The registration MMG 48 was issued by Middlesex County Council in 1946 and was obtained by Roger Wardle’s father in about 1948. It was then on an Austin 8 purchased from the War Office at a public auction of ex-army staff cars. It was, in fact, his father’s first car on entering civvy street after six years service in Egypt during World War II.“I couldn’t believe it when I saw it for sale at Regtransfers and simply had to have it in memory of my dear ol’dad
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw it for sale at Regtransfers and simply had to have it in memory of my dear ol’ dad,” says Roger.
“I have photos of the car showing the number plate which were taken in the early 1950s on holiday all over Southern England and Cornwall.”
Roger, from Chalfont St Giles, in Buckinghamshire, has always had an interest in number plates and can remember most of the cars he has owned since taking his driving test in 1964.
“My first car (a built in the wings headlights) Morris Minor of 1952 vintage with the registration RBH 802 was bought from an uncle who had it from new,” he recalls, “so I thought it would be a good buy; it probably was the worst car I have ever owned!”
Roger still has the receipt for the £80 he paid in March 1964. “I traded it in after just a couple of months for a Ming yellow 100E Ford Popular with the registration 3164 NK,” he continues. “A better car, but only three-speed and the wipers slowed down the more you put your foot on the gas.”The next was an almond green Mini which was on a turn-table at a showroom in Wembley Park with the registration.
The next was an almond green Mini which was on a turn-table at a showroom in Wembley Park with the registration CMM 333A.
“A great little car and the first of many Minis,” as Roger remembers. “I even built one good one from two old scrappers for my wife to practice her driving in and sold them for a profit!”
Since then there has been a series of Fords and Vauxhalls and MGs. But, after being made redundant from his job as a quantity surveyor in the early eighties, Roger took the brave step of becoming a driving instructor.
“I then had a succession of Fiestas and Nissan Micras which were great cars for the job,” he says, “Although I remember their registrations, I expect most have now been scrapped.”
Retirement now is approaching for Roger and he intends to devote the extra time to pursuing his hobby – the pristine MGB Roadster 1965 with the number MMG 48 bought through Regtransfers.