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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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Kenbanks
New Driver

Granddaughter Zelia learning to drive the Jeep

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bethcasey
New Driver

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bethcasey
New Driver

This is my best friend, Pam, learning on my 63 MGB. Her dad tried to teach her as a teenager and it was a disaster.  She was an act student yesterday, didn't dump the clutch at all!

genemuller
New Driver

Teaching my daughter to my my BMW 2002 4-speed.  She is pulling out of the garage!  Getting ReadyGetting ReadyPulling out of garage!Pulling out of garage!

mbeall_ra
New Driver

Eventually all the cars will be hers, so she needs to know how to drive them! My daughter Jen.IMG_0860.jpg

Keats82
New Driver

Decided it was time to teach the wife how to drive our 66’ Caprice on our 15-year wedding anniversary. Nothing cooler than a lady who knows how to drive a three-on-the-tree with a big v8. Watch out streets... tire marks coming your way!

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Redfang
Intermediate Driver

Done!  Was

fun & posted pic

lsanchezwoods
New Driver

Spent time this past weekend to teach my daughter stick.  


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Pondriver
New Driver

Teaching my daughter to drive the Firebird.
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joerberg
New Driver

My granddaughter Kayla likes the MGA best.  She'll make a great driver!IMG_7158.jpg

Tp72
New Driver

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99-Miata
Pit Crew

Hi Rachel,

Did you receive my post with the picture of my Daughter-in-Law learning to drive my manual shift Miata? I think it went through, but I am not sure.

Sajeev
Community Manager

Don't worry, it went through! I see it and here's a screenshot of it (below)

 

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Rachel
Hagerty Employee

We have it - thank you! Just sent you a DM. Thanks 🙂 

Rebel70
New Driver

Learning to drive stick in my Dad's 1970 Rebel Machine! Hagerty Photo.JPG

Happy
New Driver

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Armorknight
New Driver

Teaching the child.  Just recently passed drivers test in this 5 speed Mustang.

Giggles each time we talk about them being the only teenager around who knows what a clutch is.    * Thanks for starting this great thread.

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JGD
New Driver
melissatraino
New Driver

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 Never too old to learn - never too young to start! 

 

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norm1938
New Driver

My name is Norm. This afternoon I taught my grandson, Stephen, to drive the '49 Buick with 'three on the tree'. We had a great time. He did well. We had a lot of funWe had a lot of fun

mbward
New Driver

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 Spent a while with my cousin trying to teach her stick in a Toyota Toco, and she really improved!

SixBarnCars
New Driver

My daughter lives in Sweden and they have a special certification needed to legally drive manual cars (most cars there). She was visiting here in the states and what better car to learn on than a 1966 Volvo Amazon!drive2.jpgdrive1.jpg

GeneWAZ
New Driver

 

Got my son Brant out in my 6 speed Mini Cooper S.

 

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PL
Pit Crew

Here is a photDonna after her latest lesson.  Big Smile!Donna after her latest lesson. Big Smile!

ChrisL
New Driver

Grandson Austin now a stick shifter!Austin w Zuk.jpg

Cato5066
New Driver

I taught my 16 year old daughter to drive my 1950 Chevrolet pickup today.  The gears are on the column.  She did a great job!

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briehl
New Driver

What a great promotion! I think of driving a manual transmission as an important life skill. My first car was a stick and most of my cars since then have been, too. I was so happy to teach my friend, Nikki, in my Forester! We had a blast, and now she's confident to take on any manual transmission that comes her way. IMG_1037.jpeg

5cyl_Steven
New Driver

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Spending the sunny Sunday taking the classic Audi S6 out. She’s always wanted to learn. Stage 3 clutch is not forgiving.

Moonlighter
Pit Crew

Here is a Pic of my daughter (Jada Rae) Driving my 4-Speed Camaro

RWP
New Driver

Teaching my granddaughter to drive a 1950 Willys Jeepster. 

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ilookmarvlus
New Driver

Here's my daughter Juliana learning to drive a manual shift with Peter Kyte using his right hand drive 1968 MKII Morris Moke in Castle Rock, CO. 

 

They spent a good 1.5 hours on the road and covered shifting, reversing, hill starts, just about everything.  Peter said she was a real natural and never once stalled the car or missed a shift.

 

Of course she's been driving an automatic MINI R50 since she was 9 and motorcycles since age 11 on closed courses.

 

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Will_H
Intermediate Driver

Taught a young man from Toronto to drive a manual today, and he caught on fast.  Lots of fun!  1969 Chevy C10 floor-shift 4-speed (3 plus tow gear).

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kkamman
New Driver

I taught my oldest granddaughter, Ella Kamman, who just received her driver's license hot to drive a vehicle with a manual transmission. the day was August 6, 2021. We began by driving a 1956 Chevy with three speed column shift. It took about 45 minutes in a nearby school parking lot where she mastered the technique quite well. We then returned to the school parking lot with a 1966 Corvette with a 4-speed floor shift. After a half hour Ella mastered the process extremely well. I believe she can drive any vehicle at this point with a manual transmission.

Ken Kamman

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ilookmarvlus
New Driver

Darn, all these kids getting to drive cars I would love to drive...

thirdgenlude
Pit Crew

Right?!

kinggrr
New Driver

Stick training today for my daughter and her boyfriend.  Age is mid-20’s, neither had driven a manual before.  So I threw them into the fire (skipped the frying pan : ) and taught them in my ‘31 Model A with original 40 hp 4 cyl and 3 speed manual 👻).  I first spent a half hour or so teaching them the design basics so they would know what’s actually happening when the clutch is engaged/disengaged.  All went well and they are now indoctrinated into the stick shift club (and the “I’ve driven a 90-year-old car club”  : ) 👻👻.

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mwalke39
Pit Crew

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mwalke39
Pit Crew

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walkero3
New Driver

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 We taught 3 daughters to drive stick today.  Great fun.

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Moonlighter
Pit Crew

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My Daughter and Granddaughter Learning how to Drive my BBC 4-Speed 68 Camaro Convertible!!!They both did well.

 

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nwshirey
New Driver

 

 
This is GREAT!!!
We're teaching my grandson to drive our (soon to be his) '06 Ford Ranger. When he was younger, I would take him to school, he'd ask question after question about why and how to shift. It was exhausting keeping up with the questions! 
We all wanted him to know a manual shift to be a well rounded driver.  
Braeden picked it up so quickly! 
Now,  he wants to learn the NASCAR "toe and heel" shifting for road courses!20210720_183235.jpg

Thanks for the opportunity to share this little bit of family news  and, thanks to all for your stories as well!       Norm Shirey 
 
 

 

Judgeman
Pit Crew

Hi Rachel,

 

Thanks for encouragingLiz with MG.jpgGTO lesson 2.JPG the joy of manual transmission driving!!!

My two kids have been anxiously awaiting the hats in the mail, could you confirm that we made the list for distribution?

Regards,

David Marois

Rachel
Hagerty Employee

Hi David - I just sent you a direct message if you want to check your inbox! Thank you!

JimZ1959
Pit Crew

Hi Rachel,

We just got our 3 Pedals, No Problem hats.

Thank you!!!

Vlpop
New Driver

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Fair trade, a new clutch for a new hat! But all kidding aside, it was fun to teach someone how to drive a manual!

thirdgenlude
Pit Crew

😂😂😂

BWG
Pit Crew

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Will_H
Intermediate Driver

This promotion is such a great idea.  A fun afternoon teaching a young woman how to drive a manual transmission (1969 Chev C10).2021 Aug 23 Kitty Yang - Brad Hanna.jpg

Dodgeboys
New Driver

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This is my neighbor Heidi learning to shift a 4spd in my ‘74 Dodge Ramcharger. This is an advanced lesson, her first lessons were in a much gentler Honda with a 5spd.  She is a quick learner and plans on getting a Jeep as her first car. 

michaelchen441
New Driver

Teaching my girlfriend to drive a manual in my Si!IMG_7894.jpg