NEW WORLD RECORD
PRICE FOR CAR NUMBER PLATE - £331,500
ONE of the most sought-after UK
registrations "M1" was sold on 7 July 2006 for
£331,500 by Bonhams at its annual Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale in
The number plate was expected to fetch £80,000 to £120,000, but with
fierce bidding in the marquee and on the phones a new world record
price was achieved. Previous top price of £285,000 was paid recently
by the Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich for the VIP 1 plate of Pope
John Paul 11's Popemobile.
The M1 number plate went to a private UK bidder who will be taking
the plate back to the North West of England where it came from. The
buyer who wishes to remain anonymous said that he had bought it for
his son's sixth birthday. There was stiff competition for the number
both in the room and on the bank of Bonhams phones.
Proceeds from the sale of "M1" will be put towards the
preservation and conservation of Tatton Park, near Knutsford in
Cheshire, owned by the National Trust and leased to Cheshire County
Council. Its General Manager, Brendan Flanagan said:- "We are
absolutely thrilled with the figure achieved for the M1. This will
allow the new Tatton Park Charitable Trust to do so much in support
of our conservation, education and access projects for years to
come. It is particularly nice to know that the M1 registration will
return to the North West of England."
"M1" was the first registration to be issued in Cheshire,
when, in 1902, motoring enthusiast and then owner of Tatton Park
acquired the registration for his 1903 12/16hp 2 cylinder Darracq -
the same car that was driven by Henri Farman and came second in the
1901 Grand Prix de Pau.
In 1904, the registration number transferred to a 60hp, 20 cwt dark
green Panhard. The same year, Maurice entered the vehicle in the
Gordon Bennett Run, held at Homberg, and then the Irish A.C. 200
Guineas Challenge Cup for racers at Portmarnock, near Dublin, where
he lost by just 20 yards to A E MacDonald, who was racing S F Edge's
In 1920, Maurice, Lord Egerton, inherited Tatton Park and his
father's motor cars, including a 1900 Benz, which he asked his
mechanic Charlie Blake to restore. It was in 1924 that he
transferred the registration "M1" to the Benz.
Although the National Trust and Cheshire County Council have decided
to sell the right to use the registration "M1" this
year, the 1900 Benz with its original registration plate will remain
in their ownership at Tatton Park.
Bonhams' Group Director of Collectables, Jon Baddeley, says:-
"The registration 'M1' has huge appeal, not only as one of the
earliest registrations issued, but also one with a fabulous history
This price goes to prove that."
Councillor Bert Grange of Cheshire County Council, Chairman of the
Tatton Park Select Committee and a Trustee of the charity, said:-
"This is a unique opportunity for Cheshire County Council and the
National Trust to work together through the new Charitable Trust to
provide additional benefit for of Tatton Park and its many visitors,
both today and in the future. Sale of the right to use the
registration mark on the public highway has a value that will be of
enormous benefit in funding charitable projects that may not
Starr Fields Forever!
WORK started on Friday July 7 on a £1 million scheme to
transform a rundown recreation area into a state-of-the-art school
sports facility named in honour of former pupil Ringo Starr.
Dingle Swings Recreation Ground is being converted into "Starr
Fields", with a floodlit synthetic pitch, three tennis and netball
games areas and a changing pavilion for Shorefields Community
At the moment the school has outdated physical education facilities
for its 1000 pupils, and the scheme will enable it to be able to
provide a first class environment for youngsters to get fit.
It will also be used by a number of local primary schools, giving
younger children the chance to take part in a wide range of sports.
Headteacher of Shorefields School, John Charnock, said:- "We
are hugely excited about this scheme as it will provide a fantastic
facility for pupils and the local community to use. Ringo
Starr has offered his support for the scheme and is as enthusiastic
as we are about the opportunities it offers to young people."
The money for the scheme is coming from the school and the Big
Councillor Paul Clein, executive member for children's services,
said:- "This is a brilliant scheme which will transform PE
lessons for pupils at Shorefields and surrounding primary schools.
Encouraging kids to get active is a huge priority for the city
council, but in order to do that we must ensure they have excellent
facilities to use.
This project will transform a piece of land
which is not very well used into a valuable community resource."
EVERTON FC ON BOARD
THE ARRIVA FUN BUS
THE Arriva Fun Bus on 7 July 2006 teamed
up with Everton FC to bring pupils of Roscoe Junior School a morning
of football mayhem.
Roscoe Junior School won the opportunity to have a visit from the
Fun Bus as part of Arriva’s school liaison activity aiming to
provide Year 6 children with a great day at the end of the school
On board the Fun Bus was a team of experts from the premiership
side, including women’s England international stars Fara Williams
and Rachel Brown.
Nick Gordon, marketing manager for Arriva North West said:-
“The day was a great success and everyone really enjoyed themselves.
The Fun Bus teaming up with Everton FC is a fantastic way to give
Year 6 pupils a memorable day to celebrate the end of the school
The Everton team gave the children the chance to take part in a
number of football activities and receive expert advice and
information on fitness and nutrition.
Graham Lewis, chief executive officer for Everton Football in the
Community said:- “We are really pleased to have been involved
in this project. It’s a great way for the children to combine fun
Arriva and Everton FC are also working together later in the year as
part of a community project to help raise health awareness across
schools in Liverpool.
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