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DRIVETIME: MOTORNING: Party on a plate for a century of registration.

THE British number plate is 100 years old this year, and the Retail Motor Industry Federation's cherished number dealers plan to hold a birthday party.

To mark the centenary of the British registration system, the RMI's Cherished Number Dealers Association will be holding a centenary rally at Woburn Abbey, on Sunday , May 18.

Alistair Manson, RMI cherished number dealers director, is looking forward to the event. He said: "I'm sure that everyone will have a wonderful time, but it is not just an excuse for a party.

"It's 100 years since number plates first started to appear, and they are more sought after than ever. The demand, popularity and consequently the values of most registration numbers, have soared over recent years and CNDA members have sold and transferred hundreds of thousands of them for the public.

"It was at the end of the 1960s that a handful of people started trading the actual registration numbers. The Department of Transport referred to these traders as cherished number dealers. A trade association was established in 1971 and most large dealers today are members of this Cherished Numbers Dealers Association."

Vehicle entry to the event is pounds 10. Anyone with a vehicle and registration number that they cherish is welcome to attend the rally, and can apply for details and an entry form from the CNDA, RMI, 3rd Floor, 9 North St, Rugby CV21 2AB.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 28, 2003
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