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Do you wave at old cars?

Poll ended at 04 Oct 2005, 08:34

Yes, I like to see the older cars on the road.
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No, I hate those wavy type of people. Just DRIVE!
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I'm scared help me!
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Total votes : 17

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Postby grim_b » 27 Sep 2005, 08:34

I have been wondering about this for some time now.

More and more, I find myself giving a wave to the odd old car while driving.
Last week it was an old stag. Today I saw an old van (the wood framed rear end jobby) I don't know what it was but it looked twice as old as my 82 chevette.

The point I am getting to is that, if like me you do this, do you realise we will be acknowledging Fiestas soon. Nice car, but not my idea of a wavable vehicle.

I guess I could be just mad, but when you think about it there do not seem to be that many 20+ old cars around lately. (Unless its at show)

Anyhow,

The poll is there if you want to vote. Comments welcome as always.

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Postby Neilyman » 27 Sep 2005, 08:50

I always acknowledge drivers of `older` cars, but more with a nod than a wave, that`s the `norm` up here, we`re a lazy lot ya know, ;)
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Postby Tortron » 27 Sep 2005, 08:53

my goal is to never own a car post 1979 (unless its real bizzare or something)

i found the sweetest morris minor traveller for sale here (morris minor station wagon) that has the wooden job at the back. The only thing that would make me pass that up would have to be a pre 67 Kombi (i wanit i wanit i wanit) its like a nervous twitch, hurra im going to look at one tomorrow, hidden awa in a windy backroad, even better i know a guy who knows the owner so he put in a good word :P and seeing that they are a bunch of hippys from way back (and i am currently one :wink: ) :D
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 27 Sep 2005, 09:56

i don't think there's anything wrong with waving at a Mk1 fiesta as i think it's a true modern classic. it went and handled well and had that typical Ford flat front end of that era that could either wear spotlights or not and still look good.
there has been a marked increase in the number of classics around here this summer and that has me likening them to fair weather riders and why not. why watch your pride and joy rot away in winter when you can lay it up and come spring dust it off and give it a service ready for the warmer months.

Tortron - if you can get the traveller for a good price then get it mate. they fetch really good money here and are a good investment plus you can still get loads of bits for them if you fancy using it.
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Postby Tortron » 27 Sep 2005, 10:02

the one i found was a bit out of my price range, even if i sold my beloved chevette. he had quite a few of them tho 3 travlers (from very good, to holy crap "thats" a car) as well as the panel vans and numerous 2 and 4 doors. i have been looking at morries recently, im seriously considering a yellow and black splitscreen 4 door one, just depends on if i can scavenge the cash before im beaten to it. on another note, due to a deceased estate, and everyone knowing i raterlike old "bangers" i may be getting given a morris oxford
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Postby Shellysowner » 27 Sep 2005, 13:11

I usually smile at owners of other old cars. When I had a mini it was amazing the number of people that waved and flashed (only ever once had the chevette/chevette waving/flashing experience) at me, almost every other mini owner. Then the new mini came out and all those plonkers thought they could join in on the act. I don't really have a cut-off date for car ownership, I think it's more about the ethos of and design behind the vehicle rather than the actual date of manufacture... and also the rwdriveyness :D As for fiestas... nah
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Postby chris(not) » 27 Sep 2005, 13:40

As a regular Herald driver I usually only wave / flash at other Triumphs. Even then, unless it's a Herald, Spit or Vitesse it's often ignored, possibly the lowly Herald is beneath the horizon for TR's, Stags and the like.....

Haven't seen a Chevette to try it on within living memory :cry:

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Postby iety2004 » 27 Sep 2005, 14:21

I like to see any old car that use to be around when i was a kid, even sh it ones like XR2's and XR3's for example.

I was in my element when i went away servicing to a rally in belgium last week, more Manta A's, B's Kadett C"s, MK1 & MK2's Esco's, Avengers, Imps, AE86 Corrola its was just awesome.

It was even more so when the Imp, who was driven by an Irish man living in Wales, broke his Jack Knight dog gearbox on saturday. Then found another imp in a feild and took the gearbox out of that to go rallying on sunday. Just brilliant.and what are the chances.

The heighest finishing Britain, who was also a Welshman from Swansea, finished 38 in his AE86 Corrolla, beating many scoobies and evo's hahaha

Which is why i love all classic cars, just much more interesting in my eyes
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Postby Doive » 27 Sep 2005, 20:51

I just can't help myself. I wave at anything that is either elderly or just plain interesting. More often than not I get a wave back, which is nice. Don't care what people think, I'm very pleased to see the older cars being kept on the road, especially in today's finance rip off culture where everyone can 'own' a new car (and sell their vital organs in the process). Found myself last week talking to the owner of a J reg Sierra 1.8 - hardly a classic car. Was telling him how glad I was to still see it on the road and being looked after! So yes, I do wave and encourage all sorts of car owners to drive and enjoy their older cars.
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Postby grim_b » 28 Sep 2005, 09:38

Ok,

I'm sorry for picking on the Ford lovers. A few posts here saying about fiestas, sierras etc.

Don't get me wrong I too like to see 'older' cars on the road, I actually wanted to know if I was the only one who thought most cars that are getting on in years were cool, but looking at the current poll votes, I find that it isn't just me 8)

I will have to try the nod Neilyman. Do you smile as well or is that pushing things a bit too far? :D

Good luck with the viewing Torton, it would be nice to see some pics? but seeing as this is a Chevette forum, I guess a written description would be good.

Anyway,

I guess I will get back in my box now and see how the voting goes from here. Maybe, one day, All old cars will unite to overthrow the 'new' cars of the world. Mine has started already by burning more petrol just to stop that people carrier from drinking it. hwaa hwaa hwaa :twisted:

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Postby Tortron » 28 Sep 2005, 09:43

kombi: dead sexy blue and white split screen, 63 if i recall. very straight (other than the bizzare camber on the back wheels) some rust but only surface really. Too bad the guy has decided he wants to hold onto it for now (ie. NOT FOR SALE), but ill see how long that lasts when i come knocking on his door everytime i travel through that way :)
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Postby BamOpel » 28 Sep 2005, 20:54

I'm definately more of a 'nodder' than a 'waver', shyness maybe. That said I wave like a nutter if I see a Kadett ! Only happened about twice.
I like seeing older cars on the road. I probably have less interest in the 'proper' classics - MG's, Moggies, Stags.... They are cool but I prefer something a little different. If I had a Beetle or Mini I'd be worried that whatever I did to it I would end up parked next to a better one.
Some cars I don't like at first do grow on me as they get older, MK 1 Golfs are an example.
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2. '79 Kadett City Auto - v. reliable runabout which I was happy with till I saw
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4. '78 Kadett Coupe
Think I may have a thing for coupes ! (Exposure to Mantas, Capris & pics of Mustangs at a young age could be to blame).
All in all I'm happy to see any car that the owner doesn't need to check the registration number of to recognise it in the supermarket carpark !
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Postby grim_b » 29 Sep 2005, 08:51

Oh OH OH, the Capri...... Is that that nice ford which they did in a 2.3?

If it is, my brother had one that had been 'modified' by motorsport. It was lovely then, would be bl**dy illegal now :twisted:

I remember being a passenger from Reading to Northampton in it. We got there in just under an hour. That was only because he had to slow down to 70mph for a cigarette.

I will not ever feel that power under my right foot :( , but when I see one I definately smile lots and would even "talk to the owner" :shock: :shock:

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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 29 Sep 2005, 09:18

i don't think they sold 2.3 capris here only in europe so it was more likely a 2.8 if it had quad headlamps
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Postby grim_b » 29 Sep 2005, 10:06

That was the jobby! 8)
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Postby Chevette Girl » 03 Oct 2005, 23:47


I smile at old cars, and I smile and wave at other Chevettes. Sometimes I get a wave and/or smile back... Mostly from non-Chevettes, I get people pointing and laughing at my custom plates... :)

There have been rather a lot of older cars out lately (many older than me)... There're two old Oldsmobile Cutlasses that I see somewhat regularly, one's a 75 or older (round headlights) and I think the other's a 76 (I know it's not a 77, cause the back lights aren't the same as the one I had)... and I've seen a good number of old Ford Mustangs, and there are a few old Chryslers/Dodges about too...
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