“I haven’t had the opportunity to visit the USA yet, no,” says Tibor Máté from his office, its walls lined with numberplates that commemorate that most American of all motorsports, NASCAR.
As testament to just what a rabbit hole collecting can become, Tibor started off, like many car enthusiasts, with model cars.
Then, looking for something to mount on the wall of his garage alongside his Alfa Romeo GT, he got into registration plates, with the aim of getting an example from each American state.
“I started to collect all kinds of speciality plates,” he recalls. “Fire service, cure breast cancer, autism awareness and then NASCAR.”
As a motorsport fan from Szentgotthárd, Hungary, Tibor fell in love with the NASCAR-themed licence plates when he found them online.
He decided to focus his attention on them, selling many of his others to fund a collection that is now more than 200 strong.
“These particular plates are issued in very limited numbers and are strongly linked with the race car and driver,” explains Tibor.