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Turquoise Triumph!

New Mexico's new license plate wins Best License Plate Award.

April 5, 2011, 1:00 am
By Rani Molla

Love it or hate it, one can't deny New Mexico's centennial license plate is  appropriate considering the amount of turquoise hawked in this state. Apparently, it's also well-liked, as the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association (yeah, that exists) just voted it Best License Plate of 2010.

The plate, which was created by state Cultural Affairs Department Artistic Director David Rohr and released last year to commemorate 100 years of statehood in 2012, is mainly turquoise with yellow letters and Zia, and red highlights. After the centennial, the words “Centennial 1912-2012” will be removed from the plate, but the turquoise option will remain.

The contest had 12 finalists including Northwest Territories' bear-shaped plate, and New York and Oregon's throwback plates, among other less-interesting offerings.

The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum plate was also nominated but states only get one submission.

Although it doesn't have the option for antics like Virginia's Kids First plate (some wonderful soul drove around with an "EAT THE Kids First" plate for years but then lost it due to specious concerns), it can be used as the punch line in jokes and to justify stereotypes about Texan tourists.

We think it looks pretty cool.


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