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ALPCA's Best Plate of 2018

It's time to vote for your favorite new plate. The deadline is March 3, 2019.

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Vote For Your Favorite Best New Plate

By Gus Oliver #8407, Best Plate Award Coordinator

We have an excellent lineup of plates entered into the contest for the Best Plate Award of 2018 thanks to our great members. As in the past, you can vote for 1, 2 or 3 of your favorite plates. Your first choice will receive 5 points with 3 points going to your second choice and 1 point to the third. Most will have difficulty picking just 3 but surely everyone can find at least 1 they like. The eligible plates are pictured on the front cover of this issue.

Thirteen plates were nominated and accepted, with several receiving multiple nominations. Every plate nominated but one was eligible; only the recent Pennsylvania general-issue redesign was withdrawn as a candidate since it was first issued in June 2017, not 2018. Of the 13 entries, the Iowa Farm Scene is the only new general issue. Florida and Oklahoma both offered revised optional plates in support of education. The Tennessee Friends of the Rockies and the Maryland Treasure the Chesapeake plates were also revised last year. New plates were nominated supporting the Alberta Calgary Flames, the Nevada Vegas Born (Vegas Golden Knights), Maine's Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, Colorado's Support Aviation, Minnesota's Blessed Are The Peacemakers (Law Enforcement Memorial) and Nova Scotia's First Nations (honoring the indigenous Mi'kmaq People). An Illinois special-event plate was also nominated: Mid-America Plate Association's plate honoring the Illinois Bicentennial. (Although many consider MAPA plates as souvenirs, they can be legally registered to vehicles with Illinois registrations and therefore qualify to be entered into this contest.) The only entry that is not from North America is an optional Japanese plate featuring Mount Fuji (or Fuji-san in Japanese) which is only available to those who live in that area.

You can vote by completing the enclosed ballot and mailing it to Gus Oliver, Best Plate Award, 4165 S 33 West Ave., Tulsa, OK 74107, or by emailing it to If you vote by email, please note your name as it appears in the roster, your ALPCA #, and first, second and third choices (or list none if you have no second and/or third choice), along with any comments you wish to share. You cannot vote by both methods or both votes may be invalidated. The deadline is midnight PST on March 4, 2019. The results will be available on the ALPCA website about a week after the contest ends, and published in the April 2019 issue of PLATES Magazine.

The emphasis has always been on attractiveness AND visibility, so you are free to vote based on whatever criteria you choose. Most importantly, PLEASE VOTE!! What purpose does a plate serve if the plate number and state name cannot be clearly seen? I would recommend placing your magazine across the room and judging the visibility as well as the attractiveness from that distance. Several of our club officers have correctly commented that we collect something that our state and national governments never meant to be a collectible. This program has been an excellent way for our club to interact with government officials to show them that we are a legitimate organization helping to preserve these historical artifacts. This in turn has also led to greater participation by DMVs to donate plates for our annual auction at the convention. Their donation amounts to about 3 to 5% of our annual budget. Therefore, I implore you to take a few minutes and have a little fun voting.

I would like to thank the following members for either nominating a plate or supplying the photos: J. D. Adams #6313, George Balsamo #3562, Greg Crum #11284, David Fraser #1331, Alexander Gehr #10273, Joe Hurd #1925, John Kelly #3883, Brent Kirchner #6148, Rick Kretschmer #9652, Denis Litalien #9522, Chris Maner #9511, Keith Murphy #12545, Matthew Rudick #12838, "Tiger" Joe Sallmen #7100, Renea Saxon #12141, Cody Skoff #11805 and Bob Stanley #825. My apologies if I omitted anyone - please let me know and I will include you in the next article.

Last updated: Sunday, 03-Feb-2019 22:14:38 UTC

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