Help us reach our goal of teaching 500 drivers in 50 days how to drive a manual!
There’s nothing like driving a stick shift – feeling the gears change, connecting with the car and the road – and we’re on a mission to get more people experiencing that excitement.
It all starts on National Stick Shift Day (July 16). We’ll be kicking off the day at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI, celebrating 10 years of the Hagerty Driving Experience (our program designed to teach young drivers how to operate a vehicle with a manual transmission)!
You can take part no matter where you are, anytime from July 16 – Sept. 3 - here's how:
Thank you for joining the fun - Never Stop Driving!
Got the Westfalia out to teach sister in law and nephew the fine art of the stick shift! Both took to it very well. If you can drive a VW manual, you can drive most anything I think. Was great fun to run around the farm and back country roads. Thanks for this!
I wonder if I can get my wife behind the wheel of our '94 GMC C7000 Topkick 26-foot box truck. Caterpillar 3116 with an Eaton/Fuller 6-speed. Truly an "if you can drive this, you drive anything" kind of vehicle....
Millenial anti-theft device? The manual transmission. 😉
Rachel what type of picture do you need? My son is Syked to learn. Like others have posted my son does not have 10 yrs experience so is not insurable on my mustang. Can I teach him in a parking lot no issues with my insurance? Can we submit video or only pictures? Cannot wait to teach him of course we will have to get him his own car not ready to let him on the roads with my bullitt
Brilliant idea! I’ll be taking my God son who, when I suggested he have a drive of my race car told me “I’m not to good with a stick shift”. I said in reply two things: First, in the country (Australia) we don’t drive “stick shifts”, we drive “manuals” & second if you can’t drive a manual you’re missing a whole driving experience. Yr challenge renews the challenge! Thanks
Tried posting this earlier, but I don’t think it went through !... This is my son in my 76 Triumph TR-6 getting prepped for the trip up the street to a nearby parking lot to lean what that 3rd pedal is for ! 3 pedals, no problem... I Hope ! Hope this qualifies for the hats - He’s excited.
I just gave my step daughter a lesson in driving stick in my dad's Mini Cooper S with 6-speed. We started out in a empty parking lot to get the feel of the friction point of the clutch. Once having that figured out, she tried shifting gears. Then we took it out on a side road and she got up in to 3rd and 4th. Finally, we tried crossing a fairly busy road. She struggled a little here and choked it off a couple times. I told her to be patient and wait for a nice opening. By that time, a car was now waiting behind us and the pressure was building. I was actually getting sort of nervous at that point, but held on to my faith that she could do it. She did and I was so happy for her. At that point, she decided she had enough for today. It was an awesome first lesson and I hope she is now open to a stick shift as she starts looking for her next car. She did great!!
What a FANTASTIC idea. My 17 y/o son has been wanting to learn to drive / drive a stick since we got my Pop's 67 Beetle back on the road after a 34 year nap. We did the sitting still review and procedure bit and went to Jones beach State park to give it a try. He is the one by the driver's door. Not bad for a first go.
Taught my son to drive a manual 944 in the safety of our home community and at a quiet time at a local airport. He's learned the joy of 3 pedal skills and driving a classic (no electronic nannies) vehicle!
My sons helped me resurrect my '04 focus svt from long term barn storage so that they could learn to drive stick before heading to college (undergrad and grad school). We'd tried with my oldest son several years earlier-but it's not the easiest to learn on with the stiff clutch and rev happy Cosworth. Youngest will need a few more lessons, but the oldest is getting pretty confident.
My wife and I took our nephew out and he drove our '59 MGA - that his grandfather restored. Not just a manual but no Synchromesh for 1st gear! He also drove our '73 B GT - sorry no photo of that - so he would understand how different one clutch can be from another. He went through some turns just downshifting, no braking!
I'm teaching my daughter Danielle the term "Grace Space and Pace" in our 1961 Jaguar MK2 5 speed (Toyota transmission conversion). She's a quick learner partially because this Old Cat is a dream to drive.
Great! I'm in! I've taught over a dozen people the fun of shifting for themselves, but the BEST story was my friend Carey, who got on the list for the FIRST Boxter, and had never driven a stick before. He took delivery of it and had it delivered to his parking garage in Manhattan NYC. on the appointed day, he calls me and says, uh, you gotta come get me, cause i can't drive out of NYC! But of course! So we get him and the car back to Bergen County NJ, right across the GWBridge to a nice big empty parking lot - with a hill! Bonus! after a couple of hours i realize he will be replacing the clutch in about 400 miles at the rate he was going, and my patience was right around Zero! So i called my loving, patient wife and she joined us. Calmly talking him through it. calmness is not my strength! He *mostly* got the hang of it and it was time to head back to the city. i took the wheel and showed him exactly what his new car was designed to do! What a blast!
When I was 15, my father took me to an old airfield near where we lived and taught me how to drive stick on a Dodge van. In the years since, I have owned many manual-transmission vehicles, and have taught my wife and numerous friends how to drive stick at that same location. My son is now at the right age, and so I took him over to the airfield this morning and taught him. I was excited to pass the tradition down, and I believe he is a natural 🙂
Hi Rachel, What a fantastic idea! As I senior citizen, I realize that someday my cars have to go to someone else. Why not teach someone how to drive a stick. Maybe this way, if they learn, they would be interested in keeping a car they inheirt. If fact, I thought it was such a great idea, I decided to try to teach 2 people. I have enclosed the 2 pictures. One seems to be an easier student. Hope I can give them both a hat. Thanks
My daughter turned 16 today! I'm teaching her on the "beater" truck we have for her to drive once she gets her license. The only downside is she'll be asking to drive my old cars - they're all manuals.
Third of my 4 sons to get manual driving lessons. Just got his license, and he will soon have to be an expert at shifting gears as this e39 BMW 540/6 is his car!
I always have them get driving down first before adding in the complexity of changing your own gears...
National Stick Shift Day
Spending time with my youngest son is always an experience, even more so when you’re trying to instruct him on a 5 speed stick in a small Mazda, granddaughter is in back seat taking the pics.