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 likes on the road. The first
time it happens, they will be taken by surprise. He immediately thinks:
1. He has
been mistaken for Sterling Moss
2. His lights are on.
3. 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 develops 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 occasionally 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 [remember this article was written in 1969] 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 tootsie toys.