If you had to describe what we do here at Jalopnik, chances are you’d say something about how we’re an organization dedicated to making the world a better place through song and magic. Oh, and we do shit with cars. This episode of Neat Stuff in Cool Cars is a mix of both, as we get racing driver and NBC Sports contributor Parker Kligerman to teach people to drive stick.

It’s a given that every human has a soul-demanding right to know how to drive a manual transmission, and it’s one of the greatest problems facing mankind today (no exaggeration — ISIS wouldn’t even exist if everyone knew what a clutch did). It’s unbearable that so many people still don’t know how. So we’re solving it, by teaching these three hapless folks how to drive stick.

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They all come in with their own reasons for wanting it — fear of not being able to hijack a car, impressing dudes, making Ballaban look like an ass — and it’s so very satisfying to see it happen.

Plus, this is the official debut of the Jalopnik Crotch-Cam system of pedal-observing, and it’s fantastic. Enjoy.


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