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Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has used his latest motoring column to call the 70 percent of British drivers that own manual transmissions "mad."

Manual transmissions are becoming scarcer by the day, making rev matching a rare talent. But with manufacturers beginning to automate the process, will the practice be lost forever?

From the headlines-we-never-expected-to-see file: "Stick shifts popular again..." Yes, we thought manual transmissions were on their deathbed, what with every carmaker bemoaning low take rates and reports that Volkswagen has decided to do away with them in both its Audi R8 sports car and throughout the range of Lamborghini models. But lo and behold, it seems that manuals accounted for 6.5 percent of new vehicle sales during the first quarter this year, the highest take rate since 2006, according

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