• Dec 21st 2006 at 1:53PM
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We like manual transmissions. We don't like how rare they are these days. Sometimes, we're tempted to act like Stephen Wright and just say "I can't drive automatic." Standard trannies make you feel more in-tune with what the car's doing. Driving is an active passion for us, regardless that everyone else is trying to make it something you do while talking on the phone.
While our passion for driving can border on fanaticism at times, the folks at shiftyworld.com have totally fallen into the abyss. Their website is full of heartwarming tales of learning to drive a manual shift, odes to the joy of rowing your own and interviews with race drivers and celebrities. It's chock-full of good stuff. If you become a member, they've even got a tips section and a searchable database of who is still equipping their cars with a good old box full o' cogs.

Thanks to tipster amp!

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I am fully aware that modern automatics, particularly DSG-like systems, are faster and as/more efficient than a traditional manual system. However, for most enthusiasts it is about the fun and control factors. Since I am not going to make or break my racing career by saving that fraction of a second during gear changes, I will happily choose the manual that provides me with more satisfaction and more control in exchange for a very small (theoretical) performance hit.

      I just think most American drivers are ignorant (and I don't mean that offensively). I honestly believe that if more young drivers were exposed to manual transmissions, more people would understand what is so great about the traditional clutch and stick. Most Americans (and Japanese too, according to chart) just don't know of anything other than an automatic, and later on refuse to try anything different.
      • 8 Years Ago
      there is another stick enthusiast site i learned to heel/toe from. standardshift.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      In the rest of the world, even grannies drive a manual.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ["You really do not have manual transmissions on your continent?


      Sad, actually. North Americans are generally too stupid and ignorant to drive manual transmissions as most of them treat driving as way of getting to work while yabbering on their cell phones and eating.

      I say all cars should have manual transmissions. They give you an appreciation for how much attention and involvement there should really be in driving a vehicle. If you can't drive a manual, you shouldn't be allowed to drive.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Big Rocket: There is a difference between automatics and semi-automatics.

      The fact is most people in America drive fully automatic cars, while most people in Europe and Japan drive fully manual cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ofcourse my previous comment was based on the same car, just diff tranny....
      • 8 Years Ago
      Reply to #38 (apt34): Am I supposed to be impressed by this Greg Huemann? He is a nobody compared to Michael Schumacher.

      Like it or not, here are the crucial facts:
      1) Highly skilled drivers in Formula One and IndyCar use clutchless transmissions.
      2) Top supercars such as Bugatti's Veyron and Ferrari's Enzo use clutchless transmissions.

      In view of these facts, anyone who claims to be a better driver because he uses a manual clutch, is delusional.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #42 (shrapnel): "you use Wikipedia as if it were a reliable source for information."
      That's funny. You provided no factual information on which to base your position, yet you ask others to provide factual information from *reliable* sources. How about holding yourself to the same standards you hold others? And anyone who knows how to use Google can easily verify the following facts:
      • IndyCar and Formula One racing use clutchless transmissions
      • Bugatti's Veyron and Ferrari's Enzo use clutchless transmissions
      So if you and your ilk want to delude yourselves into thinking you are better drivers than guys like Michael Schumacher, that's real funny.

      #44 (Jason): "Oh and careful with that F1-drivers-don't-shift argument - that one's an antique. Not to mention irrelevant. No one drives 100% all-out on the street."
      What you wrote was nonsense. If no one drives 100% all-out on the street in a Corvette, does that make the Corvette any less relevant? If no one drives 100% all-out on the street with a SMG, does that make the SMG any less relevant? You can either face up to the fact -- the best racing drivers and the best racing machines prefer clutchless transmissions -- or you can sound like a snob.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #9 (Patrick)--No, you're not the only one. I do the same thing--looking in at the center consoles of cars as I walk past. Some I don't bother--Oldsmobiles, Buicks--in fact, most American cars--but there are some that I look at and say "God, please let it be a stick," like any BMW or Honda, and if it is (rarely), I do a little fist pump and say to myself, "YES! Somebody knows what I'm talkin' about!"
      • 8 Years Ago
      But, but, autoblogger erin mayes says that manuals are inferior and bogus!!! and that only men drive them because it makes them feel manly!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Big Rocket - you use Wikipedia as if it were a reliable source for information. I love it.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I had a 74 econoline van with a "3 on the tree" manual ...
      Forget DSG and paddle shifters - column shifting is the way to go !
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