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Driving an American car through Sahara

Hi guys,

I'm planning to cross the Sahara (Morocco-Mauritania-Senegal-Mali) in February in a Toyota 4runner with Californian number plates. I'm a Swedish citizen and my friend is American. I've read the reports about the recent kidnapping and am a bit concerned. I'm fearing that we'll be a more likely target because we drive an American car.

First of all: Do you think there's a reason for concern or am I being paranoid?

What do you think about covering up the part of the license plate that says "California"? (Here's what a CA plate looks like: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/63/20...750214.jpg?v=0) I presume terrorists are not savvy enough to recognize it then?

Would it be possible to remove the number plates altogether or mount Swedish plates from another car on it? I realize this would be an issue at border crossings, but would it also be a problem at checkpoints along the way?

Thanks for any advice!
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I would suggest just getting some plain "UK style" number plates made up.
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BYT gave a very good answer, Alternatively perhaps a signwriter ( they make machine cut signs now) could make one up for you ?
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There's good plate manufacturer with lot's of different background options including Swedish. showplate.se - Personliga skyltar
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