Mari Learning to Drive Stick in the Bug

Mari Learning to Drive Stick in the Bug

February 12th, 2016

The first 14 minutes is by request of a girl learning how to drive a stick. I’m riding with her, you can’t see me but you hear me giving her instruction and learning the ropes. So, if you don’t want to hear me jaw-jacking, skip ahead to 14:06 where I turn her loose in the big parking lot and she practices. She’s wearing sneakers and you have the big view on her feet, behind the pedals a bit with the small (PiP) view is her upper body and face. She stalls it good a few times where I didn’t think she was going to get it fired up again. Stalling, back and forth on the pedals, cranking and other goodies in this 26+ minute clip.

2 thoughts on “Mari Learning to Drive Stick in the Bug”

  1. I must commend both Shish and Mari for filming this vid. Shish you showed so much patience with Mari who obviously looked to have zero experience in being able to drive a stick shift car well.

    Also Mari kept hanging in there with repeated stall outs when she had issues coordinating the 3 pedals in getting the car moving forward. I know the feeling Mari, dating back to my first stick shift driving experience a long time ago when I was 22 years old and my dad bravely giving me my first lesson in a new car that I had just purchased. It was frustration city as I recall and like Mari I already knew how to drive a car, albeit always automatic transmission vehicles.

    The sneakers were a great idea, Mari indeed if it was you who came up with that plan. Trying to drive a stick for the first time in a pair of h.h. shoes/stilettos would have just made things that much more difficult with the inability to get a good feel for the 3 pedals under your feet – especially in slowing lifting off of the clutch while simultaneously giving it gas to get the car moving forward.

    Great job Mari, you were sensational for your first stick lessons. Unfortunately Mari also got to experience a few re-starting problems in the second half of the vid. That Bug’s engine seen countless times before in other vids reared it’s ugly head again especially as it appeared at least twice that Mari flooded the carburetor pumping the gas pedal too much in her efforts to get the stalled car started.

    Great job Mari, so when are you going to take a second lesson?

  2. Mari Learning How Too Drive The Super-Beetle Stalling & Flooding The Carburetor / Gray Nike Sneakers / P.I.P

    It’s a cold day Shish is going to teach Mari how to drive a stick-shift in the bug. Mari is dressed warmly in a brown sleeveless vest, brown scarf, black leggings, gray Nike sneakers. Shish is using two cameras one is a go-pro mounted behind the pedals you’ll get a great view of Mari’s feet as she works the pedals, that camera is getting footwell video only, the other camera is PIP that one is getting upper and mid body video in the right corner of the screen.

    Shish is giving her pointers for about the first 14 minutes of the videos having her practice letting off the clutch and giving the engine gas at the same time, the engine stalls on her she has no trouble getting the engine started the first three or four times before the engine reaches operating temperature that’s a little bit later in the video. Mari learns fast on how to let up on the clutch and give the engine gas after a few minutes she’s shifting into second gear, the bug lurches forward a few times she gets the bug going with little or no problem. Shish has Mari practice letting off the clutch go about ten feet and stop until she gets the hang of letting off the clutch and giving the engine gas.

    Mari then shifts into second gear. Shish gets out of the bug and lets Mari practice she’s in a big parking lot. I’m not sure it might be the local high school, Mari is learning really fast on how to shift into second gear, the engine stalls on her a couple more times this time the carburetor gets flooded Mari has a little bit of trouble getting the engine restarted. Shish has to tell her to hold the gas pedal all the way to the floor to clear out the carburetor of excess gas, this worked the first three times the fourth time holding the gas pedal all the way to the floor didn’t work. Shish tells Mari to wait couple of minutes and give it another try, she did the engine started right up.

    It’s going to be interesting to see if Mari is going to drive any stick- shifts in the future maybe the Volvo or maybe the Renault. As the PTP copyright logo pops up on the screen. Shish has Mari make sure the gearshift in in neutral he calls it a day as she scoots over in to the passenger seat so he can get in and drive them back to HQ. The End.

    Mari you did a great job you learned really fast on letting off the clutch and giving the engine gas, you were having a good time learning to drive the bug. Shish your camera work as always great. Good work all!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

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