Having a show plate on your kit car, custom car or race car can look great at events and really make a difference to the overall presentation and impression of the car. This article details some of the things to think about when buying and ordering show plates and also, some of the options that are available for you.
Show plate information and options
Laws relating to show plate use You will not get regulated by law for owning show plates, but you will for using plates on your car. Make sure that the laws in your jurisdiction permit the use of the show plate on the car on the road, (usually, there is not a problem at events) and that the show plate itself conforms to the regulations. Normally, there will be regulations relating to the size of the letters and their spacing from one another. There will also be laws relating to which words you can and cannot have on your plate and how much of your fancy plates can be made up with custom plate designs. Make sure that you know what the regulations are in your area before you buy your plates as they may be confiscated and you may face a hefty fine. Knowing your design options The best way to get to grips with what design your show plate can be is to either take a look at the online plate makers that you can get on various custom car licence plate websites. You can also have a look at some images of show plates on image search engines. Most "create a plate" programmes will allow you to change everything from the background to the borders and you can usually place your own lettering styles and pictures on the side, but again be aware of the laws relating to what you can and cannot do.
Where to buy show plates
Getting your plates online is great fun because you get to design the plate before it arrives and often, you can see the plate design put on a range of cars on the website, so you can see exactly what it would look like on your car.
Most plates are made of high quality materials and are often shipped from mainland Europe. Car shows Car shows are great places to pick up bargain show plates and you can have the plate made right in front of you. Number plate makers Standard number plate makers may have some technology to make simple plates, but often will not be able to make the most adventurous designs!