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Hot Rods Do you look to see if people are looking

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by chainsaw, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. When at a stop light or just driving do you look around to see if people are looking at your ride ? I usually just look ahead figuring if I'm looking around ,makes the car and driver less cool ? What do you all do ?
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  2. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 7,789


    I ignore them. So much that a woman passenger told me, "you don't know, but a lot of people are looking at your car."
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  3. harpo1313
    Joined: Jan 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,627

    from wareham,ma

    Im beyond trying to look cool.
  4. I'm usually watching the rear view mirror to see if some dumb-ass on a cell phone is going to rear-end me.:eek:
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  5. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,478

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.

    I get honked at,or waved at,an I return it,seems the right thing to do,if they took the time,I can.
    Don't think that's less cool,it's not why I drive my hot rod. I been driving the very same rod for 50+ years,started in high school. For about the last 30 years though ,more an more folks seem too take less note of things around them. And now we have cell phone zombies. Still a few will ask if they can take a pic,so some are brought up well. Others are not,an when I'm parked,will try to open door with out asking.
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 7,720


    I already know they're looking at me, usually thinking "What's that dickhead doing with that badass car?"
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    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 1,388


    Sometimes, it pays off. A few years ago, I was runnin' east in downtown Boca Raton towards the ocean road, in my '37 Chevy Utility Express, rowin' the gears and chompin' my cigar like Mr Horspower. I notice a car keeping pace beside me out of the corner of my eye so I swivel my head to see a beautiful blonde one-third my age in a late model Mercedes with the top (car) down. She yelled across at me "I like your style" then floored it. I had traffic in front of me so I couldn't give chase but it was sweet none the less.
  8. Cliff Ramsdell
    Joined: Dec 27, 2004
    Posts: 1,007

    Cliff Ramsdell

    I wave or return a thumbs up but I don’t look around to see who’s looking. I built it to enjoy, and I do. If others like it, great.

    I’m with @harpo1313 I’m beyond looking cool, just trying to enjoy myself.

    Cliff Ramsdell
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  9. Exactly !
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  10. Got to admit, I never was cool
  11. Fordors
    Joined: Sep 22, 2016
    Posts: 2,075


    People have different views on our hobby- Why spend your money on that?, That old thing must be a polluter!, He‘s an outlaw, be careful., Hey, cool car, is it for sale?, and a thousand more.
    I do acknowledge compliments at a traffic light with a wave but otherwise I avoid contact.
    If I heard it once I’ve heard it a thousand times, the guys that can’t get their lawn mower to start are most likely the guys that say you need bigger carbs on that blower, or this- My Uncle had one just like that that ran 9’s in the quarter. The citizens just don’t understand what we are doing for the most part.
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  12. Mike51Merc
    Joined: Dec 5, 2008
    Posts: 3,783


    I don't seek attention, but sometimes I notice that some people just don't look at all, which confirms my suspicion that most drivers are oblivious to what is going on around them.
  13. Nostrebor
    Joined: Jun 25, 2014
    Posts: 733


    This. Regardless of what I am piloting.
  14. dwollam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2012
    Posts: 782


    Were we live we can drive our old cars most all the time. Sometimes when I see people looking I think "What the Hell are you looking at?" then remember , "Oh yeah, I'm driving an old car!" because it is so normal for me I forget I'm even doing it some times. 99.999% of the time it is in admiration.

  15. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,517


    I try to focus on my (and others) driving so I can arrive safely. Now, the other day, I was in the store and happened to see a lady snapping a pic of the old heap in the parking lot. Cool, somebody gets it.
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  16. glrbird
    Joined: Dec 20, 2010
    Posts: 404


    The only time I look around is when I do something stupid in the garage.
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  17. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,517


    Maybe That's why I prefer to work alone!?
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  18. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 9,703

    Atwater Mike

    I was in Sacramento (100 miles away) and found a 'Candlestick phone' at an antique store. ('Cool' in my shop...Elliot Ness like) I was driving my '55 F100, so the phone laid in the passenger seat on the way back, down 99.
    A newer BMW 525i sedan was passing me, slowly...a GORGEOUS blonde was driving, talking on her phone. (naturally)
    She turned and smiled, nodding once...then she just gradually drove on. Traffic was nil, we were the only vehicles for 1/2 mile.
    I picked up the candlestick phone, (both pieces) and gassed the F100 to about 80...came slowly alongside, on her right. She turned around, and I had the candlestick resting on my 4 spoke Bell, like I'm talking into it, and holding the ear horn to my right ear...She started laughing real hard, blew me a kiss. I laughed, slowed to 70, and watched her '5' as it drove off.
    Was I cool? Likely. Did I 'look cool'? Hopefully. Did I get a laugh? Definitely!
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  19. traffic61
    Joined: Jun 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,422

    from Owasso, OK

    I look around to make sure that nobody sees me resting my elbow on the windowsill like a dork.:rolleyes:
  20. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 9,703

    Atwater Mike

    Unless I'm clowning, I would NEVER 'push' my elbow/forearm out the window.
    Cool is bred in the absence of 'waving arms'. I usually sport my 'Hollywood' shades...
  21. LAROKE
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 1,388


    Cleaning out a storage bay a few years back, I pick up an old three speed tranny with overdrive and I pivot to carry it out. The leg I pivot on begins to collapse and I throw the tranny away from me as I go down on the concrete. Managed not to cripple myself which is a big deal as I am a geezer. I look to the transmission and am double lucky as it took no damage. Then I look across to the opposite storage unit to see a guy standing there watching the whole thing and we must be the only two guys in the storage yard this Sunday morning.
  22. BuckeyeBuicks
    Joined: Jan 4, 2010
    Posts: 1,575

    from ohio

    I like to sit and watch people when they walk in the door at a bar. The guys suck in their beer belly and pull their shoulders back and do their best to look cool and bad-ass. The females push their chest out, suck their belly in and swish the hair back, cool and sexy. I just sit there and watch the show, I am too damn old and fat to be very cool anymore, I just do my best not to look drunk and stupid:p
  23. I only look when they are drifting over in my lane gawking, otherwise I'm not looking to see what the lookie loo's are doing. HRP
  24. I resemble that statement! :D I guess I'm a DORK! HRP

  25. Black_Sheep
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 957


    Just a casual glance to keep tabs on what’s going on around me, you have to watch out for distracted drivers
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2019
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  26. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 12,056

    from oregon

    Not saying it's good or bad, but I'm sure most of us have done it, but what made me more conscious of it was actually catching other people doing it, some really seem pretty blatant about it.
    The ones I really try not to acknowledge are the "wannabe gold chainers", usually in late model Corvettes that are trying too hard to get noticed, many times the fit doesn't seem right.
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  27. Smokeybear
    Joined: Apr 20, 2011
    Posts: 311


    The only time I'm looking around is to see if I can pick my nose without being caught.
  28. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 23,100

    Jalopy Joker

    if it is a crappy OT car next to me will give a big smile, point at the car and give a big thumbs up
  29. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 781

    jim snow

    Mostly this. Snowman

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