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!
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Probably 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.
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!
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. 🙈🙈🙈
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.
Here's a shot of me teaching my 2 granddaughters how to drive my 1940 Buick ! I had already taught my grandson how to drive and he drove us to the cigar shop that day !
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!!
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...
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 :).
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!
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! 🙂
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.
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!
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
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.