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"Save The Wave"


Ever since Corvette No. 00001 first met Corvette No. 00002 on the road, their drivers saluted each other with waves. Today, unfortunately, this grand and glorious tradition is wavering.

There's one item of standard equipment that comes as a pleasant surprise to every new Corvette owner. It's an instant wave of recognition he or she receives when he meets one of their ilks on the road. The first time it happens, they will be taken by surprise. He immediately thinks:

He has been mistaken for Sterling Moss.
His lights are on.
He has just been given the bird.

Soon, however, the new Vette owner anticipates, indeed even relishes, encountering other Vettes as he drives. During this period, he experiments with his waves, running the gamut from the gaping "yoo hoo" to the ultra cool "two finger flip." He perfects his timing, making sure he affects neither a too-early wave, nor the jaded "oh brother" too-late variety. Determined not to be one upped, he even developes a defense mechanism for non wavers, usually settling on the "Wave"? My hand was just on the way to scratch my head" approach. (This is especially useful when you're not driving your Vette, but you forget, and like a dummy, you wave anyway.)

Indeed, one of the most perplexing problems facing a would-be waver is what to do when driving next to a fellow Vette owner. Passing him going in opposite directions is one thing. Greetings are exchanged, and that's that. But what happens when you pull up next to a guy at a light, wave, nod, smile and then pull up to him at the next light, a block later? Wave again? Nod bashfully? Grin self-consciously? Ignore him? Or take the chicken's way out and turn down the next side street? If you're expecting an answer, you won't find it here. Sad to say, some questions don't have any.

Girl-type Corvette drivers also have a unique problem: to wave or not to wave. This miss or misses who borrows her man's Corvette for the first time is immediately faced with this quandary. Should she wave first and look overly friendly, or ignore the wave and look like a snob? Most ladies who drive their own Vettes prefer to suffer the latter rather than take a chance of being misread. For this reason, all girls are excused for occassionally failing to return a well-meaning wave. So are new owners who are still learning the ropes.

There is no excuse, however, for a guy who refuses to return the wave, not out of ignorance, but of arrogance or apathy. While this type of behavior is the exception to the rule, it seems a few owners of newer models refuse to recognize anything older than theirs, while some others simply won't wave, period. Boo on them. These ding-a-lings don't seem to realize that they are helping to squash a tradition that had its beginnings back when most of us were still driving tootsietoys.
 
Last summer I pulled up to a light to make a right hand turn. In the straight through lane was a lady in a silver Vette just like ours. I called over, "Nice Car." Her head whipped around with a rather severe look until she saw our car. Then it was all smiles as the light changed and she drove off. I wave to car people in general, be it a muscle car from the sixties or a Corvette. They are all in the same group as far as I am concerned.
 
I Think The Best Thing To Do Is Just Keep On Waving ...

Sooner Or Later They Will Get The Ideal ...

Or Maybe They Will Find This Corvette Site, And Learn From All The Grrreat Members On Here ...


Either Way ...


"Save The Wave"
 
One warm evening late last summer I was cruising with top down to the marina where all the people and cars hang out. Traffic was heavy as I was coming back and saw what I thought was a C6 convertible behind traffic slowly coming towards me. As it got closer, I gave an enthusiastic wave and big grin. A guy was driving with a woman passenger and he just looked at me with total disgust and distain. That's when I noticed it was not a C6, but a Viper! Found out what he thinks of lowly Corvette owners.

If I could repeat, I'd wave again, but a little less enthusiastically. Just to show him that Corvette owners have more class.
 
I think waving is great way of saying "hey there fellow club member". BOTH men and women alike can wave when they are behind the wheel of their vette. It shows comradery, its a special bond that we share. The guy in the Dodge Viper obviously did not see the wave because he is not part of the club and because he has his head shoved so far up his ass that he could not see the road in front of him let alone the wave. Anyways, I hope to share many waves this summer if the sun ever starts to shine !:seeya:
 
I think it's a great from of comradery. Even though you are complete strangers, owning a Vette brings you together. A simple wave is a friendly gesture of a passion that you both share. I look forward to it, although I do get a bit miffed if the other person doesn't do it back.

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Just passed my first C7 on the road today while out for a cruise myself. NO RETURN WAVE?? What's with that?
Eric
 
My belief is that many new Corvette owners (C6 in past few years and C7 now) are new to the Corvette world. They know little (and probably care even less) for the DNA of ownership. They are just ignorant of the fact that you are suppose to wave at any other Corvette. Or worse... they have heard of it, but are not about to lower themselves to wave at any 20-year-old car of the same vintage worth 1/10 of theirs. I hope I am wrong on this.
 
I was out cruising today. Had the top down and music playing. I must have passed about 10 other vettes (1 C3, the rest were C4/5/6) on the road and none of them waved back. Had a couple of older model TA's and a Mustang wave to me and I waved back.
 
Here in Midland it is sporadic at best. Was out yesterday and saw half a dozen of various ages and only 1 waved-a fellow C6er.
 
Man, I like to wave to everyone who looks like they are having fun with their car. Porsche, Viper, hot rod muscle cars, I don't care.

If they wave back they wave back, won't hurt my feelings if they don't but I will say most respond. Some I feel sorry for because they do not have all their fingers. :rofl: I just think it is nice to recognize people who apparently love their cars as much as we do.
 
Man, I like to wave to everyone who looks like they are having fun with their car. Porsche, Viper, hot rod muscle cars, I don't care.

If they wave back they wave back, won't hurt my feelings if they don't but I will say most respond. Some I feel sorry for because they do not have all their fingers. :rofl: I just think it is nice to recognize people who apparently love their cars as much as we do.

+1 on that Murray -- I wave to any specialty or old car and get a response mostly.

I always get a return wave from the vettes I encounter.

C.
 
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