This has been making the rounds on the great interconnected-compu-net, and it’s just so stunningly, sublimely awful and unfortunate that I thought we had a duty to present it here, so all of you can look upon it and die, just a little, inside.
When the Corvette first debuted with a seven-speed manual transmission, the chattering classes cried out “too much!” But big rigs have more gears. Way more gears. As in, 18 gears. This isn’t your simple clutch-and-stick affair. Here’s how you row your own, 18 different times.
The Austin American-Statesman reports that, according to an arrest affidavit, a man in jail near Austin tried to steal a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt after a confrontation at a stop sign on Saturday. The confrontation apparently involved some yelling, a machete and confusion—confusion about how to drive an electric car.
Ferrari’s 400i is a mess of a car from a design standpoint. Its front-engine proportions are about as inelegant as cowboy boots in a ballroom. The gaping grille is too low and too wide, and the giant slab of a hood is bigger than my dining room table. Even the pop-up headlights— and we love pop-up headlights here—are…
Like most Jalops, I regularly wake up in the middle of the night in a panic, drenched in sweat, screaming the phrase “save the manuals.” It’s an issue that I’ve been working on with my therapist for months, but I think I’ve finally cracked it—I’m now done worrying about manuals going extinct.
I thought I was adequate at driving stick. I really did. And then I saw this video. My eyes have been re-opened.
The seller of today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe 300E says he’s selling it because he has too many Mercedes! We should all have such problems, right? Let’s see if “too many” also describes the digits in his price.
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.
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.