Retired

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It’s the end of an era. The CAMERO tag was retired when I traded my Mustang for a Scion, replaced by TOYODUH. While CAMERO got a ton of attention in countless cell phone pictures in traffic, comments at car shows, and looks of confusion TOYODUH never raised an eyebrow.

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The state of Kansas changes the design on vanity plates every 5 years, and at that time if you have one you have to renew it and exchange it for the new design. I had been ready and willing to do so, but then the new design came out and...eesh.

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I dig the sentiment, wind turbines are sweet. But the color scheme is gross. It’s an affront to real Kansas sunsets which are breathtakingly beautiful, and the actual plates are significantly darker than this image. The darkness of the plate combined with the bright white text makes the wind turbines completely imperceptible, so it just looks like a generic dark plate with big white letters.

I really don’t like it at all, so rather than put it on my car I decided to let the vanity plate wait until 2025 when hopefully the new design is better. I hear a lot of mixed reviews of the sunflower plate retired this year, but personally I love it and am sad to see it go.

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The standard Kansas plate is super boring though. It’s just the state seal, and while I love our state motto (Ad Astra Per Aspera), much like the wind turbines on the new vanity tag it is obscured by the number too much to be readable anyways

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So what to do? I considered a KU plate, after all I am a Jayhawk, but while I do like the KU logo and the ROCK CHALK at the bottom the stark white plate is too much white for my tastes.

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I could do a Wichita State plate, seeing as I am also an alumnus of that university, but WuShock is a weird ass mascot and the plate has the same plain white with a logo problem:

Even these two don’t seem terribly happy with it
Even these two don’t seem terribly happy with it
Graphic: Wichita State Alumni Association (AP)
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Luckily the state introduced a new plate that looks decent: the City of Wichita flag

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I wish the letters and numbers were personalized and white, but otherwise it’s a good looking plate reflecting our cool looking flag. So the Scion will be adorned with a little hometown pride. I have my fully-refundable Bronco deposit in so maybe the vanity plate will return when I get mine...

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