Things are getting personal on Sunshine Coast cars
BRUCE "Smutty" Smith remembers when personalised number plates first came out.
"I was one of the first ones to get mine," the 65-year-old motoring enthusiast said.
"As soon as they came out I raced straight down there."
He was able to get "SMUTTY" for his Holden.
But Mr Smith said he had to compromise with "SMUT" for his Mustang, as the American plates were smaller, and for other cars he used his initials.
He said the appeal of creating special number plates for his cars was about personalising them.
"People like to have something that relates to them on their cars," he said.
He's not alone.
In the 2013-14 financial year, Sunshine Coast motorists ordered 3739 personalised plates.
And there were almost 700,000 specially designed plates from Personalised Plates Queensland on vehicles in Queensland.
Are you a fan of personalised number plates?
This poll ended on 26 February 2015.
Yes, gives your car some personality to match the driver
No, they are tacky and everyone knows your car
I don't mind them, but I wouldn't get one
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Queensland Vintage Vehicle Association president Graham Porter said about 30% of the club's 100 members had personalised plates.
He said many members used the plates to identify their car's model or the year it was made.
He said one car enthusiast used Roman numerals for the number 19 to show the year, with XIX30.
The top selling plate state-wide was a design with a colour background or col
oured numbers, or both, but the new Iconic Queensland and 3D plates have also proved popular.
PPQ have had to pull out the stop sign for some overly 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.