A day Late and A Dollar Short

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A day Late and A Dollar Short

Postby Rope-Pusher » Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:16 am

Upon reviewing my e-mails after returning from a week of camping:

"On Friday, July 8 at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn the Hagerty Driving Experience will be giving young drivers ages 16-20 (or 15 with a driver’s permit) the chance to learn to drive classic cars—specifically those with a manual transmission. They will be hosting about 30 young drivers and teaching them to drive some of the coolest classics, ranging from an all-original 1928 Packard to a 1963 Corvette split-window coupe, one of the most desirable Corvettes ever built. Participants will also learn the basics of car care including checking fluids, tire pressure, etc.

This event is completely free of charge to participants and is a great opportunity to get to drive cars that one often does not.

Attached is the participant invitation (please disregard the June 30 registration deadline) and ask that you share it with any of the teenage members of your units so that they may take part in this exciting event, if able and interested.

If you have any questions, please contact Tabetha Salsbury by email, or at 231.313.7475."

What a great opportunity!
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Re: A day Late and A Dollar Short

Postby Rope-Pusher » Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:32 pm

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Young drivers learn stick shift in classic cars in Dearborn
Young drivers get chance to try manual transmissions in style
Andrea Rumbaugh/ The Detroit News
Dearborn— Sixteen-year-old Nathan Goocher received a crash course in driving a manual transmission Friday — something he had done only in video games before.
The Riverview resident was among 35 drivers ages 16 to 20 who learned the intricacies of shifting while driving and motoring in vintage cars, thanks to the inaugural Hagerty Driving Experience at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn.
Hagerty Insurance Agency LLC, a Traverse City-based insurer of vintage and collector cars, had good reason to teach young drivers about manual transmissions.
Roughly 90 percent of new cars are equipped with an automatic transmission, so many young drivers never have the opportunity to drive a manual, the company said.
Friday also happened to be Collector Car Appreciation Day, a fitting time to instill a love of classic cars in the young.
"People of all ages like old cars, but not everyone gets to drive one, so here's their chance to drive an old car," said Jonathan Klinger, a Hagerty spokesman.
Friday's lessons began with a quick classroom explanation of the gear shifter and that funny left pedal. Then students split into two groups. While one group drove classic and modern cars, from a 1928 Packard Phaeton to a 2011 Ford Mustang GT Coupe, the other learned basic car maintenance.


From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110709/AUT ... z1Rqn6uxp3

For instance, the 1940 Buick Super Convertible had the gear shifter on the steering column instead of the floor.
"It was interesting because I was never familiar with the three-on-the-tree shift pattern," said Quinn Culbertson, 17, of Farmington Hills.
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Re: A day Late and A Dollar Short

Postby Squint » Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:39 pm

That sounded like a fantastic event, hope they have more of those elsewhere.
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