A retired businessman has paid almost £250,000 for the registration 1 RH at a DVLA licence plate auction.
Rob Haverson, a Surrey-based 47-year-old handed over a total of £247,652.50 - 30 times the registration's reserve during the final day of the three-day DVLA event staged at the Tankersley Manor Hotel, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
The multi-millionaire, who already owns 10 private plates, fended off competition from Skegness businessman, Richard Harris, and then declared, 'nothing was going to stop me buying the number plate!'
He bid £197,000 for the cherished plate but the added commission fees, VAT and other extras put the total bill at almost quarter of a million pounds Mr Haverson said: 'I came with £150,000 to spend but, in the end, I was just determined to buy 1 RH and nothing was going to stop me. Richard made me sweat a little but it is the ultimate registration for me.'