Why Some Corvette Owners Don’t Wave Back

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It may be a demographic thing. Perhaps the younger guys just don’t know about it. We’re talking, of course, about “the wave” that Corvette owners give each other. It’s simple. You wave to another Corvette on the road from within your Corvette, and they wave back. A signal of exclusivity and inclusion. Two like-minded people acknowledging that they enjoy fine American-made performance. Some other cars have signals too, like the old Datsun Z “blink,” but you just don’t get the wave from most other cars. Camry owner’s don’t wave at each other, and that’s not because they are lazy, but more likely because they just don’t like their car that much (or maybe they just don’t like other people).

So why is the wave being lost on the newer generation of Corvette owners? Is it a storied tradition that hasn’t been handed down properly? Corvette Forum member Sonny71 has a theory, and it has everything to do with driving safety. What Sonny71 is implying makes sense: too much time spent on the phone while driving distracts newer Corvette owners from seeing their fellow GM ilk on the road. For our younger Corvette owners, could this true?

Chime in with your thoughts on the forum. >>

Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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