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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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WHinSC
Pit Crew

Finally got my wife driving my '62 Corvette, 4-speed.  Thank you for the challenge.

WHinSC
Pit Crew

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 I finally got my wife to drive my’62 Corvette, 4 speed. Thank you for your help. 

dmopars
Pit Crew

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 Father/daughter day in a 72 Beetle. 

dream40
New Driver

I like it, and this will make it more fun.  Almost like graduating and getting an award for the accomplishment!IMG_20210717_131906.jpgIMG_20210717_131901.jpgIMG_20210717_131851.jpgIMG_20210717_131847.jpg

HDC01734230
New Driver

Here’s our 15 year old grandson with his feet on the pedals of my ‘89 Dodge Raider. We’re at an abandoned portion of Camp Atterbury, Indiana

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sgermana2010
New Driver

Been wanting to teach my fiancee for years to drive stick shift. Thanks for giving me an excuse to do so!IMG-0221.jpgIMG-0223.jpgIMG-0222.jpgIMG-0220.jpg

Here's me teaching her on my Golf GTI (taken in a very large parking lot on LI).

 

 

Fz1inMIA
New Driver

He got it on the first try!  20210718_131759.jpg

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LARRYSEVPK
Pit Crew

This wasn't too bad since my Father was a Driver Education Instructor at School. Since he taught me, I think it is only fair, I teach Ivette. 

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LARRY WILLIS
perk120
Pit Crew

this is my grandson, Riley, who has driven a manual shift, but to give him the full experience ( rod actuated brakes, foot starter,Resized952019090195101206954038.jpgIMG_7647.JPG no power steering and no syncros) we put him in our Model A pickup, it has been in the family since new and he is the 5th generation to drive it. This truck is the only known vehicle to have driven on all 3 Tacoma narrows bridges as it crossed Gallip Gertie the day before it blew down

AircooledEric
New Driver

Ever since I started restoring my 1960 beetle in 2011, I imagined the days in the (at the time distant) future when I would start teaching my girls to drive it. July 17 2021 was the first! My oldest turned 16 this year, and has been driving long enough that she felt ready to learn to drive the 61 year old stick shift with dad. We had a lot of laughs, a couple of killed starts, but happily for me, almost no gear grinding. I am so proud of her, and I look forward to more of these rides with her. 

Here’s to the rest of you! 


Eric and Lilly 

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Steelepony95
New Driver

Rachel,

 

I'm ready to post my story.    What do I do next?

Sajeev
Community Manager

Hello @Steelepony95 please read this tutorial on how to add a photo to your post, so you can complete your story here: https://community.hagerty.com/t5/community-help-and-guidelines/community-help-how-to-attach-a-photo-...

DaksGTI
New Driver

First off, I love this movement! Today I taught my girlfriend to drive stick in my Mk6 GTI. She did great and didn't even stall once. Better than I can say on my first time driving stick! IMG_7496.jpeg

 

Cheers Everyone,

Dakota and Emma

cmfisher4
New Driver

Got my 16-year old behind the wheel for a little while. Only stalled it once!PXL_20210718_181238600.jpg

KheldMGB
New Driver

My son learning in our 76 MGB

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Torpeyj
New Driver

This was the push for me to teach my older daughter to learn to drive a stick. She is trying it in my 2006 Corvette.IMG_2826.JPEG

 

Idrva62
New Driver

My nephew , Eddie Alanis (20) Elk Grove CA, getting

his 1st lesson a stick shift in his grandfathers 1960 Corvette. I restored this car finishing last year. It had been parked since 1965

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TDERM
New Driver

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 Teaching my daughter to drive stick shift on my 67 big block corvette. Learning in a school parking lot. She needs a lot more practice before she is ready for the road!  

sluggo1246
New Driver

The smile on my son's face when he smoothly shifted into first...for the first time.  He was so proud of himself and I think he understands why dad insists on having a manual!IMG_E4C982519323-1.jpeg

Calbear
New Driver

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 Fun times, teaching stick!

man-mark-7
Pit Crew

What a wonderful idea!! This spurred me to make sure I taught my daughter to drive stick before she heads off to college in the fall. Two-ish hours of lessons so far & I'd say she's almost ready to take it off the quiet side streets! #nationalstickshiftday #bmw2002Eliza at the controlsEliza at the controls

ihfarmall4ever
New Driver

My granddaughter can drive practically anything you put her in, or on. ATV's, dirt bikes, trucks, doesn't matter. As you can see in the photo, we were actually driving down the road in my truck when I took this shot. Rolling down the road in my F150.Rolling down the road in my F150.She did a great job!She did a great job!

Kevin69
New Driver

Marco Jeep1.jpgMarco Jeep.jpgVinny Jeep1.jpgVinny Jeep.jpgHere are Pictures of me teaching my twin 15 yo son's Marco and Vincent how to drive a stick.  This is our 1942 Jeep GPW which they also helped install the engine in and have learned how to change the tires (Left and Right have reversed threads).  Marco has long hair and Vincent has shorter hair; they are both currently in Drivers Ed.
 
Kevin Holmes
San Juan Island, WA
Gudhowdy
New Driver

Finally found a reason for daughter to learn about the clutch - She wants to drive my Morris Minor so she is learning on our manual transmission Civic 🙂 IMG_0257.jpg

Flagg
New Driver

Rachel,

What a great plan - 500 new drivers in 50 days!  You should make this an ongoing campaign.  Here is a picture of me teaching my son to drive manual.  We are mastering my Subaru Outback in this photo - Before we move on to my vintage cars insured with Hagerty!!!  He has decided he wants his first car to be MANUAL!  So I think I am doing a successful job!!!  SAVE THE MANUALS!  

Flagg

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Vespacarlson
New Driver

Finally taught my son to drive stick in my 1970 MGBGT. Didn't take long for him to get the hang of it, and the smile on his face when he did was priceless.  I may never get to drive my car again!

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Raybarn
New Driver

Started my two youngest grandsons Samuel and Nathaniel on our 90 Miata. Can’t reach the pedals yet but can shift while sitting on Poppa’s lap! Of course all done in the safety of a parking lot’ Lol!

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Dwaynelum
Pit Crew

Teaching stick shift to sister-in-law.Teaching stick shift to sister-in-law.Teaching stick shift to sister-in-law.Teaching stick shift to sister-in-law.Teaching 2 nephews.Teaching 2 nephews.

man-mark-7
Pit Crew

Beautiful car! Is it an AC something?

Dwaynelum
Pit Crew

Thanks, it is a 1967 Austin Healey Sprite.  I wish it were an AC.

NSaneXr
New Driver

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Great day for lesson 1.

tamuscott
Pit Crew

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Got my wife behind the wheel of my 1988 Pontiac Fiero Formula 5-speed. She didn't seem to enjoy it as much as I do, but she was a good sport.

gritten1965
New Driver

My wife, Ellie, did great in my 2013 Ford Focus ST.  Practiced in a local community college parking lot and will soon try some street driving.Ellie at the wheel...Ellie at the wheel...Notice the T-shirt...Notice the T-shirt...

chrisdeben
New Driver

Great time teaching my son the joys of driving my 1987 Alfa Romeo Spider!  We didn't make it out of the parking lot yet, but that'll be in the next lesson.  He'll just have to learn how to manage that infamous second gear synchro...

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KarmenJ
New Driver

Teaching my daughter to drive the Mustang!! Mustang Driving 2.jpg

PDJ
Pit Crew

Teaching my daughter!! Great Day!!

PDJ
Pit Crew

Teaching my Daughter! Great Day!

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74Ragno
New Driver

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 1st lesson...this car has 5 speeds.  Teaching my granddaughter's boyfriend how to drive my 74 Fiat Spider.

Judgeman
Pit Crew

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Ruby
Pit Crew

Carefully give it a little gas!Carefully give it a little gas!

dudleymr
New Driver

Teaching how to drive a 5spd in the TJ with the top down.  Fun in the sun!Teaching TJ 5spd.jpg

 

Azdad123
New Driver

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 Three on the tree!

TKS
New Driver

My daughter driving my 92 Corrado SLCMy daughter driving my 92 Corrado SLC

Mav1
New Driver

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 what a great idea.  Took this neighbor out for a lesson and he did a great job.  I had tons of fun sharing the skill on a beautiful Wisconsin afternoon. 

TRB1976
New Driver

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I surprised my girlfriend with a 1969 Beetle for her 50th Birthday. She's always wanted a bug. So we've been out on the weekends getting her skills honed in for driving her little dream car. It's been a great experience for both of us, she's been learning the joy and fun of a manuel trans while I get to share my live of classic cars with her.

rpinter
Pit Crew

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rpinter
Pit Crew

Teaching my grandson to use a 6 speed!

rpinter
Pit Crew
rdempsey
New Driver

Such a great idea, Rachel.

 

I took my 18 year old son out on Friday and taught him a few things.  He did great!  Next up, I'll teach him to heel & toe when he has the right shoes on.

 

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ShawnOConnor
New Driver

Teaching my 16 yr old son to drive our 1953 Pontiac Chieftain, w/ 3 three on the tree

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