Now, custom plates are a subject of some controversy. Some people love them, some people really dislike them, I have always been sort of ambivalent about them until The Cricket came into my life.
For those that don't know, I am the very proud owner of a 2011 Ford Fiesta SES. Not a muscle car, I won't be winning any drag races with it, but I love my little rocket. Plus Tanner Foust and Ken Block both drive them (albeit highly modified versions). I adore it, probably more than any other car or truck I have ever owned.
The car was dubbed The Cricket, because it is little and green. A car with as much presence as this one demanded custom plates. I did not want to use "Cricket" because then people might think I was advertising for the wireless company of the same name, so what to do?
As I sat listening to the myriad insects that call Nebraska home and make a lot of noise in the evenings in the spring and summer, I heard the crickets. Chirp-chirp. Chirp-chirp. PERFECT! Too long, but PERFECT! After playing with some variations, I arrived at CHR CHRP.
Some money and some waiting later (them more waiting for a day when I had TIME to go to the DMV) The Cricket has awesome plates! And oddly enough, this is almost exactly the sound the tires make when I try to go toe-to-to with my friend's Mustang. So good choice all around.
So... Who else has custom plates?
Back from England with much to share from the National Motoring Museum in Beaulieu.
I thought I would start with a little James Bond. Who doesn't like the super suave spy? I am a Sean Connery girl myself.
The museum has a number of fascinating vehicle collection, including the James Bond Experience which houses several of 007's vehicles.
1969 Cougar XR7 from "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". This car is super cool and one of the highlights of this display.
1974 AMC Hornet from "The Man with The Golden Gun". I always liked the look of the AMC cars from this era.
Amphibious Lotus Submarine car from "The Spy Who Loved Me". My personal favorite and I am not alone. This vehicle was voted Britain's favorite on-screen vehicle twice.
Jaguar XKR from "Die Another Day". Bond has the fun task of evading this car with its rear mounded Gatling gun and front/side mounted missile launchers.
Ford Mondeo from "Casino Royale". This was the first car we got to see Daniel Craig drive as James Bond and this one is special. It was purpose-built for the film in Germany, has a one-off body kit and a special Tonic Blue paint. I have to wonder what Mr. Craig thought when he went to set the first day and was presented with this instead of a Jag - heh-heh.
With the other props this display had, it was a very enjoyable experience!
I have much more to share with your from Beaulieu, including rally cars, race cars and some incredible antique cars, including the first petrol engines cars to go on a public road in Britain (resulting in fines, of course).