[LMB] OT: Parallel parking, now stick shift

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 15 11:30:50 GMT 2021

Sounds like a unique and challenging automobile. I learned double clutching
driving trucks. I would like the challenge of driving a vintage car.

On Wed, Dec 15, 2021, 2:12 AM Stewart Dean <sdean at sdean.net> wrote:

> My father was a Renaissance man atop being an eye surgeon
> http://sdean.net/myfamily.htm#Dad
> He was a gear freak along with everything else and, when I was 13
> (1960), he bought two (2) Bugattis c. 1930. He paid the price of a new
> Buick for them, as they were then unknown.
> http://sdean.net/bugattis.htm
> I grew up driving and wrenching them, an incredible life experience.
> Although I cut my teeth driving my grandmother's Oldsmobile with
> automatic tranny, within a few weeks, I was driving a Bug.  Which had
> all sorts of Bugatti weirdnesses:
> = right hand drive
> = crashbox tranny, no synchro-mesh, thus no down shifting if you didn't
> know how double-clutch
> = straight cut gears, which howled a different note in every gear...and
> changed up and down as you sped up/slowed down
> = the old Italian floor pedal arrangement:  clutch - accelerator - brake
> = dash controls for choke *and* spark advance
> ....and an utter joy to drive once you mastered it.  A clean downshift
> was like hitting a home run.
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