Driving Doug’s Ferrari

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When Doug DeMuro bought a Ferrari 360 Modena, he decided to go ahead and let all his friends drive it, since he knew they would want to and they would feel awkward about asking. He got repaid with a nice video of their reactions. I wouldn’t know what to do with a really powerful car after years of driving a minivan. A few things I find remarkable: Doug has twenty friends. And even more, Doug has twenty friends who can drive a stick shift! -via Viral Viral Videos

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Maybe it's a manumatic? Does anyone know?

While my car was in the shop, I drove a rented Elantra with manumatic. I didn't learn on a stick, so I didn't quite get used to it. Maybe I should have visualized arcade games more. There was a racer with a hi-lo gear shifter.

I saw a news feature that showed that F1 racers use clutchless serial gearboxes, shifted by paddles on the steering wheel.

So, yeah, I don't feel bad not having learned manual.

I used to love the look of Porsche Targa. I think the Modena is has been my favorite for a long time. I like the intakes, reminiscent of fighter planes, such as the F-16.
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I learned to drive stick on a tractor when I was 16 or so. I might be able to do it again if I had to.

I don't see the appeal of a manual transmission. It seems like an unnecessary hassle.
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I suppose stick shifts are available on new cars, but I don't know anyone who buys new cars. On a used car lot, they are nonexistent. My kids actually want to learn to drive a stick shift. Our next-to-last pickup was a stick shift, but the truck was very old and fell apart a couple of years ago. There's just not much demand for them.
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I always find it intriguing that stick shift seems to be so rare in the US. Here in the UK you'd be hard pressed to find a driver who can't drive stick shift.

If you take your UK test having only learned to drive an automatic then you can't legally drive a stick shift car (which your licence will point out), which obviously limits the cars you can buy. If you do the test with a stick shift then you can drive both types, so I've always thought that anyone just learning automatic isn't really doing the full test.
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