Stumbled onto this picture. As a kid, my Grandpa refurbished an old Cushman just like this. He taught me to drive a manual clutch on that old trike when I was about 12. Drove it around for hours each day I was at his place. He taught me to respect vehicles, the mechanics of them and basic care. Man I was proud of that. To this day, no vehicle intimidates me much. I'm no premier wrench, but I have a decent understanding of how vehicles (cars, boats, motorcycles, etc.) work and necessary respect for them. I think everyone should know how to drive a stick-shift. Better drivers, at least for awhile. With all the distractions going on, paying attention and driving the car are low on the mental priority list of most people. I think it a good thing if more kids were driving manual trans cars. Seems most take driving for granted and have no clue what they are actually controlling (or not). I bought my second daughter a 5-speed VW Golf because I was concerned she was easily distracted. I taught her how to drive the car after just a few times out. I showed her the e-brake trick for getting started when in a pinch. She got stuck at a light on a small hill with a bus right behind her with her sister shotgun. They panicked, laughed and then she figured it out. People driving a stick-shift tend to be more engaged and lends itself to better drivers. I didn't want her texting and driving, so keeping her hands and feet busy made it hard to do that. Cost me a clutch in short order, but no accidents or tickets. And, she was proud to be one of the few kids in school that could drive a stick-shift. What vehicle did you learn to drive a clutch transmission?