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I thought this was cute. I saw it online at a local corvette website, but there is actually a savethewave . net Website to buy t-shirts and such. I couldn't believe it.

I think giving the thumbs up sign is more universal these days, but here goes. Just thought it was fun.:cool:

"HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHERE THE SLOGAN, “SAVE THE WAVE” CAME FROM AND WHAT IT MEANS?

Below is an article that first appeared in the August/September 1969 issue of Corvette News. The article was entitled “Save The Wave”. Remember, this article was written and published in 1969!

WHAT IS “THE WAVE”?
From the August/September 1969 issue of Corvette News

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 Stirling 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 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 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.

WAVE “RULES”
BY DAN WOOMER, LOST CARAVAN CORVETTE CLUB

The Corvette Wave is an integral part of the mystique and culture of the Corvette owner experience. Corvette owners who wave at fellow Corvette owners when they pass on the road, show a mark of recognition that you are among the elite group of intelligent people who are driving America’s True Sports Car. And as a member of this elite group, you should be recognized for your poise and intelligence. So for those who don’t know the 5 simple Corvette Wave rules, here they are:

  1. There is no excuse for not waving at your fellow Corvette owner.
    Although most Corvette owners have the class and understanding to accept when their wave is not returned, not waving is a serious breach of proper Corvette etiquette.
  2. Whoever sees the other Corvette first, starts the wave.
    There isn’t any rule about who waves first. This is simple; if you see another Corvette, wave!
  3. Rules 1 and 2 apply to both sexes.
    As far as who starts the wave, it doesn’t make a difference if you are a man or women. Rules 1 and 2 apply.
  4. Any type of wave is okay.
    Whether you shoot a big wave up through your open Vette top, out the window, or a quick salute with your hand on the steering wheel, any wave that can be seen by the other Corvette driver is okay. However, this does not include any style of jester that can be interpreted as obscene or insulting. Remember, Corvette owners are a class act; while someone might have been rude or stupid to you, try not to return the favor. (This is a tough rule not to break with all the stupid drivers who manage to get a driver’s license.)
  5. A late wave is better than no wave.
    If you suddenly realize that a Corvette driver is passing and waving at you, get a wave off as soon as possible. The other Corvette driver may see your wave in their rear view mirror and realize that you where just a little late in getting your wave going. Although missing the timing of your wave is a “goof,” getting off a wave that the other Corvette driver has a chance to see can acceptably cover this slip-up.
So you can see the underlying concept here is simple: Wave at your fellow Corvette owners, whoever they are, whenever you see them. This will show you are a person who understands the full measure and etiquette that comes with your proud ownership of a Corvette."
 

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That is a great post!
 

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YES always
 

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In my view, the wave is all part of the fun. I try to not only wave but to spread the tradition to others
 
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I always wave even when I recognize the few Corvette snobs that live in my area.

Another rule for waving should be the quick flash of the headlights. Just once. More than once means law enforcement is ahead.

On the interstate, I'll give a quick flash of my headlights since waving is hard to spot from that distance.
 

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The first time it happened was a day after I got the Vette. I was like... hmmmmmmm... Looked it up online and now I do it all the time. I'm more animated with C7s because there are so few out there, but I wave at all of the Cs around Houston.
 
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I always wave even when I recognize the few Corvette snobs that live in my area.

Another rule for waving should be the quick flash of the headlights. Just once. More than once means law enforcement is ahead.

On the interstate, I'll give a quick flash of my headlights since waving is hard to spot from that distance.
Huh.. Didn't know about the double flash of the headlights thing.

Learn somethin' new every day!

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You know what...... I get waved at by young males in their "make do" cars quite often. Unlike other Vette owners who don't wave for whatever reason..... The young car guys are not afraid to show appreciation for nice wheels.
 

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Yep, I wave, or give the thumbs-up.
However, sometimes I get the finger?!? LOL!

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Are you serious? An owner of another Corvette does that to you? If so, is there a pattern to what generation Corvette they are driving?
 

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I have a confession...I've accidentally waved at 2 Trans Am's :(
That's funny. I'm new to the Corvette world, this is my first. I wasn't sure of the protocol, but when I rode Goldwings, I waved to all other bikes. I waved at a Viper today, but got no response. I'll try to save them from now on for Corvettes.
Thanks for the post.
 
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