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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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MarkE
New Driver

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my son, age 24, learning in my Cobra.  Far cry from my drivers test in a VW bug.

Kevin_P
Pit Crew

Now that's trust! 

PeterTYasigian
New Driver

 

 
 

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 Finally taught my daughter how to drive a 65 4 speed in dash 2CV. 
she refused 20 years ago . 

PeterTYasigian
New Driver

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 While at it , may as well teach my 4 year old granddaughter as well. 

SportsCarNut
New Driver

Taught my wife not only how to drive a stick, but also right hand drive. Might as well go for it all at once in a 65 Lotus Super Seven.98C78AE2-52D8-49E6-9A8C-83375C202E5A.jpegE98A7A58-D93D-4C6C-8D35-09C0EBD79EB6.jpeg

AndyZowsk
New Driver

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 Teaching the little bro how to drive manual! He's a natural!!

Vivadna
New Driver

Done!  Great idea!Learning how to drive a Carrera S 6-speed!Learning how to drive a Carrera S 6-speed!Made it into the garage!Made it into the garage!

crashmasher
New Driver

For national stick shift day! Actually went out 3 times over three days. We are officially shifting up past 1st!

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frankpetrone
New Driver

Finally teaching my daughter, Amanda, to drive manual shift in the '64 Sting Ray. We had a blast and it went much better than both of us anticipated! She's now talking of getting her own collector car with a stick and becoming part of the Hagerty community.

 

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Six-Apel
New Driver

My boyfriend (Left) and I, we recently finished an engine rebuild on our '74 Super Beetle. Took this photo in the parking lot after my first time getting to drive it.

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Kevin_P
Pit Crew

Hell yeah! I have a '71 Super. Keep motorin'!

FuzzySD
New Driver

Sophia is only 2 1/2 but loves nothing more than "going for a ride in the red car with no top". It's a '55 Tbird and she's a champ at turning the steering wheel and pushing in the clutch pedal, she just can't do them both at the same time yet! Ready to cruise at 2 1/2 !Ready to cruise at 2 1/2 !

Roxton
Pit Crew

T1940 Plymouth1940 PlymouthTeaching my 17 year old grandson the joys of shifting in my 1940 Plymouth.

clecours
New Driver

ORV action in the OBX of NCORV action in the OBX of NCOacracoke Island and the Atlantic OceanOacracoke Island and the Atlantic Ocean

Hagss
New Driver

Taught my youngest to drive my ‘69 442 (finally). She was finally confident enough to not “break it.” 😀

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crunkcar
New Driver

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Not too bad after a few inadvertent burnouts. 

d-kustra
New Driver

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Taught my husband to appreciate manual in my Dodge Dart! He had never had any experience with a stick shift until this day, and after a couple of hours on different days he got on the road! Took some practice and patience, but we're both glad he learned now.

 

#stickshiftday

 

Delaney and Jimmy Kustra

barik
Pit Crew

Is this promo still on ?

Rachel
Hagerty Employee

Yes! We are running this campaign for 50 days (until September 3rd). Thanks for taking part!

Miked1340
Pit Crew

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starchoice
Pit Crew

Lesson #1 with the spouse.

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elkay520
New Driver

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dad553
New Driver

Teaching my Daughter to drive a manual in he Fiance's  35,000 mile 2004 Saab 93 Areo. I taught him to drive this car after he bought it from a family friend.

dad553
New Driver

Teaching my Daughter to drive a manual in he Fiance's 35,000 mile 2004 Saab 93 Areo. I taught him to drive this car after he bought it from a family friend.IMG_E3350[1].JPGIMG_E3351[1].JPG

Pollzin8or
New Driver

What a great promo. Taught my girlfriend, she mastered the parking lot, though didn’t want to venture out onto the main roads. Next time. 

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#RealCarsDontShiftThemselves

Will_H
Intermediate Driver

This young student had a lot of fun driving (and stalling!) the C10, eventually getting it into third gear in the huge empty parking lot we found.

Keeley did a great job driving the '69 C10!Keeley did a great job driving the '69 C10!

collectorkeith
New Driver

My son is now a stick man! Thanks for the encouragement.

99MiataAE
Pit Crew

Received our 3 Pedals caps yesterday. They are fabulous! Thank you Hagerty. What a cool company.

Rachel
Hagerty Employee

Thanks for taking part - enjoy!!

twcclyde
Pit Crew

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Teaching my son how to drive my Triumph TR3!

lasloja
New Driver

Rachel,

I have been working on how to teach my granddaughter how to diver the stick. we have an about two hours in already and she is getting  the hang of it. but today we went out the closed mall parking lot and I let her try the car I used in the Great Race. Must admit she is doing much better than her mom. Mac cannot wait until she can drive the GR. Thank you for all you are doing to get people involved.Grandpa and MacGrandpa and Mac

CitroenFan
New Driver

Here we are starting early with the next generation. We also had a drive (with the baby safely at home) and I showed my wife how to operate the Citroen push-pull manual shifter. The 2CV clutch and shifter are surprisingly forgiving, so it's a good place to start.230729541_10159077789630985_3821169512511183144_n.jpg

 

Texasag15
New Driver

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 Teaching my wonderful fiancé to drive stick!

08H3
New Driver

...and in one of the most awesome underrated cars ever built!  Love Fieros!

08H3
New Driver

This is my 13 year old daughter near the beginning of an earnest attempt to teach her how to drive a manual transmission.  Don't worry, it's on private land, and it's not Hagerty insured, so no danger and no violation of policy.  She's still learning, but we are making progress.

 

By the way, anyone currently raising a teenager, or who has successfully raised one will definitely appreciate this!

 

Redfang
Intermediate Driver

Push the clutch in ... 

What button?

HA!!!!!!!

Currupter93
New Driver

Taught my girlfriend how to drive on a worn out clutch and a tired 98 Honda Prelude. It started off rough but after she got the handle of the bite-point it was smooth(ish) sailing.

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JamieB1
New Driver

teaching my wife to drive the 72 GMC 4 speed stick 0724211638b.jpg

RonsClassics
New Driver

  • National Stick Shift Day
  • taught my cousin how to drive stick.  Never to old to learn.  She did great using your manual to understand the how too’s .  Used the VW and back country road to do the training . Teresa at the wheelTeresa at the wheel
JollyJoe
New Driver

Sam has the car lovers disease and details vehicles when home from college.  We practiced in an old Mazda Miata with the goal that he can drive my Porsche 993 to his house for cleaning.   The test of his proficiency is tonight.  IMG_3990.jpgIMG_3987.jpg

stephensoliman
New Driver

Teaching my "little" sister how to drive stick on the 1989 Mitsubishi Starion!

#1989 #mitsubishi #Nationalstickshiftday #stickshift #rolltide

 

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loumtx
New Driver

Took my good friend, Kim Hill, out to the parking lot at Texas Motor Speedway and taught her how to drive the Mini Cooper S. Lots of starts and stop and now she makes it all the way around easily! Her goal is to drive on track..No Limits for Kim driving a stick!No Limits for Kim driving a stick!

twcclyde
Pit Crew

Teaching my son to drive a stick shift, in our Triumph TR3! 

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mikemeitzner
New Driver

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 this motivated me to finally get my 18 year old son behind the wheel of my 1995 6spd Corvette!

MichaelG
New Driver

Rachel, 

Here is a picture of my neighbor's son Jacob, learning to drive my 79 MGB. We both are having a blast and we can't wait to receive our caps! 

 

With great appreciation, Mike

 

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Mr2miller
New Driver

Always fun learning stick in an rhd 2’!

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noelj
New Driver

Grandson learning 4 speed on the column, 1958 Mercedes 180a, that'll be his and was my first car when I was 15. Nolan Shifting.jpg

99MiataAE
Pit Crew

On the column is the coolest way to learn a standard. Stick drivers have problems with that. 

spisut
New Driver

This shifting gears article is very timely.  My son has been been wanting to learn how to drive a manual transmission car for some time now, so this article motivated us to make it happen. Unfortunately, the only two manual trans cars I own are a 67 Corvette that has no brakes at the moment, and a 33 Ford Sedan that is a little tricky to drive even for an experienced driver.   So as luck would have it, last weekend we had company, and one of the guest’s cars was VW GTI with a manual transmission. Luckily the owner let us use this car for the lesson.  See the pictures attached. My son caught on quickly, and he loved the experience.  Now he is encouraging me to get the Corvette road worthy. 

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continue with this manual transmission driving experience. 

Grebby
New Driver

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