Celebrity & Personalised Number Plates of the Rich and Famous
Personalised number plates undoubtedly add a touch personality and style to your car, and recent years have seen a huge growth in the market. While the majority of people in the public eye prefer to remain incognito when they’re out and about to avoid getting mobbed by the public or paparazzi, a number of celebrities are getting in on it.
High profile businessmen, sportsmen and TV personalities have chosen to add a personal touch to their high-end motors with a personalised number plate. Some take a subtle approach with the meaning of their plates not being immediately apparent, while others make it pretty obvious who’s behind the wheel. Often the number will feature their name or initials, but some pick a registration that relates to their career.
Entrepreneurs’ Number Plates
One of the most recognisable personalised number plates, thanks to his and his car’s appearances on the reality show, The Apprentice. Alan Michael Sugar, or Lord Sugar to you and me, has a Rolls-Royce Phantom 8 displaying the registration number ‘AMS 1’.
Another prominent businessman with a passion for personalised number plates is entrepreneur and former Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne OBE. His first private registration number, ’23 D’, was a gift from his first wife in the 1990s. His health club business has a gym repair van with the registration ‘F1 TSO’. Duncan claims to have had around 20 private plates and has “made a bit of money” by selling some of them.
Former world championship boxer, Amir Khan is also a fan of private number plates. His current plate, ‘BOX 11G’, leaves no doubt as to his profession. His collection of personalised registrations also includes ‘A180 XER’, ‘R6 KKO’ and ‘V60 XER’.
Rower Sir Steve Redgrave made Olympic history by winning gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games, the only man to do so in an endurance sport. In recognition of his sport, he proudly displays the number plate ‘ROW 601D’ on his car.
Baron Botham of Ravensworth in the County of North Yorkshire is probably better known to you as Ian “Beefy” Botham, former England, Somerset, Worcestershire and Durham cricketer, and TV pundit. His Bentley is easy to identify with its ‘B33 FYS’ personalised number plate.
Russell Watson rose from humble beginnings in Salford to become the “People’s Tenor”. He’s released more than a dozen albums and made many high-profile appearances, including a performance in front of the queen. His car hits a sweet note with the registration number, ‘T3 NOR’.
One of the candidates on the ninth series of The Apprentice in 2013 was Louisa Zissman who was a losing finalist with her cake making enterprise. Despite coming second on the show, she went on to become a reality TV personality. She opted for the personalised number plate ‘LU11 SAZ’.
The fickle nature of fame becomes apparent when a hairdresser to the stars becomes a celebrity themselves. Nicky Clarke has done just that and he shows his creativity with his ‘H41 RDO’ registration number.