The Vent

You won’t like us when you’re an­gry

Motor (Australia) - - CONTENTS -

BRIAN COLTON’s “Man­u­als Bah” rant (July ’16) re­ally amused me, ob­vi­ously he no longer has the skill to drive a man­ual and feels ev­ery­one should be in that cat­e­gory. I live in coun­try Vic­to­ria where au­tos are of no ad­van­tage and re­cently I had a small man­ual sta­tion wagon for sale, per­fect as a first car. The first ques­tion ev­ery­one asked when they rang was: “Is it an auto?” They said was for their son or daugh­ter and they were too im­pa­tient to get a man­ual li­cence.

What’s the coun­try com­ing to?

I was in Europe re­cently and you strug­gle to see an auto in a park­ing lot. You can walk past 50 cars and you might spot five au­tos if you are lucky. I’m dread­ing the day I may have to drive an auto for med­i­cal rea­sons.

David Thomp­son, via email David, thanks for the re­minder the abil­ity to drive man­ual is not only for en­joy­ment, but a key tool. We hope you en­joy our cel­e­bra­tion of the gear­stick on page 98.

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