Current St. Lucia (WL)

February 3, 2013

Roger Kimbell has returned from the island today with two nice shots for our delectation:

The British High Commissioner has a smart Land Rover Discovery with a cherished Dip. plate!

St. Lucia - British H.C. 2013.   CD 1.

St. Lucia – British H.C. 2013. CD 1.

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Previously un-noted St. Lucia Honorary Consul, with CC oval on normal plate. January 2013 – thanks to Roger Kimbell.

The four Windward islands seldom send cars off-island, and thus a sighting of an international oval WD/WG/WL/WV  is neccessarily rare.      The only photo of which I am aware is of this Mk. 2 Ford Cortina in Bayswater, London in the 1970s.    The owner must have visited the Automobile Association HQ in Leicester Square, and asked them to dig an adhesive plastic one out of a dusty drawer for him.

The only known WL oval on-car, in London 1970s.  Brumby archive

The only known WL oval on-car, in London 1970s.  Saint Lucia 2900.    Brumby archive


Antigua & Barbuda

March 17, 2012

A day visit by cruise ship to Antigua (St. Johns) on Feb. 3, 2012, rendered some new items of interest.

First, the original  Dealer (Motor Trader) plates had been changed a few years back, from red on white with Dealer initials and a low number (usually painted).                    ASM 3 is a 1981 example:

These changed to US-dimensioned,  pressed plates, thought to be in annually-varying colours, which showed the abbreviation  DL, followed by the initials of the Dealership (LR for Land Rover),  and then a serial number.

Antigua Dealer during the 2000s - Land Rover agency

2012 sees another Trade Plate change, with a complex all-silk-screened design, printed black, green and green on a white backgrounded US-size plate as shown below.   This dealer, Premier Motors,  has plates 1, 2 and 3 for their use.     This plate is un-drilled, as it is displayed loose from inside the vehicle, through the front or rear window.

Antigua/Barbuda  Dealer 2012 (annually issued)

In 2007, Antigua hosted a round of the World Cup Cricket series, and the authorities issued a batch of commemorative plates for the most important participants/ distinguished visitors.

I don’t think they remain valid for Antiguans to use, but this plate survived for the pleasure of  Europlate members!   (Update) CWC 028 was among those to pass through the Europlate Easter auction at Trezzo and is now in the hands of a keen collector.

Cricket World Cup Commemorative 2007.

Current government plates for senior people are in a very pleasing colour combination of green on dusky yellow.   Ministers have yet another series, without any legends, in yellow on royal blue, MP and a low serial.

Antigua Government personnel from 2000, pictured 2012.

Antigua Member of Parliament

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None of the old AG prefix plates remain, though I did see one of each ‘P’ and ‘PA’ , which were subsequent issue, on scrapped cars.

Until 2000, when the new, US-style series began, Antigua often used a characteristic letter style, which helped to separate them from the identical  ‘P’  registrations issued by neighbouring islands in the West Indies and elsewhere.    They made up the digits with straight lines replacing the curves of numbers and letters.

Antigua Government vehicle, pre-2000, with stylised digits.

The smart annual tax disc for the country, below:

Antigua tax disc 2012

An excellent visit, where we found the Antiguans to be most hospitable and cheerful – and no grim looks when they see us photographing licence plates!     Members may know that we risk being arrested in many places these days, as we go for that  special shot!


Confuse-a-spotter

December 7, 2011

Most of the territories which Britain managed in the earlier years of the 20th. century were given registration systems firmly anchored in the design and layout of the Construction and Use regulations of the home country.     As a result, far-flung places could have identical plates and an early spotter relied on the vehicle carrying an international oval at the back, if it travelled outside its own land.

The most prolific type was the letter ‘P’ (which usually stood for Private vehicle-but not always) followed by up to four numbers.     First, though, are three  ‘AY’  examples, all still legally circulating in their respective countries.     First, Turkish Northern Cyprus, AY 255.

Turkish Northern Cyprus AY 255

Then, AY 230 – Alderney, Channel Isles (GBA)
Alderney, Channel Isles - AY 230

and Hong Kong (HK) ( a  re-issue, as AY 995 is quite old now, on a new car.)
Hong Kong AY 995

No identifying ovals, unfortunately, but I do remember where I took the pictures!

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Perhaps the most confusing set of identical plates was issued in the Windward Islands.    One had to chase the car and interview the driver to obtain the island of issue, as they hardly ever carried an international oval….

GRENADA (WG) on an MG TD in Newmarket, GB in 1964. P 2734

1972 photo of an Austin 1300 in London, from Barbados, where P codes the parish of St. Philip.

1972 photo of a Morris 1300, P 475, in London, from Barbados, where P codes the parish of St. Philip.

 

P 2909 - the original series for Antigua.

P 2909 – the original series for Antigua.

St. Kitts & Nevis went on to P and numbers, when it had exhausted its original CN prefix (Christopher & Nevis)   1980 picture by Vic Brumby on St. Kitts.

P 335 – St. Kitts & Nevis went on to P and numbers, when it had exhausted its original CN prefix (Christopher & Nevis).   1980 picture on a Rover 90, by Vic Brumby on St. Kitts.

St. Vincent, the rarest of the W set of Windward Islands, seen in London in 1969, and still the only one ever.    The owner had to be stopped and asked, to learn the island of source.    Peugeot 404 - Brumby archive.

St. Vincent, the rarest of the W set of Windward Islands, (WV, WG, WL & WD) seen in London in 1969, and still the only one ever. The owner had to be stopped and asked, to learn the island of source.   Months later, P 2277 was found parked in a far distant part of London, ad a photo grabbed – Peugeot 404 – Brumby archive.

Trinidad used up to P 9999 long ago, but still re-issue as cherished plates if needed.    That's what this one is.    P 6000, taken there in 1987 by VB.

Trinidad used up to P 9999 long ago, but still re-issue P as cherished plates if needed. That’s what this one is. P 6000, taken there in 1987 by VB.   Black on white indicates taxi licence, as with Mauritius below.

Bermuda is not far away, though not in the West Indies, and used the same P system.   The motorbike shows P 1936 and was photo'din  the early 1950s.

Bermuda is not far away, though not in the West Indies, and used the same P system. The motorbike shows P 1936 and was photo’d
in the early 1950s.

P 135 is from distant Mauritius, where the white background shows it to be a taxi - a Hillman Minx, shot by VB in Port Louis, 1980s.

P 135 is from distant Mauritius, where the white background shows it to be a taxi – a Hillman Minx, shot by VB in Port Louis, 1980s.

 

Northern Rhodesia allocated 'P' code to Lusaka and Mumbwa and Reg Wilson capured P 1106 in Britain in 1961.

Northern Rhodesia allocated ‘P’ code to Lusaka and Mumbwa and Reg Wilson captured P 1106 in Britain in 1961.

P 5373 was issued to Penang as a Straits Settlement in Malaya  in the1920s - and this Ford Anglia was photographed there as recently as 2012!

P 5373 was issued to Penang as a Straits Settlement in Malaya in the1920s – and this Ford Anglia was photographed there as recently as 2012, by Douglas Fox!

France kept the enclaves of Pondichery and Karikal in Madras State, South India, tagging the vehicles there in the P and K series.     This Cadillac P 1452  has survived the obligatory change to white Indian plates, when this photo was taken.   Thanks to Cedric Sabine.

France kept the enclaves of Pondichery and Karikal in Madras State, South India, tagging the vehicles there in the P and K series, using the British-style font of India. This Cadillac P 1452 had survived the obligatory change to white Indian plates, when this photo was taken. Thanks to Cedric Sabine.

 

P 8825 - Similarly , French Tahiti sometimes used British-style plates for the original series of up to four numerals followed by a 'P' for Privé.   VB photo in Papeete, 2002.

P 8825 – Similarly , French Tahiti sometimes used British-style plates for the original series of up to four numerals followed by a ‘P’ for Privé.        VB photo on a Land Rover in Papeete, 2002.

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