Manual vehicles better known as stick shifts are becoming increasingly rare and car enthusiasts like me are trying to Save The Manuals. Cars equipped with what is no doubt a millennial anti-theft device allows the driver to connect with the car for the ultimate driving experience.

I will admit, skillfully operating a manual transmission vehicle requires a little practice and finesse, but the rewards are so worth it. First, you feel as if you are in control as you adjust the gears for speed. Second, you will boost your fuel efficiency since manual vehicles are better on gas. Third, you minimize distractions as you operate the clutch and gear shift, so no distracted driving. And let’s face it, manually shifting gears is more fun. When was the last time someone said to you they had so much fun shifting their automatic car from Park to Drive?!

There are a few opportunities for you to appreciate the classic cars at the Jersey Shore. Check out Belmar Cruise Night July 18th and August 22nd from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. along Main Street between 8th and 10th Avenues. Enjoy vintage cars prior to 1986, motorcycles and other classic vehicles, live music, downtown shopping and plenty of options for you to grab a bite to eat.

There is also the West End Cruise Night and Classic Car Show August 18th from 6p-10p on Brighton Avenue. Click here for event details. Another event celebrating vintage cars is the 4th Annual BRICK PAL Classic Car Show and BBQ August 25th from 10am-2pm at 60 Drum Point Road in Brick with music, prizes, 50/50 and gift auction.


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