Mystic Terry is the man who's been driving on Team GB

GREAT BRITAIN triumphed at this month's Olympics in Rio, bringing home 67 medals and finishing an impressive second place in the table.

Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:17 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 7:31 pm
Terry Beuzeval, 70, from Lovedean, bought a number plate in 1997 with the reg R1O TGB. Picture: Sarah Standing (161131-1627)

If anyone could predict Team GB’s success, perhaps it could be Terry Beuzeval who unwittingly has been driving around for more than 15 years with the registration plate R1O TGB.

The 70-year-old, from Lovedean, bought the number plate in 1997 with his new Fiat Punto.

Little did he realise that nearly two decades later he would have his very own memento to the record-breaking success of the British team.

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The married father-of-four said: ‘You read about these number plates all the time, which read out words but I didn’t even realise until last year.

‘A friend pointed it out to me because the Rio Olympics were upcoming and I admit it did make me laugh.

‘I’ve been driving around for years not even realising.

‘But it certainly makes for a great souvenir.’

Terry was engrossed with this year’s Olympics and the golfing fan was particularly pleased with Justin Rose’s gold medal.

He said: ‘I was over the moon with Team GB’s performance, we did excellently. Who would have predicted that success?

‘Maybe my registration plate brought them some luck.’

The grandfather of eight has received a fair bit of attention over the fitting R1O TGB plate.

‘My family have been quite amused by it, but at least it has given them a reason to get into the Olympics more.

‘It’s just seems to be either a really good coincidence or perhaps I can predict the future,’ he joked.

Terry is considering getting the number plate valued, although he said it would make a great souvenir to mark the occasion.

‘My friends keep telling me to try and sell it and say an Olympic athlete from the games might like it as a memento,’ he added.

‘I’ve been saying I wouldn’t sell it for all the tea in China, but if the price was right, who knows.

‘Maybe Justin Rose would like to buy it for his wife for Christmas.

‘I’ve got four years to try and find a TKY TGB plate now.’