Some people are upset because their new car comes with a numberplate that starts with the letters GAY:

If Robert Trathen’s car registration is anything to go by, he is homosexual and adventurous in the boudoir.

But, since he’s straight and would rather not discuss his sex life, he was not very happy when his freshly imported BMW 316 came with a “GAY692” plate.

Miffed, he called the New Zealand Transport Agency within days to seek a new one.

“I picked it up on Tuesday … I’ve already had people pointing and laughing at me.” Trathen added that just driving it off the car lot he was subjected to sniggers.

“I’m definitely not homophobic, I just want another plate.”

When he called NZTA, he was told the numbers could be changed for something less suggestive than “69” at no cost but changing the letters would be a different story.

“The person I spoke to said: ‘Oh just hold the line, I’ll be putting you on to our senior adviser’. In a minute or two of waiting, they came on and there was a bit of a chuckle in their voices. The guy said ‘I can change the numbers for you but it’s still going to be GAY’.”

Let me tell you, if you buy a 316 BMW then you ARE gay. Then of you make a fuss over your GAY number plate you are doubly gay.

They aren’t pointing and laughing at you for your number plate they are pointing and laughing at you because you drive a 316.



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  • notavictim

    it was definitely the 316 people were laughing at. no danger to any one though cause it wouldn’t even pull his dick out.

    • diabolos

      Or a sailor off your sister

  • diabolos

    Just buying an overpriced poorly engineered (5 years life expectation without shitting itself) automobile has to be suspect to begin with. Liked the bit about “69” … its like being able to tickle your own fancy.

    What a pity a word in common usage has been hijacked by a special interest group.

  • jono

    Just wait til they get to the H’s…HOM069

  • John Q Public

    Is it the hatch version? That would be triply gay.

  • Erica M Cook

    Get a life people, its just an ID number.

  • Dion

    Now might be a good time for Craig Foss to re-register his ute

  • petal

    There are about 1000 people driving around with plates that start with


    and more recently


    I found those more offensive than GAY