The Wrangler Wave
In 1955, my pops bought a VW Bug. A tiny car with only 32 horsepower, there were very few “Bugs” on the road. The Bug was kind of ugly and its performance on the road a little lacking, but owners all loved their VW Bugs. When you passed or saw another of these then rare Bugs, you always gave the horn a quick beep, beep which was almost always returned.
Even in 1968 when I bought my VW Bug, the beep, beep was customary. I think by 1970 when there were about ten billion bugs on the road the friendly beep, beep tradition finally ended.
I currently drive a Jeep Wrangler. The Wrangler is also a somewhat ugly vehicle with some unpleasant road handling features, yet Wrangler owners love their car the same way owners used to love their VW Bugs. When a Wrangler passes another Wrangler it is customary to give a three finger wave. It is a very simple slight lift from the steering wheel. Some drivers give a two finger peace sign wave. I have owned a Wrangler since 1992, and I insist the proper wave is the three finger “W sign” wave. However I let it go, as long as I get any wave back response.
Lately I have a different issue with the Jeep wave. Several years ago Jeep came out with a four door Wrangler. I have nothing against the four door Wrangler, but it is large enough that packing and space is not a problem, and I suspect it does not feel like a truck on the highway like the traditional Wrangler does. The four door Wrangler seems like just the Jeep Liberty disguised as a Wrangler.
The four door looks exactly like a two door Wrangler when it is coming at you. Because of this and the short time you have to identify the four door before it zips by I often give the traditional Wrangler wave. The four door Wrangler usually returns the wave and sometimes initiates it.
I hate that!
I don’t feel the four door is a real Wrangler and does not rate the Wrangler wave.
What can I say, I’m a purist.
We never did the beep, beep to a VW Bus.