"Yes, it was kind of a pulling thing but just a fraction too subtle. No one ever got it! They just saw the D8."
"No," insists Harrison, tongue firmly in cheek. "One of my best friends, about a year after I got it, said 'aren't those your initials?'." A hint of gentle sarcasm creeps into his voice, as he grins, "I was like, 'No! Really?'."
The whole family's enthusiasm for their private number plates is quite evident and it is great to see people really enjoying them. Harrison in particular is a fan.
"I am always looking at plates," he says. "I just think they're good. Something simple like three letters on a car, it stands out." Harrison produces his mobile phone and shows a photo he took of a plate he saw and particularly admired near where he works.
Nicky laughs. "You just went and took a photo of it?"
Nicky is actually the last member of the family to succumb. Lesley also beat him to it: her Porsche bears the impressive 1 LC. After some time, Nicky began to realise that everyone around him, both family and friends, seemed to have added the personal touch to their vehicles, and he did start looking.
"It was one of those things I never really thought about, but a friend of ours has got N1 KKY or something similar. She's a client and a friend, and of course every time she pulls up in her really girly car everyone thinks it's mine because of the private number plates! I tell her not park it too near the salon, please! But with mine, it's one of those things where I haven't really gone out and thought 'Oh, I must get one with 1 NC' or something. I prefer the amusing side of it."