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    Wave

    My girlfriend thinks I'm nuts, but I always wave to other XK's when I pass them in mine. My thinking is that, as these cars start to age, the initial "Flash Harrys" will have sold theirs on in favour of the latest shiny thing, so the bulk of XK owners will be passionate types who bought an XK because they really wanted an XK, and so might be inclined to say a quick hello when passing like minded people. My girlfriend says that having a car in common is not a reason enough to wave.

    Thing is, as nobody ever seems to wave back, she might be right.

    Does anyone here ever get a cheery wave when out in their XK?
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    Interesting question. Most TVR owners wave, but then that is (was) a niche low-run marque. Some XK owners will be of 'club' mentality but I suspect a minority. As for 'having a car in common' being no reason to wave, well, that depends on what the car is and how rare/unusual it is. Owners of Nissan Nasties, of which 40,000,000 are made every year, will not wave to each other - partly because their cars are entirely unrecognisable and partly because they have no interest in cars...

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    Over 20 months of daily driving, I have seen ONE X150 in traffic. Yes, there was mutual waving. These aren't exactly common cars here.
    Ex: 2007 XK 4.2 - Liquid Silver & Charcoal
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aonsaithya View Post
    Over 20 months of daily driving, I have seen ONE X150 in traffic. Yes, there was mutual waving. These aren't exactly common cars here.
    Maybe that's the problem; they're not uncommon in South East England. I actually saw two drive past my house yesterday (a not especially busy B-road) in the space of an hour or so; a silver 4.2 coupe and a dark grey XKR. That said, I also saw two TVR's (a Griff and a Chimera) - the sun was shining so people were out enjoying their cars!

    Actually, the range of metal I see pass my house is remarkable. Only this morning, whilst making my coffee, I saw a bright yellow Caterham 7 - definitely not a commuter car, but a real treat to see first thing.
    Last edited by morgan; 13-05-19 at 15:48.
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    It’s kinda strange that because someone waved to me the other weekend when I overtook their Vauxhall when they were doing 30mph in a 50 zone however it was a weird sort of wave looked a bit like this ���� .
    maybe it’s a Vauxhall owners wave ��
    Last edited by s collins; 13-05-19 at 15:42.

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    Well I always wave (but I don't see many other XK(R)s). However, nobody has ever waved back. I will continue to wave, though.

    When I used to drive MG Midgets in the 1970s, we all waved at each other. Good times...

    Nostalgia isn't what it used to be...
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    Quote Originally Posted by simpo3 View Post
    Interesting question. Most TVR owners wave,
    Especially at breakdown/recovery drivers!

    But seriously I've seen 3 x X150's in the last week and they all either waved or flashed back

    Even X100's do in my part of the world.
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    I have given up waving to other XKs now, having had a 100% failure to return waves for a couple of years.
    Mind you, if one did wave at me I would give a very vigorous wave back!
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    I do think you have to appreciate that many XK owners are:

    1) Of a certain age
    2) Of a certain ethnicity
    3) Of a certain BMI
    4) Of a certain elitist mindset* (not may add anyone that uses this forum)

    *I mention as their elite status is suddenly diminished if they see a more modern/cleaner/faster variant and they suddenly feel pedestrian, so will make a point of ignoring.

    Only point one will apply to me as am 54, but as Will Smith famously said 'I make this look good!'
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    Let's add the fact that not everyone pays lots of attention to the other side of the road. I've 'ignored' some of my neighbours simply because I didn't see or didn't recognise their cars going past. And there are some people, arguably skewed to personages of the opposite gender - who identify cars by colour not make... though slightly in their defence, most cars look the same now anyway.

    The XK is a visual phenomenon. From the side it looks incredibly long, but from front 3/4 view it looks tiny!

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