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We’re getting on in years. In fact, we’re about to celebrate our 70th anniversary as a brand that builds some of the world’s greatest off-road machines. And while we could throw some big party to mark the occasion, we’re opting for something a little more low-key. We want to resurrect the Jeep® Wave.
The Jeep® Wave is an endangered form of communication wherein Jeep® owners acknowledge each other as kindred spirits – people who refuse to let something as foolish as pavement determine where life takes them. It may be as simple as a single hand over the windshield frame in an open top or out of the body tub. Or, the Jeep® wave could just be a few fingers of acknowledgement above the steering wheel in some parts of the country.
No matter how you display the wave to the other Jeep® owners on the road or on the trail, it’s important to remember the rules of engagement. Deference always goes up the chain according to the extent of vehicle modification, the amount of suffering at the hands of climate, and most importantly, the nostalgia factor. All hail the old metal.
While older or more modified rigs should always receive a wave from newer models or those closer to stock, owners of the wild stuff are strongly encouraged to wave back. It’s part of being a community of owners who know that the trail is more important than the destination.