Shift Happens!

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What will we do with our cars when all us old guys are gone? This is a question that members of Car Clubs are asking themselves right now. Obviously we need to attract younger people to our hobby. But what will they do with cars with manual transmissions?

Fortunately, Hagerty Insurance has a program called “The Hagerty Experience”. This is a half day course for youngsters over the age of 17, who have a driver’s license. It puts them in the seats of various classic cars to become familiar with the “stick shift”.

Hagerty has been running this course in the US and Canada for a couple of years, and recently teamed up with the Canadian Classic MG Club in Vancouver, BC, to provide an opportunity to youngsters on the west coast to participate.

About 20 classic cars including different models of MGs, together with Jaguars from their sister Club, the Canadian XK Jaguar Register, came to the Pitt Meadows Airport.  Here, the owners provided tuition to approximately 40 young drivers, over 2 sessions during the day.

The event was covered by a local TV station, and the featured article on the evening news can be seen here.

The young drivers learned quickly how to balance the clutch and the accelerator to start smoothly, and even got into 2nd gear. The sense of accomplishment was evident in the smiles on their faces.

Exposing them to classic cars, some almost 60 years old, also piqued their interested.  It is hoped that  this will result in some of them taking over “grand dad’s car”.

Photos courtesy of Dave Butcher and Hagerty.

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Last updated on May 29, 2014.

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