It was on a black Chevrolet HHR - Chevy's answer to the PT Cruiser.
I noticed as I was catching up to it that something was flapping around near the rear licence plate.
As I got closer I realized that what was flapping was the entire outer surface of the plate. It appeared to be a thin transparent plastic film, and the blue characters seemed to be attached to it, rather than to the plate itself.
Last time I looked - just this minute - licence plates still appear to be stamped from steel, with the letters and numbers embossed and painted right on them.
So, what was this?
Because I was driving, I couldn't get a picture of it (that's a stock photo up there). And even if I could have, we aren't supposed to identify local licence plates without asking permission of the vehicle owners.
You'll have to take my word for it.
It's not like this was one of the older three digit/three letter plates, many of which I have seen recently with virtually all of the blue paint for the characters eroded off them.
Sure, that means a free ride on the 407. But how do these guys not get stopped by the police? The plates have obviously been in use for a long, long time.
It also seems to be only the identifying letters and numbers that fade, not the 'Yours to Discover' part.
But I digress..
No, the HHR's plate was a relatively new four letters/three digits one, and the first letter was a 'B', which is the most recent series.
But there were those characters, flapping in the breeze.
I wondered if maybe this was some sort of scam, that the guy had fabricated a phony plate to cover up his real one.
If so, he hadn't done a very good job of it.
Or maybe the reflective white coating that covers the plates is actually a thin film to which the charcaters are attached, and which in this case had de-laminated?
Still, like those folks with faded characters on their plates, how does this guy drive around without getting stopped by the cops?