Ouch, sounds like the guy needed a lesson in classic American steel, as well as manners. Usually people have reacted nicely to the cars I drive, except one "yuppie" type who looked at my '33 3 window (now sold) and said it was a waste of time and money. Maybe your guy was having a bad day, or he wished he was driving that big Hemi and just had to rag on you. Whatever the case, he's a jerk and you're the guy who went to the car show....who says life isn't fair? *G*
I can relate. I ussually keep a cool tongue during the "crisis" stage and then mull all day about the clever comebacks I could have made. I think in the end, we are the better for it. Hope his boat motor quit out in the middle of the lake and his heifer half could row him back in, hehe.
The best thing to do is to ignore jerks like that (you're not going to change what little minds they have) and enjoy the comments from people who have the common sense to recognize the beauty and value of our cars.
I had a chance to drive my friend's 1972 Boss 351 convertible last night to a show south of Tucson. At almost every stoplight I had people looking--actually staring--at the car. And then I got on the freeway and enjoyed an 80 mph jaunt down to the casino. Now that's why we drive vintage cars!
Don't let the jerks of this world take the enjoyment away.
Did he have California license plates? Sounds like a lot of nuts we have out here. The rules and opinions they make/have apply to everyone but themselves. I know what you mean about the great zingers popping up after it's too late. Happens to me all the time.
You could have informed him that the hemi you were driving probably would command a better resale value than his SUV. And for the yuppie crowd you can brag to them that you are glad you would rather be invested in an old vintage gas guzzling hog than the stock market. /forums/images/icons/smile.gif
Lets see here..... They were driving a big SUV with poor mileage and the SUV does not need to comply with Federal auto pollution guidelines or standards. And he is giving you grief???
Plus there is a feeling amoung some people that those of us who like cars are low class. This is really not true from what I have seen. Some of the wealthier folks buy the exotic expensive cars like Lamborginni, or Ferrari and OK... Shelbys. But they appreciate what we have done. The auto hobby is a big one with room for all kinds of folks. We just like our cars to be more than just transportation or an appliance to pull a boat.
heh.....maybe he's just pissed off at the fact that he wanted a muscle car and can't afford one now......
I am not suprised at the lack of common sense nowadays......people always point the finger at someone else and tend not to notice the three fingers pointing back at them (from their own hand) while doing so......
big ol expeditions get 12-18 mpg it is pretty much the same as a hemi.....
Sounds like he was just trying to show his testicular prowess....
people like this usually lack in this area so they have to make themselves larger than life....
you did the right thing in blowing him off.....
I would have told him something to the effect of, "It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!"
I'd have told him to stick it up his a--,and invited him to duke it out.Obviously,he was a politically correct a--hole looking for a feeling of power.I have one like him in my neighborhood.He's lived here for 40 years,and I've been here for 15.I'm friendly and on good terms with the entire neighborhood,but no one will even speak to him.Who's better off?
Idiotic statements deserve idiotic responses. Whenever I'm in that situation and usually respond with something much 'stupider'... like "iso Mahar?", or "the sky can hear you", or "shhh, they'll hear us!". It helps if you bulge your eyes out a bit and slowly move your hands in an 'S' pattern.
All those SUV owners have been taking a lot of abuse for their vehicles (gas guzzlers, lethal to small cars in accidents, roll overs, etc.). Sounds like he dumped on someone else when he got the opportunity. I know the type, though, seems like some people belong to a different species.
I wasn't going to reply to this but yesterday I got it too so... This moron at a local drive-in we go to came through complaining about parking. He came over to my small stable('65, '86SVO, '66 drag car) & said anyone that had enough money to have 3 cars needed to do something better with his money. I smiled & said... Mmmmmm All this & I'm unemployed too! It must really suck being you! Is that your Citation over there? Now THAT'S a babe magnet, score often with it? I thought he was going to cry! Sometimes I wonder why God wastes his time on people like that... I guess if it wasn't for people like him I wouldn't realize how good I have it. If it was easy... everyone would do it!(If you haven't noticed yet, I'm a smart a$$)
I noticed in your profile that you're from New York. You guys have about the same mean density of knee jerk liberals as we do here in sunny California. People who react to anything with the politically correct line. I've never had anyone accuse me of being an eco-criminal over my Mustangs, but I'm sure a lot of them must think that. The beauty is the fact that this guy was rolling around in an Expedition with a boat hooked to the back. You have to wonder how someone that obviously stupid got the money to buy that kind of a setup. He has no idea what a gross polluter he's driving and has lots of opinions based on how he "feels". This reminds me of a Toyota station wagon I saw in traffic years ago with a bumper sticker that said "Save the Whales, Buy American". BTW, this must have been one huge or tough guy to be talking to a complete stranger in that manner. Or, maybe that was just further verification of his gross stupitity. You did the right thing and I think your response was totally appropriate.