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Learning how to drive a 4 Speed Manual Stick Shift (A True Story)

Updated on September 10, 2016

My new husband was an avid race car driver

I had given my beautiful, shiny red 1954 Chevrolet convertible to my brother, shortly after I got married, without ever having driven it, as I still did not have a driver's license.

How did that happen? I was old enough to buy a car, but not old enough to drive it.

See the link to previous hub below of how I went from a Hillman Minx to Chevrolet.

My new husband also drove a stick shift, but his car was a souped-up hot-rod with "a 4 on the floor."


When I was in my car with my brother, as he was driving I paid close attention to how he shifted, and how he coordinated, the shifting and the use of the clutch, but I don't think that he wanted me to learn to drive in my car because if I did not drive, I had to depend on him or Dad for transportation.


My new husband also drove a stick shift, but his car was a souped-up hot-rod with "a 4 on the floor," and I watched how smoothly he shifted gears, sometimes he would shift from 2nd to 4th, bypassing 3rd.


All of our dates, were spent at the drag strip, stock car races or movies.


Bill and I met when we were kids. Our families lived next door to each other, and then my family moved away, and we lost all contact with him, and his family for several years. Then one day he walked into the ice cream shop, where I was working, and we started dating, and my brother started dating Bill's sister.

All of our dates, were spent at the drag strip, stock car races or movies. I never thought anything of the fact that we did not go to nightclubs, or bars, since I do not like the taste of booze, and he never drank any alcohol that I knew of.

My new husband was an avid race car driver, and drove stock cars before we were married, until one accident, that required having to be cut out of the car, and that was the last time he drove in a stock car race. But we still went to watch the races, and he was friends with some of the drivers.

Bill was angry that, I had given my 54 Chevy, to my brother instead of him. I don't think that he knew before we were married that the Chevy belonged to me, and nothing was ever said about it, so, I think he assumed that it belonged to my brother in the first place.


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I soon realized how expensive drag-racing can be.


Shortly after Bill and I were married, all of our monies, his and mine was spent on drag-racing, I soon realized how expensive drag-racing can be, with entrance fees, slicks, transmissions, blown engines, carburetors, and lakers (side-mounted exhaust pipes, that had caps on them so they were not loud, unless you wanted them to sound like a "real-bad machine" then they were open.)

One day when we were broke, Bill decided to sell his guitar. A bartender he knew had offered him a good price. Bill and I took the guitar to the bar and we parked on a side street around the corner. After the bartender paid Bill for the guitar, he then gave him a drink, and me a coke. Bill finished his drink, set the glass down and passed out. What's the matter, can't he drink? I told him, I did not know, that I had never seen him drink before. Then the bouncer came over to us, and I asked him to help me get him in the car.

I slid behind the wheel of the barely, street legal, souped-up hot rod


I took the keys from Bill's pocket and the bouncer picked him up flung him over his shoulder, as if he were a sack of potatoes. The bouncer put Bill in the passenger's seat, and went back into the tavern, and I slid behind the wheel of the barely, street legal, souped-up hot rod.

Who could I call? I could not think of anyone to call who could drive my husband's hot-rod home. So, I decided to drive it myself. I stuck the key in the ignition, pressed in on the clutch started the car, I shifted into gear, pushed the gas peddle at the same time that I popped the clutch, instead of going forward, it screamed backwards, I slammed on the brake, totally forgetting about the clutch, and it died.

Luckily there was no car behind us. I realized that I had shifted all the way to the right, and down, putting it into reverse. I looked at the shift knob with the shift pattern on the top, so I would not make that mistake again.

I re-started the vehicle and this time I shifted it into 1st gear, let off the clutch and stepped on the gas, the car screamed out onto the main street, then just when I was getting the hang of shifting and had that bad machine under control, up ahead the light was turning red. I stopped and it died, forgot the clutch again.

When I got the car started again, and it sat there, rocking with it's mellow sound, ready to scream out again, a squad car pulls up next to me, the officer rolls down the window motions to me and asked me if I wanted to race. I shook my head no, and the light changed to green. "Come-on" he said, I shook my head no, and we, the cop and I sat there and the light changed to red again.

Why did my husband have to be passed out beside me?


I looked over at Bill, and didn't see any signs of life. And I thought what if he is dead? I had never seen anybody have one drink and pass out like that, why did my husband have to be passed out beside me? Why did a cop have to be sitting right next to me? What if the cop were to stop me? He would take me to jail.

The light changed to green again, and the officer smiling put his hand out as if to say, "after you." Oh well, here I go!...I was so nervous, I popped the clutch gave it gas and the front wheels came off the pavement and the machine screamed down the deserted street. The officer must have thought that I knew what I was doing, and was racing him, because he came zooming after me.

The officer's eyes lit-up and I knew he was thrilled to be able to just park the "bad machine."


Finally, I got the hot-rod under control, and slowed down. I glanced in the rearview mirror and the squad car was behind me. As I turned off the main street onto the street I lived on.

I did not know what to do. If I tried to park the car I would either hit the one in front of me or the one behind me. So, what else could I do? I stopped in the street, and with knees so trebling and weak, I could hardly walk. I approached the squad car, said to the officer, "Could, you park the car for me, it is my husband's car, and I am not use to a stick shift." The officer's eyes lit-up and I knew he was thrilled to be able to just park the "bad machine."

"Well let's go get your license."


As the officer got into the car, Bill opened his eyes, looked at the Officer, slid down into the floor board and just sat there. The officer parked the car, got out, handed me the keys, as I thanked him, he got in the squad car, and drove away.

I got Bill out of the car, and into the apartment, and he never said a word, until the next day. When, I told Bill what had happened. I don't think he believed me at first. Then he said, "Well let's go get your license."

"You stay right here, don't move"


The following Monday Bill and I went to the Department of Motor Vehicles and I applied for a license, and passed the written test, got a number to take the driving test. Bill parked the car in the lot next to the driving course. The drive tester called my number, and we went to the car, and got in.


Okay...the test taker said "I want to go down to that corner and turn right." I managed to do as he told me, without burning too much rubber. Now I want you to park between those two curbs, he said. I pulled up to back into the parking spot as I had seen Bill do. I was so proud that I did it so gently, but then I put it into reverse, it screamed into the parking space, hit the curb, the test giver yelled "STOP," and I hit the brake without using the clutch and it died, I re-started it and pulled forward hitting the other curb. The test giver yelled, "where are your seat belts?" In the back I said. He sarcastically said, "That is a good place for them," then he said, "YOU STAY RIGHT HERE, DON'T MOVE."


I got in the passenger side, Bill told me, the test giver told him, "you get that girl out of here, and don't bring her back until she can drive." As we were leaving the DMV, my brother was coming in with his wife, Bill's sister, to get her license. My brother had traded the 54 Chevy in on a new car, an 'automatic', and I asked him if I could re-take the driving test in his new car, and he handed me the keys.


While my sister-in-law took the written test, I got a new number and waited, and was hoping not to get the same test giver. My number was called and what a relief, it was a different test giver, and I passed the test, with flying colors.

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Now I have to practice driving the 4-on-the-floor.


The following weekend, we listened to WLS radio that echoed the familiar: "Sunday, Sunday, Sunday at beautiful US30 Drag Strip, just south of Gary, Indiana. Bill and I were already on the way.

We paid the entrance fee, and as we waited for a turn to qualify, to be matched with an equally fast machine, Bill asked me if I wanted to qualify the "bad machine." As he is laughing, and telling his racing buddies, how I almost did not get my license. He should not have laughed. And I headed for the hot rod, before he had the chance to say, he was joking.

Now I have to practice driving the 4-on-the-floor, and what better place to do it than at the drag strip.

I sat waiting for the light to change, with the racing slicks mounted, and the lakers open, and with that mellow rumbling sound, and the vehicle rocking, like a puppy with it's rump in the air, and chin on the ground, ready to pounce into some mischief. When the light changed, I was flat out gone.

When I drove back around to the pit area, and handed Bill the qualifying ticket, he walked away mumbling something about, how is he going to ever beat my qualifying time, if he is matched with another hot rod, qualifying at that same speed.


At the Drag Strip

Race time bested by qualifying time

Bill won the race with his race time less than my qualifying time.

Yes! He should not have laughed at me.

© 2012 Shyron E Shenko

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for your comment and compliment. Yes it is sad that we can't share with anyone else, and it is not possible to share with followers and then be passed on to their followers.

      Sorry to take so long in answering your comments but I have the flu starting again, went to the doctor yesterday to get medication.

      I did view the e-card and tried to send you a thank you and could not.

      Take Care and Blessings my dear friend.

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      C E Clark 4 months ago from North Texas

      Revisiting this, one of my all time favorite articles that you have written and sorry the possibility of sharing it with my new followers is no longer permitted. That was a good way of introducing great articles to other hubbers. If not for sharing there are some writers we will never know exist.

      Already 80º here, and I'm sure it's warmer where you are. No shade because the trees have dropped their leaves. Friday it will be down to 33 again. Hope you've had a great Christmas. Sent you an ecard on the 21st, but I'm informed you haven't opened it. Hope it arrived OK and that all is well with you both. Take care dear friend . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 12 months ago from Texas

      Hello Nadine, yes, it is long past, but I had other cars years later that were manual transmission. I don't mind having to shift except on steep inclines, that is scary.

      Thank you for reading about my adventures.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Nadine May 12 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What a great learning to drive story. It's both funny,serious and clearly long past, but thanks for sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 12 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for sharing my story on how I learned to drive a stick shift, those were adventurous times. I know you had lots of those kind of adventures also.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

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      C E Clark 12 months ago from North Texas

      Came back to share one of my very favoritest of your articles!

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      Shyron E Shenko 15 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for coming back to read and share this article. I really do appreciate you, and treasure your friendship.

      Hope all is well with you.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend

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      C E Clark 15 months ago from North Texas

      Came back to share this story again. It's one of my favorites! Hope anyone who hasn't read it will do so because it's well worth the read. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 17 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thanks for the compliment, comment and for sharing.

      it is a bit to cool for me working outside.

      Blessings and hugs and Happy Thanksgiving

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      C E Clark 17 months ago from North Texas

      This is such a great story I just had to come and read it again. Always enjoy it. Sharing.

      What a beautiful day today! Nice and cool. I hope we can keep these temps for a long while. Just right. Blessings and hugs . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 21 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you so much for the comments and for the up votes and for sharing this.

      I have been staying in the past few days except for appointments, seems like every day another appt.

      Blessings and Hugs and you take care also.

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      C E Clark 21 months ago from North Texas

      This is such a great story! Going to share it again and vote it up, etc.

      Really hope you are staying in where it's cool. Way past my bedtime but this is the first I had WiFi for several hour and wanted to answer a few comments

      Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment, and share.

      I know what you mean about being too hot. I worked outside yesterday some. I have not had internet, phones of TV for the past three days.

      We are doing good, and we hope all is well with you also.

      Blessings and hugs

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      C E Clark 23 months ago from North Texas

      Thought I would share this article since it's been a few weeks.

      Too hot for me today. I guess it was mainly the humidity that was bad because the temp wasn't that high. Is it nap time yet? Hope all is well with you and John. Blessings . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for reading, commenting, and sharing this again.

      John is much better, he came home Sunday. I know the winds were bad, fortunately we did not have any wind damage.

      I just heard on the radio that we are going to have some severe thunder storms today.

      Hope all is well with you.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments, up voted, sharing and most of all the blessings.

      John is home. The thunder and lightening (God's fireworks) and rain were pretty hard but no flooding. I am glad that you did not have leaking and you are alright.

      Hope you have a blessed day.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Wanted to share this again as it's very relevant, especially in the spring when young people think about driving their own cars, joy riding, etc.

      Hope John is much better and home soon if he isn't already. The winds rocked my car, but it hasn't leaked the last two storms by some miracle. No flooding or tornadoes where I was.

      Hope all is as good as it can be. Hugs and blessings to you both . . .

      Shared and voted up.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you again for the comment and the Blessings and hugs.

      No we are not flooded, but the ground is soggy.

      Blessings and Hugs to you also.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Sharing this fun and interesting article again. Hope you and John aren't flooded. Sure have gotten a lot of rain the last few hours. Blessings and hugs to you both . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for reading this again, I do appreciate you my dear friend.

      Stay warm and stay safe.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Oh, Aneegma, you sound like my friend. She never got a license and spent years paying for the cars she destroyed. I hope you recovered.

      Thank you for the comment. and visit. I appreciate you.

      Blessings and Hugs.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you John, for the comments, compliments and up votes. I really appreciate you John. You are a treasured friend.

      Yes this is really true. More to it than that but too personal to share.

      Blessings and Hugs dear John

      Shyron

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Jamie, thank you for the compliment and comment. I really appreciate you.

      I hope your drag racing friend was not married or that he had the money to put into drag racing. Drag racing can ruin a marriage. My ex spent his paycheck on drag racing and mine went toward taking care of our 2 babies and house hold. My current hubby is not even a fan of drag racing.

      Blessings and Hugs dear Jamie

      Shyron

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Mary, thank you so much for the comments, compliment, thumbs up and sharing. I am so glad you enjoyed this. I really appreciate you.

      Do have an adventure learning to drive you dad's 1929 Dodge? My mom never got the hang of driving a "stick".

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Mary, thank you for the comments, thumb up and sharing. I have had an interesting life, wish I could have shared your fun time of learning to drive a "stick" we would all three have wet pants. Hope the car seat was leather.

      Blessings and hugs.

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      Merida Craze 2 years ago

      HAHAHAHA reminds me of my first driving lesson but in my case I crashed into a fleet of cars and ended up with a big concussion LOL. Loved reading this and your many stories! Keep 'em coming!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I loved this story Shyron. What an exciting time for you especially with that cop next to you and wanting to race....scary..but great ending. Wow, fancy qualifying at the drag strip too. Great stuff and a delightful read. Voted up.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      What a great story, my best friend use to drag race in Louisiana, he put thousands of dollars into that car. Jamie

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I learned to drive in my dad's 1929 Dodge! I can still remember how difficult it was to control the gas and the clutch.

      I enjoyed reading your story very much! I have to give you a lot of credit.

      Voted UP, etc. and shared.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Shy you have certainly had an interesting life. The best part is you have transitioned your life into great hubs!

      My girlfriend once tried to teach me how to drive a "stick". I was so bad we both wound up wetting our pants we laughed so hard. I did eventually learn but certainly didn't shine like you did.

      Voted up, funny, and awesome.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      This is such a great story and with so many new people here on HP in the last few months I'm going to share it again in case someone hasn't read it yet.

      Enjoy the next couple of days because Sunday night we're back to the deep freeze at night anyway. Blessings to you and John. Stay warm.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Hello Mona, it is nice to meet you, you make me miss my friend Pacita from the Philippines.

      I am so glad you think I have spunk. Thank you for the compliment and comment.

      Shyron

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for your comments, up votes, sharing and posting on fb.

      I really appreciate you. I hope you have a good night and get your sleep scheduled before school starts. I know I would not be able to go back to work with my sleep schedule all messed up.

      Good night my dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Devika, thank you for the compliment, sharing on twitter and facebook. I really appreciate you.

      Shyron

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 2 years ago from Philippines

      Love your story. You have spunk and it's wonderful to read about a woman race driver. Every woman should read this hub.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great experiences are so interesting especially if it is told with perfection. I got to share this story, tweet and facebook it.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      I had just gotten my license a few hours before I drove a 5-speed for the first time. Love this story!

      Voting up and BAUI and sharing with followers. Also posted again to FB.

      You are a blessing to me also, even if you don't know it. Hope you both have a great day!

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments, votes and sharing. Yes, you know that I loved the pouring rain, it is a good thing hubby and I cut grass the day before otherwise it would be knee high and in some spots it was higher, on our friends property that we cut and trim. That does not leave my much time for my hubs.

      Blessings to you my dear friend.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      I love this story and going to share it again with followers. Also posting it on FB and pinning again to AH. Voted up and awesome.

      Hope you have had a good day and gotten a rest with the rain pouring all morning. Personally, I loved it. Blessings my friend . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, my grandchildren are busy with their lives, loves, work and play, they never stop long enough to listen to what a grandma has to say. Until the day when they become the grandparent they will never understand. By that time they will never know what a what manual shift is. They will probably think it is just moving your butt from one position to the other while driving. And they will think anyone can do that.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Love these stories that you've written and I can't imagine that they aren't cherished by your children and grandchildren. Many offspring never know about any of these interesting experiences their parents and grandparents had.

      Voted up and AFI and pinned to AH and shared again. Such a cool story everyone should read it.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the compliment and comment, votes, inning and sharing, I really appreciate you.

      Sorry I did not get back to you yesterday, still under the weather and slept most of the day.

      Hope you day is going well.

      Love /:'o)

      Shyron

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Love this story and just came back to give it another read. Voting it up and AFI, pinning to AH, and sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for you comments, votes, BAUI, sharing pin and thank you for being my friend.

      HP just republished my shortened short poem.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Just wanted to read this fun story over again. Wanted to thank you for reminding Glenda to give me a read now and then too. Appreciate it and all you do. Voting this up and BAUI, sharing, and pinned to my fun and interesting board. Thought it was already on there.

      I don't think your poem was too short. Haikus are only 4 lines, a long way from 700 words or more. I think you got a moderator in training. I would contact HP and ask them why they did what they did. I never republish anything they have unpublished without telling them it's ready for their perusal and then I let then republish it. They get like they are being with you right now if you re-pubish and they don't like it.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for reading this again, for pinning, sharing, voting up . I am happy that you enjoy reading this.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Love this story and I can't help but think your grandchildren enjoy reading/hearing about it too. Haven't read it for a while and wanted to come back and read it again just for fun. Going to pin this to Awesome HubPates and share it. Voted up and awesome again too.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for you comment, up votes and sharing, I really appreciate you.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Most people can do far more than they believe they can do. This is a great story. Voted up and awesome again! Sharing . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you so much for coming back to read my hub, and for sharing and the awesome vote. It is appreciated.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      A fun story to read and I've come back to share it again. Also, another up, and AI.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for the share and the awesomec vote. You are truly an awesome friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Devika (DDE) I appreciate your reading and commenting on my adventures.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Brilliant hub and you have so much to share with your readers, adventures makes life more exciting and sounds like your stories are just so much about it.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      This such a great story that I want to share it again! Also, another awesome. :)

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Moonlake for the up votes and sharing.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Interesting story voted up and shared.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for the awesome and for sharing.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Sharing this great story again! Also giving you another awesome.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you as always for reading, sharing, pinning and all that you do.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Sounds like fun Peg, keep me posted.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I actually raced his street truck and won a couple of first round of eliminations at the TX Motorplex. No trophies. It was pretty slow and so was I. Mostly I was his crew chief for many years as we moved up in the classes. He still has his Corvette Super Gas car but due to a back injury hasn't raced in a while. He is building a new door slammer so he can get back into the game. Maybe we'll see you at the track!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Peg for reading my hub and your comment, I am glad you liked my hub.

      My husband had a lot of police officers who liked to race. Chicago officers are like that.

      You should have your husband teach you to drive a race car.

      Thanks again for comments.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      What a great story and well told. I loved the part about taking the driving test. Can't imagine that officer asking you to race! Wild. My husband is also a drag racer - RacerX. We've spent many hours (days, weeks and money) at the drag strip.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you CarNoobz for commenting on my hub and for following me.

      I hope you are never disappointed!

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      CarNoobz 4 years ago from USA

      I learned to drive on a 4 speed stick. '76 Mercury Capri. Me and my Dad sure had a lot of TENSE moments while I was learning to drive that thing.

      Voted up =)

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Debbie for reading and commenting on my hub. Yes my grandkids do enjoy hearing about earlier time, before they were born.

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      Debbie Wares 4 years ago

      What a great story to tell your children and grandchildren! Really enjoyed reading this.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Queen Hypatia, I am glad you enjoyed my hub.

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      Queen Hypatia 4 years ago

      This was a fun story to read also. I hope you will write more like this. I really enjoyed both your stories about your experiences with cars.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Nicole, I am glad you found it fun to read. Sticks are not only fun to use, they use less gas and other benefits.

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      Nicole S Hanson 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Great hub! This was a lot of fun to read :) Sticks can be a lot of fun to drive once you learn!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      hi friend, Thanks for you comment and for reading my hub.

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      hi friend 4 years ago from India

      Your hub is interesting one.

      Good luck

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, I am so glad you like my hub. You are to kind. Thanks for reading my story and for your comment.

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      Love your stories! You've had such an interesting life and it's so nice of you to share some of your experiences with us -- truly. I'm particularly impressed by the fact that you don't let things get the best of you and curl up in a fetal position and say you can't do this or that. I like your spunk and your grit. Hope your readers recognize you have those qualities in all of your stories, and how we all need some of it sometimes. I can identify with those things. Looking forward to your next hub!

      Voting you UP and awesome. Awesome because your stories show that YOU are awesome!

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