Hagerty teaches kids how to drive a stick
Are you a parent who owns a classic car? Then you’re probably used to your kids eyeing your ride jealously. Well, it’s time to switch roles. Hagerty believes that kids should have a chance to learn and enjoy classics as much as their parents do. In that spirit, we’re launching our fifth season of the Hagerty Driving Experience, a program that teaches kids to drive stick in amazing classic cars.
We’ve placed over 600 students in the driver seat and taught them how to operate automobiles equipped with a manual transmission and can’t wait to share with even more young adults this year.
Not only does the Hagerty Driving Experience teach young drivers, ages 15-25, to shift gears themselves, but they are taught while behind the wheel of exciting classic cars! Participants learn the ins-and-outs of starting, operating and driving a wide variety of cars from instructors and classic owners themselves. In addition to the driving course, students take part in a classroom discussion that outlines how a clutch and manual transmission operate as well as a “Car Care Essentials” seminar to learn the basics of vehicle maintenance.
The morning and afternoon half-day sessions run about 3 hours and are limited to approximately 20 students per session.
But if you’re over 25, sadly, you can watch but won’t be able to drive. Time for you to watch jealously; turnabout is fair play, right?
The Hagerty Driving Experience features a variety of classic cars provided by local owners and collectors. Past events have included a 1928 Packard phaeton, 1930 Ford Model A, 1933 Stutz DV-32 Monte Carlo, 1955 Porsche Continental, 1950 Willys Jeepster, 1963 Corvette “split window” coupe and a 1962 Aston Martin DB4!
- Golden, CO – Saturday, May 14, 2016 – Colorado State Patrol Driving Track
- Wetaskiwin, Alberta – Saturday, July 16, 2016 – Reynolds-Alberta Museum
- Caledonia, Ontario – Friday, August 26, 2016 – Caledonia Fairgrounds
- Chicago, IL – Saturday, August 27, 2016 – Location TBD
- Tacoma, WA – Saturday, September 17, 2016 – LeMay – America’s Car Museum