Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Upstate New York
Lost the Plot
I think that we are all missing the point here. If you take your time and read over these posts, I think you'll see what I mean. Look at the people in Canada, nobody seems to wave there. How 'bout people who have newer Jeeps and snub those with older ones and vice versa.
I believe the reason for this is because the Jeep is an American classic with a long history. People don't wave because they don't understand this. I have owned a CJ, YJ, and TJ, along with a Comanche 2wd. I will not own a 4-door Wrangler. Here's the reason why. It is not a "Jeep". My Comanche is not a "Jeep". It may have the name, but it doesn't have the history.
The Jeep has been so popular because it has remained unchanged for the most part. From CJs to YJs to TJs, the Wrangler has essentially remained unchanged. Yes, they are different, but that is because Jeep used the simplest, most reliable, and most proven, modern equipment to build their vehicles. That's why the Jeep is so good off-road... it was designed for it. Was the Comanche, Cherokee etc. designed for severe off-road capability? Not really. Can they be made to handle such terrain? Absolutely. Any Jeep can, that's the beauty of it. That is why it is an exclusive "cult" to those who understand.
We cannot forget that the Jeep was originally designed for the sole purpose of navigating the most God-forsaken territories in the world to defend this great, free nation. We also cannot forget that the first people to take pride in, and to modify the Jeep were those defending our freedom. The Jeep is about freedom and a brotherhood, this is where "the Jeep wave" came from.
I will continue to wave to all true Jeeps which embody the spirit with which they were created. I am sure those reading this are wondering where the cut-off is, where do we draw the line? If its a CJ, YJ or TJ, a wave should be automatic. If its a heavily modified Cherokee or another "Jeep" and looks like it has been around, by all means wave.
Let's not destroy the exclusivity of the Jeep by not waving and being traitors to its true heritage. If someone doesn't wave back... no hard feelings... it's their loss. They don't understand what having a Jeep is all about.