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JPSmit
07-30-2016, 10:42 PM
Not really criticising but, there are a lot of truly amazing hot rods and rat rods at the cruise night I attend and almost all of them have just two pedals. Sign of the times I suppose.

AngliaGT
07-31-2016, 12:39 AM
and,around here,many trailer theirs to shows,etc.,because
they're too uncomfortable to drive.
WHY have any car that's no fun to drive (unless it's a dd)?

anarchy99
07-31-2016, 04:58 AM
I used to be really, really big into shifting. Couldn't stand driving an auto when I could hop in the Z06 and row through the gears. Nowadays, I own 2 british cars and neither one has a stick; just can't fit the 3rd pedal in the foot box. I still enjoy driving them and the consistency is nice as well. I know a lot of guys, even older ones, that simply can't drive a stick and won't even try to learn. It shocked me at first, but now, I guess I'm just used to it.

NutmegCT
07-31-2016, 06:29 AM
"Learn to drive a stick shift and you're set for life." - My Dad, ca. 1960.

"Well strip my gears and call me Shiftless!" - My Mom, ca. 1960.

"What's a stick shift?" - just about everyone these days.

44054

Basil
07-31-2016, 10:33 AM
"Learn to drive a stick shift and you're set for life." - My Dad, ca. 1960.

"Well strip my gears and call me Shiftless!" - My Mom, ca. 1960.

"What's a stick shift?" - just about everyone these days.

44054

My wife's BMW z4 and my car are both sticks.

Bayless
07-31-2016, 11:13 AM
Back in the "olden days" when I first got my license, if you took the driving test in an automatic then the license was marked so you were not allowed to drive a manual shift.

Keoke
07-31-2016, 02:12 PM
What's a stick shift?" -

I recon how that is when one shifts the walking cane from one hand to another hand.:devilgrin:

AngliaGT
07-31-2016, 05:49 PM
It's funny,but I realized that our '95 Dodge Dakota is the only
vehicle that we own that has an automatic.

Keoke
07-31-2016, 09:08 PM
It's funny,but I realized that our '95 Dodge Dakota is the only
vehicle that we own that has an automatic.

Where you say U Live , Eureka,Ca ?--------:jester:

AngliaGT
07-31-2016, 10:19 PM
?

JPSmit
07-31-2016, 10:24 PM
?

Of course the EUREKA I have found it moment as in "Eureka! I just realised I have only have one automatic vehicle." :grin:

On the plus side, you didn't need to run down the street naked shouting EUREKA as, legend has it, Archimedes did.

AngliaGT
08-01-2016, 12:18 AM
That was funny,the first 20,000 times I heard it,
but you're 20,001!

JPSmit
08-01-2016, 08:48 AM
That was funny,the first 20,000 times I heard it,
but you're 20,001!

:thankyousign::banana: though I am bound to point it that it was your question mark that provoked it. :grin::lol:

mikephillips
08-01-2016, 12:12 PM
I've driven a stick almost exclusively for the 40 some years I've been driving, feels kind of odd those times I've had to drive an auto. And one thing to point out, a stick is less likely to be stolen according to the statistics since the majority don't learn how to operate one.

NutmegCT
08-01-2016, 01:01 PM
I've driven a stick almost exclusively for the 40 some years I've been driving, feels kind of odd those times I've had to drive an auto. And one thing to point out, a stick is less likely to be stolen according to the statistics since the majority don't learn how to operate one.

Ain't it the truth -


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psvM4BaPS0c

SaxMan
08-01-2016, 01:40 PM
As you see floating around social media: A picture of a manual gear lever and the caption "Millennial Anti-Theft Device"

NutmegCT
08-01-2016, 02:13 PM
A young guy (ca. 25) I work with asked to drive my TR3. Before I let him get near ... I checked that he knew manual shifting. I then cautioned him to start slow, because "the car doesn't have power brakes."

His reply: "What are power brakes?"

3798j
08-01-2016, 07:12 PM
For the 2016 model year, only 23% of America's sports car are equipped with a third pedal. https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/car-technology/news/a30217/2016-corvette-manual-take-rate/

PAUL161
08-02-2016, 06:59 AM
As you see floating around social media: A picture of a manual gear lever and the caption "Millennial Anti-Theft Device"

They just had a report of an attempted car jacking last night on TV. When the police arrived on the scene, the car was still there but the car jacker wasn't, he couldn't drive a stick shift, so he took off running. They caught him. :encouragement: PJ

catfood
08-03-2016, 12:57 PM
I've only driven an auto box once, when holidaying in the States! Only top end cars over here (Mercs, Jags etc) come standard with an auto box. Vast majority of 'normal' cars are manual (stick shift).

Popeye
08-03-2016, 01:33 PM
For the 2016 model year, only 23% of America's sports car are equipped with a third pedal. https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/car-technology/news/a30217/2016-corvette-manual-take-rate/

I gotta say, the LBC design of a 7-speed manual is superior to the Corvette 7-speed manual! Has anyone on the forum driven a new Corvette? I have not, but having 7 speeds (plus reverse) on one stalk _seems_ complicated. Perhaps it is one of those things, once you do it for a while it is easy?

(Note - I love and thoroughly respect the Corvette.)

Tiger
08-03-2016, 01:37 PM
I've only driven an auto box once, when holidaying in the States

...where a manual transmission gets in the way of drinking coffee, talking on a cell phone, applying makeup, slapping the kids in the back seat...

mikephillips
08-03-2016, 02:07 PM
As you see floating around social media: A picture of a manual gear lever and the caption "Millennial Anti-Theft Device"

We had a pair of the try to carjack a BMW in a parking lot here last summer. As I recall the owner went and sat on a retaining wall, called the police and they were still trying to get out of the lot when the police arrived.