A couple of weeks ago I decided to try and use video games to learn how to operate a manual transmission. After several hours behind a fake steering wheel I’ve determined I need several more hours behind a fake steering wheel.
“A tough young man like you is going to want a manual, right?” asked the Nissan salesman who sold me my first car 20 years ago. I shook my head timidly and purchased an automatic Sentra at $500 a month for six years. I can’t help thinking I’d have gotten a better deal had I said yes.
A man who mistakenly left his keys in his car first assumed it was a prank when he found it gone. It wasn’t a prank, it was actually stolen, but the result was way funnier than any prank would have been. That’s because the guy who stole it couldn’t drive stick, and then tried to call a cab. Oh boy.
If you were at all car-aware in the 1990s and 2000s, Acura was squarely on your radar. From the brand's first Legends, to the iconic Integra, to the follow-up RSX and the halo-status NSX, Acura's lineup always included something for the gearheads among us, complete with honest-to-goodness manual transmissions.
One of the recent hobbies of decrepit, funny-smelling old auto journalists like myself is to lament how the Millenials, with their iPads and Facebooks and HAM radios and Chatroulettes just don't care about cars, especially classics. And none can drive stick. Hagerty Insurance is actually doing something about that.
The season finale of Mad Men was as arresting and dramatic as we'd all hope: there was a scene with a '69 Camaro Z28 and the importance of driving stick, and a bunch of other stuff that was kind of a blur. Minor spoiler alert.
For the umpteenth time, a pair of car thieves failed to steal a car because they couldn't drive stick.
Nothing is more rewarding to a driver than the sweet sound of that perfectly timed blip of the gas pedal, effortlessly matching the revs to the wheel speed, and downshifting crisply into the preceding gear. It's the sound of a true professional.
The other day we revealed the secret to shifting in the Fast and Furious movies. Fascinated, I decided to investigate this further, and found that while the Fast and Furious franchise obviously required something a bit more robust, there actually did appear to be a special version of manual transmissions used in…
Video games are the one thing that's really kept their promises from when I was a kid. We don't have jetpacks or common flying cars or pizzas-in-a-pill, but our video game evolution has been spectacular. Especially driving games.
The Unfortunate Trials of The Tyrant Lizard King, or T-Rex Trying… for short, is an art project by Hugh Murphy centered on the peculiar anatomy of Tyrannosaurus rex in various riffs on short forelimb hilarity. Murphy’s torrent of Cretaceous lolz all began by T-Rex trying to paint his house and has grown to include…
I was with my 15-month old son, Otto, at the playground in Griffith Park the other day and saw something that reaffirmed my faith that maybe, just maybe, some of this current generation of kids will grow up appreciating cars the way I do.
Although we know you didn't need another reason to continue seeking out the dwindling supply of cars with manual transmissions, we're giving you one anyways. A Florida man and woman still have their car because a pair of carjackers didn't know how to drive a stick.
Four men carjacked a 22-year-old student athlete from Belhaven University with the intention of raping her Wednesday night. None of them could operate a manual transmission so they made her drive. She intentionally crashed her car, probably saving her life.
The stick shift may be going the way of the dodo. In a paddle-shifting utopia, its last refuge will be the bathroom sink.