Hagerty combines young drivers, manual shifting and classic cars

Hagerty combines young drivers, manual shifting and classic cars

Hagerty has opened registration and announced the remaining schedule for 2016 for the Hagerty Driving Experience.

From classics to exotics, a variety of cars are used to teach manual shifting at Hagerty Driving Experience | Hagerty photos

From classics to exotics, a variety of cars are used to teach manual shifting at Hagerty Driving Experience | Hagerty photos

Hagerty has opened registration and announced the remaining schedule for 2016 for the Hagerty Driving Experience, a five-year-old program designed to introduce new drivers to manual transmissions and classic vehicles.

“The Hagerty Driving Experience introduces the next generation of enthusiasts and helps keep the collector community strong and vibrant,” McKeel Hagerty, chief executive of the insurance and vehicle valuation company, said in a news release.“This program is an excellent way for today’s youth to experience classic cars and embrace the opportunity to learn how to operate them.”

In the program, classic car owners (including the insurance company and its staffers) offer their own collector vehicles and serve as instructors to teach new drivers how to properly manipulate a manual transmission and clutch.

Imagine your first drive in a century-old vehicle

Imagine your first drive in a century-old vehicle

Drivers aged 15-25 can learn starting and operating techniques on a variety of cars in either a morning or afternoon session. They also receive instruction on car care essentials. After classroom instruction, hands-on (or maybe it’s feet-on) instruction takes place on a closed-circuit driving loop.

Each session runs for about three hours and has space for around 20 students.

In five years, more than 600 new drivers have participated in the program.

The first Hagerty Driving Experience of the year took place in January in conjunction with the Arizona Concours d’Elegance.

Upcoming events are:

  • Golden, Colorado, May 14 (Colorado State Patrol driving track)
  • Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada, July 16 (Reynolds-Alberta museum)
  • Caledonia, Ontario, Canada, August 26 (Caledonia fairgrounds)
  • Chicago, August 27 (location to be announced)
  • Tacoma, Washington (September 17), Le May museum

 

Registration is free and information is available at the driving experience website.

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