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Jun 02, 2016

Learn To Drive a Stick-Shift on a Classic Car -- For Free

created at: 06/02/2016Yesterday I had the wonderful experience of driving a manual Fiat up and down a single-lane highway through the mountains of California with a special lady I was trying to impress. Luckily I only stalled the car at two points, but I think stalled it about 8 times at both of those points and that is not an exaggeration. It was fairly emasculating for me, but she seemed to enjoy my shame...   I honestly love driving a stick, it's just been years since I had. Which got me thinking that knowing how to use a manual transmission is a necessary life skill and then just today I heard about the Hagerty Driving Experience. Hagerty Insurance has been hosting these summer events across North America in which they bring out old classic cars and set up driving tracks for ages 15-25 to learn this "three pedal waltz" in an attempt to instill younger generations with a love for the manual transmission and classic car culture in general. 

Upcoming free driving events are the following cities if you'd like to check them out:

- Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Saturday, July 16, 2016 (Reynolds-Alberta Museum)
- Caledonia, Ontario, Friday, August 26, 2016 (Caledonia Fairgrounds)
- Chicago, Illinois, Saturday, August 27, 2016 (location TBD)
- Tacoma, Washington, Saturday, September 17, 2016 (LeMay – America’s Car Museum)


Click here to read more from The Drive. Are you a fan of manual transmissions? If so, what did you learn on? Let us know in the comments!

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Lary Cook on Apr 24, 2019:

It is always nice to drive with a shift gear if you really want to learn how to drive, automatic cars won't give you the edge that manual cars give.


Bruce on Jun 02, 2016:

Great to see these fantastic British Classics 'over the pond', but you don't need a classic to see stick shifts here in the UK - the vast majority of cars here are manual, and virtually all drivers take their test in one.