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Rachel
Hagerty Employee

We’re on a mission to get more people shifting gears

Help us reach our goal of teaching 500 drivers in 50 days how to drive a manual!

 

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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:

 

  • Spend an hour with someone who doesn't know how to drive a manual - a family member, a friend or neighbor - and give them a lesson (see the attached 'manual manual' as a reference guide)
  • Reply to this post with a photo from the experience (Photo attaching tutorial here)
  • We’ll follow up with you via direct message for your address so we can send you two of our '3 Pedals, No Problem' hats from The Shop. Please allow 2-4 weeks for shipping. 

Thank you for joining the fun - Never Stop Driving! 

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Cevangel
New Driver

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 my son practicing in our 74 mgb gt. He is starting to get the hang of it!

Redfang
Intermediate Driver

Wonderful idea!  I’m in!!

Redfang
Intermediate Driver

I got brave and ‘shared the shift’ yesterday. 👍👏

jmcampb
New Driver

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Spent an hour teaching my grandson how to drive my 1970 Mustang with a T5. Figured I better teach him as he will get the car from me one day.

Starchaser
New Driver

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 My daughter and I. Good job first time. She drove in traffic, and we, the '72 VW Super Beetle and I, survived! I would love to report that she didn't kill it, but hey, first time. We all did.

Ktluna05
New Driver

55FD5B8A-7307-45EC-9626-0C5DAEE174A8.jpegThe girlfriends son just turned 16 and for his first vehicle we got him a 1995 GMC Sonoma with a 5 speed. It should be a fun little project ride.

78ford
New Driver

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 teaching this guy to drive stick in a 78 ford f100, 300 straight 6 with 3 speed.  

vqgray
New Driver

Here's my son Tucker learning on a 6-speed stick shift Jeep.Tucker Stick Shift4.jpg

 

Lovejoy007
New Driver

Teaching my wife how to drive a manual in my 2011 Buick Regal.6 Speed.jpg

Dhornauer67
New Driver

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 teaching my 15 year old on the Saab93

jaconc
New Driver

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Not the easiest clutch setup for a newcomer but she's learning quick !

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SDcanyoncarver
New Driver

Teaching my 18 year old son how to drive a 6 speed VW GTI.  Once you drive with 3 pedals you will always have at least one car with a stick shift!thumbnail.jpg

rbd
New Driver

Thanks for the encouragement and opportunity to teach my wife how to operate a stick shift in my '97BMW convertible. The smile on her face when she "got it" is worth a million smiles.  Rob Drezner  (rdrezner@gmail.com)Stickshift.jpeg

Doc Rob
Ndequintal
New Driver

Another shift lesson down! Thanks to my friend Max for teaching me in his BMW M roadster! 
Feel free to follow me on IG @drivenbyniki

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misterlou
New Driver

National Stick Shift Day 2021.jpgProbably should've thought about bathing before taking this. Super proud of her. Conquered the hill anxiety! Ready to go out on her own daily driving a manual.

Cmbtgrnt
New Driver

So my son wanted his first vehicle to be a Jeep and of all things a manual! I asked wouldn’t  you rather have an automatic, it’s a lot easier to drive.  He said no way, manuals are cool and none of my friends know how to drive an H pattern.  Dang kids been talking to his granddad way too much! 8C31017A-A0EF-4093-8B85-C692489D53AF.jpeg

Ducky
New Driver

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My girlfriend Nicole and I spent some time teaching her to drive my 2007 S2000. She was an absolute natural, but I'm glad it's insured with Hagerty in case she wasn't!! 😂

SarahMichele221
New Driver

My Dad is trying to teach me to drive his ‘82 GMC General. I can sort of drive his ‘79 Jeep, but I’m having a hard time with The General. If I let enough air out of the seat so that I can reach the clutch, then I can’t see over the steering wheel. 🙈🙈🙈923C54E8-919D-4173-94A6-01CDF6398D6F.jpeg

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DancerJeep
New Driver

Newly licensed driver, a niece, just learning on a 1953 M38-A1 Military Jeep, restored two years ago.IMG_1608.JPG

32-Coupe
Pit Crew

So here you go. What an experience. Talk about a fun time. EMS-Shift Lesson.jpg

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Peter D Sell
WeedWhackerDood
New Driver

The guide you provided was helpful, lot of the same details I used to teach my 17-year old when he was 15, wish I had that 49 years ago when I was thrown in a grain truck on the farm and told, "Learn to drive, I will be back in 2-hours!".

 

Two years ago, I taught my 15-year old how to drive his 1990 Ford Bronco 5-speed in a much friendlier manner. Yesterday, Friday, 16Jul21, my 17-year old son took the Hagerty (and Dad's} challenge to teach his 14-year old brother how to drive the same Bronco. Since the Bronco will be passed-down to him next year, it was great to see 'brotherly-love' for the old ways shared and a new journey started.

 

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BrianAlbano
New Driver

Here's  a shot of me teaching my 2 granddaughters how to drive my 1940 Buick ! Ready To Cruise ! (b).jpeg I had already taught my grandson how to drive and he drove us to the cigar shop that day !

TomSaab
New Driver

Teaching Daughter $ speed shift pattern on the column. 1968 Saab 2 Stroke with Freewheel!!!Teaching Daughter $ speed shift pattern on the column. 1968 Saab 2 Stroke with Freewheel!!!20190205_151658.jpg

Teaching my daughter the shift pattern on a 4 speed on the column. 1968 Saab 96 2 Stroke. The Sabb is also equipped with a freewheel clutch....another complexity to master!!

Tom Shehan

Bruce1931
New Driver

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It’s gonna take a few more hours to get Travis double-clutching a Model A Ford … but his PaPa will put in the time!

 

cueguy
Pit Crew

I took the youngest member (30) of our shooting team out. He never had the opportunity to learn how to drive a M/T. The SS is not the ideal teaching car, we got through starting out and moving and shifting. There will be more lessons. If he drives as well as he shoots, we'll be seeing him in NASCAR or Formula 1. Zack & Bob's Big Adventure...Zack 3 Pedals.jpg

Arnolduc1
New Driver

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 Teaching my little sister how to drive in my modified NA Miata.  She got it going on the first try!  I think it helped her being that my clutch is  very light :).  

VWGeorge
New Driver

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VWGeorge
New Driver

Teaching my daughter to drive George the bus! George the bus 

Siplut
New Driver

Had the wife In my s2000 for over an hour. I don’t know  if I’ll get it back. 6 gears! 

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michigancobra
New Driver

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LESSON # 1  ........

timluck
New Driver

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First time driving a manual transmission.  The car is obviously much older than the driver!  It was fun (most of the time)!!

timluck
New Driver

Learned to drive stick shift, got the t-shirt.Learned to drive stick shift, got the t-shirt.

MATT9595
New Driver

Driving the 1969 Corvette with Muncie 4 speed.Learning to drive the 1969 corvette with Munice 4 speedLearning to drive the 1969 corvette with Munice 4 speedLearning to drive the 1969 Corvette with Muncie 4 speedLearning to drive the 1969 Corvette with Muncie 4 speed

David1
New Driver

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66FordTruck
New Driver

Taught my son how to drive the stick todayStickshift train2.jpgStickshift train1.jpg

Jstahmann
New Driver

Taught my cute niece to drive a stick today in my RS4!

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JB73Mach
New Driver

I did my best with my son.  86 F150, 302 fuel injected, 4 speed 4x4.  Bad slave cylinder.  After an hour, he was able to get it around the block.  If I can teach him to drive that, he can drive anything!

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jcollins914
New Driver

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Here are some pictures of my wife learning to drive stick in the only manual car I have on the road at the moment.  It's a 1999 M3 with an LS1 swap.  May the torque be with you.  She is picking it up quickly, and will assuredly be deserving of the hat's slogan by the time they arrive!  Sure, it's for sale, everything is for sale.  They keep making cars all the time, and we want to try them all!  🙂

Miked2002dc
New Driver

Out at Fort Campbell teaching my neighbors younger brother to drive a 4spd with granny low in my 1986 Ford Bronco. 

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Steffany
Pit Crew

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Learning to drive the Jeep!! 3 Pedals No Problem!! 

Dpan
New Driver

No, I didn’t teach my son in this car; after lots of practice in other cars, he has graduated to drive my fun car for the first time today.

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morrisrh1
New Driver

My 15 1/2-year-old son with his first manual lesson - in a Hagerty-insured 1949 Studebaker 2R10. Helps that you can't stall it in first, with a 5.57 Timken rear end.

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MrDifferent
New Driver

What great timing and a great excuse to get some lessons in.  We just bought this extra '03 G35 coupe to be a future drift car.  Took it out to the track to watch the Club Loose event before we join in the future.  We had some extra time before people got there and a giant empty lot to practice.  My wife has never driven a manual transmission but she picked up on the basics pretty quick.  Hopefully, this will be a fun car for her to drive too soon enough.  Hope everyone else is learning safely out there!

 

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Red_vs_blue
New Driver

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Just about to teach my gf how to drive a T-56. 

pf2625
New Driver

Way to go HoltWay to go Holt

 

cueguy
Pit Crew

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The SS is not the ideal car with which to learn how to drive a M/T, but my shooting buddy Zack did OK today with our first lesson. If he eventually drives as well as he shoots, look for him behind the wheel of a formula 1 car. LOL

stevecerra
New Driver

Teaching my favorite daughter how to drive a stick !!!FullSizeRender.jpg

BikerMike
New Driver

Yesterday a friend and his family were in town for a visit. It was the perfect opportunity to take his college age son out for his 1st lesson driving stick.  

 

We took out my ‘72 240Z and I had him watch what I did while I explained what the car was doing as I was shifting.   Once the car was warmed up we stopped at the local high school parking lot and he took control. 

 

He did great. After some gentle starts from a stop in 1st gear he graduated to giving it more gas and onto shifts into 2nd gear. 

 

We weren’t ready for the open road yet, but he is excited to keep learning and develop his skills. 

 

After his lesson we swapped seats and I took him on a cruise on some of my favorite roads along the Front Range of the Rockies.

 

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WHinSC
Pit Crew

Finally got my wife to drive my '62 Corvette, 4-speed due to your Mission.  Thank you, Hagerty.