There’s a movement by car enthusiasts like myself to help prevent stick shift extinction and #savethemanuals. Often viewed as a millennial anti-theft device, manual transmission cars cost less than automatic vehicles, get better gas mileage and are more fun to drive. I don’t remember seeing automatic vehicles or paddle-shifters in the Fast & Furious movie franchise. Sadly, manual transmission vehicles account for less than 10% of vehicles sold in the U.S. What’s even scarier? The future driverless car generation will look to their grandparents to tell them stories of the “old days” when people had to actually operate their own vehicles. For those people who prefer to drive an automatic vehicle (or a glorified golf cart) for the convenience factor, I’m not judging. Operating a clutch and stick shift allows you to mechanically connect with your car, which minimizes the desire to text or engage in other distracting activities while driving.

You can appreciate classic cars at the Tuckerton Seaport Car & Truck Show this Saturday on W. Main Street from 8am-2:30. There will be trophies and other special awards, food, and vendors. You can also check out the Oktoberfest Car Show this Saturday in Seaside Heights from 9am-5pm. On Sunday, October 1st, check out the 5th Annual Kroosin Buddies Hot Rod Picnic End of Summer Bash in Wall Township. They’ll have a picnic area for you and your chance to check out hotrods, muscle cars, classic and race cars. Click http://www.newjerseycarshows.com/october-2017-car-shows.html for details.