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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Delaney and Jimmy Kustra
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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..
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
With great appreciation, Mike.
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.
continue with this manual transmission driving experience.