John Ferguson’s collection of Cayman Islands license plates, on display at the Cayman Motor Museum, has added a new plate to the exhibit.
Mario Ebanks, the founder and now retired senior consultant of Premier HR Management Solutions, has loaned his now cancelled license plate “PREMIER” to the collection.
Most license plates in Cayman end up with extra holes drilled in them to accommodate the many vehicle applications offered here. Right hand drive, left hand drive, European and Japanese domestic imported vehicles, etc., leave the owners no choice but to drill extra holes in the plates to securely fasten them to their vehicle. This was not the case with the PREMIER plate, which had been carefully installed with no extra holes; thus leaving the plate in perfect condition.
Originally registered to Mr. Ebanks’ private vehicle in January 2007, the PREMIER plate was retired in October 2011 to coincide with his retirement from his company. Mr. Ebanks’ vehicle now proudly displays the Quincentennial Celebration graphic plate. These “Q” plates were only issued in 2003, marking the Cayman Islands 500th birthday. These original plates, too, are also in perfect condition on Mr. Ebanks’ vehicle since they were issued to him and held on reserve for display later during the time the PREMIER plate was in use.
Mr. Ferguson has been collecting international license plates for years and as one of the few collectors in Cayman, his goal is to have the largest and most complete collection of plates from the Cayman Islands. He does not have the lowest number (CI 2) but is working on obtaining it. The oldest plate in the collection is from 1959/1960, CI 95. The collection includes motorcycle, bicycle and others.
“The PREMIER plate is an excellent addition to my collection,” Mr. Ferguson said. “Now I can say I have a Premier Collection.”
Mr. Ebanks said, “I began using this license plate in 2007, as a means of promoting the brand of my consulting firm, Premier HR Management Solutions. The license plate seemed to go unnoticed until after the new Constitution of the Cayman Islands came into effect in November 2010. Since that time it has attracted attention from residents and visitors.
“However, in recent times with encouragement from my wife, and since I have now retired as an HR practitioner with the Premier Solutions Group, I decided that it was also time to retire the license plate. Loaning it to John Ferguson’s collection at the Motor Museum seemed like an appropriate thing to do, for posterity,” Mr. Ebanks said.
For any questions or concerns related to license plates or the exhibit, please call John Ferguson at 925-3402.