• Aug 16th 2009 at 1:54PM
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Woodward license plates - Click above for high-res image gallery

These days, Twitter is all the rage as a means for the digitally inclined to communicate their thoughts in bursts of 140 characters or less. However, that 140 character limit is positively verbose compared to an older and more established means of short messaging. Drivers long ago realized that certain combinations of letters and numbers could be used to send messages in less than seven characters. One of this blogger's all time favorites was a classic Lamborghini Countach with the plate IXLR8.

While that particular Lambo didn't appear at this year's Woodward festivities, there were plenty of other interesting messages sent out. As far as we're concerned, the best plates are the ones that don't take too much brain power to decipher. Sometimes, the license plate phrase reinforces something about the car's behavior – such as the FASSST plate on one Cobra. Other times, drivers use onomatopoeia like the BRMBRUM plate on another Shelby snake. Still others, such as the LVNGLYF plate we saw on a Lotus Elise, are more descriptive of the car's driver. Check out our entire gallery below of interesting plates from the 2009 Woodward Dream Cruise.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Would anyone care to explain Number 17? (UDWTMWM)

      Thanks in advance~
      • 6 Years Ago
      Do you guys have any more pics of that DTS covertible? Looks awesome...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd think license plates would be the original text message, not Twitter.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Interesting comparison you make. Never really thought about it but you are correct. In the UK we called them private number plates or personalised number plates. I quite fancy this one (as I run my own company) - http://www.capeplates.co.uk/search/mixed-search-8oss/

      Slightly out of my price range though!
      • 6 Years Ago
      *sees this opportunity to post his vanity plate*

        • 6 Years Ago
        i just got my plate in after the long wait. plate reads SHW-OFF
        • 6 Years Ago
        accidentally hits Alt-F4
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