G-Wagen Knights of the Road...

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I passed a G in Oxford this morning, at low speed and enough to raise a hand in greeting and see a startled response!

It was a foreign G, maybe Netherlands?, and I wondered if it was not so normal to flash, wave, hail a fellow G on the continent?

I see more Ferrari's than G-Wagens in the UK.  That is still true even in Knightsbridge were there is a G on every corner.  So it is normal in the UK to thumbs up another on the open road 

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There is definitely something positive about acknowledging the existence of a kindred-spirit out on the road.

A small wave at a fellow owner is surely polite, friendly and harmless.

(We should probably all smile at eachother a lot more anyway, with or without the same car, but that's another story...)

Similar to your experience, I have passed other Gs since buying mine, given a small wave or smile and got a puzzled look in return.

In each case, the Gs were much newer and smarter (and longer!) than mine. Maybe it's a size thing (joke)

Driving a G is very much like driving a classic car - which I wasn't expecting. I have been approached for a G-chat by several folk already (normally in petrol stations and when parking). There is much more love and enthusiasm for these cars than I imagined. 

I will continue to (discretely) wave at fellow G drivers, at least for the time-being.

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Well, I hope you'll wave to me should our paths cross.

I've had my G for over three years now and still waiting for the opportunity to wave to another owner coming the other way - that's how rare we are (maybe this doesn't apply in central London).wink

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I always give a wave, Coming from the Aircooled VW scene I've got used to giving a smile/wave at Beetle/Camper owners for many years and do the same with G-wagons. 

Coz they are unique, and when I see another oncoming it only excites me in that moment - It's like being part of a Secret G-community......My wife wont agree as she thinks I dont know the person so why do it? Maybe for the Love of them.

Yea its mad.

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I always wave and if one is overtaking me ( very rare) and I've seen it coming up I stick a hand out and give them a thumbs up.  I am sure they are completely baffled as these are invariably bigger engined more modern Gs without red owners badges at front and rear.

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Well, I was getting all-ready to wave at a G yesterday but decided not to when I saw how terribly it was being driven!

A nearly-new 65 or 63 amg, chasing up to, then hanging about an inch off the rear bumper of a Prius as if to overtake but in crawling traffic. Just to intimidate (maybe there was an earlier 'moment'?)

Unlikely to be a member here, but if you are...

...you have very cool graphics on your car!

(And I bet you get 6mpg driving like that!)

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Its always good to see any G coming the other way because you think " Hey, that's what I look like in mine!"  Invariably the other one is newer and nicer, which helps.

Of course you also do a little double check when you see a Defender, because the imprint is similar.

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Out-and-about in my old E30 BMW yesterday, saw and gave a small wave to two others. One responded and one didn't.

So a 50% hit-rate.

In the G today and will see how I get on...

:-)

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My bet is that you'll end up feeling lonely with no other Gs to wave at. yes

On the hand, you can feel happy you're in your G rather than all those other, much more common, varieties of vehicles. laugh

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Exactly right! Hardly any.

I have been using the G-Wagen regularly but only seem to spot others when I'm not in it...

White '18 plate last week and black G350 today, both on M40 nr High Wycombe and a blue one this morning at Mercedes Benz World (but that's cheating, I know :-) )

Gathering G-wave statistics is proving to be a tricky exercise! smiley

 

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Perhaps we need 'wave' stickers to mark the kills.  Or Hit and Miss ones depending on if you get a reply.  I might get some made up!

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You won't get much discount on such a short print-run though...laugh

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With so few 'hits', cost not an issue :)  Something like the attached.  Keep in the glove box.  Just to remind you all how few there are.

I went to Glasgow and back, 6-7 hours in the car (not G) each way and didn't see one.

 

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They're perfect!

I would consider making those up as full-size bull-barslaugh

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So finally, after beginning to think there was some kind of "one-at-a-time-only" rule re G Wagen, I found myself momentarily sharing the road with another (newer, nicer) one - and got a little wave from the driver!

That means 100% success for G wagen on the JDRing-Knights of the Road scalesmiley

Or does it?

Moments later there was another one, but too fleeting to coax-out a thumbs upsad

Ascot is the new G-Centralyes

All just for fun and harmless enough...

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No driver to give a thumbs-up to, but there was a very smart 2000-ish Cabrio parked in Primrose Hill earlier today.

Stood-out well from the rest of the crowd...

(No mean feat in that area!)