I fail to see why personalised number plates are so popular...why would anyone want to know my initials, unless I was very vain and self obsessive, or read a weak 'joke' ........but hey ho, each to their own and if people want to spend money on vulgar/useless ornaments then it is their money to do as they please.
late 70's/early 80's I used to walk to work in central London. My route took me past a well to do area near Regents Park and I used to regularly pass 2 cars parked outside some expensive offices in the same area.
One was a Turbo Bentleys and had the plate TUR80
And the other was also something expensive, big engined and thirsty, (though I can't remember exactly what now), and it's ironic plate was "100 MPG"
I, generally, share the view of FE and GANDALF on the matter of personal numberplates, but at the time, and even now, these struck me as having something vulgar, but at the same time classy, about them. They certainly beat the vast majority that are seen.
When I saw this thread I was thinking about Paul Daniels and his MAGIC1 number plate funny enough. It also started me thinking about the cars in my local area running about with private number plates that are non standard. It was my understanding that new rules had come into force in the past couple of years to stop people altering the way they look in order for the number plate to look like something else. By this I mean I thought it was illegal now to use different spacing and fonts to make an 8 look at first glance like a B and that sort of thing.