This Teenager Learns To Drive Stick In An Original Acura NSX


What better way to learn than in one of Japan's greatest.

It’s becoming more difficult, in the US at least, to find new (non-) sports cars available with a manual transmission. What was considered standard for decades has become something of a novelty. And that’s an absolute shame because an entire generation (and more to come) has already lost its chance to learn how to row gears on a mass scale. It’s not exactly something taught in driver’s education anymore. So if you want to learn how to drive stick, someone with a manual-equipped car will have to lend some time.

But Tyler Hoover of Hoovies Garage, owner of a first generation Acura NSX, figured it’d be fun to teach a 15-year-old how to drive stick on his car. Apparently, in some states, you can get your learner’s permit before turning 16.

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That can be kind of scary. But at the same time, it’s the perfect age to teach driving stick. You know, get ‘em while they’re young. Our guinea pig today actually ain’t’ that half bad. Sure, he stalls, but he gets the hang of it fairly quickly. Fortunately, the NSX is a very forgiving car with a nice, light clutch. Hoover does his best to explain, which really boils down to “Just do it.” Nothing like potentially burning out a clutch on an iconic Japanese classic.