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University of Texas, Texas A&M football-themed license plates go up for auction

Running back Dante Hall of the Texas A&M Aggies runs down the field during a game against the Texas Longhorns at Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won the game 51-15.

Photo by Brian Bahr /Allsport

Whether you "gig 'em" or "hook 'em horns", there's a new license plate for you as part of the My Plates Great Plate Auction. The auction allows Texas football fans to exhibit their school pride using unique phrases that double as legal license plates with custom plates that span a variety of subjects from Star Wars to famous Porsche model numbers and favorite colors.

The auction sells each Texas state plate with a five-year term and each plate is legally transferrable. That means that the buyer can pass it on to a friend or family member. Christmas is coming.

This also means that the plates can be sold. Any future recipient gets the ongoing transfer rights.

The 50 plates being offered up include:

  • AAAAA
  • 23
  • PARDNER
  • TEXA5
  • YEE HAH
  • ART
  • 200
  • GREEN
  • LUCKY ME
  • DEVOTED
  • 911
  • BOXTER
  • QB
  • BEEVO
  • GIGEMM
  • 1999
  • AUS
  • PURE
  • 24
  • HOOPS
  • 1 MAVS
  • 1 SPUR
  • 55
  • UUUU
  • MARS
  • 1K
  • TEXIAN
  • TXUS
  • AMERICN
  • LIBERTY
  • 1960
  • CUSTOM
  • CHEVY 1
  • DODGE 1
  • DEMO
  • BOSTON
  • 60
  • TEJAS
  • NNNNN
  • EXPLORE
  • GURU
  • 80
  • HAN SOLO
  • AB
  • EEEE
  • IGNITE
  • HELLO
  • JJJJJJ
  • TXS
  • NORTH

All of the plates have an opening bid of just $500. A few have a reserve that is beyond that.

All of the plate messages offered in this auction have an opening bid of only $500, with only a few with a reserve beyond that price. Hence, on most plate messages, an opening bid could be the winning bid for that lot if no other bids are received.

The prices are expected to go way up from there. In 2013 the plate message 12THMAN sold for a Texas record of $115,000. HOUSTON sold for $25,000 in January 2013 and ALAMO sold for $10,250 in March 2016.

All plates are authorized for use by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

The My Plates Great Plate Auction will be online-only through October 21 and may be accessed via www.myplates.com/auction.

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Vonlane offers routes to major Texas and Oklahoma cities.

Photo courtesy of Vonlane

In time for summer weddings, graduations, and all the other in-person gatherings Texans missed out on in 2020, Dallas-based luxury bus operator Vonlane is resuming routes among some of its most popular cities. Houston passengers can ride the "private jet on wheels" to Fort Worth and back starting April 1, the company announced earlier this month.

Another Houston route resuming is Houston to San Antonio, on May 2.

Service to both cities had been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 outbreaks and then Winter Storm Uri, the company says. Vonlane hasn't run the Fort Worth-Houston and Houston-San Antonio routes since the middle of December 2020. And passengers haven't been able to travel between Fort Worth and Austin since July 2020.

Routes to Oklahoma City still have not been restored.

A quick check of the schedule online shows it's possible to book one-way and roundtrip travel from the Fort Worth Hilton to the Austin Hyatt Regency, and vice versa, beginning May 2. Departure times from both cities are 11 am and 3 pm, and the journey lasts three hours.

Fares are $99 each way.

Houston routes to and from Fort Worth are $105 each way, departing from the Hyatt Regency Houston, 1200 Louisiana St. (Schedule can vary on weekends.)

Vonlane buses are operating with a number of COVID-19 protocols, including blocked seats for social distancing through March 31. After March 31, face masks and temperature checks will still be required, and they'll continue to use an EPA-approved disinfectant for deep cleaning between trips, a spokesman says.

Vonlane launched its high-end bus service in 2014 to cater to business travelers. Each bus, which holds fewer than two dozen passengers, features amenities like Wi-Fi, satellite TV and radio, snack and drink service, sleep masks, and leather seats.

Reservations can be booked online, and may be canceled and fully refunded up to 24 hours before departure.

Last year, Vonlane also introduced charter service and parcel shipping service. Packages can be shipped on board scheduled routes for a flat fee of $75 per item.


The original version of this story can be found on AutomotiveMap's sister site, CultureMap.

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Carroll Shelby's personal 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake sold at auction over the weekend.

Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson/Facebook

Just a few months ago, Carroll Shelby's personal 427 Cobra sold for $5.9 million at auction. This weekend, the only remaining 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake crossed the block, itself a relic of Mr. Shelby's garage.

This particular model started its life in 1965 as one of 23 built. It was shipped to Ford Advanced Vehicles in England on September 7, 1965, packaged alongside another 427 Cobra Competition and two R-model Shelby G.T. 350s. They were destined for a promotional tour of Europe.

The car, serial number CSX 3015, was shipped back to the U.S. when the tour was over. In 1967, Shelby American modified the hot rod into the Super Snake it is today. It is one of only two models built to its current specs and the only surviving car of the pair (the other was built for Bill Cosby). The sports car was billed as the "Cobra to End All Cobras" and was not street legal.

1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake CSX 3015 This is the only remaining Super Snake from the 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 set.Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson/Facebook

1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake CSX 3015

Since the turn of the millennium, the car has been sold three times. In 2007 it went for $5.5 million. In 2015 it was auctioned for $5.1 million. This weekend, it went for $5 million.

The model sold at auction is a good original condition. It has its original engine block, body panels, brake calipers, rear end, and exhaust system.

Not only is the car steeped in automotive history. It's also full of power. Under the hood is a 7.0-liter, twin-supercharged Ford V8 that achieves 800 horsepower and 462 pound-feet of torque. The Paxton supercharged engine is paired with a three-speed automatic transmission.

With a wheelbase of just 90 inches and a curb weight of just over 2,300 pounds, the powertrain setup makes the car closer to a rocket than a traditional coupe - and without modern safety features.

It was originally shipped and invoiced to Ford Advanced Vehicles in England on September 7, 1965, together with another 427 Cobra Competition and two R-model Shelby G.T.350s, to do a promotional tour in Europe.

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