Joined: Nov 2016
He was probably just trying to get you to laugh, and essentially saying that his car was so slow he was trying to 'row faster' to make it go.
Back in the 80s, I was passenger in a little economy car out in the flint hills of Kansas. As we were going up hills, the cheap little piece-of-junk car we were in couldn't hold speed, so the guy next to us would pass us. As we crested the hill, we'd pass him again on the way down (two lanes going one way).
About the third time he went by us, I pretended that I was "Fred Flintstoning" our car - running in place, pumping my arms furiously. As he glanced my way I "wiped off sweat", smiled and waved. The poor guy was laughing so hard he nearly swerved off the road.
I bet this is much the same thing in some way. I've seen a couple of Youtube videos where guys passed other people, rowing furiously. =)
I smile a lot. It makes people wonder what I'm up to...