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My old Acura RSX

July 31st, 2006

A few years ago I leased an Acura RSX. I believe it was 2002, the first year the model (a replacement of the venerable Integra) was available in the United States. It was a great car: speedy, responsive, nice turn radius, and decent looking. My girlfriend (at the time, now wife) and I really enjoyed it.

A few months after I got the car I saw a story in Import Tuner about a Wings West RSX demo car: it was awesome! I seriously wanted to repeat what they did, but (a) my car was a lease, and some of the mods would have broken the warranty agreements, and (b) there was a good amount of custom work there, done in California, and I lived in Boston at the time. So no go on that. Oh well :) It was still a great car.

Car Minded, Foreign Cars, General Chat

Waving Drivers

July 12th, 2006

When I was in high school, I really, really, REALLY wanted a Jeep Wrangler. Not because of the way they looked or drove, but because I thought it was, like, so cool to, like, have so many, like, people to wave to all the time. In other words, I was infatuated with the idea of having lots of auto -matic and -mobile friends just because we all drove the same car. SO cool.

As I’ve gained more experience on the road, I’ve realized that a lot of cars have this type of etiquette. “You drive a [car here]? Me, too! Let’s wave!” Not only that, but waves have extended beyond cars to locations; in the parking garage of my condo building, we all wave to one another whenever we pass. Talk in the elevator? Heck no! Nod while getting mail? Too much effort! Say, “Hello” as we pass in the hall? So bourgeois! Salute the fact we both drive? Yeah, dude.

Anyway, as for specific car waves, here are some of my favorites:
Best name: Corvette etiquette = “Corvettiquette.”
Best classic wave: Jeep Wrangler and VW Beetle
Most impressive multitasking: Harley Davidson
Best public transportation entertainment: The Bus driver wave
Best South Park lampoon reminiscent wave: Hybrids
Newest happy yuppie wave: Minis
Least likely to wave (according to the linked forum): BMW M3

Anybody know of any I have missed?

Car Minded, General Chat