February 4 Weekly Open Thread -- The Stick Shift: Better than a Club?
Submitted for your approval, we find the following Yahoo! News story that should be of some interest to auto-heads the world over: Would-be Carjackers foiled by stick shift:
An attempted stickup was confounded by a car’s stick shift, when would-be carjackers failed to understand the mechanics behind a manual transmission.
Randolph Bean tells WOFL FOX 35 that two men attempted to steal his 2002 yellow Corvette at gunpoint outside an Orlando hospital, but they ended up running away after they couldn’t figure out how to drive his car.
"They apparently couldn't start it,” Bean 51, is quoted as saying in a police report. “I had to tell him four different times to push in the clutch, because it's a standard transmission."
Apparently, not something you learn in driver's ed anymore. We've pondered this issue before and not come to any firm conclusion as to whether the death of the "standard" transmission has been greatly exaggerated or not, but perhaps this little incident may start a comeback for the good ol' stick shift. Now, to really throw off a potential thief, perhaps a 3-on-the-tree is in order. . . . .
As always feel free to discuss anything else car-related.
Also, video of the news story here which is also where the photo comes from.