Lifestyle

What do your plates say about you?

CAR CULTURE: Ipswich ranked in the state’s top 10 spots for personalised plate lay-bys during the 2013/2014 financial year.
CAR CULTURE: Ipswich ranked in the state’s top 10 spots for personalised plate lay-bys during the 2013/2014 financial year. CONTRIBUTED

THE motorist cruising Ipswich streets with MONEYM8 on their personalised plates is not the only one pouring their dollars into their vehicles.

Ipswich ranked in Queensland's top 10 spots for personalised plate lay-bys during the 2013/2014 financial year, with 4222 ordered.

Another plate order was for the combination ICLOSE.

The Gold Coast was the top ranking location, making up more than 12% of sales.

The popularity of personalised plates did not surprise Ipswich Veteran and Vintage Vehicle Club member Clayton Wilson, who also has one himself.

In keeping with the theme of his Volvo 242 VGT, Mr Wilson's plate is 242VGT.

"Ipswich has always had a strong car culture, every time you come here some of the cars you see in Ipswich are quite impressive," he said.

"People like the individualism you have with personalised plates.

"You get the opportunity to make your car more individual and add your personality."

There are almost 700,000 personalised plates on vehicles cruising Queensland roads, and more than 71,000 Queenslanders ordered them from Personalised Plates Queensland in the past financial year.

The top selling plate state-wide was the design with a colour background or coloured numbers, or both, but the new Iconic Queensland and 3D plates also proved popular.

Mr Wilson believes the variety of designs available has been the key to personalised plates' success.

While admitting he found it easy to "throw a lot of money" while restoring his car over the past three years, Mr Wilson maintained the figure he had told his wife, saying he spent $17,000.

PPQ has had to pull out the stop sign for some all-too imaginative motorists, with 14% of plate searches on ppq.com.au between April and September considered inappropriate.

The plate combinations were knocked back for being either obscene, promoting unsafe behaviour, or offensive to a religion, culture, nation, race, or a minority group.

Less than 1% of plates sold were cancelled for being unacceptable.

PPQ chose not to offer any examples of inappropriate plates.

 

Getting personal

  • Once a personalised plate is purchased in Queensland, it is the customer's for life.
  • A personalised plate can be redesigned, but for a fee. That pink lily plate from your 18th probably looks like a little out of place in the 4WD now.
  • With SAN74 CLAUS coming to town, personalised plates could be the perfect PRE551 to wrap up your Christmas shopping, whether you have been NAUGHTY or NIC3.

Topics:  ipswich veteran and vintage vehicle club



Car collides with police vehicle while on the run

The Queensland Police Polair 2 helicopter, which will begin operations from July 5, 2014.

Polair has been called in again after a driver evaded police.

LETTER: Time to give Muslims a fair go in our letters

Muslim Woman pray and Beautiful background.

I am at a loss to understand how Muslims are holding us ransom

LETTER: Bats were there before development

Bats on their nightly eat and feast mission.

Who allowed development in an area where the bats live?

Local Partners

Jim Carrey slams 'shameful greed' of lawsuit

Jim Carrey has slammed the "shameful greed" of White's ex-husband.

'Highly unlikely' Brad Pitt will face prosecution

It is highly unlikely that Brad Pitt will be prosecuted

WATCH: Justin Bieber grabbed in Germany

A video has emerged of singer Justin Bieber being attacked

Why The Wrong Girl is right for Jessica Marais

Jessica Marais and Ian Meadows in a scene from the TV series The Wrong Girl.

ACTOR makes the sometimes awkward character her own in new comedy.

What's on the small screen this week

Jessica Marais in a scene from the TV series The Wrong Girl.

A NEW romantic comedy debuts while footy codes ramp up for finals.

Airbourne talk drop bears, beer and taxes

Airbourne have a new album coming out and a new tour on the way.  Photo Contributed

Airbourne release album for the aussie battler

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets

Another Ripley development

THE ENTRANCE: An overview of the last planned development for the fast growing Ripley area.

85 more home lots released

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.