of Grahamstown.

Clearly a Zambian Mercedes, registered at Ndola (C) and yellow has been seen before.....

Clearly a Zambian Mercedes, registered at Ndola (C), standard font – and yellow has been seen before …..

Another  Ndola-like (CO) Zambian, and this one in the right colour, too.

Another Ndola-like (CH) Zambian, and this one in the right colour, white.       Seen in East London (not the Cockney one).

Now the Zimbabwean bird shows itself on ACF 5832 and ZAM look like ZIM now,

But now the Zimbabwean bird shows itself on ACF 5832 and those ZAMs look like ZIMs now.     Both neighbouring countries are issuing almost identical plates!

ACD 606 IS a Zambian!    Not a lot of difference, is there?

ACD 606 IS a real Zambian seen in 2000                          ACO 8818 – Not a lot of difference, is there?

But to be quite fair, a REAL current Zambian does show the ZAM shield

(but then, so SHOULD the Zimbabwean.)

Current 2013 Zambian, with 'J' coding Livingstone registration district.

Current 2013 Zambian, with ‘J’ coding Livingstone registration district.

Well – I’m happy I got that off my chest…..

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Any of you willing to share any of your old photos, in particular?     Magazine Editor Paul wants your new and recent ones, but Blog’s History  Corner welcomes shots of plates long gone.      

Why not scan a few and send some in to the Blog now…….

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