I was wondering when/if the people on here could tell of the time they first drove/attempted to drive a manual shift? I learned on a 1984 Ford Escort 4 speed somewhere around 1989 and my mother was the one who taught me not my father. Man, jerking that clutch scared me back then but mom reasured me. It was a school parking lot where I learned. Barely enough room to get the car into 2nd gear. LOL. Who else remembers when they were learning how to drive a manual/standard shift transmission?