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- Nov 15, 2009
- Austin, Tx
My first car was a two tone blue and white 56 Chevy.Getting to High School Story.
At 14 y.o., I had to walk a little less than a mile to school (no bus service for < 1 mile). I screwed around one day and was going to be late, so I took my Dad’s old 3-on-a-tree truck. I didn’t know how to shift and I drove to school in 2nd gear. I figured out how to shift, and started driving to school regularly. My Dad finally caught me when I didn’t get the tires back in the dead-spot depressions in the grass. Good times.
It had a 3 speed manual transmission.
As a 16 year old, in 1973, I taught myself how to drive it.
I was less than smooth at the start.
My Dad was a less than patient instructor.
My 3 sisters and I still have a family in-joke.
It’s “LET OFF THE CLUTCH!!! “
I learned to shift smoothly (bucking and limping all the way) by driving the car to my high school football stadium (Nelson Field).
I drove around it (after school) till I got the rhythm.
Almost 50 years ago.