British Columbia Veteran License Plate
Best Plate of 2004?

Every year the Automobile License Plate Collector's Association (ALPCA) holds a survey amongst its membership to determine the most highly regarded design, amongst collectors, issued during that calendar year, and which is then present with the "Best License Plate Award'.

In 2004, the BC Veteran's plate was nominated for this award, and was up against plates from some heavy-weight states such as Florida (General Issue - "") and Ohio (General Issue - "Birthplace of Aviation").  To see the other nominated plates, just Click Here!

Despite the best lobbying efforts by BC collectors, the Veteran's plate finished a respectable fourth to the winning plate issued by Oklahoma (Special Issue - "State Parks").  All of the nominated plates and their position are listed as follows:

1st - Oklahoma
"State Parks"
(2,663 points)

2nd - Maryland
"Treasure the Chesapeake"
(1,892 points)

3rd - North Carolina
"Blue Ridge Parkway"
(1,703 points)

4th - British Columbia
(1,133 points)

5th - Georgia
"General Issue"
(1,058 points)

6th - Alaska
"General Issue"
(847 points)

7th - Ohio
"General Issue"
(692 points)

8th - Tennessee
"Children's Hospital"
(570 points)

9th - Florida
"General Issue"
(538 points)

10th - Ontario
"Toronto Blue Jays"
(115 points)
I am still rather dumbfounded that North Carolina was able to place third ahead of the BC Veteran plate (although the State does have double the number of plate collectors, and therefore votes)!  Nevertheless, if any consolation can be drawn from this episode it is that the Toronto (re: Ontario) plate got trounced, and deservedly so.  The last Canadian plate to win the award was Manitoba in 1997, so hopefully we will have better luck in 2007 with the BC Olympic Winter Games plate, stay tuned ...


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