At 10:23 PM 1/9/97 -0500, you wrote:
>Ah! "the Wave" Years ago, *all* sportscar enthusiasts waved, but there was
>protocal. I can recall that it was so controversial that protocals were
covered in an
>article in Road & Track. Something about a "Ferrari expects to be waved at
>returning the wave" or some such malarkey. Today, you do that, you might be
shot at. I
>have a neighbor who owns a TR4A, we wave, neither of us has met. We just
I remember reading a reprint of that article in R&T sometime in the '70s.
As I recall,
it was titled "The Armwagglers Guide", was originally published in the '50s,
proposed a protocol for waving. When two sports cars approached, the driver
less-powerful car was to initiate the wave by lifting the left hand from the
(assuming it was safe to do so) and holding it raised for a moment. The
driver of the
more-powerful car, upon seeing the initiation of the wave, was to return the
upon which the initiator was to discontinue the wave. Of course, for RHD
right hand was to be lifted, not the left. Also, the article discussed the
difficulty of modifications to the vehicles as related to the initiation of the
wave -- something like, "should the driver of a supercharged MG be required to
initiate the wave to an unsupercharged Triumph?" As I recall, the standing
unless the modifications were immediately visible to the oncoming driver,
was on the driver of a vehicle which would ordinarily be expected to
armwaggle to do so.
This is really stretching my memory, but if I recall, the article (which was
with tongue firmly in cheek) ended with a hierarchy something like this:
to Triumphs, which waved to Austin-Healeys, which waved to Jaguars, which
Porches, which waved to Ferraris, which only waved to God.
Does somebody out there have a copy of the article? Maybe they could post it?
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