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Does anyone wave anymore?

Old 04-08-2019, 01:28 PM
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I'm a "retired" biker and Jeeper. I wave all the time, within reason of course, sometimes we get one back and sometimes not. It's just the way things are now.
Old 04-08-2019, 03:37 PM
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I got my first wave and it was from a Countryman.
Old 04-08-2019, 06:03 PM
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Propensity to wave

I suspect there is a strong correlation between the type of MINI owner and the probability of receiving a wave in response.

People who are enthusiasts see their MINIs as more than basic transportation and respect other enthusiasts of similar mind are more likely to wave. We are the people who bought our MINIs when we could afford a car that cost 10 times as much and those who bought our MINIs when we couldn’t afford it but still had to have it. We are the people who pay a fortune to keep it original and those who pay a fortune to customize it.

People who bought a MINI as basic transportation, might have liked the size but would have been nearly as happy with a Civic, have no connection to their MINI and certainly not to anyone else who drives a MINI. They don’t see us as part of a club that they belong but as just another vehicle on the road standing between them and their destination.

Enthusiasts are hard to spot at 60 miles per hour. There are signs, a perfectly detailed MINI the day after a snow storm, a convertible top down on a 45 degree day, a caravan of 10 MINIs in a row. Otherwise. we tend to blend in.

Wave for the possibility that you are passing an enthusiast. Wave in the hope that the driver who could have had a Civic someday may understand how lucky they are.
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Old 04-09-2019, 03:59 PM
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Bought my first Mini in 2007, first year of the R56. Lots of waves. But most of them were R53's. You know, the ones with the checkered mirror caps on them. The ones whose biggest mod was a pulley. With the windup key in the towing hook slot. I actually bit on a full page ad in The Rolling Stone magazine (I still get it) with something like "Let's Motor" on it. I called the Scottsdale dealership (only one in AZ then) and found out they were having a Mini Rally the next Saturday. Lots of cars. So I showed up and found my "Sparkling Silver" (aka beige), MCS. Went back and bought for full price the next day. Best move I ever made. And I still wave. And believe it or not there are 2 other JCW Coupes JUST LIKE MINE in Prescott, AZ. Go figure.
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Old 04-10-2019, 03:47 AM
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Lurking on this thread...I'll chime in. Used to wave with our "03 (sold it 10 years later-daily drive-saw it last week still going) but not now. My wife's coupe got smiles, but fewer waves. My '15 MCS got no return waves, gave up five years ago.
In the last few years, women drivers in my town, in MINIs, look straight ahead with a scowl, looking like they are sitting on a corn cob. Have the impression that if I wave, they will call 911 about the pervert stalking them.
Then there are the old dudes (like me) who pull up next to me at a stoplight look straight ahead and rev their engines in their thanks.
Old 04-10-2019, 06:31 AM
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Im an old man in a Justa, I wave when I actually notice another mini. Half the time with my eyes getting older I dont notice them till they are half way past me, and lord knows how many I miss between the ones I actually spot. Ive trained my kids that as front seat co-pilots that their job is to watch the road for other minis and wave!

I don't care if people dont wave back, I just assume they are busy dealing with life and avoiding the other road users like I am, but when I get a wave it gives me a nice warm feeling, and hopefully other people feel the same way from time to time when they catch my wave. It costs me nothing so Im going to keep doing it even if many people out there have no clue whats going on.
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Old 04-11-2019, 12:31 AM
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I owned my 2003 back in the day when almost every MINI driver, and even the occasional non-MINI driver, would wave or give a thumbs up. I no longer own a MINI, but my boyfriend both wave when we’re out in his JCW Clubman. The other day we he noticed that we were being followed by a MINI while we were driving to San Francisco. It was an older BRG “justa” with very distinctive abstract art decals on its bonnet. Of course I turned and waved through the back window! I guess the driver noticed, because he pulled alongside us and gave us a thumbs up. He was a younger guy, possibly even a teenager. It was nice to see a kid carrying on the (ahem) old traditions!

Anyhow, if you’re the driver of that BRG MINI with boot and bonnet decor, thanks from the couple you waved to near Roseville!
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