Dr Gransport I haven't seen you around in a while until recently, I'm glad your back or maybe it was just me.....either way.
Listen, I know you probably know this already but...... your not normal. I don't mean that in a bad way but people are going to react to it differently especially in that car. It's just people. Some have this view point that your rich, and with that, stuck up. The guy in the Camaro was obviously envious, but honestly he's driving a trailer park car that until YOU pulled up was the best thing around in about oh 1/4 mile radius, no offense to him it's just what he can afford right now. Sadly a lot of people would rather do some sort of gesture like him because they feel awkward. Someone pulls up with a car that costs more than their house, probably twice that in Texas, at least when I lived in Houston, many will admire the car but others who want to feel special will make an attempt at bravado. In either case, the immaturity shouldn't offend you, they only have a vague stereotype to go off of before they meet you. Now I have to admit the guys who asked how much it cost might have just been trying to make a light hearted conversation with you, I had a woman walk up with her sons who were quite young do this same sort of thing when I was in the local area with another Maserati owner. We actually opened our cars up, and let the kids look inside and do what we all did at that age dream about these type of cars. I kind of want them to know that well first I'm not "rich" because I own a Maserati, but two, I'm not a stuck up bad guy either, because many do have this stereotype. It's not of course my mission to act as if I have to go around fixing this stereotype either. But with the guys asking price and stuff, maybe just a suggestion, walk up to them and stare them in the eyes and shake hands with them. Talk to them about the car because honestly how many times will they be able to meet someone who takes the time to do it? It seems to me, and that's it, just my perception nothing more, they viewed you as being someone rich, if not famous, and wanted to just have a conversation with someone who owned a nice car like you do. How else can they strike up a conversation with a complete stranger and not feel awkward? I think, and again only my perception, when you didn't want to talk with them they felt rejected, maybe even belittled. So in kind with those emotions became angry.
I have had the other side with jealousy, but people really like when you engage them and wave. It might be out of character for you or feel awkward but again your different just because your driving the car you are. With the people who are like the Camaro owner's, I look at their car, look at them as they are doing the obscene gesture, I smile at them and shrug my shoulders looking forward. I would much rather be driving the Mas. smiling, than a Camaro doing obscene gestures because I haven't any other notion of what to do!
As far as the Porsche doing 0-60 times, my goodness, that thing is so darn ugly. Sorry, I ride those crotch-rockets all the time, and Porsche, Vette whatever they don't beat me, but who looks better the 4 door Porsche family wagon or a nice Maserati. Sorry in my mind no contest. It's not the 0-60 times for me it's the class that I arrive in. Porsche make nice cars but they lost it for me in that 4 door sorry.............He can blow my doors off if he likes....truth of the matter I would rather slow down it's a piece of Italian art work after all people like to admire it!!