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7/20/2013 - Young Drivers Learn How to Drive A Stick-Shift - Thanks to Hagerty

TRAVERSE CITY, MI - A new generation learned the time-honored skill of how to operate a stick shift as the Hagerty Driving Experience Powered By Ford visited Orange County, California for the first time on Friday, July 12. Young residents of Anaheim and surrounding communities, aged 15 through 25, were offered driving lessons and classroom instruction about vehicle maintenance by Hagerty experts as part of a multi-city tour organized with Ford.

"It was great to celebrate National Collector Car Appreciation Day by teaching young drivers the art of handling a manual transmission," said McKeel Hagerty, president and CEO of Hagerty insurance." Orange County is full of auto enthusiasts, but it's still important to make sure younger generations have the opportunity to experience classic cars in their purest form. It's our way of giving back to the hobby we care so much about."

Angel Stadium's parking lot was transformed into a closed-course where participants took turns behind the wheel of several classics, including a 1965 Ford Mustang, a 1964 Chevrolet Corvette and a 1960 Triumph TR3. In addition to the historic vehicles, Ford provided several new 2013 models, including two Mustang GTs and a Focus ST, giving participants the opportunity to compare 21st century clutches to those of past decades.

"It's so different from a contemporary car," said David Kha, 25, of Orange, California. "I've never had this experience, but I've always heard about it. When you drive a vintage car you feel connected to everything that's going on. Classic cars feel direct and visceral."

Recent research collected by Hagerty shows that young people have less interest in driving and likely possess less driving skill than teens three decades ago. According to a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute study, only 46% of 17-year-olds in America have their driving licenses, a 33% decrease since 1983. Additionally, less than 10% of currently produced vehicles are equipped with manual transmissions, a technology prevalent on classics.

Hagerty's program was developed to help excite young people about driving by introducing them to cool classic cars and passing on the skills to properly operate a manual transmission.

Hagerty Insurance Agency
Based in Traverse City, Michigan, Hagerty is the world's leading insurance provider for classic vehicles and host to the largest network of classic car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even automobilia (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial and club liability coverage, provides online Valuation Tools, and publishes the Hagerty Price Guide, the premier price and value guide for post-war collectible automobiles.

For more information, call (800) 922-4050 or visit www.hagerty.com

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