I got a thumbs up from a guy in a vette last week. Is it that Vette driver's ignore us in general?
FFR Mark IV 7411 Picked up 04/08/11
3-link, SN95 spindles, rear discs
Engine: 302-385hp, T-5, 3.08
First go-cart 08/31/11
Body remounted 10/03/11
Registered as unplated 21/03/12
On the road in gel-coat 27/03/12
"Badges, Badges? We don't need no stinkin' Badges!"
For one of the first cruises that Christa was with me in this car, we came to a stop light with a custom Harley in the left lane and a dark green Stingray (69-70?) in the right lane, leaving the middle lane for us.
As I approached, I told Christa about the stereotype that Vette guys never acknowledge or wave while guys in muscle cars and Harley-types will.
Well, I couldn't have scripted it any better as now our focus was on this poor guy in the Vette who was doing everything physically possible to look at the car without turning his head. We could see his eyes moving, changing his seating position etc. Christa started laughing so loud I wonder if he heard us.
Of course the guy on the bike and I spent the light talking about each of our machines and what we had done with them.
When it turned green, we both pulled away barely above idle, but somehow ended up well ahead of Mr Vette who parked himself a car length back at the next light.
Now, I don't take any of this kind of stuff too seriously and like Vettes very much myself, but to this day, I can expect my co-pilot to casually let me know what response she notices from any Vette we encounter on the road. The ratio does sway in one definite direction.
I remember back when I first got into this racket, I think probably on the other forum, the prevailing theory was felt that those that built/restored/maintained their own machines, regardless of type, were part of one tribe while those that wrote a cheque were in the other tribe.
Now that would be a great thesis for someone that is getting their graduate's in the humanities.
MkIII 5787, Levy 408W, Holley 770, TKO600, VPM reinforced 3-Link, SAI, 4-wheel disks, T3s, full width roll bar, full bumpers, tan leather, wipers, washer, Whitby Top, heater, seat heat, FFMetal, Earl's Fresh Air, Russ' steering column, quiet pipes, Dark Water. (Sold)
Hey John, maybe the vette drivers are coming along!
FFR4541 .. FORD Racing crate engine, fell apart in 4000 miles, now blue printed ... 435HP plus..Twisted Wedge Heads, Demon Carb, dual rollbars, leather interior, 3 link and skinned knuckles! Jim B.
A guy in bright Yellow Z06 with tinted windows, actually rolled down his window and gave me the thumbs up.. I retuned the gesture .. But last week, a guy in his brand new Camaro Rag top gave me the finger for no reason !! other than he was pretty jealous!!lol..
Burrys Performance in Markham - Ford Racing Boss 302 - FortesParts.com - Barry Grant Speed Demon Triple D 2 bbl 6 shooter carb - TKO600 - GT-40 heads Shelby /American Racing rims - non donor - Mulsanne Blue W/ White Stripes - received kit May 08 - Mott Collage June 17 :} -
I had a 70 Vette, small block, ( should have never sold it, btw) and when touring around, would always get waves and thumbs-up. If I saw a neat
car or bike I would always talk to the driver. Most guys luv their ride,
and are eager to share their knowledge and experiences. Can't wait to
finish the cobra and get back on the road. I miss all that stuff.
The Orillia Car show is an excellent venue for meeting hot-rodders,
bikers and rat rodders. The summer is here and I'am sanding.
Last night I was at a light and a Shelby GT500 pulled up beside me. I looked over to say hi - nothing. Not even a glance. Then a large 4x4 with 4 guys in it pull on the other side of him, and start yelling over to me (over top of his car) "Nice car, wanna trade for an hour, let'r rip", That kind of thing. We chatted until the light went green. The GT 500 driver did not look much happier after that lol. I got a say, the majority of people I meet while driving are fantastic.
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